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Kenneth W. Regan, International Master is 2010 Mayor's Cup Masters Champion

Kenneth W. Regan, International Master wins the 2010 Mayor's Cup Masters Championships. The Buffalo Championships in their fourth year attracted thirty nine total players, with ninety one games played over the two days held at Buffalo State College Campbell Student Union. Ken Regan was unable to defend his 2008 Championship title in 2009 has come back from Montreal, Quebec to take back the Buffalo title. 2009 Mayor's Cup Masters Champion Vance Williams was unable to defend his title this year. Kenneth Regan, International Master, 2010 Mayor's Cup Masters Champion becomes a first former champion to successfully recapture the championship title.

2nd Place winner was Lionel L. Davis, National Master, 3rd Place - Barry Davis National Master, 4th Place - Ryan Madden, Pioneer Chess Club, Arcade NY, 5th place - Eric Grabowski.

Ryan Madden wins the Top Scholastic Master trophy which is awarded to the best scholastic player annually by Fran and Horace Mc Duffie, parents of Cheryl T. Mc Duffie, Pawn Master David W. Mc Duffie and Michael A. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador.

Upset Leaders(Name,USCF rating, points)were: Michael A. Mc Duffie(1126) had earned 1127 points, Eric W. Lubas(1665) 287 points, David S. Miller(1633) 242 points, Barry Davis(2070) 175.5 points, Ryan Madden(1738) 28 points.

In the Senator Antoine Thompson U1500 Section, James J. Paul is the 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion, 2nd place - Francis Grabowski, 3rd place Ryan Palmisano, Pioneer Chess Club Arcade NY, 4th place - Mike Jocko and 5th place - Robert Simpson.

Upset Leaders(Name, USCF rating, Points) were:Ryan Palmisano(940) 616.5 points, James P. Davis(1351) 140 points, James J. Paul(1354) 44.5 points, Glenn Conlin(1281) 35 points. All place winners are invited to Mayor Byron W. Brown office for special recognition and photographs.

Special thanks to Chess MOMs Cathy Cummings, Lucy Pencille and Jennifer Santora for their volunteering contributions. Annually we want to thank Buffalo State College Hal Payne, Vice President of Student Affairs Department, Simpson and Simpson PLLC - Robert Simpson for their continued support in the promotion of chess in the Buffalo Niagara area.

Our June monthly Grand Prix will honor the outstanding efforts made by the Tuskeegee Airmen, America's first Black military airmen on Saturday, June 19th, Main Place Mall, Upper Level, USCF Open rated, Four rounds, Swiss, Game 50, USCF membership required, for discounted advance entry $20 v. $35 onsite, please register online to by Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, please include full name, uscf id number, section of play and telephone number.

SUMMER CHESS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE, SAVE THE DATES:World Chess Federation - FIDE Open rated tournaments, July 17th & 18th, August 21st & 22nd, and September 18th & 19th, Five Rounds, Swiss, Game 120, FIDE and USCF rated. To register online, please send full name, FIDE & USCF Id number, and telephone number to

My personal thanks to all of you for your continued support our efforts to develp and grow chess in the Buffalo Niagara area. We look forward to your return next year June 4th and 5th, 2011 for the 5th Annual Mayor's Cup Masters Championships, featuring Kenneth W. Regan, International Master and 2010 Mayor's Cup Masters Champion.


  1. Congratulations to a successfull tournament. Looking for next year Mayor's Cup. Congrats to all winners! Marijan

  2. Nice tourny McDuffie! Fischer always fought for honesty in chess, apparently this is not so obvious to some.

  3. Congratulations to the winners and all the
    participants in a very successful 4th
    Annual Mayor's Cup. Thanks also to Bob
    Simpson and Mark Meith and of course
    Michael for their support of Western
    NY Chess.


  4. Congrats to all of the participants, sponsors and of course to Micheal McDuffie as you continue to direct these events may iron sharpen iron and more opportunities continue to appear in all of their shapes and sizes! May we all continue to enjoy the journey and always remembering that learning is always more fun as we remember who we really are!