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The Urban Golden Knights Chess Team earned their first 2011 Team Championship at the 19th Annual Harley Scholastic Chess Tournament in Pittsford, New York.

Please send out a special congratulations to The Golden Knights team members, Laura Cohn, Lindbergh Elementary, Alexis and Matthew Schlaak, Ruby Soudant, Olmstead #64 and Chinmayi Krishnan, Heim Elementary, Coached by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador.

Top honors for Laura Cohn for Top 2nd Grader and Alexis Schlaak for Top Kindergartener, both earned Trophies and each member earned a Team Medal.

There was a total of 13 players which 8 were females from the Urban Queens Chess Club. The Urban Golden Knights were also represented by 6 players in the Third to Fifth Grade section, which 3 were females, Shayla Carr, 4th grader at School 17, Eliza Conyers, 4th grader at Olmstead #64, and Luxury Ubiles, 5th grader at North Park #66, their counterparts were Joshua Harbert, 5th grader at Olmstead #97 and both Benjamin Rummell, 5th grader and Samuel E. Santora, 3rd grader from The homeschool chess club - The Chess Club of Buffalo.

Samuel E. Santora earns a trophy for being the Top Overall 3-5 Section player.

Finally, in the 6 - 8th Section, The Urban Golden Knights were represented by Trevor Cohn, 7th grader at Kenmore Middle and Genuine Ubiles, 8th grader at North Park #66. This section was very challenging and only played three games. Trevor won 2 games, one game he won in 6 moves and Genuine won one game.

Congratulations to all the students for representing the Buffalo - Niagara area. A special thanks to all the parents who took time to drive and stayed to encourage their children during their first chess event.

If you have a student who would like to be part of the Golden Knights K-8 team, please email me at Our next Star Scholastic Chess Tournament will be on Saturday, January 15th, 2011 at the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Scholastic players are to report no later than 10:30am, the first games will start at 11am. The format is non rated, 5 games, Game/30. Scholastic advance entry fee is $10 or $15 at the door. Pizza and refreshments are provided to all tournament players.

Please check the January Issue of the Family Magazine on page 61 for our first quarter 2011 Chess Tournament schedule.

Reported by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

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