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A very respectful thirty five chess players turned out for the Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. Chess Tournament on April 16, 2011, at Main Place Mall in Buffalo, NY.

The Buffalo Fire Commissioner got a chance to speak and shake hands with the parents, students in the Scholastic K-12 (Willie Mays#42 Section) and the Urban Queens - (Mary B. Talbert Section). He first applauded them for participating in the Royal game of Chess, encouraged them to continue to get better and to stay with the game. He also applauded the Buffalo Niagara Chess community for their active participation of working and being mentors for the scholastic players. Finally, the Commissioner took time to encourage and lift the spirits of the East High Dark Knights Chess team in their quest for a second national team trophy when they travel to Nashville, TN.

Pictured L-R front are Joshua Hampton, Jonathan Boone, James Hampton, Karl White and Justin Arrington, Back are Miles Glenn, Mc Duffie(Chess Ambassador), James Lyon, Ruby Soundant, Commissioner Whitfield, Jr., Isabelle Longfellow and Demetrius Jenkins. Not pictured but participated were Ariana Johnson and Imari Johnson.

WELCOME! TO The Buffalo Niagara Chess Community: Please welcome Ariana Johnson, Imari Johnson, Demetrius Jenkins, Miles Glenn, Brian Sayers, returning unrated players were Howard Patton, III and Nicole Capodagli.

The results of the Urban Queens - Mary B. Talbert Section, had 6 players participate. The Mary B. Talbert Champion - Ruby Z. Soudant, 2nd Place - Isabelle W. Longfellow, 3rd Place - Miles S. Glenn, 4th Place - Imari R. Johnson. Earning their first chess trophies were Isabelle, Miles and Imari, CONGRATULATIONS! Ruby Soudant and Isabelle Longfellow were members of the Buffalo Golden Knight Chess team who were 2011 K-12 Champions at the Fabius Pompey Upstate New York Scholastic Championships in Fabius New York earlier this month.

In the Urban Knights K-12, Willie Mays #42 Section had 6 players participate. The Willie Mays #42 Champion was Justin D. Arrington, earning his first personal trophy and is a member of the East High Dark Knights Chess team. 2nd Place - Jonathan J. Boone, 3rd Place - James W. Lyon, 4th Place - Joshua A. Hampton. Others were Karl D. White and James Hampton. James W. Lyon took 2nd place at the NYS Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY and at the Fabius Pompey Upstate NY Scholastic K-6 section, also a member of the Buffalo Golden Knights Chess Team.

In the G.W. Whitfield Jr. U1500 Section had 9 players participate. Buffalo Fire Champion - James P. Davis, Esq., he has had a lock on the U1500 section for several months now. 2nd Place - Kevin N. Roulhac, a K-12 scholastic player who has earned a trophy in 3 of his last 4 tournaments and wanted to tests his talents in the higher bracket. Kevin was also a Buffalo Golden Knight Chess team member in Fabius, NY and he is the first Urban Knight Chess club member to arrive every wednesday night chess session at the Frank Merriweather Branch library. Congratulations Kevin!

In the U1500 Upset Leaderboard only had Kevin N. Roulhac (685) defeating Michael P. Skok(1162) for 477 points.

The G.W. Whitfield Jr. Open Section had an impressive 14 players. I was able to get in one game before the scholastic section started. Thanks for the new growth. Special Thanks to Mark Clark who drives to visit us and is a welcome member and friend from Jamestown, NY. Mark also host tournaments in the Jamestown area, if you get a chance drop down and "represent Buffalo. Welcome to the Open section for their first games are Justin Craddock, from the UB Chess Club which meets every thursday nights, Brian Sayers.

Back are the Open section Co-Champions - National Master Lionel L. Davis and National Master Barry Davis. We had the full complement of the Davis Chess team and none are related, Barry Davis, Charles L. Davis, Esq., James P. Davis, Esq. and Lionel L. Davis. The U1900 prize winners were Glenn Westcott and Harish Srinivasan.

Special thanks to Jethro Soudant, James J. Paul, OD., Diane Ruminski and Robert Simpson, Esq. for their continued support with hosting lunch, taking pictures and bringing healthy snacks.

Our next monthly tournament will be a "BON VOYAGE" Chess Party Tournament, Saturday, April 23, 2011. A USCF open rated tournament, Swiss, 3 Rounds, Game 60. Three sections of play are Open, U1500 and Unrated. The UNRATED section is for any chess player who wants to play but isnt a current member of the US Chess Federation. The entry fee is $10 and all the proceeds will go to the East High School Dark Knights Chess Team for Nashville, TN. There will be an Easter Basket Raffle and The Dark Knights $5.00 raffle available. We are accepting personal donations of $20 and Business donations of $100. Business donors of $100 or more will receive a quarter page ad in the souvenir journal of the 5th Annual Mayor's Cup FIDE International Chess Championships.
The 5th Annual Mayor's Cup FIDE International Chess Championships., June 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2011 held at Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY. This championships is FIDE and US Chess Federation rated. 30 Enhanced USCF Grand Prix points. The defending 2008 & 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion, International Master, Kenneth Regan, Ph.D has confirmed his entry and will be taking on all challengers. May the force be with you!

Those USCF rated U1500 (Jeff White Memorial Section), will play 5 rounds, Swiss, Game 90 only on Sat. June 4th and Sunday, June 5th, 2011. The Mayor's Cup Scholastic K-12 Championships will only be on Saturday, June 4, 2011, Swiss, 5 Rounds, Game 30. Chess teams of 3 players are also elgible to win a MAYOR'S CUP TEAM TROPHY!

Mayor's Cup 2011 FIDE Championship sponsors are Buffalo State College, Sudent Affairs Department, Simpson and Simpson, LLC., and Willie Hutch Jones Educational and Sports Clinics. Business sponsorship opportunities are limited but still available.

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Reminder to continue to "Tell a Friend, Bring a Friend" referral program to help us grow the Buffalo Niagara Community Monthly Chess Tournament. The Buffalo Niagara Community Monthly Chess Tournament is an affilate of The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, under the supervision and direction of Michael A. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador and USCF Chief Tournament Director.

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