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Summer Chess Festival - Learn to Play Chess Workshop!

On Saturday, July 30, 2011, The Archangel 8 Chess Academy will host a Learn to Play Chess Workshop at the Audubon Branch Library located at 350 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst from 11am until 4pm.

If you would like to learn the "Chess Basics", please join us by registering reply to by midnight tonight with full name, grade and telephone number.

This program is open to students of all ages, who would like to learn how to play chess.

This is a FREE Workshop where the chess instructions will be provided by The Archangel 8 Chess Academy with United States Chess Federation, Certified Chess Coach, Michael A. Mc Duffie.

Limited chess sets and boards are provided.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

WGRZ TV 2 Highlights Chess Kids

On Monday, July 25, 2011 Please watch the morning show between 5am and 6am and evening telecast between 6pm and 7pm on WGRZ - TV 2 with Reporter Kevin Oneil who has highlighted The Archangel 8 Chess Academy and its chess players pictured above are 2011 Mayor's Cup, K-12 Scholastic Champion - Samuel E. Santora, 2011 Mayor's Cup, K-6th Scholastic Champion - James W. Lyon, The Urban Queens Chess Team, Laura E. Cohn, Ruby Z. Soudant, Isabelle Longfellow and Alexis Schlaak all participated in a chess challenge as well as educating the public on how girls and students learn to play.

We would like your input and comments with reply to the WGRZ TV 2 facebook and let us know how yoe feel about the scholastic chess story and reply to

SAVE THE DATE, Saturday, July 30, 2011 join us for Learn to play chess at the Audubon Branch Library located on Audubon Parkway in Amherst, NY. Students of all ages will learn how to better themselves in chess. This is all part of the National Chess Day Chess Tournament coing to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library on Sunday, October9, 2011 featuring an All Girls/Female Chess Tournament.

Thanks for all your help, support and cooperation.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Chess Festival Results 2011

The second part of the Summer Chess Festival attracted 21 players at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center on Saturday, July 16th. Upsets were plenty and the young scholastic players were making their mark in the July Chess Festival.

The new 2011 Summer Chess Festival Undefeated Champion was Ryan Madden, 2nd Place National Master Barry Davis. The U2100 section was dominated by scholastic players Benjamin W. Havey, Erik W. Lubas, Partho Bhattacharya, and Kevin N. Roulhac. The U1800 Section was won by James J. Paul, OD.

The Upset Leaderboard was won by Michael A. Mc Duffie, Chief Tournament Director with 874 points, Partho Bhattacharya - 816 pts., Ryan Palmisano - 673 pts., Brian Sayers - 575 pts., Kevin N. Roulhac - 405 pts., James J. Paul - 203 pts., and Benjamin W. Havey - 171 pts.

Individual Upsets were as follows; Michael A. Mc Duffie defeated Albert Patterson(1721) for 539 pts, Partho Bhattacharya defeated Albert Patterson(1721) for 510 pts, Ryan Palmisano defeated Matthew G. Peck(1549) for 417 pts, Kevin N. Roulhac defeated Matthew G. Peck(1549) for 405 pts, Brian W. Sayers defeated James P. Davis(1517) for 397 pts, James J. Paul draws Benjamin W. Havey(1821) for 203 pts, Benjamin W. Havey draws National Master Barry Davis(2163) for 171 pts, Partho Bhattacharya defeated James P. Davis(1517) for 306 pts, Ryan Palmisano defeated Adam Chelpinski(1388) for 256 pts, Brian W. Sayers defeated Glenn Conlin(1298) for 178 pts, and Michael A. Mc Duffie defeated James P. Davis(1517) for 335 pts.

Welcome goes out to Jerome J. Green who is a new USCF member from the Gloria J Parks Chess Club which meets on Friday evenings at 7pm. Welcome back goes to the maturing scholastic players Benjamin W. Havey (growth of beard) and Partho Bhattacharya (growing much taller).

The third part of the Summer Chess Festival will continue on Saturday August 20, 2011 at the Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Four Rounds, Game 60, Swiss, USCF open rated format and $915 Guaranteed Cash prizes.

Thanks for everyone who continues to invite and bring chess players to the Chess Festival events. Advance registrations for discounted entry fees, please reply to with full name, section and telephone.

If you have any other media outlets or other forms of marketing our chess events, please reply to

SAVE THE DATE: National Chess Day in Buffalo, Sunday October 9th at the Main Branch Erie County Library, located on Main Street in Buffalo, a 3 Round, Swiss Tournament and an All Girls/Female Chess Championship section.

Thanks for everyone for your continued support!

Report submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador and Chief Tournament Director

Buffalo July Chess Festival 2011

Presented by Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr., City of Buffalo Fire Commissioner inconjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

This is a US Chess Federation, 4 Rounds, Swiss, Game 60 Open rated tournament. Please bring chess sets, chess board and digital chess clock. Discounted Online registration will be accepted no later than July 15, 2011, please include full name, USCF Id number and section of play with reply to

Sections are Open, U1500 and Star Scholastics, all USCF rated.

Discounted entry fees: Open $40 v $55 Cash at the door, U1500 $25 v $35 Cash at the door and Star Scholastic K-12 $10 or $15 Cash at the door.

Game schedules are Open and U1500 start at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm and 5:30pm. Scholastics will start at 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm with Trophies awarded to the Top 4 players.

Guaranteed Cash Prizes: Open - $200, $150, $100, U2100 - $125, U1800 - $100. In the U1500 Section Cash Pries are $100 - $80 - $60.

Please mail and make checks payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY, postmarked no later than wednesday, July 13, 2011.

Thank you for your continued support. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chief Tournament Director

Schoenacker wins in Sardinia

Life member and current Keshequa Central (located in Nunda,NY) chess coach Irving Schoenacker won all 3 games to win the Sardinia tournament last Saturday. Irving, who is also a retired corrections officer, defeated Max Tell, Pat Patterson, and Adam Chelpinski to take first. Adam is getting back into chess after about a 6 year layoff - good to see you back! Glen Conlin and Max Tell tied for 2nd with 2 wins. Also competing were Ryan and Nathan Palmisano, and Drew Tuck- also a chess teacher at Keshequa.

In the scholastic section Hunter Witt beat Zach Madden in the last game to take the trophy. Also competing were Nate and Ryan Palmisano, Max Peters, Max Tell, and Max's twin brothers Alex and Zach Tell- both playing in their first tournament! Its good to see some new people playing in the tournaments. I hope they continue to come!

The cross table is at No tournament next month, I'm going to try my luck in Cleveland again! See you in September.