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Sardinia Tournament this Saturday

Sat. Sept 3 At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY 2 sections: Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, Rds.:11am,1pm,2:30pm. $50 first prize guaranteed! Scholastic: 1-4pm Round Robin-Play as many games as possible in 3 hrs! EF$5, Trophy for 1st place. All Scholastic players will receive a prize!

Shown above is the WNY Champion Pioneer Chess team at the State tournament in Saratoga last Feb. (We finished 5th in the Jr High section!) For info call Tom Warner 716-560-4160 E-mail

Can this be a draw

What should be white's next move, what squares should he avoid?
(The game is procyk-jongers from a match)

Back to School Scholastic Chess Tournament

Presented by Garnell W. Whhitfield, Jr, City of Buffalo Fire Commissioner and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy will host a Scholastic K-12 Chess Tournament at the Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway in East Amherst, NY on Saturday, September 3, 2011.

The this is a free event to help promote National Chess Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Main Libray on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Scholastic chess players must understand and recognize "Check" and "Checkmate" to participate. Limited Chess sets and boards are available. Please bring your chess set and board. United States Chess Federation rules are enforced ie."Touch move".

Advance and Online registrations will be accepted by friday, September 1, 2011 at midnight with full name, grade, school and telephone with reply to All players will be paired to play others in their same grades.

Scholastic players must report to the Community Meeting room no later than 12:30pm and will play three to five games, Swiss, Game 25. Games will start promptly at 1pm until 5pm.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Canadian, FIDE International Master for September FIDE Chess Festival

We have received written confirmation that Brian M. Hartman, an International Master and FIDE Master, USCF rated 2450 and FIDE Rating 2388, will be playing in the Buffalo International FIDE Chess Festival on September 17th and 18th at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St., Buffalo, NY. This is a FIDE and USCF rated, 5 Rounds, Swiss, Game 120, Two day event.

This will be Mr. Hartman return to International Chess since he last played in the Buffalo Chess tournament in December 2008. He has allowed us to post his picture and he extends an invitation out to FIDE rated players to join him at the Buffalo International FIDE Chess Festivals.

Feel free to make comments and send Brian a welcome back message. He will read any and all comments. He has allowed us to show his bio picture from the canadian chess archives for his friends in the United States.

Guaranteed Cash prizes are $400 - $150 - $100, U2100 -$125, U1800 -$100, U1500 -$100 -$80 and $60. The FIDE Open Section games will start at 10am, 2:30pm, and 7pm on Saturday, Sept.17th and on Sunday, Sept 18th the games will start at 9:30am and 2pm.

The September FIDE Chess Festival, has a early registration by September 1, 2011. All advance registrations are to be made payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. Details to

U1500 section will only play on Saturday, September 17th, 5 Rounds,Swiss, Game 50 with a game schedule starting at 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm, Advance discount entry fee is $25 vs $35 Cash at the door.

If you know of any FIDE rated players who would like a chance to meet and greet Brian, please let them know of his participation. New York State has the most FIDE rated players in the United States of America.

Reported by,

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

August Summer Chess Festival 2011 Results

Update ***Crosstable***
Twenty nine chess players supported the August Summer Chess Festival held at Gloria J. Parks Community Center in Buffalo, New York.

Scholastic Stars K-7 had four new players participate in a 5 rounds, Swiss, Game 30. We want to WELCOME, Noah Powley from Warren, PA and a new USCF member, Stars of India members were Kareena Cheruvu, Neel Cheruvu and Suraj Chetty.

The Scholastic Stars K-7 Undefeated Champion was Samuel E. Santora, Top Catholic Scholastic player was James W. Lyon, Top Female was Anna E. Nilsson, 2nd Place was DaRon C. Lipscomb(not pictured), 3rd Place was Alexis J. Schlaak and 4th Place was Matthew C. Schlaak.

In the August Open Section Co Champions was Harish Srinivasan and National Master Barry Davis, 3rd Place went to Erik W. Lubas, James P. Davis and Adam Chelpinski.

The Upset Leaderboard has five players knocking off higher rated players. Topping the list was newcomer Jerome J. Green scored 693 pts., in his second tournament for the year, Brian W. Sayers with 580 pts, Kevin N. Roulhac with 484 pts., Tournament Director and Chess Ambassador Michael A. Mc Duffie with 263 pts., and Harish Srinivasan with 113.5 pts.

Brian W. Sayers defeated David S. Miller(1700) for 580 pts, Jerome J. Green defeated David S. Miller(1700) for 562 pts, Kevin N. Roulhac defeated Matthew G. Peck(1592) for 484 pts, Michael A. Mc Duffie defeated Emory K. Parish(1434) for 263 pts and Harish Srinivasan draws National Master Barry Davis(2172) for 113.5 pts.

We want to say THANKS for all the continued support and growth, we get from the Buffalo Niagara region. A special thanks for all the parental support they give to the Scholastic Stars Section, for their help with pictures and keeping a watchful eye on our young developing students.

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!!!!!On September 17th and 18th at the Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, we will host a two day, Five rounds, Swiss, Game 120, USCF and FIDE rated, International FIDE Summer Chess Festival, please mail and make your checks payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221, with full name, USCF Id number, Section and telephone. Or email registrations to

Submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Chief Tournament Director


The Stars of India Chess Club which meets every thursday night at the Audubon library in Amherst New York has had its largest class which met on Thursday, August 18, 2011.

Fourteen players participate in the Topic of The Endgame. We also have seen other girls in numbers participate. Some of these players have given indications that they will participate in the August Summer Chess Festival 2011.

The August Chess Festival has also some reservations from players coming from Pennsylvania in the Scholastic and U1500 sections.

You can still make your reservation by midnight tonight with full name, USCF number, telephone number and Section of play by email to

Dr Mark Mieth and Ron Lohrman are both up for election with the New York State Chess Association, Inc., as Upstate Directors which have term limits of one year and must be in good standing and live in a zip code above 12000. You must register to vote by going to The New York State Chess Association, Inc. America's oldest chess organization, is a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting chess in New York State at all levels. As the State Affiliate of the United States Chess Federation, its Directors also serve as USCF Voting Members and Delegates.We should support our upstate Board of Directors! GET OUT THE VOTE! Support Dr. Mark Mieth and Ron Lohrman.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Online Chess Match!

Hello All! I hope everyone has been having a great summer. I was recently in the Buffalo area doing a chess camp at Nardin Academy. It was great to be back in the area with two National Chess Masters who were in Buffalo for the first time. I've recently been working with an online interface called "Shindig Chess". allows you to play online against opponents using video chat to make you feel just like you are sitting across from them. The site is built up for up to three people to be in the same room, which allows tournament directors to monitor the games and coaches to give shared lessons. Now coaches and players around the world can teach and compete in a friendly environment that is completely free! Our goal is to organize a nationwide online tournament. I coach chess in NYC and have over 500 students in the NYC Public schools. It would be great to get a friendly "training match" session going before major Scholastic Tournaments, Such as NYS Scholastics and of course the Nationals. Please let me know if you are interested in arranging a demo game with me, using the interface. It will consist of a game where we will be able to see each other, and then we will go over the game after wards. I am available any time. All you need is a web cam and a computer with internet access and it will work! I accept all challenges and it's a lot of fun. If interested, either comment on this post with your name, e-mail and time available or send an e-mail to Thanks! I hope to get some great training matches going!


The Archangel 8 Chess Academy is Celebrating over 10 years of Educational Enrichment Chess Programs for Young Students.

The August Summer Chess Festival is presented by Garnell W. Whitfield Jr, City of Buffalo, Fire Commissioner and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. Held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214.

USCF membership is required for this 4 Rounds, Swiss, Game 60 with $915.00 in Guaranteed Cash Prizes. Please bring your chess set, chess board and digital chess clock.

Guaranteed Cash Prizes are as follows; Open section $200 - $150 - $100, U2100 - $125 and U1800 - $100. Star Scholastics awarded Trophies to Top Female, Top Catholic and Top 5 winners. Urban Queens Section - Not USCF members.

Chess Schedules - Registration from 9am to 9:30am, Games start at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm and 5:30pm. Scholastic players will play 4 Games, Swiss, Game 30, starts at 11am, Noon, 1pm and 2pm.

Discounted Entry Fees are Open - $40 v $55, U1500 - $25 v $35, Scholastics $10 v $15 Cash USD at the door.

Please mail and make checks payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 with full name, USCF number, Section of play and telephone by August 17, 2011.

Please continue our Tell A Friend, Bring A Friend Referral program to help us grow the Buffalo Niagara Chess Club Community. All online registrations with replies to by August 17, 2011.

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador