Next Tournament



Sat. Dec 3 , 2011

At Pioneer Middle School 12132 Old Olean Rd., Yorkshire NY 14173

5SS, G/30, EF $10 includes free pizza for lunch! Rds. 10, 11, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 2 Sections: K-6 and 7-12

Prizes: Trophies and Olympic style medals to 1st,2nd,and 3rd place winners to individuals and teams in each section

USCF membership required, can join at tournament No limit to number of players on team, but only top 4 scores will count for team total.

There will also be a non-rated tournament with an entry fee of $5 with Trophies to top 3, and an adult tournament EF $5, Prizes per entries.

Entries & info: Tom Warner 716-560-4160

Advanced entries will be greatly appreciated!

Copeland wins in Sardinia

Sam Copeland defeated Ryan Madden in a tough battle to win the Sardinia tournament last Saturday. Sam won a pawn early and made the advantage stand to win over the Pioneer 10th grader. Sam also beat Sam Santora and Paul Kielich in rds 1 and 2.

Madden ,Kelich, and Pat Patterson tied for 2nd with 2pts. while Mike McDuffie won the u1600 class prize, also with 2 pts. Other participants were Chris Darling, Max Peters, Sam Santora, Wes Darling, Lucas Grisanti, and Todd Thompson.

In the Scholastic section Max Peters had a fine tournament and won with 3.5 pts. Zach Madden, Todd Thompson, Wes Darling, Brad Schrock, Sam Santora, and Lucas Grisanti also participated.

The cross table is at

Don't forget the 27th USA Jr Chess Olympics scholastic tournament next month (Dec 3) at the Pioneer Middle School, Yorkshire,NY. EF $10 includes pizza for lunch! Prizes will be team and individual trophies and olympic style medals. G/30, Rds 10,11,12:30,1:30,2:30. There will also be an adult and unrated section. More details will be coming next week.

Lockport Knights Make Front Page News!

The Lockport Knights Youth Chess Club was featured on the front page of the Lockport Union - Sun & Journal on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. It can be found on the website Pictured above is Jean Luke Pencille, son of Lucy Pencille. This program was the result of a joint brainstorming idea with Mrs. Pencille and Coach Mc Duffie. Andrew Pencille her older son, played in the 2010 USCF National Scholastic Championships in Columbus, Ohio and was honored by James Williams, PhD former Buffalo School District Superintendent. This is the 4th session now and we will start another soon. Some of the the Lockport Knights were members of the 2010 Scholastic Champions Team where we travelled to Central New York this past April. Girls are very much in attendance and show a love for the game.

Featured are Alexis Schlaak, Kevin Kovach, Liberty Wendt and a full picture of the chess room.

Students are paired up every monday night at the Lockport Youth Center located on Willow and Transit from 6pm until 8pm. The pre - registration is now taking application for the Winter session that will start in December.

Chess lessons, matches and instructions are directed by The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, an affiliate with the US Chess Federation.

Join us to Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Session at the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main St, Buffalo, NY for 4 USCF Rated games and Scholastic chess on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Details and flyer available with reply to

Congratulations to the Lockport Knights Chess Club!

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

2011 Global Concepts Fall Chess Festival

Come on out and join us for the 2011 Global Concepts Fall Chess Festival! We are excited to announce the addition of a new U1600 adult section for adults looking to play and scholastic players looking to challenge their game! More details on this newly added section are included below.

2011 Global Concepts Fall Chess Festival
Date: Saturday, November 19th
Location: Global Concepts Charter School, 1001 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna 14218
Time: Check in by 9:45, first round for all sections begins at 10:00am

There are three scholastic sections to choose from. Unrated, U700 and U1400. 4ss rounds, G/30. The U700 and U1400 sections are USCF rated. Entry fee for scholastic sections is $5.00.

Our new U1600 adult section has no entrance fee. This section will NOT BE RATED by the USCF and will be open to all rated USCF and non-rated players who wish to play friendly games with other adults. Future events in this section (U1600) will be rated depending on the level of interest and participation. Game time for all sections will be G/30, but the new U1600 section will have a delay of 5 sec. added. If you're intending to play in the new U1600 section, please confirm your intended attendance by posting in the comments section below.

Medals will be rewarded to top five in the Urated, U700, U1400 scholastic sections. The U1600 will have certificates for the Top Three.

If you have any questions, or would like to register, please contact Mr. Cirillo at

We're looking forward to seeing you there and thank you in advance for your support and participation!

Global Concepts "Halloween Tournament" Results!

GCCS and QueensKnight hosted their fourth successful annual “Halloween Chess Tournament”. 36 chess players came out to haunt the school. There were 11 “Vampires”, 15 “Werewolves”, and 10 “Zombies” and they were all out for fresh blood. They fought hard for every drop they could squeeze out of their victims. In the end nobody got hurt except the T.D. who with help from the witches barely escaped the onslaught of vampires, werewolves, and hungry zombies. Although, the T.D. still managed to get the last word in… of the results… and this is how it all finished…

First and foremost, the trophy for "Best Costume 2011" was awarded to Enya Cirillo for her Little Red Riding Hood costume.

“The Vampires” (U1400) were led by:

“The Werewolves” (U700) ended up like this:

And finally the walking “Zombies” (Unrated) went like this:

Finally they were all happy, since it was so close to HALLOWEEN…or was it the candy? Well it doesn’t matter the next tournament will be on NOVEMBER 19TH, same place, same time. We're excited to announce the addition of a new U1600 section for adults and scholastic players looking for a challenge. More details to come soon!

Sardinia Tournament this Saturday

Sardinia Tournament Sat. Nov. 5 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!

For info call Tom Warner 716-560-4160 E-mail

Also coaches get your teams ready for the 27th USA Jr Chess Opympics on Dec 3 at the Pioneer Middle School, Yorkshire NY. This event will feature some of the best scholastic players in WNY, Pa, and Canada. There will also be an adult section. Last year we had 88 entries, this year lets make it 100!

5SS, G/30, trophies and medals to top teams and individuals. EF $10 which includes pizza for lunch!