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OFW SCHOLASTIC CHESS REMINDER


Seats still remain for the Old First Ward Beginners Scholastic Holiday Chess Tournament, located at the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic St, Buffalo, NY. FRIDAY, December 28, 2012!

Hosted by the Old First Ward Community Center, Willie Hutch Jones Educational Sports Clinics and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. USCF rules enforced!

Players are asked to bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clock.

Entry fee is $5.00 Cash at the door, NO CHECKS!. All elgible scholastic K-9 players, USCF rating will be used for seeding only.

Online registration by midnight, December 27, 2012 with full name, grade, school and telephone with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

All scholastic players are to report by 10am, Four games, Game 35;d5, Games will start at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm.

Two section: K-5 and 6-9th grades.

Awards to the Top two winners in each section and Top Female.

Group photos and awards presented after the last game.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director, Boy Scouts of America, Chess Merit Badge Counselor

2nd Annual "Blizzard Challenge"


SONWIL Distribution Center presents their…
2nd Annual Western New York K-12 Chess Teams

"Blizzard Challenge"
Come and prove your game against the best chess teams of Western NY on
January 12th 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Where: at Global Concepts Charter School, 1001 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna NY 14218
Entrance Fee: FREE and LUNCH IS INCLUDED.
Sections and game time: K-5, K-8, K-12 (4SS rounds at G/35)
Blitz section open to all players, 4ss unrated (G/5).
Awards: Trophies for top 3 teams in each section and medals for the top 4 performers within the team; individual trophies for top 3 in each section, and all participants will receive certificates. In the Blitz section top 3 individuals receive trophies.

All players must have a current USCF membership to participate. Renewals and new memberships may be purchased at the registration table 30 minutes before first round. Minimum team size is 2 players but will be at a disadvantage. Top 4 scores will be counted for the team competition.

To register or for more information: Send your Name, your Team Name (May or may not be schools name), Birth Date, Grade Level, and USCF number to Mr. Cirillo at  cirilloav@yahoo.com If you want to register for the blitz section, please mention it in the e-mail.

CHRISTMAS COOKIES FOR SANTA 2012


With no Chess games to play, after helping Santa, went to church with my santa hat on and a lil 4 1/2 yr old girl, who I didnt know, came over and sat down next to me and said "Hi" whats your name?, Im Elf Michael, Santa's Helper! I asked her what did she want from Santa, she said she wanted Santa to know she asked for a "Dream Light" but someone has already given her a Dream Light, so Santa can take that off her list. I smiled and said as Santa's Elf, I would make sure that Santa would take it off his list for her. SANTA lives in our hearts and minds, you never know what a christmas hat and christmas spirit will bring out in all of us!

Merry Christmas to everyone, Happy Holidays and have a safe Happy New Year 2013!

Bought some spices for christmas cookies and sweetpotato pie from Penzeys Spices on Elmwood, being a "Pampered Santa Chef", great smells at the store, still in the christmas spirit came home, put on christmas music of the mighty Temptations, Babyface, Vandross, Silk, Barry White, and Gerald Levert, made some chocolate chip with walnuts "Christmas cookies. Family told me you cant make christmas cookies with chocolate chip dough, floured the cutters of Angel, Buffalo, Xmas Tree and Candy cane, thought I pass these photos on to all who might have the same idea.

Despite all the good advice, all the cookies have now disappeared, now I have to make another batch for Santa and the Elfs for the upcoming Elf party.

OLD FIRST WARD BEGINNERS SCHOLASTIC TOURNAMENT 2012


Hosted by the Old First Ward Community Center, The Willie Hutch Jones Educational Sports Clinics and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

This is a Beginners Scholastic K-9 Chess Tournament with two sections; K-5 and 6th - 9th grades!

Please join us on Friday, December 28th, 2012 at the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic Street, Buffalo NY from 10am to 3pm. USCF rules are enforced, players are asked to bring a chess set, chess board and digital chess clock. Must know how to checkmate!

All players must report by 10am, first games will start at 10:30am. Players will play four games, game 35;d5, no elimination. Chess players are asked to bring a chess set, chess board and digital chess clock. Limited supply available upon request!

All scholastic players must register in advance with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com with full name, uscf number, section, grade, school and telephone by midnight on thursday, December 27th, 2012. Entry fee is $5.00 CASH only at the door!

AWARDS: Group Photos and Trophies awarded immediately after the last game to the Top 2 winners and Top Female in each section!

Submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director and Boy Scouts of America, Chess Merit Badge Counselor

AUDUBON BEGINNERS SCHOLASTIC CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT 2012


Hosted by The Archangel 8 Chess Academy and the Amherst Audubon Branch library, located on John James Parkway in Amherst NY.

FREE ENTRY! This is a Beginners Open Scholastic Chess Tournament for ALL SCHOLASTIC K-12 PLAYERS with advance email entry with full name, USCF number, grade, school and telephone to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com by midnight on Wednesday, December 26 2012.

All scholastic players are to report by 11am and join us on Thursday, December 27, 2012 from 11am to 5pm. First games start at 11:30am.

Three sections: K-3rd, 4th - 7th and 8th - 12th grades. Free entry with library card!

All scholastic players will play 4 to 5 chess games, no elimination, game 30;d5, all players are asked to bring a chess set, chess board and digital chess clock. No glass or miniature sets. Limited supply with advance notice! USCF Rules apply ie "Touch Move" and must know how to checkmate!

Awards - Group Photos and Trophies for the Top 2 winners in each section immediately after the last game!

Best Wishes and Merry Christmas! Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director and Boy Scouts of America, Chess Merit Badge Counselor

2012 SANDY HOOK MEMORIAL RESULTS


"HEARTS ARE BROKEN but our SPIRITS ARE STRONG"! The Holiday Classic was unamiously changed due to remember the 20 children and 7 educators who died in the tradegy Sandy Hook Elementary in Conn. Over 55 players, parents and spectators with thoughts and prayers, supported the USCF 2012 Sandy Hook Memorial Chess event. The only photo shown is of the Sandy Hook Memorial Scholastic K-12 Section to honor those angels at Sandy Hook Elementary.

USCF membership renewals - if you need to renew your membership, please contact arcangel8chess@yahoo.com and renew your membership with the Archangel 8 Chess Academy, the US Chess Federation is asking all its chess affiliates to do more to host more Rated events and help bring organized chess to more people and to achieve long sought goal of topping the 100,000 mark in USCF memberships. With your help and support, WNY can help do their part with your renewals. There are new plastic membership cards being issued a change instead of the paper cards.

The Sandy Hook Memorial Scholastic K-12 Section had 12 players from Olmsted Golden Knights of 64, Enterprise Charter Knights, Gloria J Parks Chess Club, Boy Scouts of America Troop 554, Stars of India Chess Club, George K Arthur Chess Club, Pioneer Middle School in Yorkshire NY and Erie, PA. As a Christmas wish, most of these players are not members of the US Chess Federation, if you would like to sponsor a child, please contact The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Trophies were awarded in two sections K-4 and 5-8th grades. The K-4 undefeated Champion was Ashton A. William, 2nd Place - Ethen Warner and 3rd Place - Joshua Rasmussen from Erie, PA.

The 5th - 8th grade section Champion and Top Boy Scout of America was Aaron Cooper, 2nd Place - James Shippens and 3rd Place - Donte Simmons.

The Urban Queens Section; Champion and Top Girl Scout - Lovejoy District was Jessica Dixon, 2nd Place - Ruby Z. Soudant.

"My 1st Trophy" Awards in memory of David "Pawnmaster Mc Duffie were awarded to Ayanna Shelton and DeJon Betts and chess necklace presented to Nia Worsham and Jayden Whitt.

Results of the Sandy Hook Angels U1500 Section hosted 21 players were Co Champions - James J. Paul, MD and visitor, Kenneth Crumpler from Kansas City MO, and 3rd Place - 5 way tie with Top Scholastic - Zachary Madden, Sandipan Kundu, Michael Skok, Jerome J. Green and Cory Mc Lean.

Highlights in the section was Bishop Timon and Pioneer Middle School Chess Teams joined the group in preparations for the upcoming 2013 New York State Scholastic Championships, Saratoga Springs NY and USCF Scholastic National Championships, Nashville TN. Visitors from Kansas City, Fredonia NY, Erie Pa, new USCF members Cory Mc Lean, James Brown from Fables Cafe Chess Club and Peter Killinger.

U1500 Angels - Upset Leaders were Cory Mc Lean(653) with 677 points, Peter Killinger(977) with 405 points, Zachary Madden(1257) with 292 points, Chris Dunsworth(1186) with 287 points and Kenneth Crumpler(1445) with 11 points.

Results in the Sandy Hook Open Section hosted 22 players were Co Champions and National Master Lionel L. Davis and National Master Samuel S. Copeland. 3rd Place tie with Tom Warner, NM Barry Davis, Daniel Allen and Top HS Scholastic - Erik W. Lubas.

Open Upset Leaders were Tim Keane(975) with 780 points, Lucas Seybold(1562) with 193 points, Thomas Warner(1794) with 145 points, Matthew G. Peck(1511) with 116 points and Samuel S. Copeland(2201) with 33 points.

Special thanks to the Refreshment volunteers were Mr and Mrs Lyon, Mrs Santora, photos by Jethro Soudant, the Girls Scouts of WNY, Diane Ruminski and Buffalo Common Council President Richard Fontana.

Please check out our Archangel 8 Chess Academy Facebook page and "LIKE" our page for all the photos taken during tournament play.

SAVE THE DATE for Saturday, January 19th - 2013 William J O'Leary - Soudant Memorial Classic and Saturday, January 26, 2013 - David "Pawnmaster" W. Mc Duffie Memorial both USCF rated tournaments to be held in the Main Place Mall in Buffalo NY.

Refer a Friend, Tell a Friend and Bring a Friend, help us grow the Buffalo - Niagara Falls Chess Community, comments and suggestions with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Reported by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director and Boy Scouts of America, Chess Merit Badge Counselor

2012 VETERANS DAY MEMORIAL RESULTS




Over forty two total players and spectators came out to honor our fallen veterans and the serving armed forces servicemen and families. This year we honored The Montford Marines and Norwich University, the oldest private military academy in the United States.

Results of the Norwich University Scholastic K-12 Section are as follows; 7 scholastic players participated in four games with a chess clock.

Undefeated Champion - Ashton A. William, 2nd grader of the Stars of India Chess Club, Top Female Award and Top 4th grader - Ruby Z. Soudant, member of the Olmsted Golden Knights of 64 and Urban Queens Chess club, Top Boy Scout of America Award - Aaron Cooper, Troop 554, Top 7th - 9th grader - James Regdos.

Results in the Tuskegee Airmen U1500 Section where 16 players participated. Honors for Undefeated Champion and Top Collegiate Champion, an Unrated new member to the USCF - Tamal T. Biswas from the University of Buffalo Collegiate Chess Club, 2nd Place Tie - Glenn Conlin and Samuel E. Santora the 2012 Mayor's Cup K-12 Champion.

The Wendys Restaurant Upset Leaders; Wesley Darling with 263 points and Todd Thompson with 113 points both visitors from the Pioneer Middle School Chess Club and Top Scholastic Canadian was Vinay Sharma of Welland Ontario.

Results of the Montord Marines Open Section had 19 players participate, two were USCF National Masters. Undefeated Champion was National Master - Lionel L. Davis, 2nd Place Tie was National Master - Barry Davis, Erik W. Lubas, Daniel J Allen and Charles A. Lubas.

Top Collegiate Award - Charles A. Lubas, Pittsburgh, Pa, Top High School Award - Erik W. Lubas, Kenmore West, Wendy's Restaurant Upset Leaders were Matthew G. Peck with 427 points and Brian Sayers with 313 points.

Thanks for all your continued help and support.

Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director


Immortal Chess Endgame

Immortal Chess Endgame
White plays and wins.
Did you see this?
It is just incredible!

...and here is the  video if you had enough.

USCF DECEMBER HOLIDAY CLASSIC 2012

CONGRATULATIONS! Buffalo Common Council President Richard A. Fontana plays chess against Lovejoy district Girlscout Ayanna Shelton, 7th grader at School 89 from the Buffalo Urban Queens enrichment Youth Afterschool Chess program at the George K Arthur Community Center.

If you are looking for the ultimate chess challenge, or simply come and play for fun, then you are invited to join the US Chess Federation members in the Buffalo - Niagara Falls, New York Chess Community in an open, friendly and respectful chess environment, Free parking under the Mall, Boutique shops and Food Court open during tournament play.
This is a unique opportunity to come and compete, test your skill, knowledge and your will to win against some of the most respected and admired nationally ranked, top International Masters, National Masters and Scholastic New York State Champion chess players in the United States.

The USCF December Holiday Classic 2012 Chess Tournament will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14201.

US Chess Federation membership is required and available with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

PIZZA and Refreshment will be provided for all paid tournament players.

The format will be 4 games, Game 50 with 5 sec delay, USCF Open dual rated tournament with four sections of play. Sections are Open, U1500, Scholastic Stars will be 4 games, Game 30, K-3 and 5-9.

Open and U1500 CASH Prizes of $560.00 based on 18 players in each section. OPEN Cash prizes are $200, $100 and $50, U1500 Cash prizes are $120, $60 and $30. Scholastic Stars Section will award Trophies to the Top 3 players and Top Female in each section K-3 and 5-9 grades.

Online Advance entries are greatly appreciated by midnight on wednesday, December 12th to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Early Bird Entries and discounts should be mailed and made payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221, must be received by wednesday, December 12, with full name, USCF number, section and telephone to confirm your participation in the tournament.

Early Bird Entry Fees are OPEN and U1500 are $25 vs $35 CASH At the door. Scholastic Stars are $10 v $15 Cash at the door.

Game Schedule for OPEN and U1500, ALL players are to report by 9am, Games will start at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm. Written algebraic notation with a digital chess clock is required. Byes are available in advance with request. Late arrivals will be given a one half point non playing BYE!

Scholastic Stars Game Schedule, all players must report by 10am, Games will start at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Photos and awards immediately to follow. Players will play with a digital chess clock provided by the tournament and must be returned to the TD.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, US Chess Federation Tournament Director and BoyScouts of America, Chess Merit Badge Counselor and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy founder.

Pioneer wins K-12 at Olympics GCCS wins K-6

  Pioneer won the  K-12 and Global Concepts Charter school won the K-6 team titles at the 28th USA Jr Chess Olympics held at the Pioneer Middle School last Saturday. 73 of the best scholastic players in Western New York showed up and battled it out and some great chess was played.
 Pioneer junior Ryan Madden won the individual title in the K-12 section, beating expert Abe Glasser of Rochester in round 5 to go undefeated. Last year's winner Owen Shriver of  Brighton High was held to a draw by last year's K-6 winner Jacob Chen in round 5 and finished 2nd. Glasser got 3rd.
 Brighton High of Rochester finished 2nd to Pioneer, Global Concepts 3rd and Bishop Timon of Buffalo 4th.
 In the K-6 section Edwin Rosenberg, Wendell Lambert, Anoop Suncara, and Michael Dunaevsky all tied for 1st with Rosenberg from Brighton winning on tiebreaks. Sunkara is also from Brighton while Lambert goes to GCCS of Rochester and Dunaevsky goes to Pittsford. Tom Blum of GCCS of Lackawanna finished 5th.
  Brighton finished 2nd in the k-6 also, GCCS of Rochester 3rd and Pioneer 4th.
  In the unrated section Connor Paradis from Depew won with 4.5/5. Tied for 2nd was Helena and Cora Blackwell, Chris Ward, and Ethen Warner, all of Pioneer and Colby Hess from GCCS of Lackawanna.
Thanks to Michael McDuffie and Antonio Cirillo for assisting and Barry Davis for his expert analysis. Also to Bob Simpson for donating the medals.  Special thanks to the He and Peterson family for traveling 2 hrs ffrom Horseheads NY to play. Hope to see you again next year!
 

28th USA Jr Chess Olympics




Sat. Dec 1 , 2012

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

warner689@roadrunner.com

 

Madden brothers win in Sardinia

 
  The Madden brothers had a good day at the Veterans Day tournament at Sardinia on Monday Nov 12. Ryan won with wins over James Lyon, Pat Patterson, and Ryan Palmisano while Ryan's brother Zach upset Pat Patterson in round 3 to finish in second place. Great job boys!
  James Lyon won the 5 player scholastic section while David Stefan won the unrated section over 6 other players.
 Remember Dec 1 is the date for the USA Jr Chess Olympics at Pioneer Middle school. Early team and individual entries will be greatly appreciated!  

Sardinia Veterans Day Tournament

Sardinia Tournament

Mon. Nov 12 (Veterans Day)

At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY

2 sections:

Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, ( may be changed to 4SS, G/30 depending on # of entries) 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

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USCF VETERANS DAY MEMORIAL 2012

Presented by Garnell W. Whitfield Jr., City of Buffalo, Fire Commissioner and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, celebrating over 12 years of educational enrichment youth chess programs.

We want to WELCOME and invite all Chess players for the start of the downtown Buffalo Winter USCF Chess season (November to June) on every third saturday of each month at the Main Place Mall, Upper level.

On Saturday, November 17, 2012 held at the Main Place Mall, Upper level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14201. There is Free parking under the mall, please do not leave any valuables in the automobile. Boutiques and Food Court open during tournament play.

This is a United States Chess Federation Open dual rated chess tournament. USCF Membership required, USCF rules are enforced.

Each player will play 4 games, no elimination, game 50; 5 second delay with a digital chess clock. All players are required to bring their chess set, chess board and digital chess clock. All players are to report by 9am and Games will start at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm.

PIZZA and Refreshments are provided for all paid tournament players! Come out and honor our veterans, FREEDOM isnt FREE!

Sections: There are four sections of play, Open section - Entry fee $25 v $30, U1500 section - EF $25 v $30, Scholastics K-3 and Scholastics K-12 - Entry Fee $10 v $15 Cash USD at the door.

Cash Prizes based on 18 paid entries in each section - Open $200 - $100 - $50, U1500 - $120 - $60 and $30. Please bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clock.

Scholastic Stars Section will be 4 USCF rated games, Game 30;d5. Trophies for Top 3 winners and Top Female. All Scholastic players are to report by 10am. Games will start at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm.

Early bird registration must be received by Wednesday, November 14th, with reply online to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com with full name, uscf number, section, grade and telephone.

The December Holiday Chess Classic 2012 will be held on Sat Dec. 15, 2012 at the Main Place Mall, Buffalo, NY.

Please make checks payable and mail to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 by November 14, 2012.

Please help us continue to grow the Buffalo Niagara Falls Chess community and invite a friend and then bring a friend!

Submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

No tournament Saturday

Just a reminder - no Sardinia tournament this Saturday. There will be one on Veterans Day, November 12. Details will be coming next week. Its also time to get your teams ready for the USA Jr Chess Olympics on Dec 1 at the Pioneer Middle School, Yorkshire NY.  We had 88 entries last year - can we make it to 100 this year?

BOB JOHNSON MEMORIAL 2012 CHAMPIONS

The Buffalo Thundering Herd Chess Team are the 2012 Bob Johnson Memorial Chess Champions. This is the second time a Buffalo Team has won the Championship. Two teams represented Buffalo - Niagara Falls area in North East, PA on Sat, October 20th.

The Champions Buffalo Thundering Herd team members were L-R, Vic Bahl, Barry Davis, Brian Sayers, Jerome Green and Gary Boye. The second team The Buffalo Blizzard members who finished third place was Captain Bob Simpson, David Biddle, Douglas Dubose, Mark Meith and Chess Ambassador - Michael Mc Duffie.

The format was 3 games, USCF rated, Game 90, teams of five players where the top 4 scores count towards each team score. A total of 35 players and 6 teams participated were 2011 defending Champions Chautauqua, Erie Pa, Grove City, Pa. and Bradford,Pa.

The Final Standings of the 2012 Bob Johnson Memorial Tournament are Buffalo Thundering Herd 9pts, Gove City Wolverines 8pts, Buffalo Blizzard 7.5pts, 4th place tie Bradford and Erie with 7pts and 6th Chautuqua with 5pts.

Photos from the tournament will be posted to Facebook page of The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Reported by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Harish Departs for Seattle!

As some of you know, our good friend and fellow chessplayer, Harish Srinivasan, departed Western New York today for a new career with Amazon.com in Seattle, Washington. As creator of the Buffalo Niagara Chess Corner blog, and a mainstay at the Niagara Falls Chess Club, Harish has made immeasurable contributions to the Western New York Chess Community.  As you can see from the photos below, it took a few consecutive weeks at Wegmans for his friends and students to wish him well in his new career. Fortunately for us, he will continue to be a vibrant member of our chess family - continuing to maintain the blog, giving us problems to solve, and keeping us abreast of international tournament play. He would also like us to challenge him on the ICC, and then join him for league play on the ICC. Please join the members of the Niagara Falls Chess Club in wishing Harish the best in life and in chess in his new home and career.








USCF MONTHLY CHESS EVENTS 2012

The Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy celebrating 13 years of providing chess programs for the youth and afterschool programs will be hosting a monthly USCF Chess Tournaments on the third saturday of each month in the Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY.

If you are looking for the ulitmate chess challenge, or simply come and play for fun, then you are invited to join the US Chess Federation members in the Buffalo - Niagara Falls, New York Chess Community in an open, friendly and respectful chess evironment, free parking under the Mall, Boutique shops and Food Court open during tournament play.

This is a unique opportunity to come and compete, test your skill, knowledge and your will to win against some of the most respected and admired nationally ranked, top International Masters, National Masters and Scholastic State Champion chess players in the United States.

USCF annual Family memberships and Individual memberships can join or be renewed are available at the door.

The following dates are for the upcoming chess events. All players are to report by 9am, Games start at 9:30am. Saturday, November 17 and Saturday, December 15th, 2012. PIZZA and Refreshments will be provided for all paid tournament players.

Advance entry fee is $25 or $30 Cash at the door.

Three sections are Open, U1500 and Scholastic K-12. Open and U1500 Cash Prizes are based on 20 entries in each section. Open Cash Prizes are first place $200, $100 and $50, U1500 Cash Prizes are $100, $50 and $30. Scholastic Players will be awarded Trophies.

In 2013, we will feature the 2013 Pawn Master Challenge Championships, a USCF rated, 3 games, Game 50;d5, two dates on January 12th and January 26th, 2013. This was designed for scholastic players who want to prepare for the NY State Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY and USCF SuperNational Chess Championships in Nashville, TN 2013.

This program was established with donations in memory of my brother David Pawn Master Mc Duffie, was developed with the help and guidance of National Master Barry, National Master Lionel L. Davis and Dr. James J. Paul. National Masters will discuss and review two selected games with the group on tactics, stragies and execution during the tournament. Advance registrations are greatly appreciated with reply to,arcangel8chess@yahoo.com with full name, USCF number, Telephone and section.

Earl Bird Registrations deadlines - For Tournament on Sat November 17th, Checks must be received by Wednesday, November 14th,

For Sat. December 15th, must be received by Wednesday, December 12th.

For January 12th by January 9th,

For January 19th by January 16th,

For January 26th by January 23rd, 2013.

All checks must be received and made payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221. Special Note! No REFUNDS!

This special chess announcement will hopefully help the chess community to come out, support and help us continue to grow the Chess Community in the Buffalo Niagara Falls region in the upcoming months.

Contributions in Memory of David Pawn Master Mc Duffie can visit, www.MDChess.com, where the family has made arrangements to host an annual Scholastic Chess Championship in 2013 and award an annual Pawn Master College Chess Scholarship in Baltimore, Maryland. This was a joint effort, help and assistance of the Maryland Chess Association where Pawn Master was a Board member.
If you have any suggestions or ideas that you would like to share with us, please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com. All replies are read and taken under consideration.

The picture shows Anna, Ithaca NY and Mark, Jamestown, NY, FIDE International rated chess players who visited with us during 2012 Navy Fleet Week.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Certified Chess Coach and USCF Tournament Director

REMINDER! BEGINNERS OPEN RATED TOURNAMENT 2012

The 2nd Annual Herschell Carrousel Scholastic Chess Championships will take place on Sat. October 27th at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Please call 716 - 693-1885 for directions.

This tournament previously announced earlier, is designed for new members of the USCF and for USCF rated players under 1000, who want to test their skill, strategy and the will to be the best in an open family friendly chess environment.

All chess players are required to report by 11:30am. Scholastic Chess Players will play three games, USCF rated, Game 30;d5, no elimination.

Entry fee is $10 per student. A portion of the entry fee will be donated to the museum to show our support for this historic site and we ask that you visit and support the museum. Students eligible in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 will play students in their own section. Trophies will be awarded for Top Females and Top winners in each section.

Games will start at Noon, 1pm and 2pm. Please bring chess set, board and digital chess clock. Limited supply are available.

Advance registrations are greatly appreciated with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com by midnight, October 26th with full name, grade, USCF number and telephone to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

USCF Family memberships and individual memberships are available and can join on site.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

Copeland gets Master rating!


Sam Copeland won all three of his games at Sardinia's Columbus Day tournament to raise his rating over the coveted 2200 mark. Congratulations Sam!  Sam defeated Todd Thompson, Ryan Madden, and Kevin Roulhac in the 3 round event.  Madden finished 2nd with 2pts while Roulhac and Pat Patterson tied for 3rd with 1.5.
 Nathan Palmisano won the u1500 prize while Hunter Witt and Adam Pesta from Ithaca split the u1000 prize. Also competing were Ryan Palmisano, Austin Will, Ben Rummell, and our Canadian friend Vinay Sharma.
 Todd Thompson had a fine day as he went undefeated and also won the scholastic section. Kevan Davis won the unrated trophy. Also competing in scholastics were Ben Rummell, Hunter Witt, Austin Will, Alexis Schlaak, Daved Stefan, Jeff Schalberg, and Anderson Miles. Thanks everyone!
 Next tournament Nov 12 (Veterans Day). See you then!


 

A position from my Round 2 FIDE Open game

Dennis Monokroussos who runs "The Chess Mind" blog kindly used a position from my Round 2 loss to NM Scott Riester in September. The post is here.

Have meant to say congratulations to the winners: Riester, Anna Levina whom I may see in Ithaca next month, and our local Davis cadre. Here is the final installment of something I've been doing all year, and actually since my day flying back from Norway before the tournament I've been involved in some things hairier.

Robert Johnson Memorial

Here are the details on the 2012 Bob Johnson Memorial Chess Tournament:

Location:        Sweetwater Banquet Room, 2nd floor, 15 East Main Street, North East Pa. 16428.  Free Parking in the Bank lot East of the Tournament Hall.

FREE -      No entry fee, but donations accepted.  Three round Swiss Style. There will be a maximum of 5 players per team, but multiple teams are permitted.

Under 1600 and Open categories, plus an Unrated Section.  Players in the rated sections must be current USCF members or renew at the tournament. "Top Team" will be determined by the top 4 scorers combined from the Open and U1600 sections. Unrated section players will NOT count towards top team points.

Date:               Saturday, October 20th 2012.

Rounds :        10 AM --  1:30PM --  5PM

Time control: G/90 with a 5 second delay, if you are using a digital clock.

Important:      There will be NO onsite registration!

So far, we have 11 players registered for the event. In the Open Section, we have Barry Davis, Douglas Dubose, Kevin Roulhac, and Gary Boyes. In the U1600 section, we have Brian Sayers, Bob Simpson, Mark Mieth, Vic Bahl, Jerome Green, Michael Dunn and Michael McDuffie. Please contact me at rsimpson@idealawyers.com if you would like to represent one of the Buffalo teams in this great event.  Some of us are traveling to North East on Friday evening and staying over at the Holiday Inn Express. Others are venturing down on Saturday morning. We hope you'll join us!

October Chess Events 2012


First let me share the attached photo which is on the back wall of Applebees located on Transit Road in Lockport, NY, It displays three chess players who earned their first chess trophies from the Lockport Golden Knights Chess Club.

The Buffalo Travel Chess Team is looking for players to participate in the Bob Johnson Memorial Tournament in Northeast, PA just across the PA border. If you are interested, please contact Bob Simpson for details with reply to RSimpson@idealawyers.com.

There are two teams so far in the Open Section and U1600 section. Team members are asked to wear their red caps. Open Team members so far are Doug Dubose, Barry Davis and Kevin Roulhac, U1600 Team members are Vic Bahl, Mark Meith, Mc Duffie - Chess Ambassador, Jerome Green and Bob Simpson.

Monday, October 8 will be at Sardinia with replies to Tom Warner for details.

Sat Oct 20th - Main Place Mall is Cancelled for the Bob Johnson Memorial in Northeast, PA.

Sat Oct 27th - Herschels Carrousel Scholastic Championships in North Tonawanda, NY, entry fee is $10, replies to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Sat Oct 28th - Buffalo Central Library in Buffalo, NY, Game 30;d5, Swiss, doors open at Noon, games start at 12:15pm, advance registration are appreciated with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Thanks for all your continued help and support. October is National Chess Month so come out and support the Game of Chess!

Submitted by Bob Simpson and Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Sardinia Tournament Oct 8 (Columbus Day)


At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY

2 sections:
Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, ( may be changed to 4SS, G/30 depending on # of entries) 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 warner689@roadrunner.com

















Serper (interresting)

Here is an article interresting to read.
http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-chess-incubator

UB Chess is back!

Just wanted to let everyone know the UB Chess Club is back. Our meetings are Tuesdays from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. in the Student Union, room 250 (upstairs from the foodcourt) everyone is welcome to join! On another related note we will be holding our first bughouse tournament September 30th in the Flagroom (located in the student union, 2nd floor) entry is $20/team. Registration starts at 10 with games starting at 11. Food will be provided. First place prize will be a $50 visa gift card and second prize will be a $25 visa gift card. Hope to see you all there!

Battle of Lake Erie FIDE Championships Final Results

The Buffalo Navy Fleet Week - Battle of Lake Erie FIDE Championships 2012, concluded with a four way tie. The 2012 Co Champions were Anna Levina, NM Lionel L. Davis, NM Barry Davis, and CM Scott Riester all earned 3.5 points.

The Final Round 5 was dedicated in memory of my brother, "Pawn Master" David Wayne Mc Duffie who passed away in Baltimore, MD on Friday, August 24, 2012.

FIDE rated chess players can achieve Grand Master title without earning Norms and can participate in other sponsored tournaments internationally.

Round 5 finished with Anna Levina draws NM Barry Davis, CM Scott Riester draws NM Lionel L. Davis, Chris Bieniek defeated James P. Davis, CM Mark J. Clark defeated Charles A. Lubas and Erik W. Lubas defeated Richard W. Glew.

Our next tournament will be held on Sat Sept 22 at the 13th annual Freedom Trail Chess Festival, Earl Brydges Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main Street,Niagara Falls, NY. Entry fee is $10 and players must report by 10:30am to play 4 USCF dual rated games.

The Lockport Golden Knights Chess Club meets every monday night from 6pm to 8pm at 400 Willow Street Recreation Center. Membership is required with payment to the Lockport Youth Recreation Center. Chess sets and boards are provided.

Reported by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

Day Two - Round 4 Results

IM Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D has withdrawn, just back from his overseas trip.

Round 4 has been completed dominated by draws. Board 1 had Anna Levine(2080) draws Lionel Davis(2239), Board 2 Barry Davis(2209) draws Scott Riester(2205), Board 3, Erik Lubas(1932) draws Mark Clark(1996), Biard 4, Charles Lubas(1710) draws Chris Bieniek(1418), Richard Glew from Canada defeated James Davis.

The final matches are scheduled to start at 2:15pm. There is still a 4 way tie, all have earned 3pts, NM Barry Davis, NM Lionel Davis, Anna Levine and CM Scott Riester(Minnesota).

Reporting Live from the Old First Ward Community Center, Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

NAVY WEEK RESULTS - DAY ONE

The results of Day One of the Battle of Lake Erie FIDE International Championships 2012 are as follows. Players and visitors from Montreal, Toronto, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Ithaca, Lockport, Jamestown and upstate New York, travelled to support this chess event.

The Naval opening ceremonies started with a Naval Color Guard, pledge of allegience and IM Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D sang the canadian national anthem.

In the Naval Admiral Team section, a section dedicated to honor the African americans and females of the WAR of 1812. Females represented were Betsy Doyle and Lucy Brewer, Hannibal Collins, The Battalion of Free Men of Color and The Colonial Marines called Merikans. There were six uniformed sailors, two each represented the HMCS Ville de Quebec, USS Hurricane and USS De Wert which are docked in the Buffalo Harbor.

The Naval Admiral Team Championship was won by HMCS Ville de Quebec, USS Hurricane and USS De Wert. earning individual honors were USS Hurricane, HMCS Ville de Quebec, HMCS Ville de Quebec and USS De Wert.

The overall results finished with a three way tie which included James Lyon and Ashton William, a Heim Elementary 2nd grader and The USS Hurricane, all earned three points. Top females were Dekayla Dubose and Laura Cohn, a Lindbergh Elementary 4th grader. Shaka Davis didnt play but was called to duty to help with algebraic notation for one of the sailors.

The Scholastics results were Co Champions James Lyon and Ashton William, 3rd place - Dekayla Dubose and 4th place Laura Cohn.

Kudos for Ashton William(545) defeated Dekayla Dubose, 7th grader. Also Dekayla Dubose(744) defeated James Lyon(1081)and all three players did defeat a naval sailor.

Results of the Colonial Marines U1800 section are Co Champions David S. Miller and Jerome J. Green, 3rd place tie was Kevin N. Roulhac and Jason Zhou.

Upsets were the story of the day were in Round 2, Jerome Green(1287) defeated Steve Baer(1342), Round 3 had Jerome Green(1287) defeated James Paul(1495) and Kevin Roulhac(1730) draws with Jason Zhou(1736) and in the Finals Jerome Green(1287) defeated Kevin Roulhac(1730) and David Miller(1581) defeated Jason Zhou(1736).

In the Hannibal Collins/Commodore Oliver Perry Open Section completed day one with fireworks of its own. There is a four way tie for first place with NM Barry Davis(2209), Anna Levine(2080), NM Lionel Davis(2239) and CM Scott Riester from Minnesota with 2.5pts. International Master Kenneth W. Regan(2409) was defeated in Round 2 by Candidate Master Scott Riester(2205) then lost to NM Lionel Davis in Round 3. Anna Levine defeated Candidate Master Mark Clark(1996) from Jamestown, NY and draws CM Scott Riester in Round 2. NM Barry Davis draws Lionel Davis in Round 2

Pictures were not available for posting via internet connection. Pictures from the Championship will be posted later.

Im very greatful for all those who came out and help welcome our servicemen to the Buffalo Chess community. Special Thanks to the Old First Ward Community Center which allowed us to host this event and Diane Ruminski who helped with pictures, signage and registration.

Reported by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

13th Annual FREEDOM TRAIL CHESS FESTIVAL 2012

The Freedom Trail Festival Committee of Niagara Falls Professor Blackburn of the Niagara University and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy is hosting a Chess Festival to help celebrate the history of the Underground Railroad.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012

4 games, USCF Dual rated, Game/30;d5, tournament at the Earl Brydges Niagara Falls Public Library, located at 1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305.

Entry Fee is $10 per player, USCF membership required, Cash only at the door. Can join or renew USCF memberships at the door.

Please register in advance by midnight, friday, September 21, 2012 with full name, section, USCF number and telephone to arcangel8chess@yahoo.

All players are to report and be ready to play by 10:30am. Please bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clock. Limited supply available.

Games will start at 11am, Noon, 1pm and 2pm.

Sections are Open, U1500 and Beginners Scholastic.

Awards are Trophies!

Reported by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

NAVY UNIFORMED CHESS PLAYERS CONFIRMED!

Thanks for the early email registrations, we are in need of scholastic chess players K-6th grades to play 4 games against Navy uniformed sailors for the War of 1812 Navy Fleet Week community activities. Scholastic EF $10 Cash only at the door.

All players are to report on Saturday, Sept 15th by 9:30am, please email full name, grade, school and telephone to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com by midnight, friday, September 14th.

Other sections of play with USCF membership are FIDE Open, EF$75 or $80 Cash at the door, U1800, EF $35 or $40 Cash at the door and U1400, EF $35 or $40 Cash at the door. Cash prizes based on 24 entries.

Thanks for all your continued help and support. This Navy week happens in some cities once a year and attracts over 100,000 visitors to cities where the ships are docked.

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

BUFFALO NAVY FEET WEEK 2012

Buffalo Navy Fleet week has started and I wanted to remind you to register for the Battle of Lake Erie FIDE International Chess Championships to be held on Sat. September 15th, Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic, Buffalo, NY.

Sections are Two day schedule, FIDE Open, Game 120;d5, FIDE and USCF dual rated, Players must report by 9:30am, Games start at 10am, 2:30pm and 7pm, Sunday at 10m and 2:30pm, Cash only Entry fee at the door $80. USCF membership required, Please bring chess clock, chess set and chess board.

One Day - Saturday Only - U1800 and U1400 Sections based on 24 players, 4 Games, Game 60;d5, USCF dual rated. Players must report by 9:30am, Games start at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm and 5:30pm. Cash only at the door $40 per player.

Admiral Naval Exhibition Section; K-12 chess players to play an exhibition games against Navy uniformed sailors from the visiting ships docked in the Buffalo harbors. There will be a brief meet and greet of the Admiral while she is in town. Games start at 10am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Cash only entry fee at the door $10.00 per student. Trophies awarded.

Chess Vendor - Rochester Chess Center by Ron Lohrman, Rochester, NY, come out and help support us in our end of the summer Chess Festival! FIDE rated and Canadian players are welcomed with a $10 discount in each section of play, USCF membership required!

Questions with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com. All players must register in advance with full name, USCF number, section of play and telephone number. Sections may be combined depending on the number of entries.

Thanks for all your continued help and support.

Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

Copeland Wins in Sardinia


Sam Copeland won the Labor Day tournament in Sardinia Sept 3rd. Sam beat Chris Darling and Mark Clark in Rds 1 and 2, drew Marjan Procyk in round 3 and won over Pat Patterson in round 4 to finish with 3.5/4. Unfortunately for Sam, the draw stopped him from reaching the Master level (his post tournament rating is 2197). Don't worry Sam it will happen soon!

Mark Clark of Jamestown and Jarret Minkler from Lockport finished tied for 2nd with 3/4 with Minkler winning the u1400 prize.

Other participants were Zach Madden, Wes Darling, Todd Thompson, Max Peters, Nathan Palmisano and Adam Pesta - who traveled 3 hrs from Ithaca to play in Sardinia!
Zach Madden won the scholastic section over Nate Palmisano, Max Peters, Todd Thompson, and James Lyon of Hamburg. Thanks to all for participating.

Next tournament Columbus Day, October 8th.

Sardinia Tournament will be Monday Sept 3 (Labor Day)



At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY

2 sections:
Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, ( may be changed to 4SS, G/30 depending on # of entries) 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 warner689@roadrunner.com

















FUNERAL SERVICES - DAVID "PAWNMASTER" MC DUFFIE, BUFFALO

The Mc Duffie family would like to invite you the Buffalo Chess community and friends to join us in celebrating the life of David Wayne Mc Duffie, aka Pawnmaster,on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Friendship Baptist Church located on Clinton Street in Buffalo, NY at 11am to Noon. The funeral services will start at Noon, burial will be at St Matthews cementary in West Seneca, NY and repass back at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Once David has been flown back to Buffalo, daily calling hours and viewings will be available at the Thomas Edwards Funeral Home, 995 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14211, to find out the times, please contact the office at 716-894-4888. Family may or may not be available during those times.

All Condolence cards and letters will be read during the service. Letters and cards must be sent to Mc Duffie Family, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 or the Thomas Edwards Funeral home by Friday, August 31, 2012.

We the Mc Duffie Family would like to thank you in advance for all your help, support and prayers during this time. Emails can be sent to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com. Replies will be sent at a later date.

The Urban Queens and Knights Chess Club will meet on wednesday, August 29th at the Merriweather Library, East Utica and Jefferson in Buffalo, NY from 5:45pm to 7:45pm. Come and play chess to help celebrate the life of David Wayne Mc Duffie, aka Pawnmaster. Please bring chess set and board.

Sincerly The Mc Duffie Family


PAWNMASTER MC DUFFIE DIES IN BALTIMORE, MD

Early this morning, August 24, 2012, David W. Mc Duffie, known to the United States Chess Federation community as "Pawnmaster" died at Johns Hopkins Hosptial.

David leaves behind a son Alexander, sister Cheryl and Michael, Chess Ambassador, along with his parents Fran and Horace Mc Duffie, Jr. of Buffalo, NY.

Condolences and prayers for the family can be addressed to the Mc Duffie Family at 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY. No other details at this time!

Pawnmaster was also part of the Maryland Chess Association and was member of the Knights of Valor Chess program and chess coach to scholastic chess programs in the Baltimore, MD.



Submitted by Alexander, Cheryl and Michael A. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

No Chess Tournament - Sat Aug 18th

Sorry, there wont be a Chess Tournament today at the Main Place Mall.

Our next scheduled and advertised outdoor chess event at the Buffalo Central Library, located on Lafayette Court in Buffalo, NY for Thursday, August 23rd. This is a promotional outdoor chess event for the War of 1812 Bientennial Commeration. Players must report by 10:30am, Games start at 11am, Noon and 1pm. Play 3 to 4 games, Game 40, USCF rated, two sections of play, Adult and Scholastic. Awards will be presented to the winners.

Advace registrations to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com by midnight, August 22 with full name, uscf number, section and telephone number. This is a free uscf rated tournament.

Thanks for all your help and cooperation.

Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

Cleveland Open Results




Cross Table


The WNY Chess Community was well represented in the Cleveland Open, August 3-5, sponsored by the Continental Chess Association. Congratulations to all who made the trek to Cleveland. Our own Candidate Master Sam Copeland finished in a very respectable 10th place in the Open Section, losing only one game to tournament winner GM Sergey Kudrin (2609). Eric Grabowski was close on Sam’s heels, finishing a very respectable 16th in the Open Section. Tom Warner finished 23rd in the U2000 Section, frustrating four opponents in a row with hard-fought draws. One of Tom’s dozen grandchildren, Ryan Madden, finished a strong 26th in the U2000 section. The “Tree Doctor” Brian Sayers also represented WNY – playing in both the U2000 and U1800 sections. The star of the Cleveland Open, however, has to be Kevin Roulhac, who went undefeated into the final round and lost a heart-breaker against a higher-rated opponent, who edged him out to take the U1800 crown on a tie-breaker. Join us in congratulating Kevin on another stellar performance in capturing second place in the U1800 section. Lucas Seybold also frustrated his opponents with his wild opening repertoire in the U1800 section (we actually have no idea what openings he played – we made this up based on his usual opening play!) Frank Grabowski, perennial strong finisher in the Buffalo Mayor’s Cup, also finished strong in Cleveland, taking 3rd place in the U1600 Section. In the U1300 Section, most of the participants wore “I am Tom Warner’s Grandson” T-shirts. Lead by Austin Kossow in 9th place (Austin increased his rating by 75 points!), other strong finishers included Ryan and Nathan Palmisano, Zachary Madden, and Lucas Grisanti. Congratulations to all who participated, and our apologies if you were there and we missed your name in the cross-table (please post a comment to correct any errors).

Grisanti, Rummell tie for 1st in Sardinia




Lucas Grisanti and Benjamin Rummell tied for first in the monthly Sardinia tournament last Saturday. Lucas drew with top seeded Chris Darling in the 1st round , then beat Michael McDuffie and Ryan Palmisano to finish with 2.5/3. Benjamin took a first round bye, then defeated Wes Darling and Chris Darling in Rounds 2 and 3. Well played by both scholastic players!
Next tournament Sat. Sept 1 See you then!

Sardinia Tourney this Saturday


Sat. July 28
At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY

2 sections:
Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, ( may be changed to 4SS, G/30 depending on # of entries) 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 warner689@roadrunner.com

















Robot Chess match in Toronto 5-7pm tomorrow

Tomorrow evening 5-7pm in Toronto, I am taking part in a demonstration of robotic chess as an official part of the Robotics Fair at the AAAI 2012 conference in downtown Toronto's Sheraton Centre. The robot is by a team led by Debra Burhans, who obtained her PhD under Stu (Shapiro) in 2001 and is now Director of the Bioinformatics Program at Canisius. With visual move recognition, automatic interface with the leading chess-playing program Houdini, and fully robotic execution, it is perhaps the closest to a full implementation of "The Turk"---though I wish I were playing against a little man hidden inside rather than the 3000+ rated Houdini program. I have just posted more information about the event on the main Canadian chess message board, here: http://www.chesstalk.info/forum/showpost.php?p=53687&postcount=1 The full team is Mike Lanighan, Jerod Sikorskyj, Debra Burhans, Rob Selkowitz. ---Ken Regan (driving back from New Jersey tonight! hence my son could not join the other Nichols team members in the tourney)

WAR OF 1812 - BATTLE OF BLACK ROCK RESULTS

The Battle of Black Rock, the first chess tournament in the series attracted over 30 players. New to the tournament was the Nichols School Chess team, represented by Jason Zhou and Robert Kubiniec, Lockport Knights chess club members were Kevin Vincent, Corey Spencer, Danielle Spencer and Dylan Teague. The Stars of India chess club was represented by Ashton A. William, first grader at Heim Elementary and Pioneer Chess team members were Lucas Grisanti, Ryan Madden & Todd Thompson. Out of town visitors were from Fredonia, NY, Batavia, NY, Erie, Pa and Pittsburgh, Pa. Collegiate players were from Duquene University and Robert Morris both in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Battle of Black Rock Scholastic K-3 undefeated Champion was Ashton A. William, 2nd Place was Danielle Spencer.

The Battle of Black Rock U1400 Section undefeated Champion was Jason W. Zhou, Nichols Chess Team, 2nd place tie was Christopher P. Dunsworth, 6th grader from Erie, PA and Daniel F. Morgan, Pittsburgh, PA.

U1400 Upset Leaders were Todd Thompson with 264 pts, Daniel Morgan with 111pts, Dylan Teague with 106 pts, and Christopher Dunsworth with 35 pts. Upset matches were Todd Thompson(1047) defeated Steve L. Baer(1311), Daniel Morgan(1055) defeated Lucas Grisanti(1166), Dylan Teague(941) defeated Todd Thompson(1047) and Christopher Dunsworth(1177) defeated Michael Skok(1212). Kudos for Ashton A. William who played up from the scholastic section.

The Battle of Black Rock Open undefeated Champion was National Master, Barry Davis, and a four way tie for second, all with 3 points were National Master, Lionel L. Davis, Charles Lubas, Erik Lubas and Marijan Procyk. The U2000 prize winner was Erik Lubas.

Upset Leaders were Charles Lubas(1577) with 984.5 pts, Joshua Dunsworth(1561) with 473.5 pts, David S. Miller(1575) with 278 pts, Lucas Seybold(1546) with 142 pts, Marijan Procyk(2056) with 73 pts, and National Master, Barry Davis(2202) with 43 pts.

Upset matches were Charles Lubas defeated Harish Srinivasan, Joshua Dunsworth defeated Owen Miller, David S. Miller defeated Owen Miller, Lucas Seybold defeated Gary Boye, Marijan Procyk draws National Master, Barry Davis and National Master, Barry Davis defeated National Master, Lionel L. Davis.

Our next tournament will be "Chess on the Plaza" an outside "FREE" USCF Chess event at the Buffalo Central Library on thursday afternoon on August 9th and thursday afternoon on August 23rd. Heavy weighted chess pieces are strongly preferred and "duck tape" to hold down your chess board from a breeze. All players will play 3 to 4 games during the allocated time.

The professional camera was not available so no posted pictures. I want to thank all the out of town vistors who came out to join us and those who had the desire but were not able to attend. Tell a Friend, Bring a Friend, helps us continue to grow a stronger chess community.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th, WAR OF 1812 -BATTLE OF LAKE ERIE INTERNAIONAL (FIDE)CHAMPIONSHIPS, featuring International Master, Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D during the Navy Fleet Week, hosted at the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic St, Buffalo, NY.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

SUMMER CHESS CAMP



We still have some openings! Please register in advance if possible!

At Pioneer Middle School library  12132 Old Olean Rd., Yorkshire NY 14173
July 23- 27, 2012

Learn to play the “Game of Kings” with Tom Warner, long time chess coach and coach of the champion Pioneer Chess Team
Morning session Mon-Fri 10am-12noon 
Afternoon session Mon-Fri 1-3pm
Cost per session $50 per student
Pioneer students $10 less!

Beginners and players of all skill levels welcome! Participants will be paired by age/ability. Board and pieces provided.
Register via e-mail (fee payable at site) at warner689@roadrunner.com or send check to:
Tom Warner
12850 West Schutt Rd
Chaffee,NY 14030
Please include name, age, phone #, and approximate skill level of student. Info 716-560-4160



BICENTENNIAL WAR OF 1812 CHAMPIONSHPS

PRESS RELEASE; War of 1812 BICENTENNIAL SUMMER CHESS FESTIVAL
Upcoming Buffalo, NY Chess Events

WAR of 1812 BICENTENNIAL CHESS BATTLE ON THE PLAZA

Two Thursdays, August 9 and August 23, 2012
Downtown Erie County Central Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York

This is an OUTDOOR Chess Event like New York City has in Central Park every summer! If it rains, we will be inside!

Weighted Chess Pieces are Strongly Suggested.

Playoffs will be on August 9th and War of 1812 Championships will be on Aug 23rd.
All players must report by 10:30 am. Games will start at 11 am until 2 pm.

Two dates, 3 Games, no elimination, Game 30; USCF rules enforced, USCF Rated.

Please mail and make DONATIONS payable to:
The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221
Advanced registrations only by Wednesday, August 8 by midnight and Wednesday, August 22, 2012 for the 23rd.

Replies to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com with full name, USCF ID Number, Section and telephone number.
Sections; Adult OPEN, USCF OPEN and Scholastic K-12.

Please bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clock. Entry Free with Erie County Public Library Card.

Trophies are sponsored by Buffalo Central Library, Old First Ward Community Center, Buffalo Fire Commissioner, Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.


OCTOBER - NATIONAL CHESS MONTH CELEBRATIONS

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE; Upcoming Buffalo, NY Chess Events

Join us and tell a friend and bring a friend to help celebrate this month and the game we love to play!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214
4 Games, no elimination, Game 90; d5, USCF Membership Required

Early Bird Deadline $25 or $35 Cash at the door.

Please mail and make checks payable to:
The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221

Sections are Open, U1800, U1400 and U1000.

Cash Prizes are based on 16 entries; Open $200, $100, $50, U2000 $70, U1800 - $120, $60, and $30, U1600 $70.

U1400 - $100, $50, $30, U1200 - $60.

U1000 Trophies Awarded only to the Top 3 overall, Top U800, Top U600 and Top Unrated.

All players must report by 9:30 am. Games will start at 10 am.
No Checks accepted at the site.

NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC CHESS MONTH CELEBRATION!

Second Annual Herschell Carrousel Scholastics K-12 Classic 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120.

Co-sponsored by the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Three games, no elimination, Game 25, USCF rules enforced, please bring chess set, board and digital chess clock. Limited Sets available with advance notice.

Note Spectators accompanying a tournament participant will receive a reduced admission to the event and the museum for only $3.00. Entry fee $10.00 will include admission to the museum and tournament play.

Please mail and make checks payable to:
The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221

Rated Beginners OPEN Sections are K-2 grades, 3-5 grades, 5-8 grades, 9-12 grades and All Girls USCF Championship Section.

An Awards Ceremony with photos and Trophies will be presented to the Top 3 in each section immediately after the games are completed.

All players must report by 11:30am, Games will start at Noon, 1pm, 2pm and will finish at 4pm.

Advance online registrations only by midnight, Friday, October 26th, with full name, grade, school, USCF number and telephone to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.
Pre- Payment Entry fee is $10.00 per player.

Please mail and make checks payable to: The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221, postmarked by Monday. October 22, 2012.
All questions should be directed to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com


SEPTEMBER BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 2012

WAR of 1812 BICENTENNIAL CHESS FESTIVAL 2012: Upcoming Buffalo, NY Chess Events
WAR of 1812 BICENTENNIAL – The BATTLE of LAKE ERIE INTERNATIONAL CHESS CLASSIC

Saturday, September 15 and Sunday 16, 2012

Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic, Buffalo, NY 14204

50 (enhanced) TROPHIES PLUS Grand Prix Points
Featuring International Master Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D.,
2012 Buffalo Mayor’s Cup FIDE 3x Champion

As part of the Buffalo Bicentennial War of 1812 celebration, this week will feature five Naval ships in docked in Buffalo, NY. We will have 12 uniformed Sailors from the ships, the DeWert Frigate, the Hamilton Cruiser, Quebec Deville Frigate and The Brigate Niagara. They will play an 3 exhibition games against local scholastic players.

Please get this information to all chess players who may have an interest and chess players in the armed forces.

Two Days, 5 Games, World Chess Federation (FIDE) and USCF Rated, Game 120; d5,
USCF Membership Required.

Early Bird Deadline $60 by August 4th, $75 by September 8, 2012
$80 thereafter cash at the door. No checks accepted on site.
Please bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clock.

For Advanced Registration: Please mail and make checks payable to:
The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221.
Online early bird registration to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

FREE Entry for International Masters, Grand Masters, Women’s Grand Masters.
Canadians and FIDE Rated Players $10 Discount.

Sections: FIDE Open, U1800, U1400, U1000 are Saturday Only, September 15th
4 Games, Game 60; d5, With U1000 Trophies Only.

FIDE Open Cash Prizes GTD$$1000, $500, $400 and $200, U2100 Class Prizes $250 and $175.

FIDE Open Schedule: FIDE rules state that players are not allowed to be late and must make the move on the board first, then write on score sheet. FIDE Games start on Saturday at 10 am, 2:30 pm and 7 pm, Sunday at 9:30 am and 2:15 pm.
Saturday Only Games Schedule for U1800, U1400, and U1000 will start at 10 am,
12:30 pm, 3 pm and 5:30 pm.

U1000 Trophies awarded to Top 4 overall, Top U800, and Top U600.

U1800 Cash Prizes based on 24 players, $200, $100, $50, Class Prize U1600 $70 and $30, Top Unrated $80. U1400 Cash Prizes based on 24 players, $120, $60, $30, Class Prize U1200 $50 and Top Unrated $50.
FREE entry for Grandmasters, International Masters, Womens Grandmasters and Foreign FIDE rated. One half point bye available. Must commit by round two.
Hotel: Comfort Inn and Suites, located on 475 Dingens Street, Buffalo, NY 14206.
Hotel phone 716-896-2800.

Trophies are sponsored by Old First Ward Community Center, Simpson and Simpson, PLLC, Willie Hutch Jones Educational Sports programs and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.


BICENTENNIAL SUMMER CHESS FESTIVAL 2012

War of 1812 Bicentennial Chess Festival: Upcoming Buffalo, NY Chess Events
War of 1812 Battle of Black Rock
NOTE NEW STARTING TIME! Welcome to summer!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
(Free parking under mall)

Free pizza and refreshments provided for all paid tournament players

4 Games, no elimination, Game 50; d5, USCF Membership required

Early Bird Deadline $25 or $35 Cash at the door, No Checks accepted at the site!

Sections are Open, U1800, U1400 and U1000.
Cash Prizes are based on 16 entries; Open $200, $100, $50, U2000 $70, U1800 - $120, $60, and $30, U1600 $70, U1400 - $100, $50, $30, U1200 - $60. U1000 Trophies Awarded only to the Top 3 overall, Top U800, Top U600 and Top Unrated.
Online advanced registrations are required by midnight, Friday, July 20th with replies to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com with full name, section, USCF ID number and telephone number.
Please mail and make checks payable to:
The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221
All players must report by 9:00 am.
Games will start at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:15 pm and 3 pm.
Please bring chess set, chess board and digital clock.

WAR of 1812 BICENTENNIAL SCHOLASTIC CHESS WORKSHOP
Thursday, July 19, July 26 and August 2, 2012, from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, East Amherst, NY 14051.
Eligible Students in Grades 2-4. Please bring chess set, chess board, limited supply available. Limited seating to 24 students, first come first serve basis.
Advanced online registrations only, to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com by midnight, Wednesdays prior with full name, grade, school and telephone number. Registration is free with library card. Playoffs games on August 9, 2012 and Championship on August 23, 2012 starting at 10am until Noon. Playoffs and Championships will be held on outdoors on the plaza of the Buffalo Central Library in Buffalo, NY.


QueensKnight Chess at Coffee Culture

QueensKnight Chess will meet at Coffee Culture this Summer. Come on down Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:00am from June to August 14th, 2012. There will be rated games for those interested, $1 per player, could be placed in a round robin format or Swiss Style tournament, all games G/30. There will also be friendly games for those unrated players as well. Just be at coffee culture before 10:30am and we will stay there till noon. Drop Mr. Cirillo a line saying you will attend at cirilloav@yahoo.com and meet us there for chess. Bring your own chess sets please.

Coffee Culture Café
5590 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221

Chess camp at Pioneer

SUMMER CHESS CAMP

At Pioneer Middle School library  12132 Old Olean Rd., Yorkshire NY 14173
July 23- 27, 2012

Learn to play the “Game of Kings” with Tom Warner, long time chess coach and coach of the champion Pioneer Chess Team
Morning session Mon-Fri 10am-12noon 
Afternoon session Mon-Fri 1-3pm
Cost per session $50 per student
Pioneer students $10 less!

Beginners and players of all skill levels welcome! Participants will be paired by age/ability. Board and pieces provided.
Register via e-mail (fee payable at site) at warner689@roadrunner.com or send check to:
Tom Warner
12850 West Schutt Rd
Chaffee,NY 14030
Please include name, age, phone #, and approximate skill level of student. Info 716-560-4160



No Sardinia Tournament this month

Due to a family commitment, there will not be a Sardinia tournament this Saturday. The next one is scheduled for July 28th.
Hey everyone check out chesstv.com to follow the Tal Memorial. All 10 players are rated over 2700! Good stuff

Results for the Mayor's Cup

Here is the link for the cross table for this event;
http://main.uschess.org/assets/msa_joomla/XtblMain.php?201206034932.0

IM Ken Reagan (file photo) in center winner of the 2012 Mayor's Cup
Sam Santora (file photo) in center winner of the U1500 Jeff White Memorial Trophy

Ryan Madden (file photo) winner of the U1900 Zachary Memorial

2012 MAYORS CUP - 6th Annual BUFFLO CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Archangel 8 Chess Academy and International Master Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D, 2011 Mayor's Cup FIDE Champion welcomes all chess players to the 6th Annual - 2012 Mayor's Cup Chess Championships. Buffalos annual Summer Chess Festival Series Chess Championship to recognize the top chess players in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Western New York.

Hosted by the Old First Ward Community Center and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, celebrating 12 years of Educational Enrichment Youth Chess Programs, an official affiliate with the US Chess Federation, the governing body of all chess in the United States of America.

This is a two day, 5 games, World Chess Federation (FIDE) and US Chess Federation Open Rated, Trophies Plus, 6 Enhanced Grand Prix Points, a USCF Grand Prix Chess event. This was listed in the Grand Prix events for April and May Chess Life magazine.

We proudly announce our 2012 Championship business partners, who continue to helped make this an annual event possible are Old First Ward Community Center, Simpson and Simpson, LLC, Willie Hutch Jones Educational Sports Clinics and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3, 2012, Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic, Buffalo, NY.

All players must report by 9am, Games start at 10am. Scholastic players must report by 10am, Games start at 11am. Please bring Chess set, Chess board and Digital Chess Clock, if available. Limited sets and boards available with advance notice.

NEW SECTIONS; FIDE OPEN, WOMENS FIDE OPEN, Game 120;d5, Swiss, Saturday ONLY! William Zachary Memorial U1900, Jeff White Memorial U1500 are Game 60;d5 and Scholastics K-12 Team Championships are Game 30;d5, USCF Ratings for Scholastics are used for seeding but not required in order to encourage others to fully participate. Top 4 scores are combined for an overall team score. Scholastic Team sections are K-2, K-5, K-8 and K-12.
CASH Prizes based on 24 entries in each section; FIDE Open and FIDE Womens, $260, $190, $130 and $70. U1900 and U1500 sections are $150, $90 and $60, Class Prizes for U1700 and U1200 is $55.

Scholastic Team Trophies Awarded to the Top 4 teams, Top Female and Top 5 Winners. Trophies sponsored by The Willie Hutch Jones Educational Sports Clinics and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Game Schedules for FIDE OPEN AND Womens FIDE Open; Games start on Saturday at 10am, 2:30pm and 7pm. Sunday games start at 9:30am and 2:15pm.

William Zachary Memorial U1900 and John White Memorial U1500 Sections games start on Saturday ONLY at 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Scholastic Games are on Saturday only at 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Scholastic Team advance entry fee is $80 or $25 per player or $35 per player after May 29, 2012. Please include Team name, School, grade, USCF membership if member for seeding only.

Championship Hotel; Comfort Inn and Suites, 475 Dingens Street, Buffalo, NY, Please phone for rates at 716-896-2800.

Extended Advance entries must be postmarked or received by May 29, 2012. Canadians are WELCOMED and FIDE established Rated players $10 less. GM's, IM's and FIDE Womens Masters are FREE Entry with advance notice by May 29, 2012. FIDE OPEN and Womens FIDE OPEN are $55 or $80 after and onsite. No Checks are accepted onsite! All checks are mailed, postmarked and made payable The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221. Please include full name, section, team, grade, USCF number and telephone. Online registrations are greatly accepted with reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com or posting to www.buffalochess.blogspot.com by friday, June 1, 2012. Please send this out to all chess players who may have an interest.

SAVE THE DATE! The WAR of 1812 Summer Chess Tournament, the 2nd part of 3 summer Chess Festival events will be held on July 21, 2012, Main Place Mall, 390 Main St, Buffalo, NY. Details to be announced, if you like to help organize these events, please send your contact information to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, FIDE Arbiter, USCF Tournament Director and Chess Ambassador