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In celebration of Black History month was enjoyed by 19 Chess Lovers and Chess players in the Main Place Mall, Buffalo, NY on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

Kudos to the following scholastic players, Kevin N. Roulhac, James W. Lyon and Ruby Z. Soudant who are dedicated to upgrading and preparing themselves for the 45th Annual New York State Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY on March 3 - 4, 2012.

Results of the Harold S. Wiles and Frank K. Harney Memorial K - 6 Scholastic Medals Section was James W. Lyon, 2nd place - Dekayla S. Dubose and 3rd place - Shaka E. Davis. Pictured l-r are Shaka E. Davis, James W. Lyon and Dekayla S. Dubose.

Results in the Angelo Dundee Memorial U1500 Section were James J. Paul, MD and James W. Lyon were Co Champions. Upset leaders were Steve L. Baer with 263 pts defeating Jerome J Green(1330) and James W. Lyon with 6 pts defeated Vic Bahl(974).

Results in the Whitney Houston Remembered Open Section, attracted 4 top USCF rated players, National Master Lionel L. Davis - 2245, National Master Barry Davis - 2180, Sam S. Copeland - 2154 and Marijan Procyk - 2059. The field is very competitive, if you really are interested in playing Buffalo's best USCF rated players and your presence is Mandatory for the growth of Chess.

New Co Champions are Samuel S. Copeland and National Master Lionel L. Davis. Upset leaders were Kevin N. Roulhac finished with 179 pts defeated Gary A. Boye(1600), and Samuel S. Copeland with 71.5pts draws against National Master Lionel L. Davis. Others earning tournament 2 out of 3 points were National Master Barry Davis, Marijan Procyk, Kevin N. Roulhac and Harish Srinivasan.

There are other local chess players, who are on the sidelines waiting for higher talent, more cash prize money, lower entry fees, etc., when the talent is playing in the Buffalo Niagara Falls Chess Community monthly tournaments which has been organized for over 10 years and growing. If you are sitting at home or playing in another tournament hosted on the same day for a small chess community, this can't help the growth and think of how you can inspire the next young talent who may go on to be a Grandmaster. Chess Life Magazine features a quote from Adisa Banjoko, "Chess unifies people from multiple cultural, religious and social backgrounds. These black and white squares do not care what color you are or if you are rich or poor. The only thing they ask is show me your strategy, your patience, your skills." Thomas A. Warner, TD for Sardinia, NY Tournaments and I both share this statement and we appreciate those who have been supportive as well.

Kudos to the 2011 World Youth Championships held in Caldas Nnovas, Brazil where the USA Team had 30 students competing in Under 8 Open, Under 10 Girls, Under 10 Open, Under 12 Girls, Under 12 Open, Under 14 Girls, Under 14 Open, Under 16 Girls, Under 16 Open, Under 18 Girls and Under 18 Open sections, along with 10 coaches who were responsible for 6 players each, gave at least 30 minutes of review and pre tournament preparation time. The WNY area should work together and work towards getting our players exposed to the next highest level available and make our tournaments competive to all.

Our next tournament will be the PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY CLASSIC on Saturday, February 18, 2012, held at the Main Place Mall, Upper level, Free Parking under the mall, Pizza and refreshments for all paid tournament players, ADVANCE ENTRY FEE IS $25 OR $35, Scholastics $20 for players playing in the U1500. Payment must be received by Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012. Cash prizes are based upon 25 players. Buffalo Scholastic Stars K-12 Section, EF is $10 advance or $20 at the door. Trophies awarded to players in K-3, 4-6 and 7-8.

For more information or to preregister online for discounted entry fee to with full name, uscf number, section and telephone.

Special thanks to Simpson and Simpson for their in-kind support, The Main Place Mall and Shasti Soudant for capturing our photo memories.

Respectfully submitted by Michael A. Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

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