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President Obama Day Classic 2012 Results

Forty one players participated at the Main Place Mall on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in four sections; The Whitney Houston Memorial Open, Presidental U1500, President Obama Scholastics USCF rated and Buffalo Stars Unrated Scholastic.

The Buffalo Stars winners were undefeated Champion - James Shippens, Olmsted Golden Knights Chess Club, 2nd Place - Mu-ath Kinsey, Gloria J Parks Chess Club and Liberty Wendt from the Lockport Knights Chess Club. Pictured from l-r are Liberty Wendt, James Shippens and Mu-ath Kinsey.

In the President Obama Stars K-2 section was Champion Ashton William from the Stars of India Chess Club and Heim Elementary. In the President Obama Stars 3-8section, undefeated Champion Maxwell Peters, Pioneer Middle School Chess Club, coached by Thomas A. Warner, USCF Chess Coach, 2nd place tie, tie breaks as follows were awarded trophies in order, Dylan Teague, Lockport Knights Chess Club, Trevor D. Cohn, Urban Knights Chess Club, Todd Thompson, Pionner Chess Club, Lucas Grisanti, Pioneer Chess Club and Bradley Schrock, Pionner Chess Club. Medals were awarded to Maxwell Peters, Lucas Grisanti and Bradley Schrock for their added efforts in the U1500 section. Pictured l-r seated are Lucas Grisanti, Tevor Cohn, Maxwell Peters, Dylan Teague and Bradley Schrock, l-r back are Todd Thompson, Dekayla S. Dubose, James W. Lyon and Zach Madden.

The results in the President Obama U1500 section are undefeated Champion Glenn Conlin, 2nd place tie was David Curtis and Charles L. Davis. Upset leaders were Charles L Davis defeated Trevor D. Cohn(1157) for 158 pts, Bradley Schrock defeated James W. Lyon(986) for 112 pts, Lucas Grisanti draws Trevor D. Cohn(1157) for 92pts, Maxwell Peters draws Trevor D. Cohn(1157) for 22 pts, Dylan Teague draws Maxwell Peters for 10.5 pts, and Glenn Conlin defeated James J. Paul(1442) for 5pts.

The Open section was dedicated in loving memory of Whitney Houston for her musical talents and the music she gave to us. I happened to be backstage at the concert she gave at the Buffalo Aud and the performance was outstanding. We should all live our lives, because life is too short. Keep her family, especially her daughter in your thoughts and prayers.

The Whitney Houston Memorial Co Champions were Lionel L. Davis, National Master and Barry Davis, National Master, U2000 winner was shared by Thomas A. Warner and Lucas Seybold from Fredonia, New York. Upset leaders were Lucas Seybold - 259pts, Thomas A. Warner - 170 pts, Kevin N. Roulhac - 106 pts, and Barry Davis - 32.5 pts. Upsets were as follows, Lucas Seybold defeated James P. Davis, Esq.(1521), Lucas Seybold defeated Gary A. Boye(1600), Kevin N. Roulhac defeated James P. Davis, Esq., Thomas A. Warner defeated Glenn Westcott(1934), and Barry Davis draws Lionel L. Davis(2245).

Special "Good Luck" wishes goes out to all the western new york players who will be playing in the 45th Annual New York State Scholastic Championships on March 3rd and 4th in Saratoga Springs, New York. I will report to the blog from Saratoga Springs to keep everyone updated on the progress.

Please save the date for our next tournament on Sunday, February 26th at the Buffalo Central Library, Lafayette Court in Buffalo, NY, players are to report by Noon and games will conclude by 4:30pm in the Fables Cafe.

Please SAVE THE DATE for our next Monthly March tournaments on Saturday, March 10, and Saturday, March 17 (St Patrick's Day) in the Main Place Mall. For more information, please reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Lastly, SAVE THE DATE for the 6th Annual Buffalo International (FIDE) Chess Championships 2012, Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd, 2012 to be held at a new location The Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic Street, Buffalo, NY. Please check your Chess Life and Chess Life for Kids magazine issues in April and May. Advance discounted registrations are greatly appreciated. Added New Sections, a Women's FIDE Championships, Game 120;d5 in honor of American Heart Association and Breast Cancer Awareness and Saturday ONLY - The William Zachary Memorial U1900 Section, Game 60;d5, other sections are Mayor's Cup FIDE Open featuring International Master Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D, three time Mayor's Cup Champion. Saturday ONLY - Jeff White Memorial U1500 Section, Game 60;d5 and Buffalo Scholastic Team K-12 Championships, sections K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12, Team Discounts for 4 or more players are available.

Mayor's Cup Championships Hotel Headquarters is Comfort Inn and Suites, located at 475 Dingens Street, Buffalo, NY, phone 716-869-2800, Hotel rates are $119.99 per night are available for both nights. Canadians and FIDE rated players will get a $10 less on the entry fees if payable by May 19, 2012. For details, reply to arcangel8chess@yahoo.com.

Mayor's Cup International Championships 2012 Sponsors are Buffalo State College Student Affairs Department, Niagara University Multiucultural Association, Old First Ward Community Center, Simpson and Simpson, LLC and Willie Hutch Jones Educational programs and Sports Clinics. Other partnerships are available upon request.

Reported by Michael A. Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

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