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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 or posting to 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

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


Ashton's first National Elementary Scholastic Championships in Nashville, TN was a "UNDEFEATED" Day and a nice gift for Mothers Day! Ashton finished 142nd place out of 380, K-3 Under 800 players!

Ashton came out strong in Round 6 at 9am on the final day and defeated a 2nd grader, rated 558 from Florida. Then in the Final Round 7 at 2pm, Ashton went on to defeat another 2nd grader, rated 581 from Illinois, giving Ashton's a successful first National Elementary Championship record of 4 wins and 3 losses and finishing with 4 points, just missing out by one point for a Top 30 National Trophy earned by those who finished with 5 points and above. Trophies are awarded to the Top 30 players including ties and that means 73 players received a Trophy.

Ashton's record included his opponents where in Rd 1 his opponent finished in 28th place, Rd 2 win, his opponent finished 171st, Rd 3 loss, his opponent finished 146th, Rd 4 win, his opponent finished 263rd, Rd 5 loss, his opponent finished 130th, Rd 6 win, his opponent finished 285th and Rd 7 win, his opponent finished 258th. I hope this will give you the reader an idea of Ashtons competitors.

The K-3 Under 800 Champions were Undefeated with 7 points. Champions were Krish Kumar, 2nd grader, USCF rated 790, from Oklahoma and 3rd grader, USCF rated 756 was Jeffrey Tiglon from Washington. Third place winners with 6.5 points was a 1st grader, USCF rated 787, Jonathan Waldorf and Kindergardener from NY State via New York City, USCF rated 716 was Jordan Leung from Ny Nest+m School. There were 73 player with 5 points including ties.

The K-3 Under 800 Championship Team was New York Nest+m School in New York City,finished with 22 points to earn the championship title. The Nest+m School had a 7 player team which was comprised of USCF rated player of 787 who finished with 6.5 points, 787 finished with 6.5 pts, 716 finished with 6.5 pts, 795 finished with 5pts and 591 finished with 4pts for a total of 22 team points. Second place team was also from New York State, The Anderson School with an 8 player team scoring 19.5 pts. The Top 25 Teams earn a National Elementary Team Trophy. Eleven of the Top 25 teams were from New York State. New York State had the highest number with 84 teams, the host state Tenn was 2nd with 62 teams and third was Georgia with 55 teams.

In the K-1 Championship section hosted 26 total players with all but 3 had USCF ratings of 1000 and the Top rated player rated 1553 and Ashton rated 357 would have been overwhelmed even tho every one in this section receives a National Trophy.

Congratulations!Ashton, well done and have a safe and well rested trip home!

Proudly submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Chess Coach and Stars of India Chess Club Coach!

Day 2 USCF National K-6 Elementary Championships

Pictured is Ashton during his interview with the Amherst Bee newsreporter K. Mockler.
Five of the seven games are now completed for Day 2 for Ashton. Round 3 started at 9am central time resulted in a lost to a 3rd grader rated 619 from Michigan, Round 4 at 2pm central, resulted in a win against a 3rd grader rated 662 from Texas and Round 5 started at 7pm central resulted in a lost to a 2nd grader rated 587 from Washington. Overall Championship record for Ashton has 2 wins and 3 losses with two remaining games for sunday starting at 9am and 2pm central. His opponents are listed as follows, Rd 1 is placed in 34th, Rd 2 is in 88th place, Rd 3 is in 120th, Rd 4 is in 327 and Rd 5 opponent is in 127th place. Ashton appears to still have a no quit attitude and continues to play competitively. Keep those positive feelings and thoughts for Ashton on his final days of Championship Chess!

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


First let me say, there is a chess article on Ashton in the Amherst Bee and its out at the libraries. The 2012 USCF National Scholastic K-6 Elementary Championships has 646 chess teams representing 39 states, in the K-3 Under 800 section has 378 players from 40 states.

Ashton is rated 357 and finished his first day in Nashville, TN listed 235 out of 378, with one lost to another 1st grader with a rating of 691 from Michigan, who is now in 32nd place and finished the day with a win against a third grader from Michigan rated 757. The saturday schedule has Ashton listed at playing three games today. The round 3 pairings are up and has Ashton playing another 3rd grade player from Michigan, listed 149 with a 619 rating.

We will keep you updated after the results are posted.

Report submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Dubose, Patterson tie in Sardinia

13 players battled in the adult section of the Sardinia tournament last Saturday with Doug Dubose and Pat Patterson drawing their individual game and tying for 1st with 2.5/3.
Ryan Madden and Drew Tuck tied for 3rd-4th with 2/3. Todd Thompson and Zach Madden tied for the u1300 prize.
Other participants were Irving Schoenaker, Ryan Palmisano, Mike Mcduffie, Max Peters, Lucas Grisanti, and Dekaya Dubose.
In the Scholastic section Brad Schrock won the trophy with 3 pts. over Lucas Grisanti, Max Peters, Todd Thompson, Zach Madden, and Dekayla Dubose.

No tournament next month due to the Mayors cup. Next tournament June 30th.


Chess Ambassador - USCF Coach Mc Duffie, one step closer to playing chess with President Barack Obama! Photo taken at the Network of Religious Communities Appreciation Dinner held at the Hearthstone Manor on May 3, 2012!

President Barack Obama named the Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell director of the Department's Center of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on December 13, 2010. The mission of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighoborhood Partnerships at the Department of Education is to promote student achievement by connecting schools and community-based organizations, both secular and faith-based, as we build a culture of educational excellence. The center also works as a part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

UB Bughouse Tournament was a Success!

The 1st UB Bughouse Tournament went very well with first place going to Ryan Madden and Nathan Palmisano with  second going to Mark Johnson and Scott Zdunczyk and third going to Brandon Gonzalez and Sandipan Kundu. Thank you guys for all your great support and I think we can turn this into a great event at UB for years to come!

Sardinia Tournament this Saturday

Sat. May 5th
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