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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

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

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.

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