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The Archangel 8 Chess Academy and The Willie Hutch Jones Educational Sports Clinics hosted a Scholastic Chess Workshop for the Tired Stone Horace Roberts, Jr., located on Woodlawn in Buffalo NY.

Students were introduced to chess basics with Michael A. Mc Duffie, USCF Chess Coach. All students received an Easter Treat for their cooperation and concentration during the workshop.

The scholastic workshop was presented to organize a scholastic chess club and team at the church. Pastor Roberts is an official member of the Urban Queens and Knights Chess club held at the Frank Merriweather Branch Library held every Wednesday nights from 5pm to 7:45pm.

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Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


Happy Easter and Passover! Spring is finally here and we will celebrate on Saturday, April 26th at the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main St, Buffalo NY 14203! This monthly SpringFest Chess tournament is hosted by The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, Celebrating over 15 years of Enrichment Youth Chess programs in WNY. Come, bring a friend and experience this premier competitive and some of WNY's talented chess players, family friendly, USCF dual rated, sanctioned tournament.

OPEN and U1600 PLAYERS are to report by 9am. Food Court, shops and boutiques are open during tournament play. PIZZA and Refreshments are provided for all paid tournament players! FREE Parking under the Mall but do not keep any valuables in the vehicle.

Format - All players in the OPEN and U1600 sections will play four, USCF dual rated games, Game 50 with 5 second delay, digital chess clocks are preferred. All chess players should bring their own chess set, algebraic chess board and digital chess clock. Scholastic chess players chess equipment will be provided with advance registrations.

SCHOLASTIC K-9 Players will report by 9:30am, Games will start at 10am, 11am, Noon and 1pm, play 4 games, non rated, Game 30 with 5 second delay. Algebraic notations may be asked to help improve chess play!

TROPHY AWARDS - SCHOLASTICS Top 3 winners along with Top Female Award will be presented at the conclusion of tournament play.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE OF PLAY - OPEN AND U1600 games will start at 9:15am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm. Scholastic K-9 Games will start at 10am, 11am, Noon and 1pm. Awards Ceremony around 2:15pm.Individual and group photos are taken during tournament play!

OPEN and U1600 CASH PRIZES are based on 18 paid players! OPEN CASH PRIZES will be based on 18 paid players. OPEN Entry Fee is $25 or $35 Cash at the door. U1600 CASH Prizes will be based on 18 paid players. U1600 Entry Fee is $15 or $20 CASH at the door. No Checks accepted at the door. SCHOLASTICS Entry Fee is $10 or $15 Cash at the door.

OPEN CASH PRIZES - $200 - $100 - $60, TOP U1900 - $75. U1600 CASH PRIZES - $130 - $60 and $30.

EARLY BIRD PAYMENTS - Please mail and make checks payable to THE Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221. All payments must be received no later than midnight on Thursday, April 24th. All Online advance registrations are greatly appreciated with reply to by midnight on Thursday, April 24th to

NEXT MONTH UPCOMING CHESS TOURNAMENT - SAT. MAY 17TH - ARMED FORCES DAY - USCF Tournament, for more information, please email

SPECIAL THANKS! Special thanks to Robert Simpson, Marcia Mc Gowan, Lucy Pencille and Kevin Vincent for their contributions and assistance with the March Chess Tournament!

Submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director


Come out and join The Buffalo & Erie County Downtown Library and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy for its monthly Chess Open House, located at One Lafayette Square in Buffalo NY on Sunday, April 27th in the Fables Café.

The doors open at Noon, games will start at 12:20pm till 4:30pm. Please be prepared to play three to four games, Game 40 with 5 second delay in a USCF format.

Limited chess sets, boards and digital clocks are available but all participants should bring their own chess equipment.

Online registrations are greatly appreciated with reply to by Sat April 26th.

Thanks for all your continued help and support.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Holiday Greetings / FIDE+ACP people visiting me now thru Wed.

Happy Easter and Passover to chess friends in the area.

The joint commission of FIDE and the Association of Chess Professionals, of which I am a member, are holding a final round of meetings in Davis Hall on the UB North Campus through Wednesday. This will include a public demonstration of my statistical anti-cheating system at 10am on Monday in 338 Davis Hall. Five people from Israel, Italy, Russia, France, and Germany are visiting.

I've been ferociously busy with other things even besides the prominent blog in my field which I co-manage---this recent post featuring Bruce Pandolfini may be of interest. I am sorry this has prevented me from attending area events since last summer, but I have June 7-8 noted on my calendar.

---Ken R.