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Pictured are the Golden Knights Trophy winners from the 2015 Veterans Day Memorial Tournament held at the Main Place Mall, Buffalo NY. 2015 WNY Scholastic Chess Classic, K-4 Championship Team Trophy winners JonLuke Pencille and Ryan Carmina, Ashton William, 2015 NY State Elementary Scholastic Champion, 2015 Veterans Day Memorial Co Champion - Shaan Cheruvu, 2015 WNY Scholastic Chess Classic Champions for K-4 and 2nd Place K-8 held at Pioneer High School, on Saturday, November 21, 2015. We hosted five teams, 31 students and earned two Team and Individual Trophies. Special Thanks to Tom Warner, USCF TD and the Pioneer Chess Boosters hosted 92 players. Last but not least are the Trophy winners of the Fannie M. Memorial All Girls Section held at the Main Place Mall in Buffalo NY. 62 adult and scholastic players attended with the help of the Kenmore Amateur Chess Association and we made history with two female Canadian chess players, who competed in the Open section and the youngest age 7 in Scholastic from Toronto, Ontario.

You are invited to join us for our monthly USCF sanctioned Chess Tournaments, hosted by the Buffalo Teachers Federation and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. Please check the new chess venues. Advance registrations are greatly appreciated! Advance registrations and discounts that apply are sent to Registration forms are available with an email request. SORRY, NO REFUNDS! SCHEDULES CAN AND MAY CHANGE!
USCF memberships are required for all sections.  AWARDS are donated by the Buffalo Teachers Federation, Inc. We greatly appreciate their help and support to grow Chess in Buffalo, New York.

All Cash payment players are required to check in at least 30 minutes before the first games are to begin. All USCF players are required to bring a chess set, algebraic chess board, digital clock and write algebraic chess notations.

Our upcoming USCF Chess Tournaments are as follows;

Saturday, December 12, 2015, USCF OPEN HOLIDAY CLASSIC, MAIN PLACE MALL, BUFFALO, NY.  Four USCF Rated games, Game 50, d5, Games start at 9:15am. Advance registrations and advance emails by Thursday, December 10, 2015. Sections are Open - EF: $20 or $30, U1600 -EF: $15 or $20 and Scholastic K12 - U1000, EF$10 or $15. Trophies to the Top Four Winners! Scholastic must report by 9:30 am, Games start at 10am.

Sunday, December 27, 2015, Three Nickels, 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion Scholastic K-6 Chess Championships, Five games, USCF rated, Chess notations are required. Game 30, d5. Sections are All Girls Championship, K-3 section, and 4 to 6th grade section. Trophies awarded to the Top Three Players in each section. The Entry Fee is FREE! Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14221. Players must report to the Community Room by 12:30pm, First games start at 1pm. Advance registration Only by Sunday, December 20, 2015.

Upcoming 2016 USCF monthly Chess Tournaments, Check new venues! Please email for details.

2016 - 2nd Annual International Friendship Cup, January 16 and Jan.17, 2016 held at the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic, Buffalo, NY USA. Canadian Players must register with Gary Hua, email to

Saturday, January 30, 2016, Lockport "The Locks" Open Scholastic K-12 Chess Championships, Lockport Family YMCA, 19 East Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094.

Saturday, February 6, 2016, Juneteenth Scholastic K-8 Chess Championships, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14201. Exhibition games with Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters! Advance registrations only! Five USCF Games 30;d5.

Saturday, February 13, 2016, USCF GAME 50, Main Place Mall, 390 Main St, Upper Level, Buffalo, NY 14201. Four USCF dual rated games, Game 50, d5. Report by 8:45am. First games start at 9:15am.

Saturday, March 5, 2015, USCF GAME 50, Main Place Mall, 390 Main St, Buffalo NY. Four USCF Dual rated Games, Game 50;d5. Report by 8:45am. First games start at 9:15am.

Saturday, April 9, 2016, USCF GAME 50, Main Place Mall, 390 Main St, Buffalo, NY. Four USCF Dual rated games, Game 50;d5. Report BY 8:45am. First Games start at 9:15am.

Saturday, May 14, 2016, USCF GAME 50, Main Place Mall, 390 Main St. Buffalo NY. Four USCF Dual rated games, Game 50,d5. Report by 8:45am. First Games start at 9:15am.

Saturday, June 11, 2016, USCF GAME 50, d5, Main Place Mall, 390 Main St, Buffalo NY. Four USCF Dual rated games, Game 50,d5. Report by 8:45am, First Games start at 9:15am.

The Mc Duffie Family and the Archangel 8 Chess Academy would like to say a special "Thank You" to all those who send condolences, gifts, food, drinks and prayers during the illness and death of Fran Mc Duffie, after 61 years plus of marriage to Horace Mc Duffie, Jr., died on Friday, October 2, 2015.
Getting back to normal activities are still a challenge but I appreciate your help and continued support. For more information about chess events, chess tutored classes and Community Partnerships, please email


Pictured are Fannie M.(1935 - 2015) and predeceased son, David "PawnMaster" Mc Duffie (1960 - 2012, together in heaven!

The Mc Duffie family would like to invite you to help celebrate the life of Fannie M. Mc Duffie!

Fran passed away on Friday, October 2, 2015 in Buffalo NY, after months of health complications at Elderwood (Bassett) in Williamsville, NY.

Survivors are, after 61 years plus of marriage to husband Horace Mc Duffie, Jr., son Michael, Chess Ambassador(Debbie), daughter Cheryl(Maryland) and predeceased son David, 2012, grandsons Cadet Major Aaron and Alexander.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, located at 402 Clinton Street, Buffalo NY 14204 with Pastor Edward Jackson, Jr.

Family Visitation will be from 10:30am to 11am.

Repast: Immediately after in the Fellowship Hall, Please bring bubbles!

Interment: Private Family burial included predeceased son, David W. Mc Duffie, (2012) at St. Matthews Cemetery, Cheektowaga NY on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

Final arrangements are being made by Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home, Funeral Director, Darrell M. Saxon II, Office - 716-894-4888.

The family respectfully declines flowers but condolence cards and contributions can be mailed and made payable to the Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221.


Pictured: Contributed by The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. GIRLS IN CHESS ROCK! A week long summer Chess Clinic program held in Lackawanna, NY with the Willie Hutch Jones Educational And Sports Clinics and Mount Olive Baptist Church.

The Archangel 8 Chess Academy and the Urban Thinkers Chess Club invite you to join us on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo NY.

Featuring Joey Orozco from Toronto Canada. Joey won the Stars and Stripes International monthly tournament in July. There was a five way tie for 2nd Place - Benjamin Rummell, James Paul, David Miller, Brian Sawyers and Steve Baer.

FORMAT: Four USCF dual rated Sanctioned games, duration of games are Game 50 with a 5 second delay. All players must be current USCF members.

All players must arrive by 8:45am, Games start at 9:15am. Late arrivals must accept a one half non playing Bye! USCF membership is required! USCF memberships available at the door with Cash payments.

Advance registrations are greatly appreciated to by midnight on Friday, August 14, 2015.

PIZZA AND REFRESHMENTS provided to all paid tournament players!

Two sections are Open and U1600, Cash entry fees are Open $20 and U1600 are $15.00.

Schedule of Games - Game 1 at 9:15am, Game 2 at 11:30am, Game 3 at 1:15pm and Game 4 at 3pm.

All questions are directed to


<p>The Archangel 8 Chess Academy is now celebrating its 18 year of Enrichment and Educational Youth Chess programs in the WNY area. We are proud to announce the confirmed dates for United States Chess Federation Tournaments to be held at the Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street, Upper Level, Buffalo New York, for the remainder of the 2015 year.
<p>To promote and increase visiting chess players to our monthly chess events, we ask for your Advance Online Registrations and Discounted Entry Fees be received by midnight on the Wednesday prior to the tournament. Advance Online Registrations are greatly appreciated with full name, USCF Id number, Section of play and contact number.
<p>All USCF members are required to bring their own Chess equipment, (ie. Chess set, chess board, digital chess clock and scorebook).
<p>All registered players are asked to report at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the tournament. This will allow us to start the tournament promptly at the official time.
<p>Only approved USCF Electronic scoresheet devices will be allowed.
<p>If you have any questions or would like to give us feedback on how to better our program, please send us your comments to
<p> Saturday, August 15, 2015, please report by 8:45am, Games start at 9:15am.
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        Saturday, November 14, 2015
        Saturday, December 12, 2015 
<p>Photographed are the Golden Knights of Lockport with Anne McCaffrey, Mayor of Lockport after their performance at the New York State Scholastic Chess Championships, where Ashton William is our 2015 New York State Scholastic Chess Champion. Other NY State trophy winners are Jon Luke Pencille earned 12th Place and Jonathan Carmina earned 2nd Place Top Unrated!
<p>I want to Thank all of those who have and continue to support the promotion and growth of scholastic chess in the Buffalo, Lockport and WNY area.
<p>Your in Chess, Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director


Pictured are the trophy winners at the first annual 2015 International Friendship Cup, hosted by the Buffalo Teachers Federation, Inc and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.

Results of the PawnMaster Memorial K-8 Section were Undefeated 2015 International Friendship Cup Scholastic Champion - Alyssa Dobrowolski, 2nd Place - Jonathan Carmina(Golden Knights of Lockport), 3rd Place - Bryanna Ely and K-1 3rd Place - Ryan Carmina (Golden Knights of Lockport). Alyssa and Bryanna both eighth graders from the Old First Ward Irish Buffalo Chess Team, which meets every Friday night for chess instructions and friendly chess games from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Results of the Peace Bridge U1700 section was undefeated 2015 International Friendship Cup Champion Matthew Peck (1545),the highest rated player in the section was Patrick Robinson (1666), 2nd Place was a three way tie with Dr. James J. Paul (1645), David S. Miller (1578) and David Stearns (1552). Malik Ferguson, graduate from Community School 53 and now a senior at Hutch Tech was the Wendy's Restaurant Upset Leader with 621 points, followed by Matthew Peck with 254, Michael Skok with 239 points, Brian Martin with 211 points and Steve Baer with 88 points. We want to "WELCOME BACK" Danielle Delia, a student in the grad program at Buffalo State College.

Results of the FIDE OPEN Section attracted four chess players from the Greater Toronto Area GTA, Ontario Canada are Eugene Hua(1890), Jason Cai(1832), Davy Zhao(1796) and GTA Organizer Gary Hua(1728). Leading from Day one has National Master Barry Davis(2176) with 2 1/2 point of 5, four players tied for 2nd place with 2 points are Eugene Hua, Jason Cai, Joseph Ksiazek(1806) from Rochester Chess Center and Davy Zhao and Erik W. Lubas(2024) with 1 point. Tournament highlight is Jason Cai, who represented Canada at the 2014 North American Youth Chess Championships. Come out and join us for Day Two of the FIDE OPEN Section starts at 9:30am and 2:30pm.

A special Thanks for the Rochester Chess Center and David Campbell and Ron Lohrman for being our Chess Equipment Vendor.

Reported by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director