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Sardinia Tournament Cancelled

Sorry but due to a family commitment, the Sardinia Quick chess tournament will have to be cancelled this month.

The next tournament will be Sat Nov. 1. Hope to see you there.


The first Annual WNY Scholastic and Team Chess Championships 2008

Hosted by Archangel 8 Chess Academy, Willie Hutch Jones Sports Clinic and Demone A. Smith, Masten District Councilman. Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14201. (FREE PARKING UNDER MALL)

Five Rounds, UNRATED, Swiss format, Game 30, Two Sections: K-6th grades and 7th - 12th Grades.

Registration: 9am until 10am. Unpaid late entries must take one half point bye.

Entry Fee: $10 per player, Schools may have more than one team and can have as many players as possible but only the top four scores will count towards team prizes. Please bring chess set, chess board and pencil for written notations.

USCF rules will be ENFORCED! "Touch Move". Home School teams, female players and Inner City School players are strongly encouraged to participate.

Rounds will begin at 10:30am, Rd 2. at 11:30am, Lunch 12:30pm until 1pm, Rd 3. 1pm, Rd 4. at 2pm. and Final Round 5. at 3pm. Please be ontime. Awards to follow immediately upon completion of the final round.

Individual Awards: Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Place in each section.

Team Awards: Team Trophy for 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place in each section.

Registrations are to be sent to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, WNY Championships, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221. Please include full name, age, grade, USCF ID number, current USCF Rating, team/school name and contact number. USCF membership not required.


The first WNY Borders Scholastic September Chess League attracted 16 players, some of the beginners took lessons, while the others competed tournament play. The next monthly chess league meeting will be Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 12:30pm until 4:30pm, Borders Bookstore, 3480 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park NY (off Rt 219 and Milestrip). Some refreshments and special treats were provided by Borders.

Grades ranged from 1st grader to 8th graders. Four players were female, here is a list of the nine schools that were represented, Buffalo United Charter, City Honors, Global Concept Charter, Homeschool, Lindbergh, Martin Luther King Jr. #39, Nardin Academy, Olmstead and Our Lady of Victory.

The current League Leaders are as follows;

First place, Richard H. Herko, Global Concepts Charter, 2pts, Undefeated.

Second Place tie, William J. Deuschle, Nardin Academy, and Trevor D. Cohn, Lindbergh, 1.5pts.

Fourth Place tie, Preston Gifford Olmstead, David E. Primosch Jr. Global Concepts, Chase Gifford City Honors, Marissa Herko Our Lady of Victory, Sam E. Santora Homeschool, all with one point, and Shakyle E. Topps Buffalo United Charter and Mikayla C. Brown, Martin Luther King Jr #39.

Entry fee is $5.00 in advance for October 25th, 2008, please make checks payable to: Archangel 8 Chess Academy, BSCL, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221. Please include your childs full name, age, grade, school, USCF ID number and USCF rating if current member.


Orchard Park Borders Bookstore Milestrip and Rt 219

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Register between 12:30pm and 1pm.

Chess lesson and Matches will start at 1pm until 3:30pm. Sections will be K - 6th, and 7th - 12th grades. Compete with those in your same grade level.

US Chess Federation rules enforced. Bring chess set, chess board, pencil and notebook.

Entry fee is $20 for all 4 sessions or $5 paid in advance. No funds are to be exchanged in the store so please place your entry fee in an envelope with your childs name, age, grade and school and hand it to me when you check in.

This is for competiive chess players who want to improve chess tactics, chess strategy and play more games. Monthly outstanding players will be submitted to Borders for acknowelgement on thier website.

Please RSVP with full name, age, grade and school to


September Champion NM Lionel Davis with son Shaka playing an ultramodern game
Thirty Nine players returned to the "Every third Saturday Grand Prix" tournament. The next Grand Prix tournament will be Saturday, October 18th, 2008 at the Main Place Mall - Upper Level, Buffalo NY.

The Hal Payne Scholastic Exhibition Section produced its first female Champion from a field of eleven players. First place and Undefeated 6-0: Dakaylah, Fifth Grader at Martin Luther King Jr. #39, daughter of Ken Winfield both USCF rated players. Cousin Daja Vu, placed 6th were the only two 5th grader females in the section.

Second place tie Brandon C Small and Acour Dour, both 7th graders at St. Augustines Scholars Chess program, Third place tie Agoth Henry(7th), Julius Spencer(6th) and Majok Henry(6th) all from St Augustines Scholars Chess program.

Other schools represented were Andrell Clemons - Performing Arts Academy, Shakyle Topps - Urban Knights Chess and Buffalo United Charter.

St. Augustine Scholars Chess Program now under a new Chess Coach Michael A. Mc Duffie, USCF Chess Coach is now undergoing a new and challenging direction every friday at St Augustine School with (12) male players. We are also investigating to develop the girls program and we are awaiting for a positive response.

Senator Antoine M Thompson U1600 Section: Eighteen (18) players attended. New comers were Wallie Green, Crystal Taylor and Jack Oleksyn (Rochester Chess Club).

First Place Champion and Undefeated for a second consecutive monthly winner, Attorney James P. Davis. James P Davis in the final round defeated newly crown NY State U1400 Champion William M Rich also U1400 Mayors Cup Champion 2008. 2nd Place Jack Oleksyn (highest rated player in section), and 3rd place tie Josh Rofrano(Rochester Chess Club), Ferdinand Supsup (Canada) and David Biddle.

Upset point leaders were:Vic Bahl (576), George Barton (248), William Rich(192), Josh Rofrano(126.5), Partho Bhattacharya(77.5), Benjamin Havey(70), Erik Lubas (54) and Thomas Callea Jr (34.5points).

In the Open International Grand Prix section turned out ten (10) players, another new high for this section. USCF Ratings ranged from 1606 to 2244.

Returning and undefeated Champion Lionel L. Davis, 2nd Place Aquino Inigo, 13yrs old., from (Welland Ontario, Canada) and 3rd Place Vance Williams.

We want to thank all those who came out and to all those who continue to support the chess community.

A change in blog layout

I made a small change to the layout of this blog. Basically, you should now be able to view this blog on any monitor of any width (wide screen or not) with the blog stretching the entire screen (with no waste of space). Also if you resize the window of your browser, the blog should shirnk/stretch automatically to fit the window. If this does not work, please let me know and I will try and fix it. As I see of it now, it seems to work.

Arkport Anyone?

This is a request to anyone out there who has more information about this year's Arkport Open. I recall receiving an email about the date being changed to, I believe, to September 27 th, but I am not sure. I know a number of our readership has participated in the past and might like to go again. Can anyone confirm the particulars? If so please comment below with the info.

Davis and Dubose win in Sardinia

NM Barry Davis and expert Doug Dubose took the 45 min drive from Buffalo to Sardinia last Saturday, each scoring 7.5/8 to tie for first in the 12 man Round Robin tournament held at the Community Center.

Pat Patterson and Ryan Madden drew their last round encounter to tie for 3rd with 4.5, with Madden also winning the u1500 prize.

Also participating were Tom Warner, Don Hoak, Ryan and Nathan Palmisano, Morgan Beach, Robert Becker,Zack Madden, and Partho Bhattacharya.

Nathan Palmisano won the scholastic trophy with 4pts.

next tournament is Saturday Oct. 4th - see you there!


Main Place Mall - Upper Level 390 Main Street Buffalo NY 14202 Saturday, September 20th, October 18th, November 15th and December 20th, 2008 EVERY THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH! NEW $10.00 REVISED LOWER ENTRY FEES for U1600 and U1200 Sections for the month of September! USCF Open rated chess tournament. Four rounds, Swiss Format Game/45 except last round Game/60. Registration from 8:30am until 9:15am. First matches start at 9:30am, Rd 2 at 11:15am, Rd 3 at 1:00pm, Round 4 (Game 60) at 2:30pm. Each participant must be or must become a USCF member to participate. Can join onsite for additional fee. USCF Rules enforced including writing moves. Open Grand Prix Section has Guaranteed Cash Prizes - 1st Place $200, 2nd Place $100 and 3rd Place $60.00. Entry fee $50.00 with cash only onsite.
The U1600 and U1200 Sections, at the new reduced Entry Fee of $10.00, have Cash Prizes based upon entries. For example if 20 entries in a section then 1st Place $60, 2nd Place $40, and 3rd Place $20.00.

Hal Payne Scholastic Section also has a New Lower entry fee of $8.00, and is a 5 round Swiss, Game/30. Rounds start at 10am, 11am, Noon, 1pm and 2pm. Prizes: Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Written notations optional. Advance entries are greatly appreciated, but must be received no later than 7 days prior to the tournament. Make checks payable to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, Grand Prix, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221. Please confirm with full name, USCF ID number, USCF Rating, and contact information.



Niagara Falls Blvd Store

Amherst NY 14221

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Time: 10:30am

This will be the first organizational meeting and registration for this club which will meet at least once a week for instructional group lessons, friendly club matches, and monthly tournament play.

Please come to meet us and to answer any questions you may have regarding this chess club for home school students. We will need each home schooler's full name, date of birth, age, grade level, address, and contact information for registration.

Please pass this information to home schoolers and their parents who you may think might have an interest in participating.

For more information and confirmation of your participation, please email me by Sunday September 7th, 2008 at

Sardinia Quick Chess Tournament

Sat Sept. 6, 1pm at the Sardinia Community Center, 12320 Savage Rd., Sardinia. Games start at 1pm. Must be a USCF member to play-may join on site.

2 Sections: Adults: 3RR Swiss, G/29, EF $20 Rds: 1,2,3pm. Prizes based on entries; and Scholastic: Round Robin- Play as many games as possible in 3 hrs! EF: $10 Trophy for 1st place. All Scholastic players will receive a prize! For info call Tom Warner 716-496-5230

2008 NYS Championships

Five players from Buffalo-Niagara competed in this year's New York State Chess Championships this past weekend in Albany, NY. Notable results were William Rich's (1233) "money" finish in the U1400 subsection of the U1600 Section scoring a 4/6 and raising his rating 150 points! Also Rev. Marijan Procyk's (2100) scored a first round draw with International Master Jay Bonin (2459). The other area players who made the trip and participated in America's oldest running chess tournament were Partho Bhattacharya (1046), Mark Mieth(1375), and David Miller(1590).

Winning the Open section was the young IMs Alex Lenderman (2501) and Justin Sarkar both with 5.5/6 having drawn with each other in round 4. The U1600 section was won by the very young Daniel Johnston (1599 >>>1678) of Rochester who has played in a few Buffalo-Niagara events.

The cross table is available at:

NM Barry Davis Wins Lake Erie Open

The Lake Erie Open was won by National Master Barry Davis (2156) with a perfect 4-0 score. Davis defeated Luka Glinsky(2067) from Erie PA, Vince Woodard(1843), Albert Patterson (1788), and Tom Warner(1760) en route to victory.
The Novice section was won on tie breaks by Tom Callea(1003) with 3 pts. Ryan Madden (1311) took second also with 3pts , while Ben Havey (1339) was third. Callea, in only his second event, saw a 76 point increase in his rating!
Congratulations to all the prize winners and thank you to all who participated and a special thanks to Tom Warner for his assistance.