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Sardinia Quick Chess Tournament

Sat.May 2, 1-4pm At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY 2 sections: Adults: 3SS, G29,EF $20, Rds 1,2,3 pm. Prizes based on entries 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 E-mail

A Gem from Artem

Rev. Marijan Procyk and I were lucky enough to play in the same hall as the young Canadian IM Artem Samsokin at last year's Niagara Falls, Ontario Open. Here is an artful win by him against American Super GM Nakamura in Toronto at the Price Waterhouse Cooper's Open on 4/19/2009:

Another tactic from Leko in FIDE GP Nalchik

Leko today again won against the Petroff. Today it was against Kasimdzanov. The position is after black took a pawn on f5 with ...Nh6xf5 (threatening ...Qxd4 next). And this loses immediately to what?? And this is what Leko played and Kasimdzanov resigned one move after.

Photos and Crosstable link from Buffalo April Swiss

Last weekend's crosstable link is at

Buffalo April Swiss Results


Forty eight players competed in the Buffalo April Swiss held April 25 at the Educational Opportunity Center in downtown Buffalo. The Open section was won by National Master Eddie Mark , second place was taken by Expert Vance Williams. Upsets in the Open section were Ben Havey (1517) over Vance Williams (2101) David Biddle (1538) over David Miller (1728) and Barry Davis (2142) over Lionel Davis (2242). The U1450 section was won by Matthew Peck (1399) who hadn't played in 10 years. There was a three way tie for second between James Davis, Ryan Madden and Joe Covley. In the Scholastic section Ryan Palmisano was a tour de force with a perfect 5-0 score to take the 1st place trophy, Elementary school sensation Sam Santora continued his winning ways to take the 2nd place trophy and Joseph Matte from Global Concepts Charter School took the third place trophy. In the unrated section Alexis Matte from the Global Concepts Charter School ran roughshod over the opposition with a perfect 5-0 score and took home the 1st place certificate, 2nd went to Mrgan Meloon and third to Javier Gonzales both from Global Concepts Charter School. Many thanks to all that helped make this tournament a success: Bob Simpson for donations, Asal Nassir for trophies, Sandra Bunkley of E.O.C. for the site, Antonio Cirillo of Global Concepts Charter School for the bus load of kids and Doug Bowers for bringing his players. Also thank you to Jenn Santora and all the parents who helped as well as all the participants.

Tactics from Grand Prix Nalchik

This position arose in the game Leko vs Gelfand from FIDE grand prix Nalchik played on Sunday 4/26/09. Gelfand has just played Nd7-e5. Can you find the variation (White to Move) that gives white the winning advantage. Leko played precisely and sealed the win. The first move may be obvious but I certainly did find the moves later in the variation hard to find while kibitzing the live game on ICC.

Councilman Golombek's Chess Tournament

Joe Golombek Jr.- Buffalo Common Council Member representing the North District (including the Riverside area) is sponsoring a chess tournament at the Riverside Public Library (820 Riverside St.) on Saturday, May 9, 2009 from Noon to 5pm. Entry is FREE and there will be free Pizza too! Need not be a USCF member for this unrated event. Although there is no age limit for participation, it will be limited to 28 players. Trophies for First, Second, and Third Place and a bonus $20 to the first place winner. For more information or to register call the Tournament Director, Douglas Dubose at 875-0562 or email For more information about Councilman Golombek go to

Scrolling news for next tournament

I added a scrolling news section (notice on top) that will flash the viewers of the next upcoming tournament. As many posts are added sometimes in a day, some information could be forgotten unless you scroll down. Hence this change. I plan to update this scrolling news about a week before the start of the next tournament and would avoid using this section of the page to post anything other than tournament schedule. On moving your mouse over the scrolling text, you can click on it to take you to the corresponding post that will have details of the tournament. I hope this will be useful :)


Updated Cross Table

The Second Annual David Evans Jr. Memorial Tournament turned out thirty nine players in three sections-with ten teams participating in The WNY Scholastic Spring Team Championships! Thanks to all the parents, grandparents, and other spectators who also joined us in the rememberence of David Evans, Jr.-a native of Buffalo who lost his life in the Iraq war. A special thanks goes out to NY State Senator Antoine M. Thompson, who serves the 60th District on the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs. Senator Thompson continues to be a supportor of chess in WNY. To send him your comments and word of thanks, please email him at

The top three schools in the K - 6th grades were; Champions - Pioneer Middle School, 2ND Place - Chess Club of Buffalo (Home Schoolers), and 3rd place - North Park Academy. The top three school teams in the 7th - 12th grades were Champions - Buffalo United Charter (Urban Knights Chess), 2nd place -Olmstead and 3rd place - Transit Middle.

Individual awards in the K - 6th grades were Champion - Ryan G. Palmisano, 2nd Place - Samuel E. Santora, 3rd Place - Austin Kossow, 4th Place - Nathan C. Palmisano and 5th Place - Teneva J. Dennis.

Individual awards in the 7th - 12th grades were Champion - Jacob P. Frederiksen, 2nd Place - Willie J Smith III, 3rd Place - Demetrius Brown, 4th Place - Daniel A. Wyatt and 5th Place - Shakyle E. Topps.

The top five winners in the David Evans Jr. Memorial U1475 Section were; Champion - Ryan Madden (1459), 2nd Place - Attorney James P. Davis (1409), 3rd Place - Christopher Sherry(1437), 4th Place - Robert P. Gerow (1397), and 5th Place - John L. Johnson (1227). Upset leaders were James P Davis, George P Barton and Ryan Madden.

The top five winners in the Buffalo Masters Open were; Champion - NM Lionel L. Davis (2257), 2nd Place - Mark J Clark(2004), 3rd Place - Vince C Woodard(1838), 4th Place - NM Eddie E. Mark III(2202) and 5th Place - Harish Srinivasan(1745). Upset winners were Thomas C Callea Jr, Mark J Clark, Francis B Grabowski, Harish Srinivasan.

Our next Grand Prix tournament will be Saturday, May 16, 2009, Main Place Mall - Upper Level, 390 Main St, Buffalo NY 14201. For more information email to


Saturday, April 25, 2009 Borders Bookstore Quaker Crossing Plaza (Rt 219 & Milestrip) Orchard Park, NY 14127

Four rounds, Swiss, USCF membership not required, Game 29. Open Scholastic Chess League for K - 12th graders who seek more challenging games.

Registration/Check In at the CAFE SECTION, Rear of store from 12:30pm until 1pm. Games start at 1pm until 4:30pm.

Medals for top 4 players. Please bring chess set and chess board.

Advance registration and make checks payable to: Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221, Entry Fee $5.00. Please include full name, School, Grade, USCF ID number and USCF Rating. USCF Membership not required. Postmarked no later than Tuesday April 21, 2009. Questions or registration to

Clevehill Chess Knights website

The newly created Clevehill Chess Knights Club now has a website! Follow this link to see the happenings:

Just a reminder

  • Buffalo April Swiss
  • Saturday, April 25, 2009
  • Educational Opportunity Center 465 Washington St.Buffalo, NY 14203
  • 4 round swiss system (5 rounds in Scholastic section)
  • Game/30 (25 minutes with 5 second delay)
  • Entry fee: Open, Under 1700, and Under 1450 sections $15-Scholastic section $8. No checks or credit cards accepted on site-cash only.
  • Cash Prizes based on entries in all sections -except Scholastic which will have trophies for 1ST, 2ND, & 3RD
  • Rounds 9:45, 11:00, 12:15, 1:30 Registration 9-9:15 ½ point bye available if requested before the start of round 1. All entries after 9:45 will be forced to take ½ point bye.
  • Convenient parking in front and sides of building
  • Please email me with USCF ID#, rating, and the section you wish to play in at or call (716)836-4364 Send advanced entries to Old School Chess Enterprises c/o Douglas Dubose 3587 Harlem Rd. Cheektowaga, NY 14215

Warner Wins in Sardinia

Tom Warner won the April Quick chess tournament last Sat. in Sardinia. Warner went 3-0 defeating Ryan Madden, Nathan Braasch and Pat Patterson. Dave Braasch finished 2nd while Ryan (mad dog) Madden won the u1500 prize. Ryan Palmisano also competed.

In the scholastics, Carl Raymore won a hotly contested section with 5.5/7. Brothers Wes and Chris Darling tied for 2nd with 5/7 and Nathan Palmisano was next with 4/7. Also competing were Nick and Fred Brennan, Brandon Lamont, Sam Tillinghast, and Andrew Joslyn.

Next tournament May 2.


The Third Annual Mayor's Cup and WNY Class Championships will take place at Buffalo State College's Campbell Student Union, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222 on Saturday and Sunday June 6-7, 2009. Once again it will be presented by Buffalo State College Student Affairs in conjunnction with the Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Sections, Entry fees, and Prizes:

  • Master's Open: 15 Point (enhanced) Grand Prix $35 preregistration or $55 onsite, Guaranteed Cash Prizes $300, $225 and $150. The "Mayor's Cup" Trophy to the top WNY area finisher in this section.
  • U1500 $$30 or $45 onsite, Cash prizes based on 15 entries; $200, $100 and $$75.
  • U1200 $25 or $35 onsite, Cash prizes based on 15 entries; $$125, $90 and $50.
  • Elementary and Middle Entry fee: $5.00 includes Pizza and beverage. Awards Individuals, Team Medals and Trophies for Top 3 winners
  • High School Championships; Entry fee $15.00, includes Pizza and beverage. Awards Individuals, Team Medals and Trophies for Top 3 winners.

Time Control and Round Schedule:

  • Master's Open. Game/120 FIDE rated Saturday 9:30am, 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Sunday, 9:30am and 2:30pm.
  • U1500 Section & U1200, Game/90 at 9:30am, 1:30pm, & 5:30pm, Sun. 10am and 2pm.
  • Saturday Scholastics: Elementary, Middle and High School Sections, Five rounds, Game/30.

Please make checks payable and mail to: Archangel 8 Chess Academy, "Mayor's Cup", 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221, postmarked no later than Saturday, May 30, 2009. Please include full name, USCF ID number, rating and section of play. Titles will be awarded at each rating level. Titles are only given to those in the Western, NY Area only. For more information please email to:


The 2nd Annual H. Mc Carthy Gipson Grand Prix featuring NM Lionel L. Davis of Buffalo, NY, will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at the Upper Level of The Main Place Mall, 390 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14201. It is a USCF 10 point (enhanced) Grand Prix Event, in Four Rounds using Swiss System pairings. Game/45 with rounds at 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm.

Four Sections:

  • Open Grand Prix, Guaranteed Prize Money, $250, $150 and U1900 $120. Entry fee $30 or $50 onsite.
  • U1450 David Evans, Jr. Memorial Section, Entry fee $25 or $35 onsite, Cash prizes based on 15 entries, $150, $100 and $60.
  • Law Enforcement:Unrated, Entry fee $25.00, based upon 15 entries, 1st Place $150, $100 and $60.
  • Middle & High School Scholastics, Five rounds, Game 30, Entry fee $10.00, Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners. Rounds start at 10am, 11am, Noon, 1pm and 2pm.

Please make checks payable and mail to: Archangel 8 Chess Academy, "Gipson", 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221. Please include full name, USCF ID number, Rating and Section of play.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Victims Fund of Flight #3407. Donations will also be accepted.


Saturday, April 18, 2009
1030AM- 230PM Main Place Mall - Upper Level 390 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14201 Please register your school/chess club for the First Annual Scholastic Spring Team Championships which is being directed by Thomas A. Warner and Michael A. Mc Duffie.

Four rounds, no elimination, Game/30 in two sections: K-6th and 7th - 12th grades. Advance entry fee no later than Friday, April 10th is $10 per player, after that date the cost is $15 per player. Medals for the TOP 6 individual players in each section and First Place Trophy for the top team in each section.

Teams from schools or clubs can consist of any number of players and USCF membership is not required. Each team's score will be determined by adding the total points won by the top four player's score for each team.

Onsite registration is between 9am and 10am. Round Schedule: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:15pm, and 2:15pm with The Awards Ceremony immediately following the results. There will be a Lunch Break from 12:30 -1pm.

For more information or to register please email to: or please include full name, name of team, and section of play.

Sardinia Quick Chess Tournament

Sat. April 4, 1-4pm At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY

2 sections: Adults: 3SS, G29,EF $20, Rds 1,2,3 pm. Prizes based on entries

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 E-mail