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Saturday Sept 26th Quads

Saturday Quads on Saturday, September 26, 2009 in the 6th floor auditorium of The Educational Opportunity Center on 465 Washington St. Buffalo, NY 14203 has been cancelled due to the team event at St. Bonaventure University. Mail to Old School Chess Enterprises, 124 Military Rd. Buffalo, NY 14207 c/o Douglas Dubose or email


Presented by Willie Hutch Jones Sports Clinic and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy in memory of Daniel R. Ackers. To read more about him go to

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main St, Buffalo NY 14201.

This is a US Chess Federation Four Round Chess Tournament. US Chess Membership is required. Can join at the door for an additional yearly membership fee.

Four Rounds, Swiss, Game 50, Open section Cash Prizes based upon 17 total entries. Advance entry fee $20 vs $30 CASH ONLY at the door, postmarked no later than September 16, 2009. Open Cash Prizes, $120 & $75, U1900 $60 and U1500 $50.00.

Schedule:Rouund 1 at 9:45am, Rd 2 at 11:30am, Rd 3 at 1:15pm, Rd 4 at 3:00pm. One half point BYE available if requested at registration. Late entries must take one half point BYE. Guaranteed entries are paid by check or cash prior to the tournament. NO REFUNDS! Make checks payable and mail to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo New York 14221, postmarked no later than September 16, 2009, with full name, USCF ID number, Section of play, and telephone number. Scholastic STAR Section: Game 30, Medals for TOP 3 Winners, Scholastic Entry Fee $5.00. Schedule:10am, 11am, Noon, 1pm and 2pm. NEW SECTION: Simpson & Simpson LLC., COLLEGIATE CHESS LEAGUE, Five Rounds, GAME 30, CASH PRIZES BASED UPON 10 TOTAL ENTRIES, $50.00 and $45.00, Entry Fee $15.00, deadline Sept 16, 2009. Schedule: Rd 1 - 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm and 1:45pm.

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Local Boy Competing in NYS Championship

Miles A. James- an 8 year old third grader at Olmstead #64 School, and Urban Knights member, will be traveling to Albany, NY to compete in the New York State Chess Championships over this Labor Day weekend.

To help improve his chances, I'm hosting a Chess Workshop for him and any other scholastic players who would like to join him each day this week, Monday August 24th through Friday, August 28th at the Wegmans on Alberta Drive in Amherst, NY. The workshop runs from 12:30pm until 4:45pm.

Scholastic players who would like to improve, will be taught checkmating patterns, tactics, strategy, and chess principles. Also each player will be paired up for timed games of Game/30, in which games will be recorded to be later reviewed by a Chess Coach. The cost is $20 per student per day, but discounts will be given for additional family members. Chess sets, boards and clocks will be provided.

If you would like to be invited to future chess workshops please reply to with full name, age and grade. We would like to thank those in advance, for your well wishes and your support. Comments can be sent to Miles to

Sardinia Tournament

Sat. Sept. 5th at the Sardinia Community Center, 12320 Savage Rd Sardinia,NY Adults: EF: $20 3SS, G/60, Rds 10:30am, 1pm, 3pm Prizes based on entries. Late entries must take 1/2 pt bye in Rd 1. Scholastics: EF: $10,1-4pm RR, Trophy for 1st, Everyone gets a prize! Entries and info: Tom Warner 716-496-5230 e-mail Also Labor Day, Sept 7 there will be a non-rated tournament at the Sardinia Town Park from 1-4pm. The park is located on Genesee Rd. between Rt 16 and Savage Rd. From Buffalo take Rt 400 south to Rt 16 to Genessee Rd,(turn right)to Park. There will be music and food, arts and crafts, even an old-timers baseball game. So if you have no plans for the day, come out and play some chess outside in beautiful Sardinia and help promote our game! No charge!


So who is planing on going to the NYS CHAMPIONSHIPS in Albany, NY this Labor Day weekend?
Which of the following GM's be there again? Kamsky, Nakamua, Ibragimov, Benjamin, Ivanov, Yudasian, Kudrin, deFirmian, Hess, Lenderman?
Will WNY be well represented?
Does anyone wish to share a ride or room there?
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Update .... Crosstable now available The Willie Hutch Jones Star Scholastic Section winners were Miles A James, Champion, and 2nd Place winner was Zachary M. Gerow.

In the Pulaski U1500 Section, The Gerow family continued their winning ways. First Place Michael R. Gerow, father of Zachary, 2nd Place - Glenn P. Conlin, and a three way tie for Third Place with Robert P. Gerow (GrandDad), James P. Davis and Steve L. Baer.

Upset Leaders were: Michael R. Gerow - 357 pts.,James P. Davis - 63 pts., Steve L. Baer - 53 pts, and Glenn P. Conlin - 50 pts.

The Grand Prix Section was named after Robert C. Johnson, Jamestown New York who passed away earlier this month. Mark Clark spoke a few heart felt words in his memory and then started everyones clock in Robert Johnson's memory. I have submitted his name to the Chess Federation so that his family knows that his dedication and contribution for the development of young chess players was greatly appreciated by all of us.

The Champion of the Robert C. Johnson Section was Harish Srinivasan(1765), Second Place had a four way tie, Mark Clark(2074) - Jamestown NY, Ryan Madden, Benjamin W Havey, and Matthew G. Peck.

Upset Leaders were: David S. Miller - 519 pts, Ryan Madden 391 pts, Matthew Peck 223 pts, Harish Srinivasan 154.5 pts and Albert Patterson 20.5 pts.

Missing from the top action were Vance Willliams, Eddie Mark, Barry Davis, Brian Hartman and Kenneth Regan. Our top players should continue to challenge us by playing in the tournaments.

Our next Grand Prix will be in Memory of Daniel R. Acker, Buffalo Chapter - NAACP Community Leader on Saturday, September 19, 2009, Main Place Mall, 390 Main St, Buffalo NY. Advance entry fee $20 v $30 onsite, deadline is Wednesday, September 16, 2009, Please mail and make checks payable to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo NY 14221, with full name, USCF ID number, telephone number and Section of play. Paid Advance entries guarantees your participation in the tournament without one half point bye penalty. Registration closes at 9:30am in order for us to have a prompt start time.

Advance entries are GREATLY APPRECIATED! There is room for more competition, Tell a friend and Bring a friend to join us! Questions or suggestions should email to

I want to Thank all those who continue to come out and support our efforts. Visible Chess Players help us as spectators pass by in the Main Place Mall.

Ryan Madden Tactic

Here is shown a position from the recently concluded Pulsaiki day Grand Prix tournament game between Tom Warner(White) and Ryan Madden (Black). Try and solve it. The full game is also available if you click on the games tab in the viewer and select the game. Thanks Tom for sharing this game.


Presented by Willie Hutch Jones Sports Clinic in conjunction with the Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Saturday, August 15, 2009, Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo New York 14201. FREE PARKING UNDER MALL AND FOOD COURT OPEN during tournament.

This is a United States Chess Federation Open Rated Tournament. The format will be Four Rounds, Swiss System, Game 50, Advance Entry Fee $20 if received no later than Wednesday, August 12, 2009 or $30 Cash only at the door. Adanced Paid participates are guaranteed entry without penalty of one half point bye.

Registration:Starts at 9am until 9:30am. Games start at 9:45am.

Rounds: Rd 1 at 9:45am, Rd 2 at 11:30am, Rd 3 at 1:15pm, Rd 4 at 3pm. Byes are available with advance notice to tournament director prior to the next round.

CASH PRIZES based upon 17 paid total entries. Open $100 and $60, U1900 $60 & $40, U1500 $50.00. Play others of same rating sections. Sections will be combined if necessary.

Willie Hutch Jones Star Scholastics Section: Five Rounds, Game 30, Entry fee $5.00. RATED Beginners Open - Two Sections, U600 and U 1200. Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners. Registration closes at 9:45am. Games start at 10am, 11am, Noon, 1pm and 2pm, Awards to follow after last games.

Scholastic players may bring a bag lunch/snacks!


Please make checks payable and mail to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo New York 14221, with full name, USCF id number and telephone number, no later than wednesday, august 12, 2009.

SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2009 Monthly Grand Prix!, SAVE THE DATE! Saturday November 7th Elementary Fall Chess Championships.

RIP Bob Johnson

With sadness, I post the following from an email I just received from Mark Clark of Jamestown. Our chess friend Bob Johnson has passed away.
Here is his obituary from the Jamestown Post-Journal. Robert C. Johnson, 47, of Westman Road, Bemus Point, N.Y., formerly of Cushing Street, Fredonia, N.Y., died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, after a brief illness at Millard Filmore Gates Circle Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y. He was born Aug. 21, 1961, the son of the late Carl Eric and Harriet (Carlson) Johnson. He grew up and lived most of his life on the Johnson homestead in Bemus Point, N.Y. He was a 1979 graduate of Bemus Point Central School, attended Jamestown Community College and Renssalaer Poly Tech Institute and was a 1983 graduate of State University at Fredonia. He was a former computer programmer employee of Crawford Furniture of Jamestown, and DFT Communications of Fredonia, N.Y. He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Jamestown and later attended Fluvanna Community Church and Portland Congregational Church. His life interest and hobby was in the game of chess. He won many local and regional tournaments and was a New York State Class A Chess Champion and a longtime teacher of chess at the Jamestown Boys and Girls Club. He was a truly beloved husband, son, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. He is survived by his wife, Ginger Lee Spiller Johnson, the daughter of the Rev. Gordon and Cheryl Spiller of Portland, N.Y., whom he married March 18, 2006. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at 11 a.m. from the Portland Congregational Church. The Rev. Dale Keefer of Fluvanna Community Church will officiate. Friends are invited to call today at the Morse Funeral Home of Brocton from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery, Warren, Pa. The family suggest memorial may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown, N.Y. or the Portland Congregational Church of Portland.
Charles Ferraro-President of the Westfield Chess Club, had this to say about him
"Everyone who's been to the Westfield or Jamestown Chess Clubs knows Bob Johnson as a fine friend and dedicated chess player and chess teacher. Bob was the kindest man I have met in a long while. He clearly loved the game of chess and wanted others to love it as much as he did. He was a team player, self-effacing, steady, and dependable, always ready to sacrifice his own needs to those of others. He would run to the task that others shied away from and do it with a light spirit and a sense of purpose. He always had the time to play a game of chess with a rank beginner, and to turn that game into a memorable chess lesson. In the short time I knew him, he left an indelible impression on me."

Saturday September 26, 2009

St. Bonaventure University Team Chess Tournament

Location: Hall of Fame room in the Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY. The Reilly Center is #15 on the campus map at: Parking is available behind the Reilly Center and other lots on campus. The Cafe La Verna [#17 on map] will be open throughout the day. There will be at least 30 minutes between rounds to grab a bite to eat.

Entry Fee: FREE! [players in the rated sections must be current USCF members or renew at the tournament] Please bring own chess set, board, and clock. None will be provided.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009Time: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Rounds: 10 – 1:30 – 5

Time Control: G/90 or if you are using digital, G/85 with a 5 second delay. Pairings will be by Swiss format.

Register : In advance only! Register to Please include full name, USCF ID number, rating [if you have one], section [Open, U1600, or Unrated], team you’re competing for, and your email address or phone number. There will be NO on site registration. Please register by email at least 2 days in advance.

Teams: The top team will be comprised of the top 5 scorers combined from the open and U1600 sections. At least one of the 5 scorers must be play in the open section. The unrated section will not count towards the top team. In case of a tie, there will be a head-to-head speed chess playoff.

Please check the following list to see if you have been confirmed (denoted as an "x" after your name) as participating in the St. Bonaventure Team Swiss on 9/26/09. Updated 9/2/09

  1. Andrzejewski, Len (925) Westfield-U1600-x
  2. Boussa, Vong (1766 )Hornell-Open
  3. Clark, Mark J (2074) Jamestown-Open
  4. De Joseph, Stephen (2143)-Jamestown-Open-x
  5. Douglas, Mykel (1700) Westfield-Open-x
  6. Ferguson, Rob (1578) Bradford-Open-x
  7. Ferguson, Ryan (1880)-Bradford-Open-x
  8. Ferguson, Tamara (1827)-Bradford-Open-x
  9. Ferraro, Charles (1231) Westfield-U1600-x
  10. Gibson, Scott (1424) Westfield-U1600-x
  11. Grinberg, Noyakh (1719) Erie-Open-x
  12. Harris, Frederic K (1900) Hornell-Open-x
  13. Hennard, Todd (1955) Bradford-Open-x
  14. Hennard, Cody (964) Bradford-U1600-x
  15. Henry, Gregory A (2082) Bradford-Open-x
  16. Hoak, Don (1767) Southtowns-Open-x
  17. Jones, Michael H (1970) Bradford-Open-x
  18. Kalfas, Richard (2026) Jamestown-Open
  19. Kossow, Carl (1762)Hornell-Open
  20. Madden, Ryan (1529) Southtowns-U1600
  21. Mann, Marty (unrated) Southtowns-unrated-x
  22. Mauer, John (2081) Southtowns-Open-x
  23. Miraglia, Daniel R (1949)-Jamestown-Open
  24. Mitchell, Richard C (1939)-Erie-Open
  25. Mitchell, Christine (997) Erie-U1600-x
  26. Nelling, Ray (1302) Bradford-U1600-x
  27. Oliphant, Jason (1212) unrated
  28. Palmisano, Ryan (978) Southtowns-U1600-x
  29. Patterson, Albert (1698) Southtowns-Open-x
  30. Powers, Jim (1358) Westfield-U1600-x
  31. Randolph, Victor (1542) Westfield-U1600-x
  32. Rasmussen, Brian (1715) Erie-Open-x
  33. Reynolds, Garry L (2029) Hornell-Open-x
  34. Romanchock, Chris (939) Hornell-U1600
  35. Schneider, Craig W (2052) Erie-Open-x
  36. South, Jessica (1305) Bradford-U1600-x
  37. Stocker, Dan (1718) Westfield-Open-x
  38. Taveski, George (1220) Southtowns-U1600-x
  39. Warner, Tom (1763) Southtowns-Open-x
  40. Wattenberg, Mark (1591) Hornell-U1600-x
  41. Willis, Ray (1356) Westfield-U1600-x

Sardinia Round 3 - My game with Tom Warner

I found this game interesting and hence posting it. Pretty complex game with both not castling. Tom came up with a very nice tactic on move 32 with 32...Ng5 only to just spoil it few moves later. I returned the favor and then time pressure was not able to hold the position with some precise play by Tom. I have added some of my comments. Your comments welcome as well.

Warner wins in Sardinia

Tom Warner won the Sardinia tournament last Saturday, defeating Ryan Madden, Pat Patterson, and Harish Srinivasan in three very competitive games. Pat and Harish both allowed rook skewers after being ahead in material but low on time. This was the first tournament held with the G/60 format. > In the other games, 13 year old Ryan Madden beat Pat Patterson, Harish beat Ryan Madden, and Patterson beat Harish, which shows how competitive this tournament was. > In the Scholastic section Sam Tillinghast beat out Austin Will and Andrew Joslyn for the trophy. > The cross table is at Next tournament will be the first weekend in September, possibly on Labor day. I'll post it when I have the info.