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Another successful CAN/AM, World Chess Federation, FIDE and USCF rated tournament is now complete. The August FIDE Friendship Festival 2010 had three Co - Champions! International Master, Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D., Buffalo's 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion, National Master, Lionel L. Davis and Neal Goldberg from Virginia. All three won 4 out of 5 games from a full field of twenty three.

Honorable mentions were Glenn Westcott, Erik W. Lubas from Kenmore West, David S. Miller and Harish Srinivasan all earned 3.5 points out of five games.

The TOP Upset Leaders were lead by Trevor D. Cohn a 7th grader at Kenmore Middle, scored 566 upset points, Glenn Westcott with 276.5 pts, Michael Skok with 265 pts, Glenn Conlin with 173 pts, Neal Goldberg with 135 pts, Steve L Baer with 128 pts, David S. Miller with 104.5 pts, James J. Paul with 67.5 pts and Partho Bhattacharya, a 10th grader at City Honors earned 53.5 pts.

The cross table is at

Our final 2010 Friendship Festival summer series tournament will be on Saturday, September 18, 2010. This will be a one day, USCF Open rated, Swiss, Four rounds, Game 90. This will be held at the Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. For more details and registration, please reply to Advance registrations are greatly appreciated no later than wednesday, September 15, 2010 with full name, USCF id number and telephone number.

We would like to thank all those who were supportive and participated in the tournament. Please "TELL A FRIEND" and "BRING A FRIEND".

Finally on a sad note, Christopher Smith, who graduated this year from Buffalo State College, has played in several tournaments and a frequent guest at the Urban Knights Chess Club, is now moving back to his home town New York City. We wish him well and hope to see him return in the future.

Reported by Michael A. Mc Duffie, World Chess Federation, Chief Arbiter

DAY One Report - AUG. FIDE Friendship Festival 2010

Reported by Chief Arbiter, Michael A. Mc Duffie

Featuring International Master, Kenneth W. Regan, PhD., 2008 and 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion.

Twenty three eager chess players turned out for the FIDE Festival. Canadian vistors are two students, Vinay Sharma from Welland Ontario and new USCF member, Owen Qian from Missauaga, Ontario. Other vistors, Neal Goldberg, Virginia, Sean C.J. Bourke, Rochester and Unversity of Buffalo graduate student Joseph Boomer from Chicago, Il. New USCF members are Marcus D. Richarson and renewal Emory Parish.

Area students bringing their chess skills are new comer John M. Carney from Nichols, Trevor D. Cohn from Kenmore Middle, Erik W. Lubas from Kenmore West and Parthho Bhattacharya from City Honors.

Upset leaders are Trevor d. Cohn, 6th grader, Kenmore Middle School with 566 points, Michael P. Skok with 265 points, Glenn Conlin with 173 points and Steve L. Baer with 128 points.

International Master Kenneth W. Regan and Glenn Westcott are the top two leaders with 3 points. Neal Goldberg and Harish Srinivasan are close behind with 2.5 points. Other honorable mentions are Lionel L. Davis, Erik Lubas, Owen Qian, Matthew Peck, Michael Skok, and Trevor Cohn all have 2 points.

Day Two starts at 10am and the Finals will be at 2:30 pm.

Special thanks to Robert Simpson for his photography skills to the Festival.

Interesting Final Position

This unique position was reached in today's game between GM Howell and GM Nielson in the ongoing NH Rising Stars vs Experience. And guess what, black resigned here. You can go over the full game with live video analysis from the white player at chessvibes


Presented by Buffalo Fire Commissioner, Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr., in conjunction with Simpson & Simpson, PLLC and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Saturday, November 13, 2010, held at the Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Free Parking under the Mall. FOOD COURT OPEN!

This is an "UNRATED" Fall Team Chess Championship for K - 12 students. Teams consist of two to five members. Schools may have more than one team, only the top five scores count towards team scores. Please bring chess set, chess board and chess clock.

Format will be Five Rounds, Swiss, Game 30, Unrated, USCF Rules enforced.

Three sections: Elementary, Middle & High School

Advance Team Entry Fees: $50.00 per team or $70.00 onsite. Includes Pizza & Soda for all tournament players.

Team Trophies to the winners in each section. Individual Tropies to the TOP 5 Players in each section, including "TOP FEMALE" trophy.

Game Schedule: Registration closes at 10am. Games start at 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm with Awards presentation to follow.

Please make and mail checks payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 no later than Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Please include full names of each player, School, Team name and Section of play. Online registratin with reply to

If you have any questions, please reply to the email listed above.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


Hosted by Kellogg Leadership for Community Change and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Scheduled to appear International Master, Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D, 2008 & 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion and International Master, Mladen Vucic, Yugoslavian Junior Champion.

Saturday and Sunday, August 21st & 22nd, 2010.

Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo NY(Main and Heath).

20 Enhanced USCF Grand Prix Points, Five Rounds, Swiss, Game 120, FIDE & USCF rated, USCF membership is required.

Two Sections of play & Entry Fees:Fide Masters Open, $55.00 and U1500, Advance entry fee $30 or $45 Onsite. One half BYE available upon request at registration.

Guaranteed Cash Prizes:FIDE MASTERS OPEN:$350 - $250 - $200, U2000 $175, U1800 $150.00.

U1500 Cash Prizes:$150 - $90 - $60.

Game Schedule:Registration closes at 9:30am., Games start at 10am, 2:30pm and 7pm., Sunday Schedule games start at 10am and 2:30pm.

Advance entries are greatly appreciated. Checks must be mailed and made payable to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 no later than Wednesday, August 18, 2010. Please include full name, USCF Id number, Section and telephone number.

Online registrations for the advance discount entry fees must be online no later than Wednesday, August 18, 2010, please reply to

CANADIANS and FIDE Rated players are encouraged to participate.


Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Cousins, Russell tie in Sardinia

In his last tournament as a "free man"( he is getting married in Sept.!) Robert Cousins tied for first with Matthew Russell of Bradford Pa. last saturday in the monthly Sardinia tournament.

Cousins (2183) and Russell (1904), who plays sparingly due to his college studies, agreed to a draw with each having less than 2 minutes remaining on their clocks in a very close endgame. Probably the right decision for both.

Ben Havey and Pat Patterson drew their last round game to tie for 3rd while Nathan Palmisano won the U1500 prize. Also competing were Austin Kossow, Ryan Palmisano, and Carl Raymore.

In the Scholastic section Matt Ramey of Kenmore (in his first tournament!) won the trophy in a 5 min. blitz playoff with Luke Grisante. Both finished the regular tournament with 5.5/7. Rob Becker, Mike Pinzel, Hunter Witt, Sam Tillinghast, Nick Brennan, and Brandan LaMont also played.

I plan on playing in the New York State Open over the Labor Day weekend so the Sept tournament will be Sept 11. See you then!

Sardinia Tournament this Saturday

The Pioneer Chess Club with their 2009-2010 trophies Sardinia Tournament Sat. August 7 At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY 2 sections: Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, Rds.:11am,1pm,2:30pm. Prizes based on entries Scholastic: 1-4pm Round Robin-Play as many games as possible in 3 hrs! EF$5, Trophy for 1st place. All Scholastic players will receive a prize! For info call Tom Warner 716-560-4160 E-mail