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The Shamrock Open, a USCF open rated chess tournament hosted a total of 46 players and we still continued to attract new players. Former Senator Antoine Thompson has launched a new website - and they have asked The Archangel 8 Chess Academy to contribute Chess information and Chess news of interest. The Archangel 8 Chess Academy wants to say a special thanks to the volunteer parents, who helped with serving lunch to the chess players.

The results of the Urban Queens Section, unrated for females and new tournament players hosted 10 chess players. We want to welcome new comers Corey Spencer from the Lockport Knights Chess Club, Nicole Thompson and Quentin T. Johnson from the Gloria J Parks Chess Club.

The results are Champion - DaRon Lipscomb, member of the Gloria J Parks Chess Club and cousin to Joshua and James Hampton, from the East High Dark Knights Chess Team, 2nd Place - Dylan Teague, December 2010 Champion, Lockport Knights Chess Club, 3rd Place - Laura E. Cohn and 4th Place Ruby Soudant both are members of the Urban Knights and Gloria J Parks Chess Club. There was a three way tie for 3rd Place with Laura E. Cohn, Ruby Soudant and Corey Spencer. Kudos to Laura Cohn, 2nd grader had a draw against DaRon Lipscomb in the final game where she traded off his Queen, Rook and captured his Bishop with her lone King. Also Alexis Schlaak, Kindergartener defeated her brother Matthew Schlaak, 2nd grader both are members of The Chess Club of Buffalo, checkmated him with a Rook, King and Queen in the middle of the chess board to claim the family title. If you remember from January, Ruby Soudant, Mattew Schlaak, Alexis Schlaak and Laura E. Cohn, traveled to Pittsford, New York and claimed the title of the 2011 K-2nd Champions at the Harley School Scholastic Championship.

In the SHAMROCK K-12 Section drew 11 players and had a new Champion - Kevin S. Lyle, Niagara Falls, NY Chess Club, wears his red cap proudly, had previous been playing in the U1500 section and defeated his brother Reagan Lyle for the family title, 2nd Place - Kevin Roulhac, member of the Urban Knights and Gloria J Parks Chess Club, earned his 3rd trophy in 4 tournaments, 3rd Place - Zachary Madden, Pioneer Chess Club brother of Ryan Madden, and 4th Place - Todd Thompson both are Coached by Thomas Warner. We want to welcome Maxwell Peters and Bradley Schrock to the Buffalo Chess scene.

In the SHAMROCK U1500 Section, we hosted our first trio of "Urban Queens" in a 13 player rated section. The trio Queens were newcomer Nicole Capodagli, Diane M. Ruminski and Rose Warner. To encourage other females to join the chess community, we now will feature The "Top Female" Award Trophy, which was won by Diane M. Ruminski, member of the Urban Queens and Knights Chess Club. Nicole defeated Diane but in the final round, Diane checkmated Rose along the H-file, with the Queen-Rook battery. Rose Warner was the Co Champion of the Urban Queens section in the Presidents Day Tournament and played in the 33rd Marchand Open in Rochester, NY.

The final results were Attorney James P. Davis, member of the Urban Queens and Knights Chess Club and Vinay Sharma, Canadian 8th grader and Presidents Day U1500 Champion in February 2011.

Kudos to Trevor D. Cohn and Samuel E. Santora, Scholastic players who represented the Buffalo area in the NY State Scholastic Chess Championship in Saratoga Springs, NY. In 2010 Trevor finished with 4 pts, placed 12th and finished 5th Place and earning an individual trophy this year, Samuel place 29th in 2010, finished 19th place in the 2011 NYS Scholastic Championships. Both are members of the Urban Knights, Chess Club of Buffalo and Samuel is a member of Niagara Falls Chess Club.

There was a three way tie for 3rd Place with Trevor D. Cohn, 7th grader at Kenmore Middle, Michael Skok and Steve L. Baer.

UPSET LEADERS were Trevor D. Cohn with 410 pts, Vic Bahl - 227 pts, Michael Skok - 139.5 pts, Diane M. Ruminski - 38 pts, Steve L. Baer - 20 pts and Vinay Sharma - 19 pts.

In the SHAMROCK OPEN Section 12 players join the tournament. The new undefeated Champion - National Master Barry Davis and 2nd Place - Mark Clark, National Master from Jamestown Chess Club. There was a 3 way tie for the U1900 prize was Eric Lubas, Kenmore West student, played in the Open section of the 33rd Marchand Open, Harish Srinivasan and USCF returnee Kelly Allen.

Top Upset Leaders were Attorney Randy H. Gugino with 359 pts, Kelly Allen - 258 pts, Eric W. Lubas - 120.5 pts, Harish Srinivasan - 119.5 pts, David S. Miller - 44 pts, and David M. Biddle 9.5 pts.

SAVE THE DATE - 2011 5TH ANNUAL MAYOR'S CUP INTERNATIONAL CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS, featuring International Master, Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D, 2008 and 2010 Mayor's Cup Champion, will take place at Buffalo State College, Campbell Student Union, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY on Friday, June 3rd, June 4th and June 5, 2011. The new format of a 3 day, 7 rounds, Swiss, Game 120, FIDE and USCF rated Championship. The U1500 Section will be a 2 day, 5 rounds, Swiss and The Scholastic K-12 Championships will be ONLY be held on Saturday June 4, 2011, a 5 rounds, Swiss, Game 30. More details to follow in the April Chess Life magazine or you can email reply to There are early discounted entry fees for the early entries. Returning Sponsors are Buffalo State Student Affairs department, Simpson & Simpson, LLC and Willie Hutch Jones Sports and Educational Sports Clinics. Other sponsorships are still available for business and advertisement opportunities. Please invite other Chess players and friends to come out and join us for this annual event.

Thank you for all your help and cooperation in helping us grow the Buffalo Chess community.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Chief Tournament Director and Chess Ambassador

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