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4th Annual Global Concepts Halloween Tournament

Want to have fun during Halloween weekend playing chess in your costume? Then come down on October 29th to Global Concepts Charter School for the 4th annual Halloween Chess Tournament!

This scholastic tournament will be 4 rounds, Game/30 with 3 sections to choose from: Unrated, U700 and U1400. Rounds begin at 10am. Top 3 in each section receive a trophy.

Entry Fee: $5.00. Bring your own lunch.

Trick-or-Treat bags will be available for all participants. There will also be fun baskets filled with goodies available for raffle.

Global Concepts Charter School is located at 1001 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218.

Please contact tournament director Antonio Cirillo @ if you have any questions or would like to register.


Presented by Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr, City of Buffalo Fire Commissioner and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. Celebrating 11 years of Educational Enrichment Youth Chess Programs around the Buffalo Niagara Falls, New York area.

The Buffalo Niagara Falls Chess Community returns home to a new 2011 - 2012 Winter Chess Season in the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY.

Each third saturday of the month, The Archangel 8 Chess Academy will host a USCF Open rated Chess Tournament for Scholastics, Females and USCF members.

On Saturday, November 19, 2011 we dedicate the tournament in memory to all the men, women and family members of the US Armed Forces for their efforts to protect us.

The Maritime Charter All Girls Colour Guard will help us with the Opening Ceremony with Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr.

PIZZA and Refreshments will be provided for all paid tournament players. Advance registration is greatly appreciated!

Monthly Tournament format will be 4 games, Swiss, Game 50(45 with a 5 second delay) for digital clocks and USCF rated games. Advance Discount Online registration must be received by Midnight, Wednesday prior to the Tournament. Other Online registrations for tournament entry must be received by Midnight on Fridays prior to the tournament with full name, USCF number, Section of play and telephone number.

USCF members must have a current membership. Advance Discount Entry fee will be $30 and must be received no later than the Wednesday, November 16, 2011 or $35 USD Cash at the door. No CREDIT CARDS OR CHECKS at the door.

NOVEMBER GUARANTEED CASH PRIZES are $100 - $95, U1900 -$60, U1500 -$45.00.

USCF Open players must report by 9:30am, Games start at 9:45am, Late Unpaid players will take a one half point BYE and wait for the next round. Games Schedule is Rd 1 at 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm.

Scholastic and Urban Queens Sections are designed to help new and existing players ready for State and National USCF tournament play. Advance discount entry fee is $10.00 or $15.00 at the door.

Trophies to the Top Female and Top 3 winners. Scholastic is USCF rated section where The Urban Queens is UNRATED! Each section will play 4 games, Game 30, Swiss. All Scholastic K-12 players must report by 11am, Games start at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Trophies awarded immediately. after.

All checks must be made payable and mailed to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221, must be received by Wednesday, November 16, 2011. If you have any comments or other suggestions to help improve the chess friendly environment, please send your suggestions to

Special Thanks to all the chess players for their continued support and help! Invite your friends or other chess players to join us every month.

Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


Hosted by the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. Buffalo Central Library in the Fables Cafe, located at 1 Lafayette Court, Buffalo, New York on Sunday, October 30, 2011, registration starts at Noon, Games start promptly at 12:30pm until 4:30pm.

Scholastic players are strongly encouraged to wear their Halloween Costumes and/or Face paint for this special occassion.

Three sections of play are USCF OPEN, SPOOKY SCHOLASTICS and Unrated Sections.

The tournament format will be 3 to 4 games, USCF rated, Swiss, Game 30 with a 5 sec delay. This is a FREE Special Event to Celebrate National Chess Month at the Buffalo Central Library. Please bring your chess set, board and digital chess clock if available, LIMITED! Chess sets and boards will be available.

USCF OPEN section players must be a current USCF member or join at site to play in the USCF section.

This is the third and last chance to invite other chess players who want to play in a formal tournament. Unrated and Scholastic players are not required to be USCF members. Adults will play Adults and Scholastics will play Scholastics.

Advance registration is greatly appreciated with full name, USCF number, Section and telephone number by Midnight, Saturday, October 29, 2011 replies to

The West Room will be available for the Halloween guest to relax and enjoy the Buffalo Bills on Television.

Special Thanks to Simpson and Simpson, LLC., The Lockport Recreational Staff and the Lockport parents for their continued help and support.

Pictured are the Fall Session Chess Players from Lockport Knights Chess Club which meets every Monday Nights from 6pm until 8pm at the Lockport Youth Center, 401 Willow at the corner of Transit Rd and Willow. The Fall session ends on November 21, 2011. Guest Scholastic Chess players must bring chess sets and boards, all the chess sets and boards are being used by current members and we have added an extra table.

USCF FREE Tournament - Buffalo Central Library

In celebration of National Chess Month, 18 players came out to support the chess tournament in downtown Buffalo, New York. Two sections were held for Unrated players and USCF members on the first floor of the Central Library from 12:30pm until 4:30pm.

12 players participated in the Unrated section, including our youngest female player Clare Rados, a first grader, Shaka Davis, 6th grader, and Oren Forgette, 5th grader. Pictured are scholastic players working on Grandmaster Maurice Ashley's Pawn Mower Chess Puzzles. After 4 games, the Unrated Champion was Richard Hennessey, 2nd Place - Owen Miller and 3rd Place tie was Oren Forgette, Howard Lippes, MD and Tony Kimbrough.

The field of 6 players in the USCF section crowned Mike Jocko(1473) USCF Champion, 2nd Place - David S. Miller(1647) and 3rd Place - James P. Davis, Esq.(1481). Scholastic USCF members were James W. Lyon and Nathaniel Spencer. James J. Paul, MD(1505), brought a friend Howard Lippes, MD. National Master, Lionel L Davis came out to support the tournament and Shaka Davis.

We will meet on Sunday, October 30th for our final Halloween Chess Tournament of National Chess Month, Buffalo Central Library, One Lafayette Court, Buffalo, NY on the 1st floor at the Fables Cafe. Everyone is encouraged to wear Halloween Costumes or Face paint for this special event. This is a FREE USCF Tournament for current USCF members. The format is 3 to 4 games, Swiss, Game 30, USCF rated. Unrated players can play 3 to 4 games in the UNRATED section. Advance registration is greatly appreciated by Midnight on Saturday, October 29, 2011 with reply to Please bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clock.

Report submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

Robert C. Johnson Memorial Team Tournament Results

Forty players on seven teams participated in the Robert C. Johnson 2011 Memorial Team Tournament hosted by Erie PA Chess Club. Robert C. Johnson was from Bemus Point, New York and his friends now host 3rd Annual USCF rated Team Tournament that bears is name. Buffalo Thundering Herd was the 2010 Team Champions and in the first year of the tournament Team Bradford were the 2009 Team Champions.

The Team results are as follows, 2011 Team Champions - Chautauqua with 10 pts, Second Place with 9 points was Buffalo "B" Team, 3rd Place - Bradford with 8pts, 4th Place - Shenango with 7.5 pts, 5th Place - Buffalo "A" Team with 7pts, 6th Place - Southtowns with 6pts and North East Erie, PA with 4.5pts.

Buffalo had 10 players and Team Captain Robert Simpson was asked to split the teams. Members from Buffalo were Captain Robert Simpson(1428), Barry Davis(2172), Marijan Procyk(2047), Douglas Dubose(2023), Harish Srinivasan(1953), Samuel Santora(1262), Brian Sayers(1302), Vic Bahl(964), Justin Craddock(1542) and Mc Duffie(1219), Chess Ambassador. Buffalo B Team members were Captain Robert Simpson, Esq., finished with 2.5 pts, Marijan Procyk with 2.5 pts, Vic Bahl with 1pt, Harish Srinivasan with 2 pts and Mc Duffie with 2 pts,Chess Ambassador, Buffalo A Team members were lead by Barry Davis with 2 pts, Douglas Dubose with 2.5 pts, Samuel Santora with 1.5 pts, Justin Craddock 1/2 pts and Brian Sayers with 2pts. Both Open and U1600 Section Champions won with 3pts.

Special Thanks to Captain Robert Simpson for organizing and supporting the team. Thanks for all the players who took time to make the journey to represent Buffalo - Niagara Falls, New York. Pictures will be posted later and others will be on Facebook.

Save The DATE - Saturday, November 19, 2011, for the 2011 - 2012 Winter Chess Season, every third Saturday at the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. The format is 4 games, Swiss, USCF rated, Game 50. Advance registration is greatly appreciated with online registration by the midnight on wednesday before each tournament. Early discount payments must be paid by the Saturday prior to the tournament. Online registrations with full name, USCF number, Section and telephone to

Report Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


The World Chess Federation Fall Chess Festival was very encouraging and entertaining for all who participated. Kenneth W. Regan, Ph.D, International Master was The undefeated 2011 Champion with 4.5 points out of 5 games. Full payouts were paid to Kenneth W. Regan, tied 2nd Place finishers Samuel Copeland, University of Buffalo Grad student and Erik W. Lubas, Sr at Kenmore West High School. Welcome greetings to Yevgeni Nahutin, FIDE rated, Canadian - Russian player drove down from Toronto, Canada. Kudos to Samuel Santora, 3rd grader, 2011 Mayor's Cup K-12 Champion, improving his game by playing up this weekend.

Highlight in The Scholastic K - 6th Section Overall winners were undefeated Champion, James Lyon,2011 Mayor's Cup K-6th Buffalo Champion and Top Catholic School Champion, 2nd place - Colton Kuzdzal visiting from Fredonia, NY, 3rd place - Alexis J. Schlaak and 4th place - Benjamin Rummell, Chess Club of Buffalo.

Trophies were awarded by class, Top First grader - Alexis J. Schlaak from Chess Club of Buffalo, Top 4th grader - Colton Kuzdzal, and Top 6th grader - James Lyon, Hamburg, NY. Welcome to Ashton William, 1st grader from the Stars of India Chess Club pictured with Alexis J. Schlaak. Medals were awarded to Matthew S. Schlaak, Chess Club of Buffalo and Benjamin Rummell, Chess Club of Buffalo.

Co - Champions in the World Chess Federation - U1500 Section were Kevin N. Roulhac from the Urban Knights Chess Club and Lucas Seybold from Fredonia, NY. Third place winner was Adam Chelpinski. Welcome new USCF member Tamas Gemes, Niagara University Graduate visiting from Hungary and a new member of the Urban Knights Chess Club.

Upset Leaders - U1500 Section were as follows; Round One Lucas Seybold defeated Steve L. Baer for 307 points, Kevin N. Roulhac defeated Adam Chelpinski for 200 points, Round Three Kevin N. Roulhac defeated Steve L. Baer for 83 points, Round Four Lucas Seybold defeated Adam Chelpinski for 424 points, Kevin N. Roulhac defeated Samuel Santora for 79 points, and Round Five Lucas Seybold defeated Samuel Santora for 303 points.

At the end of Day One, Samuel Copeland, University of Buffalo was the Festival Leader with 3 points out of 3 games, International Master Kenneth W. Regan, PhD. placed second with 2.5 points and have to take a Bye for Family Time, Barry Davis, National Master, Erik W. Lubas, and Mark Clark, National Master earned 2 points and in the hunt for the title, Others with Day Two potential were Brian Sayers, Toronto, Canada - Yevgeni Nahutin and Michael A. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador all with 1.5 points.

Upset Leaders - Opening Day were Brian Sayers draw against Yevgeni Nahutin(FIDE Rated) for 380 points, Michael A. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador defeated James P. Davis, Esq. for 160 points, Samuel Copeland, University of Buffalo defeated National Master, Barry Davis for 66 points and James P. Davis, Esq. draws with Dr. James J. Paul for 12 points.

Finals - Day Two Upset Leaders in Round 4 were Emory Parish defeated David S. Miller for 228 points, Erik W. Lubas defeated Yevgeni Nahutin(Toronto)for 183 points, Dr. James J. Paul defeated Justin Craddock for 108 points and Brian Sayers defeated Michael A. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador for 83 points. Round Five Erik W. Lubas defeated National Master Mark J. Clark, Jamestown, NY for 219 points.

Special thanks to all the parents, chess players, International Master Kenneth W. Regan, PhD., Simpson and Simpson, LLC., Vic Bahl and The Gloria J Park Community Center and its Staff for providing a well clean and organized environment.

Submitted by World Chess Federation, International Organizer and Chief Arbiter, Mc Duffie

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This is a last chance to register for the upcoming World Chess Federation Buffalo Fall FIDE Chess Festival on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th, 2011 at the Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY.

International Master, Kenneth Regan, Ph.D, 2010 and 2011 Mayor's Cup FIDE undefeated Champion, has asked me to invite all the Open and FIDE rated chess player to join us this weekend for this two day special event which kick-offs the Fall Chess season and National Chess Month. US Chess Federation membership is REQUIRED! If you register in advance by Midnight on Wednesday, October 12th with reply to, the advance reduced entry fee is $60.00 vs $75.00 Cash at the door.

The FIDE Schedule is Saturday at 10am, 2:30pm and 7pm, Sunday at 9:30am and 2pm. FIDE Cash Prizes are $400, $150, $100, U2100 - $125 and U1800 - $100. Format for the FIDE Open is 10 Enhanced Grand Prix points, 5 Rounds, Swiss, FIDE and USCF rated, Game 120.

The U1500 advance reduced entry fee of $$30 v $35 Cash at the door. The U1500 section only plays on Saturday, October 15th Only! The format for the U1500 is 5 Rounds, Swiss, Game 50, Games start at 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. Cash prizes are $100, $80 and $60.00.

Fall Youth Chess Festival will be on Saturday, October 15th ONLY! 4 Games, Swiss, Game 30. Two sections are The Urban Queens (Non USCF players) and USCF Scholastic Open players. Players must register in advance by Midnight, Wednesday, October 12th with full name, USCF number and telephone number to Games start at 11am, Noon, 1pm and 2pm.

All Chess players must bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clock.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chief Arbiter and Chess Ambassador


The International Chess Day Celebration Tournament attracted over twenty persons to the special event at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library in downtown Buffalo, New York. Pictured are the USCF Open section players, Kevin Roulhac, Lucas Seybold, Richard Hennessey, James P. Davis, Esq. and Dr. James J. Paul. The International Youth Section pictured are l-r sitting are Brandon Laury, Kevin Keil and Dustin Folts. In the back are Ruby Soudant, Hudson Salman, Chaitanya Ratnakaram, Kalyan Ratnakaram and Frank Uschold, back rear are Kurt Uschold, Shaka Davis and Vamsikrishna Ratnakaram.

Also pictured is Ruby Soudant, Urban Queens & Knights Chess Club defeats Kevin Keil for the Award of Top Elementary Student and Top Female Champion. Kevin Keil, Our Lady of Blackrock was awarded The Top Catholic School Student, The International Chess Day Youth undefeated Champion was Vamsikrishna Ratnakaram, member of the Stars of India Chess Club, 2011 Mayor's Cup Team Champions. The Top Middle School player was Frank Uschold, Springville, New York, Top 4th Grader was Chaitanya Ratnakaram, Maple East and Top Junior High student was Kurt Uschold from Springville, NY. Participants in the Beginners Chess Challenge were Brandon Laury, Enterprise Charter School, Hudson Salman, William Street School and Dustin Folts, Springville Elementary. In the USCF National Chess Day Champion was Lucas A. Seybold visiting from Fredonia, NY. The Top High School USCF Student was Kevin N. Roulhac, member of the Urban Queens and Knights Chess Club and the Gloria J Parks Chess Club. 2nd Place USCF winners were James P. Davis, Esq.

A special thanks to the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library staff who helped with the organization and arrangements, posted graphic flyers that helped direct the players to the tournament meeting room. Also read the Monday, October 10th, Buffalo News paper for an Chess article coverage of the Chess Day Celebration.

On Sunday, October 23rd and October 30th, 2011 we will have another FREE USCF Tournament for Scholastic and Adult players. Format will be 3 Rounds, Swiss, USCF Open rated and Game 30. Games will start at 12:30pm until 4:30pm. All players must register between Noon and 12:30pm. Advance registration is greatly appreciated with reply to with full name, section and telephone number by Midnight, Saturday, October 22nd, 2011.

Report submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


Presented by Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr, City of Buffalo Fire Commissioner and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy will host a National USCF Chess Day Celebration at the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library, 2ND Floor, located on Lafayette Street in downtown Buffalo, NY on Sunday, October 9th, 2011.

This tournament is for ALL CHESS PLAYERS, USCF RATED AND NON Members! THIS IS A FREE OPEN RATED TOURNAMENT. Come and place 3 to 4 games, Swiss, USCF Rated, Game 30. All players must be registered by 12:30pm and all games will start at 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm and 3pm.

Please bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clock. USCF memberships must be current for rated games.


Advance registration is greatly appreciated with reply to with full name, USCF number, telephone number and section of play by Midnight, October 8, 2011.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


The first Annual Herschell Carrousel National Chess Day Classic 2011 held at the Factory Museum in North Tonawanda, New York, had 19 scholastic chess players participate in three games, three sections and held the first All Girls Scholastic Championship.

Special thanks to the Herschell Carrousel Educational Staff who helped send out over 5000 flyers and press announcements. The Pioneer Chess Club and Coach Thomas A. Warner for all his help and support.

The Herschell Carrousel Classic Final Results are as follows: The 2011 Herschell Carrousel All Girls undefeated Champion is Laura E. Cohn, 3rd grader, from the Urban Queens and Knights Chess Club and member of the Gloria J Parks Chess Club. 2nd Place winner was Samiyah Kinsey, 5th grader, new member to the Chess Club of Buffalo.

The Herschell Carrousel Classic Youth Champion was Jeffrey Schalberg, 5th grader and team member of the Pioneer Chess Club in Yorkshire, NY. 2nd Place winner was Muath Kinsey, 4th grader, new member of the Chess Club of Buffalo.

The Herschell Carrousel Classic USCF Youth undfeated Champion was Nathan Palmisano, (Grandson - Thomas A. Warner) at Pioneer Chess Club. 2nd Place winner was tied with Chris Darling(Pioneer Chess Club) and James W. Lyon from St. Peter and Paul School.

All the students will receive a special Herschell Carrousel Certificate for their participation and for their performance as its first players of the annual classic. Other pictures are posted on the Herschell Carrousel facebook page. Please SAVE THE DATE, Saturday, October 6, 2012 for the 2nd Annual Herschell Carrousel Classic 2012.If you have any comments or suggestions about the Classic please reply to

Reported by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

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Robert Johnson Memorial Team Chess Tournament

  • Location: Sweetwater Banquet Room, 2nd floor, 15 West Main Street, North East, PA 16428
  • Format: Three round Swiss Style. FREE - No entry fee.
  • Sections: Under 1600 and Open categories, plus an Unrated Section. Players in the rated sections must be current USCF members or renew at the tournament. "Top Team" will be determined by the top 4 or 5 scorers combined from the open and U1600 sections. Unrated section players will NOT count towards top team points.
  • Date: Saturday, October 22nd, 2011.
  • Rounds: 10--1:30--5 (in case of a tie for top team, there will be a speed chess head-to-head playoff)
  • Time control: G/90 with a 5 second delay, if you are using a digital clock.
  • Contact: Important: There will be NO onsite registration!