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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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