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The Valentine’s Day Tournament (Blizzard Bowl)
If you love chess come on down and join us on
February 11th, from 10am to 3pm at Global Concepts Charter School.
6 sections to choose from:
(3 scholastic):U1400, U700, unrated, all times G/30. Medals for top 3 in each scholastic section.
(3 adult sections): Open, U1600, adult unrated all times G/45,d5.
EF: $5 all sections. PLEASE BRING A LUNCH.
There will be baskets to raffle.
To register send your Name, USCF#, and Section you wish to play in to Mr. Cirillo at


The Buffalo and Erie County Public Central Library inconjunction with The Archangel 8 Chess Academy will host "Sunday Chess" Tournaments in the Fables Cafe on the first floor, directed by Michael A. Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director and Chess Ambassador in downtown Buffalo, NY on the last sunday of each month until May 2012.

Chess players of all ages and levels will play 3 to 4 games, Swiss, Game 30, will start from 12:15pm until 4:30pm. Players must report by Noon, please bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clock, US Chess Federation rules will be enforced. Unrated section for players not members of the USCF, USCF Rated section and Scholastic section will be available for friendly competitive play.

Results from our first Sunday Chess event attracted over 12 players of which, 3 were females, 3 Scholastic players, 3 were USCF members and 8 were Unrated players. The January 2012 Sunday Chess undefeated Champion was Richard Hennessey, 2nd place - Kevin N. Roulhac and Glenn Conlin. Kevin Roulhac defeated James Lesniak and PUSH Buffalo, Shawn Davis. Sunday Chess Scholastic Champion was Shaka Davis, 2nd place James Shippens. Shaka Davis defeated Joseph Young and Draws Blair Johnson.

If you are interested in joining our Sunday Chess event, please email your advance registration to by midnight the saturday before each event with full name, grade, uscf number and telephone.

Sunday Chess 2012 Schedule will be January 29th, February 26th, March 25th, April 29th and May 27th.

Sunday Chess Group pictured are l-r seated are Shaka Davis, Kevin N. Roulhac, Diane Ruminski and James Shippens, l-r back are Shawn Davis, Joseph Young, Anne Conable, James Lesniak, Mia Moore, Richard Hennessey, Kellie Moore and Glenn Conlin.

Repectfully reported by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


The Buffalo Golden Knights Travel Chess team participated in the 5th Annual India Community Scholastic Championship in Macedon, New York on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012.

The five members were lead by Partho Bhattarcharya, Chinmayi Krishnan, Arnav Roy Patra, Benjamin Rummell, and Ashton William participated in a 24 player Scholastic Championship earning 4th Place Team finish in the 3rd - 5th grade section.

The 5th Annual India Community Scholastic K-2 Scholastic 2012 Champion was awarded to Ashton William, first grader and member of the Stars of India Chess Club defeated the two time winning K-2 2011 Champion and the 5th Annual India Community Scholastic 2012 Champion in the 9-12 section was Partho Bhattacharya.

If you are interested in playing a more competitive tournament play with a team, please reply to with full name, school, grade and telephone. USCF membership is not required and their are several upcoming scholastic chess tournaments in Rochester, Geneva and the New York State USCF Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY.

I want to thank all the parents who took time to drive their child to play in the tournament. A special thanks to each of the players for their collective efforts by representing the Buffalo Scholastic Chess community.

Reported by Mc Duffie, US Chess Coach

Blizzard Challenge...RESULTS...

First we would like to give a Huge Thanks to “SONWIL” Distribution, and Mr. P. Wilson, for sponsoring such a wonderful and successful chess tournament this past Saturday. The “Blizzard Challenge” as it was called brought together players from near and far; as far as Erie PA, all 59 players came to do battle and see who had the better chess teams.
The USCF affiliate “QueensKnight Scholastic Chess” organized the players into 5 sections. The scholastic players which formed a K-5, K-8, and a K-12 grouping formed their respective teams in each section. The other two sections were a rated “Open” section and an “Unrated Adult” section.
The results were as follows:
K-5 Teams:
1.      Global Concepts Chess Club “Champions” (10pts)
2.      Homeschoolers “2nd place” (6pts)
3.      Erie PA “3rd place” (5pts)
K-5 Individuals:
1.      Christopher Dunsworth “Champion” (4pts)
2.      Roman Castle (3pts)
3.      Benjamin Rummell (3pts)
4.      Kamal Ali (3pts)
5.      Megan Meloon (2pts)
K-8 Teams:
1.      Homeschoolers “Champions” (13.5pts)
2.      Pioneer “2nd place” (8.5pts)
3.      Global Concepts Chess Club “3rd place” (6.5pts)
K-8 Individuals:
1.      Reagan Lyle “Champion” (4pts)
2.      Kevin Lyle (4pts)
3.      Thomas Blum (3pts)
4.      Chris Darling (2.5pts)
5.      Jacob Meloon (2.5pts)
K-12 Teams:
1.      Pioneer “Champions” (11.5pts)
2.      Bishop Timon “2nd place” (9.5pts)
K-12 Individuals:
1.      Ryan Madden “Champion” (4pts)
2.      Nathan Palmisano (3pts)
3.      Kyle Kostek (3pts)
4.      Matthew Rzeznik (2.5pts)
5.      Austin Kossow (2.5)
The Open:
1.      Donald Hoak (2pts)
2.      Raymond Dunsworth
3.      Thomas Warner
Adult Unrated:
1.      Robert Simpson (3pts)
2.      Mr. Blum
3.      Gus Klasse
Finally we had a 3 round BLITZ which was a first for many, and disappointing to some. All top three players went undefeated but….
 …the winners by tiebreak were…
1.      SAMUEL SANTORA “Champion”


We are extending the advance entry fee of $30 for the William J O'Leary Memorial Classic, HOSTED by the O'Leary - Soudant Family and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, to be held on Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at the Main Place Mall, 390 Main St, Buffalo, NY. Pictured is Ruby Soudant, granddaughter of William J. O'Leary! She is the Olmsted Elementary Chess Champion 2012 and she finished 3rd in the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Tournament last week. Come out and help us celebrate!

Please send your information to by midnight, friday, Jan 20th.

We will have two sections, Open and U1500 for Guaranteed Cash prizes based upon 25 total paid players. Cash prizes are Open section - $175, $125, U2000 - $100 and $60. U1500 Cash prizes are $100 and $60. All players must report by 9:30am, Games start at 9:45am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm.

Format is 4 games, Swiss, USCF rated, Game 50 with a 5 second delay. Please bring chess set, chess board and digital chess clocks are preferred.

Buffalo Scholastic Stars K-8 will play 4 games, Game 30 with advance entry fee of $10.00 or $20 cash at the door. Sections are K-3, 4-6 and 7-8. All players must report by 11am, Games start at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Pictures and trophies awarded after.

Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador


Happy New Year! 2012 begins with exciting chess in the Main Place Mall for the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial honoring the first african american airmen, "the Tuskegee Airmen" who did the impossible with the Redtail planes in World WarII.

Welcome new USCF members and renewed USCF members are Lionel L. Davis, National Master with son Shaka Davis, Miles A. James and Owen E. Miller. We need your help, we need to know any dates or years when Owen Miller played when he was a member of the Queen City Chess Club. The US Chess Federation cant seem to find his information, so I know there are some from the Buffalo area who may remember and would get his information back to

Twenty one players participated in the tournament and upsets were plenty. In the Norwich Scholastic section, Undefeated Champion - James W. Lyon, student from St Peter and Paul School, 2nd place - Miles A. James, Nichols School and 3rd place - Ruby Z. Soudant, Olmsted 64. Other players were Brandon Laury from Enterprise Charter and Shaka Davis from Performing Arts.

Results in the Retail U1500 Section were Undefeated Champion Tamas Gemes, gradutate student from Niagara University, native of Hungary. 2nd place were Steve L. Baer and Vinay Sharma from Canada. Upset Leaders were Steve L. Baer defeated Glenn Conlin(1437), Vinay Sharma defeated Glenn Conlin(1437) and Tamas Gemes defeated Vinay Sharma(1384). Upset leader was Steve L. Baer with 233 points, Vinay Sharma 53 points, Tamas Gemes with 36 points.

Results from the Retails Open Section were Undefeated Co Champions National Master Lionel L. Davis and National Master Barry Davis, the U2000 winners were Kevin N. Roulhac, Attorney James P. Davis and Harish Srinisvan.

Upsets Leaders were plenty starting with Kevin N. Roulhac finished with 708 points, Barry Davis with 33.5 points and Owen E. Miller. Kevin N. Roulhac defeated Harish Srinisvan(1950) and he also defeated Gary Boye(1600), Owen E. Miller defeated James P. Davis(1521) and National Master Barry Davis welcomes back National Master Lionel L. Davis(2245) with a draw.

Pictured are Urban Knighs and Queens Chess Club members, Miles James from Nichols and Ruby Soudant from Olmsted 64 show off their medals, Kevin N. Roulhac, Tamas Gemes and Owen E. Miller.

Special Thanks to Simpson and Simpson, LLC for their contributions for the refeshments and camera, the Main Place Mall and to all the supporters who came out, faced the harsh winter weather but had fun, friendship and fellowship.

Our next chess event will be Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street,Buffalo, NY. The Soudant - O'Leary Family has sponsored the first annual William J. O'Leary Memorial Classic. Guaranteed Cash prizes $620 based upon 25 total paid players! 4 Games, USCF Open rated, Game 50 with 5 second delay, Two USCF sections of play - Open and U1500, also Scholastic K-12 Section. Advanced Entries are greatly appreciated! Reported by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director, Chess Ambassador

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Tournament

Presented and hosted by Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr., and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, Celebrating 12 years of Educational Enrichment Youth Chess programs, as an affiliate of the United States Chess Federation.

In 2012 we will host two USCF rated tournaments each month to help those students who will be competing in the NYS Scholastic Championships and USCF National Scholastic Championships.

Saturday, January 14, 2012 held at the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. There is FREE Parking under the Mall.

The MLK Jr Tournament will be three games, Game 60 with 5 second delay, Swiss and USCF rated. Two sections of play are Open and U1500.

The Advance entry fee will be $10.00 per player if preregisters online with full name, USCF number, section and telephone with reply to no later than midnight on friday, Jan 13, 2012. All others must pay $20 USD Cash only at the door.


All players must report by 9:30am, Games will start at 10am, Noon and 2pm. All games will be finished by 4pm.

Cash Prizes are based upon 20 total paid players. Open section $100 and $60, U2000 $50 and $30, U1500 Section $100 and $50.

Buffalo Scholastic Section (K-12), 3 games, Swiss, Game 30, USCF rated, Advance entry fee is $5.00 or $15 Cash at the door. Awards; Medals to the Top 5 winners! Scholastic Schedule: All players must report by 9:30am, Games start at 10am, 11am and Noon. Submitted by Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador and USCF Tournament Director

Copeland, Darling win in Sardinia

Sam Copeland won all 4 games to win the adult section at Sardinia last Saturday.

Sam played well in beating Drew Tuck, Chris Darling, Ryan Madden and Pat Patterson. Madden and Patterson split the 2nd-3rd place money, while Garrett Thompson won the u1500 prize and Zach Madden the u1000.

Also participating were Lucas Seybolt, Ryan Palmisano, Paul Kielich, Max Peters, Luke Grisanti, Wes Darling, Todd Thompson, and Austen Harris.

Wes Darling won the scholastic section with 4 wins. Nathan Palmisano, Garrett Thompson, Max Peters, Luke Grisanti, Zach Madden, Todd Thompson, and Austen Harris also played.

Next tournament Feb4th. See you then!

Sardinia Tournament this Saturday

Sat. Jan 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. $50 first prize guaranteed!

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