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Results - SPRING OPEN - GAME 60

Twenty five players, four sections and big upsets brought exciting chess for the April Spring Open USCF Tournament held in the Main Place Mall, Buffalo, NY.

In the Scholastic K-12 "Bon Voyage" - Bishop Timon USCF Section hosted eight players. We want to "WELCOME", Rachel Norvilitis, 4th grader, Orchard Park, NY and student of Mladen Vucic, International Master. Also "WELCOME" to Jakaye Bunton, 2nd grader, Buffalo, NY. Jakaye is a member of the Urban Queens & Knights Chess Club, directed by The Archangel 8 Chess Academy. Both completed their first chess tournament.

The Spring Open Game 60, Undefeated Champion was Benjamin J. Rummell, member of the Chess Club of Buffalo. Benjamin earned the Championship title by defeating James W. Lyon, the 2012 NY State Middle School Reserve Champion. In March 2012, James was undefeated and gave Benjamin his second loss at the NY State Scholastic Chess Championships held in Saratoga Springs NY.

TOP FEMALE Trophy winner was Dekayla S. Dubose, earned her award by defeating Samuel E. Santora, Master Mind Chess League - HomeSchool Chess Team. Dekayla is a new member of the Urban Queens & Knights Chess Club and she has been working on her chess game with (Dad), Douglas Dubose and NM Barry Davis.

Kudos for James and Sam who played in both the Scholastic and U1500 Sections and had their work cut out for them. I admired their hard work, dedication and effort for their tournament play. Tied for Third place were James W. Lyon, St Peter and Paul School, Hamburg, NY and Ashton A. William, first grader at Heim Elementary, member of the Stars of India Chess Club and has plans to participate in the 2012 USCF National Scholastic K-1 Championships held in Nashville, TN in May. The Fifth Place Medal winner was Samuel E. Santora.

Participation Medals were awarded to Jakaye Bunton, Rachel Norvilitis, Alexis J. Schlaak, Matthew C. Schlaak and James Shippens, who played in the Unrated Section.

Upset Leaders were Dekayla S. Dubose - 660 pts, James W. Lyon - 240 pts and Benjamin J. Rummell - 155 pts. Dekayla(580) defeated Samuel E. Santora(1240), James(1000) defeated Samuel E. Santora(1240) and Benjamin(845) defeated James(1000).

In the Spring Open - U1500 Champion was Glenn P. Conlin, 2nd Place Tie was Percy Barbour, member of the Sunday Fables Chess Club and Steve L. Baer, member of the Gloria J. Parks Chess Club.

U1500 Upset Leaders were; Percy Barbour - 64.5 pts and Michael Skok - 42 pts. Percy(1317p) draws Glenn Conlin(1446) and Michael Skok(1233) draws Percy Barbour(1317p).

There is a NEW Spring Open Section Undefeated Champion - Owen E. Miller, member of the Urban Queens and Knights Chess Club and Sunday Fables Chess Club, who defeated visiting from Jamestown, NY - Mark J. Clark(2016), 2nd Place - Tamas Gemes, Urban Queens & Knights Chess Club and 3rd Place Tie was Kevin N. Roulhac, Urban Queens & Knights Chess Club and Mark J. Clark.

Upset Leaders were Tamas Gemes - 252 pts, Owen E. Miller - 180 pts, Kevin N. Roulhac - 179 pts and Emory Parish - 23 pts. Tamas(1439) defeated David S. Miller(1637), Owen(1836) defeated Mark J. Clark(2016), Kevin N. Roulhac(1530) defeated David S. Miller(1637) and Emory(1547) defeated Lucas A. Seybold(1570) visiting from Fredonia, NY.

Bishop Timon Chess Team is currently playing in the 2012 USCF National Scholastick K-12 Championships in Minneapolis, MN. GOOD LUCK from all of us here in Buffalo - Niagara Falls Community Chess organization.

SAVE THE DATE! The 2012 Buffalo International Mayor's Cup Championships will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic Center, Buffalo, NY. This two day, FIDE and USCF Open rated Championships is now in its sixth year. Please check the April Chess Life Magazine, Grand Prix TLA for details and reduced entry fees! If you have any questions, comments or suggetions, please reply to

Report submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director and Chess Ambassador

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