Next Tournament

Sardinia Tournament will be Monday Sept 3 (Labor Day)

At the Sardinia Community Center(Town Hall),12320 Savage Rd, Sardinia NY

2 sections:
Adults: 3SS, G45, EF $10, ( may be changed to 4SS, G/30 depending on # of entries) 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


The Mc Duffie family would like to invite you the Buffalo Chess community and friends to join us in celebrating the life of David Wayne Mc Duffie, aka Pawnmaster,on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Friendship Baptist Church located on Clinton Street in Buffalo, NY at 11am to Noon. The funeral services will start at Noon, burial will be at St Matthews cementary in West Seneca, NY and repass back at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Once David has been flown back to Buffalo, daily calling hours and viewings will be available at the Thomas Edwards Funeral Home, 995 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14211, to find out the times, please contact the office at 716-894-4888. Family may or may not be available during those times.

All Condolence cards and letters will be read during the service. Letters and cards must be sent to Mc Duffie Family, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 or the Thomas Edwards Funeral home by Friday, August 31, 2012.

We the Mc Duffie Family would like to thank you in advance for all your help, support and prayers during this time. Emails can be sent to Replies will be sent at a later date.

The Urban Queens and Knights Chess Club will meet on wednesday, August 29th at the Merriweather Library, East Utica and Jefferson in Buffalo, NY from 5:45pm to 7:45pm. Come and play chess to help celebrate the life of David Wayne Mc Duffie, aka Pawnmaster. Please bring chess set and board.

Sincerly The Mc Duffie Family


Early this morning, August 24, 2012, David W. Mc Duffie, known to the United States Chess Federation community as "Pawnmaster" died at Johns Hopkins Hosptial.

David leaves behind a son Alexander, sister Cheryl and Michael, Chess Ambassador, along with his parents Fran and Horace Mc Duffie, Jr. of Buffalo, NY.

Condolences and prayers for the family can be addressed to the Mc Duffie Family at 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY. No other details at this time!

Pawnmaster was also part of the Maryland Chess Association and was member of the Knights of Valor Chess program and chess coach to scholastic chess programs in the Baltimore, MD.

Submitted by Alexander, Cheryl and Michael A. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador

No Chess Tournament - Sat Aug 18th

Sorry, there wont be a Chess Tournament today at the Main Place Mall.

Our next scheduled and advertised outdoor chess event at the Buffalo Central Library, located on Lafayette Court in Buffalo, NY for Thursday, August 23rd. This is a promotional outdoor chess event for the War of 1812 Bientennial Commeration. Players must report by 10:30am, Games start at 11am, Noon and 1pm. Play 3 to 4 games, Game 40, USCF rated, two sections of play, Adult and Scholastic. Awards will be presented to the winners.

Advace registrations to by midnight, August 22 with full name, uscf number, section and telephone number. This is a free uscf rated tournament.

Thanks for all your help and cooperation.

Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

Cleveland Open Results

Cross Table

The WNY Chess Community was well represented in the Cleveland Open, August 3-5, sponsored by the Continental Chess Association. Congratulations to all who made the trek to Cleveland. Our own Candidate Master Sam Copeland finished in a very respectable 10th place in the Open Section, losing only one game to tournament winner GM Sergey Kudrin (2609). Eric Grabowski was close on Sam’s heels, finishing a very respectable 16th in the Open Section. Tom Warner finished 23rd in the U2000 Section, frustrating four opponents in a row with hard-fought draws. One of Tom’s dozen grandchildren, Ryan Madden, finished a strong 26th in the U2000 section. The “Tree Doctor” Brian Sayers also represented WNY – playing in both the U2000 and U1800 sections. The star of the Cleveland Open, however, has to be Kevin Roulhac, who went undefeated into the final round and lost a heart-breaker against a higher-rated opponent, who edged him out to take the U1800 crown on a tie-breaker. Join us in congratulating Kevin on another stellar performance in capturing second place in the U1800 section. Lucas Seybold also frustrated his opponents with his wild opening repertoire in the U1800 section (we actually have no idea what openings he played – we made this up based on his usual opening play!) Frank Grabowski, perennial strong finisher in the Buffalo Mayor’s Cup, also finished strong in Cleveland, taking 3rd place in the U1600 Section. In the U1300 Section, most of the participants wore “I am Tom Warner’s Grandson” T-shirts. Lead by Austin Kossow in 9th place (Austin increased his rating by 75 points!), other strong finishers included Ryan and Nathan Palmisano, Zachary Madden, and Lucas Grisanti. Congratulations to all who participated, and our apologies if you were there and we missed your name in the cross-table (please post a comment to correct any errors).