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Come out and join us in honoring America's Heroes, those who have served and their families. USMC Vietnam War Hero, Guy Allegretto lives in WNY and his Marine Unit - 1st Battalion, 9th Marines were known as the "Walking Dead" received two Presidential Unit Citations from President Lyndon Johnson in 1967 and 1968. The Citation reads for extraordinary heroism in action during the Battle for Khe Sanh in the Republic of Vietnam.

Veterans Memorial Ceremony will be held at Noon!

Hosted by the Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers Inc., Buffalo Fire Commissioner, Garnell W. Whitfield, Jr., Kidney Foundation and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Saturday, November 16, 2013, Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main St. Buffalo NY.

PIZZA and REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED FOR ALL PAID TOURNAMENT PLAYERS! FREE Parking under Mall, please do not store any valuables in the car. Boutique Shoppes and FOOD Court Open before and during tournament play! Advance registrations are greatly appreciated!

USCF players must report by 9am, Games start at 9:15am, 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm.

Format: Four USCF Sanctioned dual rated games, Game 50 with 5 second delay, No elimination. USCF Membership is required for the OPEN and U1500 Sections. ALL registrations can be made online to KNIGHTSOF64@YAHOO.COM by midnight on Thursday, November 14, 2013 with full name, USCF number, Section and phone. All checks must be received no later than Thursday, November 14th. Please mail and make checks payable to The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221. All USCF chess players must bring a chess set, chess board and digital chess clock. Chess equipment provided for Scholastic section players.

Beginners Scholastic K-12 Unrated Section, will feature FOUR games of play, Games 30 with 5 second delay, No elimination. All Scholastic players must report by 9:30am, Games will start at 10am, 11am, Noon and 1pm. TROPHIES were sponsored by the Willie Hutch Jones Educational and Sports Programs. Trophies will be awarded.

CASH PRIZES awarded for OPEN and U1500 sections. OPEN CASH Prizes based on 18 players, Entry Fee - $25 or $30 - $200, $100 and $60. U1500 CASH Prizes based on 15 players, Entry Fee is $15 or $20 - $120, $60 and $30.

Help us grow the Buffalo Niagara Community Chess program, an official affiliate of the US Chess Federation, the governing body of all chess organizations in the United States. TELL A FRIEND - BRING A FRIEND! RENEW YOUR USCF MEMBERSHIPS WITH THE ARCHANGEL 8 CHESS ACADEMY.

SAVE THE DATE - USCF KIDNEY FOUNDATION HOLIDAY Tournament - Sat. December 21, 2013. Also in December - Elementary Scholastic Beginners TEAM Chess League at the Audubon Branch Library, Teams of three, will play three to four games each week. Details to follow. For questions please reply to

Submitted by Mc Duffie, USCF Tournament Director

Will chess make the Hall of Fame?

Just heard this on NPR about this year's voting for the National Toy Hall of Fame. Chess is one of the nominees for the results to be announced(?) today, but is said to be trailing Magic 8-Ball in the voting... Happy birthday (yesterday) to Tom Warner, and sorry I haven't been visible in a really busy time.
Hey everyone check out Lev Alburt's column in the Nov issue of Chess Life. It shows a game played at the May tournament in Chaffee between Garrett Thompson and Nathan Palmisano! Pretty cool!!!

Mark Clark wins in Sardinia

  Mark Clark made the trip from Jamestown and won the Sardinia tournament last Saturday.  Mark had no trouble, winning all 3 games he played.  Pat Patterson and Nathan Palmisano tied for 2nd.
  Anderson Miles (left in picture) won the scholastic section in a close battle with Matt Shantz.  Ethen Warner, Sidney Reed, Garett Rumfola, and Sydney Dzernanowski also participated.
  In the unrated section Jacob Wind, from Clarence NY, won all of his games to take the trophy. Gretchen Rumfola, Samantha Palmisano, Donna Richardson, and Chris Hewitt from Batavia also played.
  Next month, Dec 7th, is the date for the Western New York Scholastic Championships (formerly the USA Jr chess Olympics) at the Pioneer High School. Lets see if we can get over 100 kids there this year!  Good luck to the teams going to the Bob Johnson Memorial tournament in Pennsylvania. Pioneer's team will be playing in Tony Cirillo's tournament at Buffalo Seminary.