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Hosted by The Archangel 8 Chess Academy, an affiliate of the US Chess Federation, Celebrating over 14 years of Enrichment and Afterschool Scholastic Chess programs in WNY.

Come out and join us during the Christmas holiday and winter break to establish a USCF National Chess Team and Elementary Chess Club at the Charles A. Upson Elementary School. PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO STAY AND ASSIST with the tournament. Students are urged to bring a brown bag lunch, beverage and snacks.

Pictured are elementary students from the Lockport Golden Knights and Urban Queens Chess Club who are scheduled to participate in the schools first Scholastic Beginners Chess Championship. L-R are Jon Luke, Mikayla, Jordan, Mariah and Veronica.
WHERE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2013! Charles A. Upson Elementary School, 28 Harding Avenue, Lockport NY 14094. Report to the Cafeteria. If you have a Chess set, board and digital chess clock, please bring it with you. Limited chess equipment available!

FORMAT: OPEN TO All 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade chess players. Must know Check and Checkmate, all will play four games, No elimination, each game will be allotted (Game 30 with 5 second delay)one hour in duration and USCF rules enforced. Sections maybe combined depending on the entries! TROPHIES, MEDALS AND APPLEBEES OF LOCKPORT PRIZES will be awarded.
WHEN: Monday, December 30, 2013, ALL PLAYERS MUST REPORT by 8:45am. GAMES start at 9:15am.

ADVANCE ENTRY FEE: Upson students $8.00, all others are $10.00 or $15.00 at the door. Helps reduce the expenses for trophies, medals and other prizes. CASH payments will only be accepted at the door.

ADVANCE ONLINE REGISTRATION: Please reply to by midnight on December 29, 2013 with full name, grade, school, telephone (USCF members, please use current Id number for pairings).

QUESTIONS: Please reply to

Individual and group photos will be taken during tournament play and for the awards ceremony!

MEDIA PARTNER: Tournament results will be submitted to the Lockport Sun and Journal, Lockport New York

Submitted by Michael A. Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador and Boy Scouts of America, Chess Merit Badge Counselor, Email to

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