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Pictured are The Chess Moms and The 2016 Golden Knights National Scholastic K-6 Chess Team receiving "Special Recognition and Proclamation" from the City of Lockport Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey and the Lockport Common Council on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Lockport City Hall, Lockport NY.

Hosted by the Buffalo Teachers Federation, Inc., The Urban Thinkers Chess Club and Juneteenth Festival, Inc.  Visit our new website

You are invited to come out and help us celebrate the 41st year of the Juneteenth Festival. In our third year, we ask that all scholastic chess players join us at the 2016 Juneteenth Scholastic Chess Championships, Saturday, June 18, 2016, Main Place Mall, (Free Parking Under Mall) 390 Main Street, Upper Level in Buffalo, NY.

FORMAT: Each player will play 5 games, no elimination, Games will be G/25;d5, USCF rules enforced.  Players are required to know how all the chess pieces move and capture, "touch move" and Checkmate.  This is not a USCF tournament but USCF ratings will be used for pairings.  Photos will be taken during tournament play and posted on the chess blog.

SECTIONS: Three sections are K-4, K-8, K-12 and Elmwood Village Chess Club.

REFRESHMENTS and PIZZA will be served!

AWARDS: Trophies awarded to the Top 5 winners and Top Female!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00 per player, USCF members $8.00 per player.

SCHEDULE:  Players must report by 10am.  Games will start at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Awards Ceremony and photos at 4:30pm.

REGISTRATION:  Online entries can be made at by Friday, June 17, 2016, cash payment on site. Please mail and make checks payable to Archangel 8 Chess Academy, 60F Guilford Lane, Buffalo, NY 14221 no later than Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Please include full name, USCF number, Section, Email and contact number.


Pictured are the participants of the first annual Scholastic Checkmate Court Chess Challenge that was held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at the Aloma D. Johnson Charter School.

REMINDER! - The Archangel 8 Chess Academy will host the 2016 PawnMaster Memorial USCF Game 50 Classic during Black History Month.

The 2016 PawnMaster Memorial Classic is held every year in loving memory of David W. "PawnMaster Mc Duffie.  The USCF sanctioned tournament will be held on Sat. Feb. 13, 2016 at the Main Place Mall, Upper Level, 390 Main Street, Buffalo, NY.

There will be three sections of play, PawnMaster Open Section, U1800 section and U1400 section. Each player will play four dual rated, Game 50 with a 5 second delay. Cash Prizes for all sections of play based on the number of entries.

To register, please email your full name, uscf id number, section and contact number to by midnight on Feb 12, 2016. USCF membership is reguired.

All players are to report by 9am. Registration will be from 8:30am until 9am. First games will start at 9:15am, Round 2 at 11:30am, Round 3 at 1:15pm and Round 4 at 3pm. USCF rules are enforced.

The Mc Duffie Family wants to say "Thank You" in advance, to all those who come out to compete, and help make this special yearly chess event a success.

Mc Duffie, USCF TD


Pictured are Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard and his deputies playing chess at the Urban Thinkers Chess Club at the Frank Merriweather Branch Library in Buffalo NY.

Please come out and help support the Aloma D. Johnson Charter School National Scholastic Chess Teams! This is a Fundraiser to help the chess teams travel to the All Girls National Chess Championships in Chicago and the USCF National Scholastic K-6 Chess Championships in Nashville, TN.
Donations and proceeds are tax deductible under the Aloma D Johnson Charter School, which is a 501 (c)(3) organization.

ALOMA D. JOHNSON CHARTER SCHOOL, 15 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214.

On Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at 9:30am, to celebrate Black History Month, the Juneteenth Festival, Inc., the Buffalo Teachers Federation, Inc. and The Archangel 8 Chess Academy is hosting a USCF sanctioned Chess Tournament.

The first annual Checkmate Court Chess Challenge USCF Tournament is designed to bring uniformed Police, Firefighters, Sheriffs, Deputies, Attorneys and Judges to come and play three exhibition friendly chess over the board against the Girls In Chess Rock!, Eagles of Excellence and The Urban Thinkers chess players.

In addition, we are hosting a Four USCF Dual Rated, Game 25 with a 5 second delay sanctioned tournament for students and adults. The Entry fee is $10.00 for each chess player. USCF membership is required and can join at the site.

SECTIONS - ALL GIRLS K-12, (K - 3), (4 - 7), (8 -12) and ADULT OPEN! Pay Cash at the door.
Participants must register between 9am and 9:30am, Games will start at 10am.

EQUIPMENT: Please bring your own Staunton Style Chess set, algebraic chess board and digital chess clock, if you own them.

AWARDS: Donated by Juneteenth Festival, Inc. and Buffalo Teachers Federation, Inc. Trophies will be awarded to the Top Three winners along with Aloma D. Johnson Award for the Top Female in each section of play.

ADVANCE REGISTRATIONS - Please send in your advance registrations with full name, uscf Id number, section of play and contact information to by midnight on Feb. 5, 2016.