Home  of  the Champions!

  Providing enrichment youth chess programming since 1999


Meet Coach McDuffie

Canalside fun!

Jakayla shared her love of the game by teaching beginners at our chess tent during the Tall Ships festival at Canalside.


!We are in it to win it, but fun is the aim of the game
September
 Tournaments and Events
  1. 2019 Johnetta R. Cole AMVETS Fall K-8 Chess Championships
    SAT SEPT 28 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Main Place Mall - 2nd level Bring a Staunton-style chess set, board and digital clock (if available) and a friend! ALERT: MALL PARKING IS NOW $5
  2. Play Better Chess Program
    SUN SEPT 22 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    Central Branch - Buffao & Erie County Library, 1 Lafayette Square Bring a Staunton-style chess set and board, digital clock, and a friend! fREE FAMILY FUN!
  3. Golden Knights of Lockport
    Every MON 6:00 to 8:00 PM Call 716-434-8887
    Affiliated with the Lockport YMCA 5833 Snyder Drive, Lockport Bring your chess equipment: board, set and clock (if available)
  4. The Players Chess Club
    Every WED 8:45 PM
    Adults who want to play friendly over-the board chess games; bring your chess equipment Main Street Gallery 515 Main Street, Buffalo
  5. Urban Thinkers Chess Club
    Every WED 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
    Frank E. Merriweather Library 1324 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo Bring your chess set, board and digital clock (if available)
  6. National Chess Day Celebration
    SUN OCT 13 12:30 to 4:00 PM
    Central Branch - Buffalo & Erie County Library 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo Free family fun!
  7. Reading Park Tournaments
    SAT SEPT 21st 9:00 AM to 4:30PM
    Main Place Mall, Upper Level 390 Main Street Bring a Staunton-style chess set and board, digital clock (if available), and a friend! ALERT: MALL PARKING IS NOW $5!
  8. Donec VS Sapien FINAL
    350 John Jregistrationames Audubon Parkway, Amherst Open to all students in grades K-6; registration is free with your library card Bring your Staunton-style chess set, board and digital clock (if available) Click on the green dot for details and
Registration Form

Sponsored by The African American Cultural Center

Registration Form

​Sponsored by the African American Cultural Center

Featuring a reception honoring Our Beloved Coach!
  1. Ages 4 and up
    We teach students as young as 4 years to adults. Chess helps all ages develop critical thinking skills, concentration, discipline, sportsmanship and deportment. Players at all levels are welcome to attend our classes and tournaments. Contact Coach McDuffie to discuss your participation.
  2. Girls & Boys
    Both girls and boys play chess avidly in our scholastic teams or community chess programs. Ask about our Girls in Chess Rock! program.
  3. Community Programs
    •Audubon Library (Williamsville) •Central Branch Buffalo & Erie County Library •Frank Merriweather Jr. Library •Lockport Family YMCA •Orchard Park Library •The Players Chess Club
  4. Our Chess Teams
    •K-12 Scholastic Chess Programs •Eagles of Excellence Chess Club •Girls in Chess Rock! Chess Club •Golden Dragons Chess Club •Golden Knights of Lockport •Stars of India Chess Club •Urban Thinkers Chess Club •National Scholastic Teams
In addition to mastery of The Royal Game, our students learn discipline, civility, deportment and sportsmanship.  

Many thanks to our Educational Partners!

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