Home  of  the Champions!

  Providing enrichment youth chess programming since 1999

Meet Coach McDuffie

​​ Cheer on our girls during Women's History Month!

Violette, from our Urban Thinkers team, tied for 4th place at the Donlin Drive Elementary Winter Scholastic Tournament in Liverpool, NY.  She's a Grandmaster in the making!

!We are in it to win it, but fun is the aim of the game
 Tournaments and Events
  1. Ladies In Chess Rock! at the Orchard Park Library
    Orchard Park Public Library - S Buffalo St, Orchard Park NY Bring a Staunton-style chess set and board, digital clock, and a friend! FREE FAMILY FUN!
  2. Golden Knights of Lockport
    Affiliated with the Lockport YMCA 5833 Snyder Drive, Lockport Bring your chess equipment: board, set and clock (if available)
  3. The Players Chess Club
    Due to building renovations, the club is currently not meeting.
  4. Urban Thinkers Chess Club
    Frank E. Merriweather Library 1324 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo Bring your chess set, board and digital clock (if available) Free entry with your library card!
  5. Coronavirus and Chess Tournaments
    information on Coronavirus from the United States Chess Federation
    We fill follow USCF advice pertaining to coronovirus during our events. Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer (if available) will be provided on-site; however, feel free to bring your own products. If you have any concerns, please contact Coach McDuffie.
  6. Reading Park Tournaments
    Main Place Mall 390 Main Street, Buffalo Tournament fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door Bring a Staunton-style chess set and board, digital clock (if available), and a friend! Remember: Parking is $10


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Learn to play, improve your game or compete!

Learn to play, improve your game or compete!​

  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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