Home  of  the Champions!

  Providing enrichment youth chess programming since 1999

Meet Coach McDuffie

​​ Our newest up-and-coming team!

Violette and Bakari, from our Urban Thinkers team, tied for 4th place at the Donlin Drive Elementary Winter Scholastic Tournament in Liverpool, NY.  They're pictured here with TD Robert Nasiff, star of the movie, Searching for Bobby Fischer.

!We are in it to win it, but fun is the aim of the game
 Tournaments and Events
  1. 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)
  2. The Players Chess Club
    Adults who want to play friendly over-the board chess games; bring your chess equipment
  3. 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) Free entry with your library card!
  4. Winter Open Chess Festival
    SAT MAR 7 9:00 to 4:00
    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
  5. Reading Park Tournaments
    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
Sponsored by the African American Cultural Center
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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