Home  of  the Champions!

  Providing enrichment youth chess programming since 1999


Meet Coach McDuffie

Another Undefeated Champion!​​

Rayvant destroyed the competition at the 2019 East Syracuse Elementary Spring Tournament!  Admiring his trophy are Bob Nasiff, star of the movie, "Searching for Bobby Fisher", and our beloved Coach.


!We are in it to win it, but fun is the aim of the game
June/July
 Tournaments and Events
  1. Historic Tall Sails Chess Tournament
    SAT JULY 6 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Featuring International Master Ken Regan, Ph.D. (USCF Rating 2367) Main Place Mall, 390 Main Street, Upper Level FREE entry with your library card! Bring your Staunton-style chess set, board and a friend!
  2. Tall Ships Outdoor Chess Festival
    FRI JULY 5 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    Canalside Purchase admission tickets at your local Wegmans Bring a Staunton-style chess set, board and digital clock (if available) and a friend!
  3. Father's Day Chess at the Juneteenth Celebration
    SUN JUNE 16 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (at Best St and Fillmore) Bring a Staunton-style chess set and board, and a friend!
  4. 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)
  5. 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
  6. 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)
  7. Harry Potter Day at the Library!
    SAT JUNE 22 Noon to 5:00 PM
    Central Branch - Buffalo & Erie County Library 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo Free family fun! Click on the green button to read the flye.
  8. 2019 Juneteenth Scholastic Chess Championships
    SAT JUNE 15 9 AM to 4:30 PM
    Main Place Mall, Upper Level 390 Main Street Bring a Staunton-style chess set and board, digital clock (if available), and a friend!
  9. 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
Tournament Flyer
Sponsored by The African American Cultural Center
Harry Potter Flyer
Tournament Flyer
Sponsored by The African American Cultural Center
  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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