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Juneteenth 2019 Scholastic Tournament

The post- (or nearly-so) apocalyptic setting of the Main Place What's-Left-of-the-Mall didn't hinder EVCS players.

In the K-2 section, LOGAN MARZAHN (2A) wields his 1st place trophy. The girl two to his left is JAKAYLA SEAY from the Hertel campus (2A there too!) with her 2nd place bling.

In the K-4 section, a familiar (on this page) face, ALIEU JALLOW (3B), with the 2nd place trophy, and a new face: AUGUST WILLIAMS (3A), with his 3rd place prize.

We didn't have any players in the K-12 section but we're pretty sure if we had, they would've won something too.

And in a surprise curtain call, Tournament Director Michael McDuffie recognized the EVCS players for their dominance at the event and Club Director CHRISTOPHER BIEDA for the work EVCS has done to promote area youth chess since 2015. No one has done more for youth chess in WNY than Coach McDuffie, so this was high praise indeed for our young program!

2019 Scholastic Year-End Tournament

The best EVCS showing ever at the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School SAT JUN 8: First-place in ALL THREE scholastic sections went to our players. And in two of the three, third-place as well! CARLOS MARTINEZ (8A) was undefeated (4-0-0) in the U600 section.

Shout-outs to ANJA BIEDA (6A) for earning her USCF permanent rating at the tournament, the first girl in our club ever to do so, and to ALIEU JALLOW (3B) for playing his first matches as a USCF member.

An absolutely great way to end the most successful year in EVCS Chess history!


OMAR JALLOW (5B) for the WIN!


CARLOS MARTINEZ (8A) first-place & ALIEU JALLOW (3B) third-place.


FELIX HATTON (6B) first-place & LEV SCHNEIDERMAN (4A) third-place.

Spring Festival 2019

On SAT APR 13 at the Buffalo Seminary, second-place in the U1200 section went to FELIX HATTON (6B).

Magna Charter Spring 2019

Biggest crowd of the year (47 players) assembled in Days Park on SUN APR 14 and when the dust settled, familiar faces were on the winners' platform. In the K-3 Juniors section, PAVEL SCHNEIDERMAN (2A, middle) finished second and ALIEU JALLOW (3B, right) third as they went 5-1-0 and 4-2-0 respectively. PAVEL's only loss came at the hands of the fellow at left, winner Oliver Santora (6-0-0) and ALIEU's only losses were to PAVEL and Oliver!

FELIX HATTON (not pictured) won the Rated Grades 4-8 section with a 5-1-0 day. FELIX's only loss was to a ninth-grader from Erie, PA!

Success in Sardinia!

Congratulations to LEV SCHNEIDERMAN (4A) for pulling off a two-fer at the April Southtowns Chess Club monthly tournament in Sardinia on APR 6! Not only did LEV become only the third EVCS player to ever win a cash prize at a chess tournament (third-place in the U1000 subsection of the Open section), and the first since 2016, but he went on to win first-place in the Scholastic Section!

And brother PAVEL SCHNEIDERMAN (2A) took his new USCF membership credentials to Sardinia for a first-ever stab at rated chess!

St. Patty's Day 2019 Tournament

The annual tradition continues! The Father David Reddy Chess Club at the Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in South Buffalo brought out green (naturally) trophies on March 23.

PAVEL SCHNEIDERMAN (2A) won third-place in the Unrated section with a 4-1-0 record on the day. PAVEL also led the EVCS team effort in the section. Along with OMAR (5B) and ABU JALLOW (7A), who both had 3-2-0 days, the three finished in second place, tying winner Veronica Connor Middle School in wins, but narrowly losing the tiebreaker. If you're keeping score, that's five consecutive tournament team awards for EVCS since December!

ALIEU JALLOW (3B) also had a 3-2-0 record.

All four left the event with winning records, and that is a very good day, indeed!

Scene from a Championship I

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., March 2019. First-ever EVCS player in a New York State Scholastic Chess Championship, FELIX HATTON (6B) surveys the field of battle before the first shot is fired.

Scene from a Championship II

FELIX did us proud, going 4-2-0 in the K-6 Under 1000 section of the tournament. The section had 128 players; FELIX finished in 35th place. The tournament included over 1300 players.

It was, how you say, "so close!"

Talk about a nail-biter: The final results in the U1200 section of the Valentine’s Day 2019 tournament at Veronica Connor Middle School on Grand Island came down to the resolution of the very last match in the very last round.

U1200 Team EVCS, seen above and from left, LEV SCHNEIDERMAN (4A) ANJA BIEDA (6A), CARLOS MARTINEZ (8A) and FELIX HATTON (6B), leading through four, ended the suspense with a third-place finish.

EVCS has won a team award in four consecutive outings (but unlike the Buffalo Bills, one of those was a first-place finish).

When it was over, FELIX HATON (6B), seen above and perfect through the first four rounds, settled for individual runner-up.

The National School Choice Week tournament on JAN 26 2019 was a huge success, despite vigorous opposition by the weather. 45 players in four sections, the first-ever USCF Primary K-3 Tournament in WNY and loads of sponsored prizes. (Clockwise from upper left) The U1000 section players, the champion of the U1000's FELIX HATTON (6B) and the Unrated section players.

This is what a winning team looks like! At the 2019 WNY Scholastic Championships, a second-place finish by EVCS's (from left) ABU JALLOW (7A), PAVEL SCHNEIDERMAN (2A), OMAR JALLOW (5B) and ALIEU JALLOW (3B)--and yes, they're brothers.

This is also what a very proud Club Director looks like.

Twenty-six entered. Only ten left holding trophies. Recognize him from the picture at left? Yes, ALIEU JALLOW's (3B) No. 10 finish in the Unrated section of the 2019 WNY Scholastic Championships led the Unrated team's performance!

Beginner's luck? No, beginner's skill and focus.

At the December 30, 2018 USS Miller Chess Tournament at the Audubon Public Library in Amherst, OMAR JALLOW (5B) led a group of first-time tournament competitors from EVCS with a second place trophy in the K-8 section.

OMAR, with Archangel 8 Chess Academy Director and the event's Tournament Director, Michael McDuffie.

The date: December 15, 2018. The place: The Buffalo Seminary. The event: the 2018 Holiday Season Tournament.

The result? Team EVCS wins its first-ever first place team award in the U1200 section. This was also the first-ever first place award for any EVCS team sport. Yay, chess!

CHRISTOPHER BIEDA, Club Director, enjoys the worshipful gaze of FELIX HATTON (6B) as Williamsville Elementary’s ANDREW LI tries to wrestle LEV SCHNEIDERMAN (4A) to the ground. Actually, PAVEL SCHNEIDERMAN (2A) has it right: Quiet pride. Not in picture: CARLOS MARTINEZ Jr (8A) who along with FELIX and LEV, constituted the team.

2018 Pioneer Classic

Our first time going to Yorkshire, and we brought home the third-place team award in the K-8 section; from left, Anja Bieda (6A), Carlos Martinez (8A), Nigel Williams (4A) and Felix Hatton (6B). (Nigel is photobombing--the other three were the team!)

(Clockwise from upper left) LEV SCHNEIDERMAN (4A, wearing medal) 3rd place U1200 at the 2018 Fall Festival; LEV again (far left) 3rd place again K-5 at the 20th Annual Father Baker; is that LEV (medal) with 3rd place U1000 at the 2018 Hispanic Heritage? Oh yes: When you're hot, you're hot!

When will YOUR picture grace the gallery? Learn. Play. COMPETE.