The Golden Knights of Lockport finished the 2017 year out as K-8 Team Chess Champions during the 2017 WNY Pioneer Fall Scholastic Championship held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Pioneer High School in Yorkshire, NY.

Pictured are Jonathan, Tristan, JonLuke and Ryan.

Last year, the K – 4 Team Chess Champions moved up to the higher competitive level and continued their winning ways with outstanding individual performances and trophy winners by undefeated K – 8 Champion Captain Tristan Perkins representing Emmet Belknap and Second Place Jonathan Carmina, representing North Park Academy, along with other team members, JonLuke Pencille and Ryan Carmina, led the team over Bradford PA by one half point during the one day, five game USCF sanctioned Championship. The annual scholastic chess championship attracted over 100 scholastic players, including 27 in the K-8 section.
During the 2017 year, the Golden Knights Carson Feero finished 3rd and Shaan Cheruvu finished 4th earning individual State Chess trophies at the NY State 50th annual Scholastic Chess Championships held in Saratoga Springs NY.

Jonathan, Ryan Carmina and Tristan Perkins competed with 5600 players at the 2017 SuperNationals Elementary Scholastic (K-6) Chess Championships held in Nashville, TN. Tristan had a personal best and missed earning a national individual trophy by one half point.

Ryan Carmina and William Oh were the undefeated Champions at the 10th annual 2017 Mayor’s Cup Chess Championships held in November. In December, Jonathan and Ryan earned a trophy at the 2017 USS Little Rock Scholastic Tournament at the Audubon Branch library. Jonathan finished the month by winning eleven of his last twelve chess games. At the 2017 USS Little Rock Open Chess Tournament, held at the Main Place Mall in Buffalo, Danielle Spencer was the Under 1500 section Co-Champion with Glenn Conlin. In June, Danielle (Lockport High) was selected to the United States Chess Federation, “ Top 100 List” for age 14 girls in the country.

These dedicated players and their families should be applauded by WNY and the Lockport community for their outstanding achievements. They have been part of the Lockport YMCA National Youth Enrichment Chess program for several years. Their dedication has also led to demonstrable achievements in their homework and outstanding academics.
The National Scholastic Golden Knights Chess Club is open for new members to join the January Winter Session at the YMCA, 19 East Avenue. The group meets every Monday night from 6pm to 8pm, under the direction and supervision of USCF Chess Coach Michael A Mc Duffie, and Assistant Coach Kevin Vincent. If you are interested in improving your chess play or would like to know more, please visit our website –