Coach McDuffie
2019 Recipient
Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
Buffalo Black Achievers Award

Meet Western New York's Chess Ambassador!

Chess coaching excellence since 1999

Coach Michael A. McDuffie

In 1999, Coach McDuffie. a United States Chess Federation-certified coach, founded Archangel 8 Chess Academy as a way to promote the Royal Game.  In addition to teaching, he runs monthly USCF-sanctioned tournaments at the Main Place Mall in Buffalo.  His tireless efforts have led him to be dubbed the Chess Ambassador of Western New York.  In honor of his work he received the 2017 Sankofa Eye on History Award.  In 2018, he established the 1st annual Erie County K-6 Chess Championships.  In 2019 the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Buffalo Black Achievers Award were bestowed upon him.

Under his tutelage, students become winners!  Titles won by his students include:

  • 2019 New York State Scholastic Chess Champion
  • 2018 National K-6 Blitz (900-999) Champion
  • 2018 New York State Scholastic Chess Champion
  • 2018 US and International Top 100 Girls Age 14 Designee 
  • 2017 National Top 100 Girls Age 14 Designee
  • 2017 WNY Pioneer Fall Classic K-8 Champions
  • 2016 New York State Scholastic Championships 3rd Place winner High School Reserve Section
  • 2016 National Elementary Under 800 Champion
  • 2016 Western New York K-8 Co-champions
  • 2015 New York State Scholastic Chess Champion
  • 2015 Western New York K-4 Fall Scholastic Champions

His Eagles of Excellence team from the Aloma D. Johnson Charter School participated in the 2017 Supernationals VI Championships and the 2018 National Elementary Championship in Nashville, TN.

Watch Coach's interview with WKBW's Mike Randall.
  1. Justice and Military
    Justice and Military
    Coach supports local law enforcement, justice and military organizations through his Chess with Vets program.
  2. President Clinton
    President Clinton
    Coach McDuffie discusses chess programming with former President Bill Clinton during his visit to Buffalo.
  3. Meeting GM Ashley
    Meeting GM Ashley
    Grand Master Maurice Ashley welcomed Coach and the Eagles of Excellence to Supernationals VI in Nashville, TN. The team received autographed boards from GM Ashley!
  4. Supporting Education
    Supporting Education
    Meeting with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and American Federation of Teachers President, Randi Weingarten.

One Parent Says:

Coach McDuffie engages children and youth in a way that I have always been in awe of.  He has a gift for connecting with students and quickly gains their respect -- through a glance, a shared laugh, and his calm, strong presence. He teaches students to apply critical thinking skills to chess, which will empower them in their lives well beyond the game. 
 - JB