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John Ludwig wins the 2016 Central Florida Class Championship with perfect 5-0 score!
As some bemoaned the lack of titled players in this particular event, current CFCC Club Champion John Ludwig (2448), who perhaps wished for more titled players and/or GM’s to be in attendance than most, took advantage of their absence to score a perfect 5 points in the Master/Expert section, finishing in 1st Place overall and a full 1½ points ahead of his opponents!
2016 Class Championship returns to International Palms Resort Convention Center
This year the 2016 Central Florida Class Championship made a return to the International Palms Resort & Convention Center, on International Drive in South Orlando, after a two year absence when the club hosted the 2014 Class Championship. The club was attracted to this location because of its nice meeting facilities, free parking, and its convenient location right in the heart of the I-Drive tourist area. In Fact, the club has booked its annual 2016 Orlando Autumn Open tournament at this same location.
High Turnout Provides 94% Prize Fund Payout
Being the club’s first tournament of the New Year, CFCC enjoyed a terrific turnout for its annual Class Championship. With 115 players preregistering online, and many players registering on-site, the tournament reached a total of 140 participants. With the event offering a $7,500 prize fund based on a turnout of 150 players, the club was able to achieve a 94% payout of the tournament prize fund.
In the top Master/Expert section, in addition to John Ludwig’s clear 1st place prize of $940, Stephen Stoyko (2243), losing only to Ludwig and finishing with 3.5 points, claimed the 2nd Place prize of $376. Miguel Recio won the Expert Trophy on tiebreaks in a 5-way tie for 3rd Place.
With respect for his opponents in the top section, David Bragg (2202), who is visiting from the state of Washington and one of three Masters in the tournament, commented that the strength of Florida players seemed higher than their ratings indicated!
Class a Section
In the Class A section, John Givler (1971) had 2 draws to finish with 4 points, tying for 1st Place with Warren Jones (1928) and Robert LaChaussee (1834) as he won the section trophy on tiebreaks. Givler has been doing very well with his tournament chess since coming to Florida and has recently tied for 1st Place in the U2000 section at two of our recent events, the 2015 Arnold Denker State Championship and the Orlando Autumn Open last October.
Class B Section
In the Class B section, Philip Durand (1744) and James Wnek (1718) played to a draw in the final round as they each finished in 1st Place with a score of 4 points, with the section trophy going to Philip Durand on tiebreaks.
Durand is new here in Florida and to USCF rated chess, and in January he played in two events (this and the recent Gulf Coast Open) that increased his rating 144 points to 1744, and satisfying his USCF 25th provisional tournament game, bringing him to a USCF regular rating of 1744!
James Wnek, one of our regular strong visiting players from Gainesville, FL. earned a 1st Place tie with 4 points in the Class B section. His hard work and persistent effort is definitely paying off, as he added 98 points to his regular rating that is now over the 1700 mark! This comes not long after his effort last October at the Orlando Autumn Open earned him a rating increase of 54 points that pushed his rating from 1570 to 1624!
Class C Section
In the Class C section, Terrance Washington Jr. (1595), drew his 1st round game and won all the rest to finish in clear 1st Place with 4.5/5 points winning the Class C section trophy, adding a whopping 150 rating points to his USCF rating and winning $688 for his effort! Daniel Flores (1578) (not pictured) finished in 2nd Place.
Class D Section
The Class D section resulted in a tie between Benjamin Chen (1402) and Bach Ngo (1372) (not pictured) as both U1200 players took advantage of the option to play-up one section in Class D, they drew against each other in the final round, with each of them finishing with 4.5/5 points.
Both players increased their ratings well over 200 points and Chen, a 6th grader, had just increased his rating an incredible 250 points at the USCF National K-12 Grade Championship held last December at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort!
Chen won the Class D section trophy on tiebreaks, but Bach Ngo, a 2nd grader, felt so bad about not also getting a trophy that his mother plans on getting one duplicated for him. Both of these players are headed for great things in their young tournament chess career.
Class E Section
The largest section in the tournament by far was the Class E section (U1200) which is open to unrated players, as well as players in the E, F, G, H, I & J USCF rating levels. There were 35 players in this section which included five unrated kids from Jamaica, brought by their chess coach Valentine Spencer, along with coach Steven Morgan who also brought a group of young players from nearby Lakeland, FL.
A big congratulations goes to Taneesh Sirivolu (1161) a rapidly improving player from the Dr. Phillips area who won the Class E section with a perfect 5-0 score, adding over 200 points to his USCF rating, winning the 1st Place Class E trophy and earning himself $470 for his hard work and over-the-board play. Great job Taneesh!
Other Tournament Prizes
The winners of the random drawings for Orlando Convention Aid gift certificates were: Aaron Liftig, Ananth Abbaraju and John Givler.
The club would like to thank everyone for the great turnout for this annual event and for supporting over-the-board tournament chess in Orlando!
The CFCC Class Championship event was organized by Harvey Lerman for the Central Florida Chess Club with Steven Vigil serving as Chief Tournament Director. Chess store concessions were provided by Hollywood Kings Chess.
February 21, 2016
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
How To Register
Right-Click, Tap or Press the "Pure Magic- Chess Knight Registration Form" below to save it to your computer, tablet or smartphone device. You can then print the form and submit your information and payment BY FAXING THE COMPLETED FORM TO ORLANDO MAGIC SALES AT: (407) 916-2909
NOTE: If you are having trouble downloading the Chess Knight Registration Form below, please contact us here to request that we send the form directly to your email!
The Amway Center
Central Florida Chess Club
For questions concerning details about the USCF chess tournament and blitz simul with special guest GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2663) please contact CFCC's National Tournament Director Harvey Lerman at (407) 629-6946, or via email
Right-Click/Tap/Press to save and print the Chess Knight Registration Form below.
FROM HARVEY LERMAN:
CFCC QUICK CHESS TOURNAMENT DETAILS
The Deadline To Sign-Up For This Special Event Is:
February 16, 2016
USCF-Rated Quick Chess
5 Swiss-Style Rounds
Time Control: G/25;d3
GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2660)
Unrated Simul 3-at-once
GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2660) is the former world youth champion from Poland. Players in the quick chess tournament who finish a round early or are not doing well may want to drop out and play in the blitz side event. Please see background information and links at the end of this blog post for the young and talented GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda.
ENTRY FEE &
(or $60 for upgraded seating)
Use Chess Knight Registration Form Above
MUST Register by February 16, 2016 using the Chess Knight Registration Form above
After registration, event tickets will be sent via e-mail
All registrants receive tickets to game in one of two seating sections
Winner of the Quick Chess Tournament gets upgraded seating for 2, plus VIP treatment
Armageddon playoff between 5-0 scorers; standard tiebreaks otherwise
Family & Friends can register for the game, even if not playing in the chess tournament events
Garage parking at $20; plan to arrive around 10am.
Chess Tournament Room
Amway Center DEX Imaging Room
Please Enter The Arena at the
Group Entrance Area
For GPS users:
The Amway Center address is
400 W. Church Street
Orlando, FL., 32801
All Chess Players should arrive at the DEX Imaging Room Between 10:00-11:00 AM on Sunday, February 21, 2016
What Can You Bring?
You can only bring your chess equipment & clock
As long as you have your ticket with you, you can leave anytime and come back to the Group Entrance Area for the Magic Basketball game after 5pm.
NOTE: No food or beverages can be brought in for the event
- The facilities being used have standard security procedures. No one can get in unless their name is on a "guest list" and they pass through metal detectors.
- Nothing can be brought in (We'll have an exemption so that each player can bring their own chess sets and clock) No outside food or beverages will be allowed in.
- For everyone's convenience, there are water fountains and restrooms right by the DEX imaging room where the tournament is taking place.
Those attending the chess tournament should eat before they come. You should arrive around 10:00 AM with the ticket that was e-mailed to you after you registered for the event (NLT February 16, 2016). Parking is in the Geico Parking Garage. You'll then walk across the pedestrian bridge to the Group Entrance Area with your chess equipment. Security will be there checking everyone in.
At that point you will go through standard security procedures. At security you will only need to show your ticket that was emailed to you (not have it scanned as you'll need to do when entering the game later in the evening) to enter the Arena to play in the chess events.
You will then be escorted up to the DEX Imaging Room with a Magic representative. Once at the DEX Imaging Room, you will then check in for the tournament. Everyone should arrive at the playing room between 10:00-11:00 AM, as the Quick Chess Tournament 1st round begins at 11:00 AM!
Players will need to make sure they keep their tickets safe during the tournament, as they will need to have them to re-enter the Amway Arena if they leave the facility during/after the tournament is finished. You will need to show your ticket to ticket takers at the Group Entrance Area so they can scan it for entry into the Orlando Magic game that night.
- There will be a late break in the tournament schedule, but people can leave with a Magic escort when they want and come back to the Arena at 5:00 PM for the Basketball Game at 6pm (or later, if they want)
- Our schedule shows we will finish the tournament around 4pm, so there is an "official" break starting at 4pm.
- During the break (4:00-5:00PM) all items brought in for the chess tournament will have to be removed and taken outside. When exiting the tournament, players will be escorted to the GEICO garage by a Magic Representative so they can lock their chess equipment in their vehicles before re-entering the Arena (using their original event ticket) after 5:00 PM for the Magic Basketball game that night.
- Magic reps will escort players out of the building whenever someone wants to leave.
- Once you exit there will be no re-entry until game time (5:00 PM when gates open to the general public).
- Once inside the stadium there will be many places to purchase refreshments and food.
- When leaving the game, you'll need to exit the Arena across the GEICO Parking pedestrian bridge to get back to the parking garage.
If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Harvey Lerman via email, or by phone at 407-629-6946, or, you can contact the Orlando Magic's Zack Cervone via email, or by phone at 407-916-2912
It's going to be a great day of tournament chess followed by a great Orlando Magic Basketball game, where the Magic will be facing the Indiana Pacers! See you then!
-Central Florida Chess Club
GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda
His name is Jan-Krzysztof Duda, but he says you can use JK Duda or JKD as well. His current FIDE standard rating is 2660 ELO, his FIDE Rapid rating is 2603 and his FIDE Blitz rating is 2678!
1. His Chess Knight Tournament appearence is in cooperation between the Polish Chess Federation, the Orlando Magic and the Central Florida Chess Club (CFCC).
2. Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Janek), born in 1998, is one of the most promising junior tournament chess players in the world, currently ranked at #4 for players under 20 years of age.
3. He is a special guest of the Chess Knight Tournament Event.
4. He plays basketball as a part of his physical conditioning and tournament preparation, and has a basketball practice area at his home in Poland.
5. Janek likes the combination of chess and the NBA, particularly in Orlando – the team/place Marcin Gortat started his NBA career.
6. He’ll be the 2nd (after Gortat) Polish sportsmen ever to play at the Magic's “Amway Arena”.
7. A few of young Jan-Krzysztof Duda's successes:
- World Champion Under 10
- European Champion under 14
- Grandmaster at age 15
- European Rapid Champion at age 16
- Winner of “Lake Sevan” tournament
- Debuted at the age of 16 for the Chess Olympiad with a score of 8.5/11 games.
- Leader of MKS MOS Wieliczka (Poland), Hamburg (Germany) & Boys-Colombes (France) chess teams.
Central Florida Chess Club
2016 Club Championship
CFCC has announced that its 2016 annual Chess Club Championship will take place at the end of February at our UUUS tournament facility. As a strong USCF-rated club member event for the last 27 years, with many master players in attendance, the tournament has recognized many great players over the years who have earned the prestige of winning the title of CFCC Club Champion!
You can view the past 27 years of Club Champions on our Champion History page, complete with pictures and brief recaps of each championship event.
Central Florida Chess Club
2016 Club Championship
February 27-28, 2016
OPEN 5SS G/120;d5
Main Conference Room
University Unitarian Universalist Society (UUUS)
11648 McCulloch Road
NOTE: CFCC annual membership required at $20 ($10 Jr/Sr)
ELIGIBILITY: To be awarded the 2016 CFCC Club Champion title, the winning player must satisfy the club's 30-day minimum membership requirement, therefore, the player must be a CFCC club member prior to January 31, 2016. If you would like to verify your CFCC membership status, view our new Membership Table to see your renewal date.
Advance Entry Fees by Mail
Make check payable to: CFCC
921 North Thistle Lane
Maitland, FL. 32751
(if member as of Jan 31, 2016)
Top Under Age 16
February 27, 2016
February 28, 2016
CFCC Board Elections
CFCC Chess &
Orlando Magic Basketball
The Central Florida Chess Club (CFCC) and the Orlando Magic organization are very excited to announce they have teamed up to provide an afternoon of competitive chess with an evening of Orlando Magic basketball in the first ever chess tournament hosted at the Amway Center!