CFCC 2016 Class Championship Finishes With A 5-0 Win In Both The Master/Expert & Class E Section!

Board One, Final Round, Miguel Recio(L) (2154) vs John Ludwig (R) (2448) for the 2016 CFCC Class Championship, where the very talented John Ludwig would go on to win with a perfect 5-0 score in the Master/Expert Section!

Board One, Final Round, Miguel Recio(L) (2154) vs John Ludwig (R) (2448) for the 2016 CFCC Class Championship, where the very talented John Ludwig would go on to win with a perfect 5-0 score in the Master/Expert Section!

John Ludwig wins the 2016 Central Florida Class Championship with perfect 5-0 score!

John Ludwig (2448) wins the CFCC 2016 Class Championship held at the International Palms Resort on International Drive, January 29-31, 2016

John Ludwig (2448) wins the CFCC 2016 Class Championship held at the International Palms Resort on International Drive, January 29-31, 2016

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! 

Players in the Master/Expert Section, 2016 CFCC Class Championship tournament

Players in the Master/Expert Section, 2016 CFCC Class Championship tournament

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. 

Board One, Round 3, Stephen Stoyko (2255) (L) vs John Ludwig (2448) (R), 2016 Class Championship.

Board One, Round 3, Stephen Stoyko (2255) (L) vs John Ludwig (2448) (R), 2016 Class Championship.

Master/Expert Section

Miguel Recio (2154) wins the Expert Class trophy in the Master/Expert section

Miguel Recio (2154) wins the Expert Class trophy in the Master/Expert section

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!

Final round, Master/Expert section, Gainesville's Cindy Jie (1962) (L) vs Daytona's Kai Tabor (1996)(R) in a game that ended in a draw.

Final round, Master/Expert section, Gainesville's Cindy Jie (1962) (L) vs Daytona's Kai Tabor (1996)(R) in a game that ended in a draw.

Class a Section

John Givler (1993) wins the Class A section trophy (U2000) with tiebreaks in a 3-way tie for 1st Place.

John Givler (1993) wins the Class A section trophy (U2000) with tiebreaks in a 3-way tie for 1st Place.

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.

Round 2, Class A, Ryan Hamley (1887) (L) vs Dimitri Kosteris (1723) (R) with Ryan Hamley going on to win the matchup.

Round 2, Class A, Ryan Hamley (1887) (L) vs Dimitri Kosteris (1723) (R) with Ryan Hamley going on to win the matchup.

Class B Section

Tied for 1st Place, Philip Durand (1744/P25) (L) wins the Class B trophy (U1800) with tiebreaks over James Wnek (1718) (R)

Tied for 1st Place, Philip Durand (1744/P25) (L) wins the Class B trophy (U1800) with tiebreaks over James Wnek (1718) (R)

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

Terrance Valjean Washington, Jr. (1595), wins the Class C section trophy (U1600)

Terrance Valjean Washington, Jr. (1595), wins the Class C section trophy (U1600)

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

Benjamin Chen (1402) (L), all the way from Tallahassee, FL., ties for 1st Place in the Class D section, pictured with CFCC National Tournament Director and Event Organizer Harvey Lerman (R).

Benjamin Chen (1402) (L), all the way from Tallahassee, FL., ties for 1st Place in the Class D section, pictured with CFCC National Tournament Director and Event Organizer Harvey Lerman (R).

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.

Round 5, Gary William Astrologes (L)(1248) vs Nathan Kelly (R)(1310) in the Class D Section (U1400)

Round 5, Gary William Astrologes (L)(1248) vs Nathan Kelly (R)(1310) in the Class D Section (U1400)

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.

1st Place

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!

Class F-J
Trophy Winners

Section F
(800-999)

Jesse Decker

Section G
(600-799)

Neel Sahai

Section H
(400-599)

David Rodriguez

Section I
(200-399)

Kyle Morgan

Section J
(Under 200)

Roza Zelner

Top Unrated
Kevin Acevedo

Other Tournament Prizes

The winners of the random drawings for Orlando Convention Aid gift certificates were: Aaron Liftig, Ananth Abbaraju and John Givler. 

From CFCC

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.

-CFCC

**UPDATED** Registration Form And complete Details For The CFCC/Orlando Magic Chess Knight Quick Chess Tournament, GM Blitz Simul and Magic Game Event: Orlando Magic vs Indiana Pacers!

Event Date

February 21, 2016

Event Registration

REGISTRATION
DEADLINE: 
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!

Event Contact
Information

The Amway Center

For questions concerning the Chess Knight event at the Amway Center, please contact Zack Cervone of the Orlando Magic at (407) 916-2912, or via email  

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. 

Right-Click, Tap or Press to download and print your Chess Knight Registration Form, complete and then fax to Orlando Magic Sales at: (407)  916-2909

Right-Click, Tap or Press to download and print your Chess Knight Registration Form, complete and then fax to Orlando Magic Sales at: (407)  916-2909


FROM HARVEY LERMAN:
CFCC'S NATIONAL
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

CFCC QUICK CHESS TOURNAMENT DETAILS

The Deadline To Sign-Up For This Special Event Is: 
February 16, 2016

 USCF-Rated Quick Chess
Tournament 5SS/G25;3
5 Swiss-Style Rounds
Time Control: G/25;d3

ROUNDS

11:00 AM
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
3:00 PM

Side Event

GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2660) 
Unrated Simul 3-at-once
Blitz G/5;d0
(during tournament)

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 &
Game Seating

EF $25
(or $60 for upgraded seating)
Use Chess Knight Registration Form Above
No Refunds

Tournament Details

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
Suite #200
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


Event Procedures

  • 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. 

Other Details

  • 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.

Questions?

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

GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (FIDE 2660 ELO)

GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda (FIDE 2660 ELO)

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.

CFCC Announces 2016 Club Championship At Our UUUS Tournament & Training Location

Players at our UUUS tournament facility, the site of our Summertime 1-day Tornado's, chess training events and our annual Club Championships.

Players at our UUUS tournament facility, the site of our Summertime 1-day Tornado's, chess training events and our annual Club Championships.

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
$$GTD 800
250-150-100

LOCATION

Main Conference Room
University Unitarian Universalist Society (UUUS)
 11648 McCulloch Road
Orlando, FL.
32817

EF: $40.

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
Mail to:
CFCC
921 North Thistle Lane
Maitland, FL. 32751

INFO

407-629-6946
407-670-9304
(on site only)
CFCC Tournament Listing

Under Prizes

U2000 $75
U1800 $75
U1600 $75
U1400 $75

Chess Plaques

(if member as of Jan 31, 2016) 
Club Champion
U2000
U1800
U1600
U1400
Top Under Age 16

Rounds

Saturday
February 27, 2016
Round 1
10:00AM

Round 2
2:30PM

Round 3
7:00PM

Sunday
February 28, 2016

Round 4
10:30AM

Round 5
3:00PM

CFCC Board Elections
2:30PM

 

CFCC and the Orlando Magic Team Up To Offer a day of Chess & Basketball

CFCC and the Orlando Magic Team Up To Offer a day of Chess & Basketball

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!

CFCC Announces Its First Tournament of 2016, The Central Florida Class Championship

CENTRAL FLORIDA CHESS CLUB
2016 CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP

January 29-31, 2016
 International Palms Resort &
Convention Center

CFCC Enjoyed a Strong 119 Player Turnout for its Annual Orlando Autumn Open & National Chess Day Tournament

CFCC Enjoyed a Strong 119 Player Turnout for its Annual Orlando Autumn Open & National Chess Day Tournament

John Ludwig (2414), who had taken a few weeks vacation from chess, came back in style, defending "his turf" by scoring 5-0 in the 24-player Premier Section to win the top prize. Congratulations goes to John for another perfect tournament performance that earned him

GM Julio Becerra Retains Florida State Championship

GM Julio Becerra Retains Florida State Championship

The event held in Orlando started off with 4 of the top 5 rated players losing their 1st game.  None can remember an event starting with that many of the top 5 masters losing games to players rated 300 points less than them. And according to Yanovsky