Secure Website Payments Now Available For Joining/Renewing Club Membership & Final Grand-Prix Results for 2016-2017 Events

Secure SSL/PCI compliant online payment system now available on CFCC's website

Secure SSL/PCI compliant online payment system now available on CFCC's website

Central Florida Chess Club

Increase In CFCC Club Membership Coming May 1, 2017

For the first time in over a decade, the CFCC Board of Directors have approved an increase in annual club membership rates at their meeting held last month during the 2017 Club Championship at UCF's Teaching Academy. 

In conjunction with the new membership rates, CFCC also established a secure online payment system for joining or renewing your club membership on the website.  

The new annual CFCC Club Membership rates approved by the Board that become effective on May 1, 2017 will be:

  • Adult Membership: $31.17
  • Family Membership (all family members): $51.75
  • Senior Membership (age 65+): $20.88
  • Scholastic Membership (age 18 & under): $20.88

(rates shown include online convenience fees)

Secure Website Payments Now Available

It's now easier than ever to join or renew your annual CFCC club membership with our  desktop & mobile-friendly online ordering system designed with a seamless checkout experience that concludes with a order confirmation being sent to the email address you provided during checkout.

During checkout, you will also have the opportunity to opt-in to the email database the club utilizes to notify members/non-members of the various USCF tournament events we organize and host throughout the year, from weekend hotel tournament events to Saturday 1-day prize fund tournaments.  

The current rates to join or renew CFCC club membership detailed below have been in effect for more than a decade and will be expiring at the end of April. 

  • Adult Membership: $20.88/year
  • Family Membership (all family members): $36.32/year
  • Senior Membership (age 65+): $10.59/year
  • Scholastic Membership (age 18 and under): $10.59/year

(rates shown include online convenience fees)

Not sure of your current membership status? Check the status of of your membership

CFCC Membership Benefits

Joining the Central Florida Chess Club is affordable, easy, and has benefits. With your paid club membership, you receive:

  1. Up to $10 in entry fee discounts at each of CFCC's designated hotel tournament events.
  2. Senior and scholastic members are eligible for discounted annual memberships.
  3. Eligible to be awarded the title of CFCC Club Champion if you participate and win 1st place in our annual CFCC Club Championship tournament event. (the club's policy states that players who have not been CFCC members for 30 days or more are not eligible to be awarded the title of CFCC Club Champion. 

This year's 2017 CFCC Club Championship was hosted by the UCF Chess Club last month.

This year's 2017 CFCC Club Championship was hosted by the UCF Chess Club last month.

Final CFCC Grand-Prix Results For 2016-2017 

Congratulations goes to John Ludwig who won the 2017 CFCC Club Championship Title in March and finished 1st place in CFCC's annual $600 Grand-Prix cash prize giveaway, a contest for the club's USCF tournament players that rewards their annual tournament performance at the conclusion of the club's tournament season, which starts with our June Summer Open & Scholastic and ends with the CFCC Club Championship held in Feb/Mar of the following year.

The CFCC Grand-Prix Prize Fund is designed to provide an additional reward to our club members that regularly attend CFCC tournament events. The final Grand-Prix scores represent the total points earned by each player at CFCC tournament events with the lowest scoring tournament for each player being deducted from the total. The club would like to congratulate the 2nd-5th place winners for their efforts, as well as all the players that make our tournament events successful!

2016-2017 CFCC Grand-Prix Winners

1st Place: John G. Ludwig 12.5 points $175.00
2nd & 3rd Place: John Givler & Ryan Hamley 10.5 points $112.50/ea.
4th & 5th Place: Cesar Gonell & Theo Slade 10.0 Points $100.00/ea.

2017-2018 CFCC Grand-Prix Begins

The club has approved the $600 Grand Prix Prize Fund for our 2017-2018 Tournament Event schedule, which begins with the CFCC Summer Open & Scholastic coming up in June. See our events for more information. (Only CFCC Events Apply)

-Central Florida Chess Club

CFCC 2017 Club Championship Concludes With a Clear Champion and a Tie for Second Place

Final Round, Board 1, John G. Ludwig (2491) (L) vs Ryan Hamley (1975) (R) where John would go on to win his final round and the CFCC 2017 Club Champion title.

Final Round, Board 1, John G. Ludwig (2491) (L) vs Ryan Hamley (1975) (R) where John would go on to win his final round and the CFCC 2017 Club Champion title.

CFCC 2017 Club Championship Gallery Slideshow

CFCC's 2017 Club Champion
John G. Ludwig

FM Dalton Perrine (2272) (L), Truman Hoang (2186) (M) and John Ludwig (2491) (R) were the top finishers in Last weekend's 2017 CFCC Club Championship hosted by the UCF Chess Club.

FM Dalton Perrine (2272) (L), Truman Hoang (2186) (M) and John Ludwig (2491) (R) were the top finishers in Last weekend's 2017 CFCC Club Championship hosted by the UCF Chess Club.

JOHN LUDWIG RETURNS TO take 4th cfcc title

Congratulations to 2017 Club Champion John Ludwig (2479), who returned from a one year hiatus to win his fourth CFCC title with 4.5/5 points. The 2012, 2014 and 2015 champion had to overcome a higher level of competition this year. The field included FM Dalton Perrine (2272) and new master Truman Hoang (2200), who both tied for 2nd place with 3.5/5 points, along with experts Theo Slade (2161) and last year’s champion Kai Tabor (2073).

Ludwig defeated second highest rated Perrine in round three and looked like he had cleared the way to the championship when he entered a pawn up ending against Hoang on Sunday morning. Truman, however, was able to hold the draw, making a win in the last round a must for the senior master. Ludwig won against Ryan Hamley (1964) in round five to secure his fourth championship title.  

John now stands only behind Wilmer Chavira (six CFCC championships) and Larry Storch (five titles). Great job to this year's winners as well as all the players who participated in the 2017 Club Championship!

CFCC Club Championship Trophy designating the most recent club champions.


Other Prize Winners

Some of the Under Prize winners were: Tom Van Den Abell (882) (L) U1400 trophy and Charles Bell (1247) (R) U1600 trophy. 

Some of the Under Prize winners were: Tom Van Den Abell (882) (L) U1400 trophy and Charles Bell (1247) (R) U1600 trophy. 

CFCC UPDATE: CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP, UPDATED MEMBERSHIP TABLE, GRAND PRIX STANDINGS, AND USAT PHOTO GALLERY

2017 Club Championship is this weekend!

2017 Club Championship is this weekend!

THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY!

2017 CFCC Club Championship
AT UCF's Teaching Academy

CFCC Club Championship Trophy_Stairs.jpg

Club Championship This Weekend: 
The annual Central Florida Chess Club Championship will be held this weekend (March 4-5, 2017) at the UCF Teaching Academy.
View map, directions, and tournament details

UPDATED CLUB MEMBERSHIP TABLE

The club membership table has been updated as of February 2017. 

Interested in the Club Championship history?


CLICK TO ENLARGE

HOW TO GET THERE?
EASY AS 1, 2, 3

1. Enter the UCF campus using the main University Blvd entrance.
2. Turn right at the light (Gemini Blvd).
3. Make the first left turn and follow the curve into the Teaching Academy parking area on your left.


UPDATED 2016-2017 CFCC
GRAND PRIX STANDINGS

Grand Prix Standings: The latest Grand Prix standings after the 2017 Class Championships have been posted. The Club Championship is the final event of the 2016-17 Grand Prix cycle.


2017 US Amateur TEAM SOUTH
PHOTO SLIDESHOW

USATS: The Amateur Team Championship South was held on February 17-19, 2017 in Kissimmee, which enjoyed a great turnout of 42 teams competing for the prestigious title of Team Champions of the South.

2016-17 Grand Prix Standings as of Class Championships

The 2016-17 Grand Prix standings after the 2017 Class Championships event are shown in the table below:

2016-17 CFCC Grand Prix
Standings after Class Championship
Place Player Points
1st-2nd John Givler
Ryan Hamley*
10.5
3rd-4th Cesar Gonell
Theo Slade
10.0
5th Cyrus Matini 9.5
6th-7th Sam Matini
Daniel Smith
8.5
8th-9th Connor Eickleman*
John Ludwig
8.0
10th-12th Jancarlo Cruz*
David Liu
Kai Tabor
7.5

Names with an asterisk indicate that the player needs to renew their club membership in order to remain eligible for the Grand Prix prizes. 

The final event of the Grand Prix cycle is the 2017 CFCC Club Championship, which will be held March 4-5, 2017 at UCF. 

2016 CFCC Autumn Open Photo Slideshow

In the Premier section, FM Yans Richard Girones Barrios (2508) defeated IM Rafael Prasca Sosa in the final round of the 2016 CFCC Autumn Open, clinching first place with 4.5/5 points. FM Jorge Leon Oquendo (2470) won second place with a score of 4 points. Theodore Slade (2104), Joshua Harrison (2081), and Martin Hansen (2086) tied for 3rd place with 3.5/5 points.

In the Premier section, FM Yans Richard Girones Barrios (2508) defeated IM Rafael Prasca Sosa in the final round of the 2016 CFCC Autumn Open, clinching first place with 4.5/5 points. FM Jorge Leon Oquendo (2470) won second place with a score of 4 points. Theodore Slade (2104), Joshua Harrison (2081), and Martin Hansen (2086) tied for 3rd place with 3.5/5 points.

2016 CFCC Autumn Open Slideshow

2017 Central Florida Class Championships Concludes with Upsets in the Master/Expert Section!

Central Florida Chess Club

2017 CENTRAL FLORIDA CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS SEES UPSETS IN THE MASTER/EXPERT SECTION!

The 2017 Central Florida Class Championships was held over the January 27-29 weekend at the International Palms Resort in Orlando. The event attracted 128 players, allowing the $7500 prize fund (based on 150) to pay prizes at 85.33%.

The Master/Expert section was highlighted by Yans Girones Barrios (2528), John Ludwig (2483) and Jorge Oquendo (2472). But in the 2nd round, Ludwig was upset by Theo Slade (2132), who in the next round was himself upset by Goran Markovic (2086) who is known as the “Standing Blitzer” because of his habit of making every move using only seconds of time while standing and then walking around the room.

Oquendo and Barrios played to a draw in their 3rd round game. Going into the last round, Oquendo was paired with Slade and Barrios with Ludwig. These games were drawn leaving Oquendo receiving the Championship trophy on tiebreaks with Barrios (4-1) as each received $597.31, while Ludwig, Slade, and Anthony Parker (2168) tied for 3rd and $156.44 with Slade winning the Expert trophy. Winners in the Class A, B, C, D and U1200 sections are indicated in the Results tables.

The event was sponsored by the Central Florida Chess Club, organized by Harvey Lerman (Event Chief Assistant TD), with Steven Vigil as Chief TD and Renaud Lajoie as Section Chief Assistant TD.

Early Entry for 2017 CFCC Class Championships ends January 22. Register now to save!

Central Florida Chess Club

Early registration for the CFCC Class Championships ends TODAY, January 22. The regular early entry fee is $80 for all sections ($60 for students in grades K-8 in the U1200 section). After January 22, entry fees will increase to $90 ($70 for students in grades K-8 in the U1200 section).

2016-17 Official CFCC Grand Prix Standings after Autumn Open

Ryan Hamley (L) vs John Givler (R) at the 2016 CFCC Autumn Open held at International Palms, October 28-30, 2016. 

Ryan Hamley (L) vs John Givler (R) at the 2016 CFCC Autumn Open held at International Palms, October 28-30, 2016. 

The current 2016-17 Grand Prix standings after the 2016 Autumn Open event are shown in the table below:

2016-17 CFCC $600 Grand Prix
Standings after Autumn Open
Place Player Points
1st-3rd John Givler
Cesar Gonell
Ryan Hamley
7.5
4th-6th Roshan Jayaraman
Sam Matini
Theo Slade
6.5
7th-9th Connor Eickelman
Cyrus Matini
Daniel Smith
5.5
10th-13th Ben Prishtina
Brandon Sibbitt
Drew Siegel
Kai Tabor
5.0
Next 5 players tied at 4.5

2016 Autumn Open Concludes with a clear winner in the Premier Section!

2016 CFCC AUTUMN OPEN CONCLUDES WITH CLEAR WINNER IN PREMIER SECTION!

The 2016 CFCC Autumn Open was held over the October 28-30 weekend at the International Palms Resort with a strong attendance of 139 players, including three participants rated 2400+ and several more who were titled!

PREMIER

Central Florida Chess Club

In the Premier section, FM Yans Richard Girones Barrios (2508) defeated IM Rafael Prasca Sosa in the final round, clinching first place with 4.5/5 points. FM Jorge Leon Oquendo (2470) won second place with a score of 4 points. Theodore Slade (2104), Joshua Harrison (2081), and Martin Hansen (2086) tied for 3rd place with 3.5/5 points.

U2000

U2000 Round 5: Ryan Hamley (L) vs John Givler (R)

U2000 Round 5: Ryan Hamley (L) vs John Givler (R)

In the U2000 section, Jayant Maheshwari (1777) won first place on tiebreaks with 4/5 points, leaving Anthony Coleman (1986) and John Givler (1947) to share second place. Naman Kumar (1976), Ryan Hamley (1935), and Brandon Sibbitt (1618) all finished with 3.5/5 points and thus tied for third place. 

U1700

U1700 Round 5: Connor Eickelman (L) vs Nathan Drake Huffaker (R)

U1700 Round 5: Connor Eickelman (L) vs Nathan Drake Huffaker (R)

In the U1700 section, Connor Eickelman (1681) earned first place with 4.5/5 points (a full point ahead of the other winners!). Daniel Smith, Christopher Fashek, Raghav Kalyanaraman, and Nathan Drake Huffaker all finished with 3.5 points.

U1400

U1400 Round 2: Colby Ferraro vs Kira Caza

U1400 Round 2: Colby Ferraro vs Kira Caza

In the U1400 section, Anish Gupta (970) secured first place with an undefeated score of 5-0; moreover, he earned an impressive rating increase of 385 points! Nathan Hennig (1333), Haider Zaidi (1124), and Colby Ferraro (269) all finished with 4 points. William Kipersztok (1141) and Anthony Qi (1066), each sporting an upset win (against #2 and #5 in the standings, respectively) and 3 points, shared the U1300 prize.

U1200 SCHOLASTIC

U1200 Round 2: Jayda Hooker (L) vs Henry Chen (R)

U1200 Round 2: Jayda Hooker (L) vs Henry Chen (R)

The U1200 Scholastic featured the biggest section with a playing field of 36 players, including a group of participants from Kentucky. Anmol Warman won first place with 4.5/5 points. Finishing behind him were Ethan Hand, Alex Yim, David Jin, and George Cary, each with 4 points. Winners of the U1000 prize included Henry Chen (960), Jarquis Jones (737), and Jayda Hooker (713). 

winners photos

Nikhil Kumar Wins U12 World Cadets Championship in Batumi!

Nikhil Kumar won first place in the U12 World Cadets Championship, held in Batumi, Georgia! Photo credit: US Chess (https://new.uschess.org/news/nikhil-kumar-defeats-indian-prodigy-to-take-clear-lead/)

Nikhil Kumar won first place in the U12 World Cadets Championship, held in Batumi, Georgia! Photo credit: US Chess (https://new.uschess.org/news/nikhil-kumar-defeats-indian-prodigy-to-take-clear-lead/)

Many congratulations to Nikhil Kumar, who won first place and the gold medal in the 2016 FIDE U12 World Cadets Championship in Batumi, Georgia with a score of 9½/11, a full point ahead of the second place finisher! What an impressive performance on the world stage! A highlight of the tournament was Kumar's victory against the world's youngest IM, Praggnanandhaa R, in round 9. See the game below:

Martin Hansen Finishes in 1st Place with 4-0 Score at August Tornado

Martin Hansen (right) wins the August Tornado; Theo Slade (left) ties for 2nd place

Martin Hansen (right) wins the August Tornado; Theo Slade (left) ties for 2nd place

MARTIN HANSEN WINS AUGUST TORNADO WITH 4-0 SCORE

Congratulations to Martin Hansen (2070), who finished the 2016 August Tornado undefeated with a score of 4-0; Theo Slade (2086) and Cesar Gonell (1615), each obtaining 3 points, tied for 2nd place.

Board 1, Round 4: The final moments of the last game...

Board 1, Round 4: The final moments of the last game...

Winners of under prizes included Todd Henry Durham, Paul Leggett, Daniel Smith, Garry Dale Day, Michael Dudley, Brandon Sibbitt, Daniel Glidewell, Vishanth M., and Charles Hafner.

In support of the upcoming Disney inspirational chess film Queen of Katwe that will be released next month, every player in the tournament received a complimentary pass for two to see the new film.

In support of the upcoming Disney inspirational chess film Queen of Katwe that will be released next month, every player in the tournament received a complimentary pass for two to see the new film.

All Images ©2016 and beyond
Kevin L. Sibbitt  All Rights Reserved

2016-17 Official CFCC $600 Grand Prix Standings

2016-17 Official CFCC $600 Grand Prix Standings

2016-17 OFFICIAL CFCC
GRAND PRIX STANDINGS

After the first tournament in the 2016-17 CFCC Grand Prix contest, the current standings are listed in the table

*UPDATED* CFCC Enjoys Strong Turnout For Its Annual Sunshine Open Tournament Held At The Wyndham Orlando Resort

Premier Section- Board 1, Round 3, John Ludwig (2463) (L) vs GM Sandro Pozo Vera (2561) (R) in a game that ended in a draw, helping John win the CFCC 2016 Sunshine Open on tie-break points for 1st place overall. Congratulations John!

Premier Section- Board 1, Round 3, John Ludwig (2463) (L) vs GM Sandro Pozo Vera (2561) (R) in a game that ended in a draw, helping John win the CFCC 2016 Sunshine Open on tie-break points for 1st place overall. Congratulations John!


CFCC 2016 Sunshine Open Concludes with a Tie For 1st Place in the Premier Section!

With one of the top three turnouts at a hotel tournament in the club's long tournament history, CFCC hosted 152 competitive chess players, including 2 titled players, in the 2016 Sunshine Open tournament held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on the weekend of June 10-12, 2016.

The club's National Tournament Director and long-time tournament organizer, Harvey Lerman, declared at the tournament on Sunday that the club was able to provide a 92.3% payout of the tournament prize fund that was based on 140 players.

With the U1200 scholastic section having a strong showing of 47 players that counted as half-entries towards the prize fund total, the strong overall turnout helped the club have one of its highest prize payouts in recent memory. 

Premier Section Board 1, Round 5: IM Rafael Prasca Sosa (2446) (L) vs GM Sandro Pozo Vera (2561) (R) in CFCC's 2016 Sunshine Open held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on I-Drive.

Premier Section Board 1, Round 5: IM Rafael Prasca Sosa (2446) (L) vs GM Sandro Pozo Vera (2561) (R) in CFCC's 2016 Sunshine Open held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on I-Drive.

Premier Section Winners

(not all winners are pictured)

Premier Section winners GM Sandro Pozo Vera (2561) (L) & John Ludwig (2463) (R) tied for 1st Place, with John winning the tournament on tie-breaks.

Premier Section winners GM Sandro Pozo Vera (2561) (L) & John Ludwig (2463) (R) tied for 1st Place, with John winning the tournament on tie-breaks.

CFCC congratulates John Ludwig on his 1st Place overall win in the 2016 Sunshine  Open and GM Sandro Pozo Vera for his 1st Place finish in the annual CFCC event.

Premier Section Round 4, Board 5: Humberto Cruz (1825) (L) vs Theo Slade (2059) (R); Board 4 Kai Tabor (2051) (L) vs Florida Chess Association President William Bowman (1959) (R).

Premier Section Round 4, Board 5: Humberto Cruz (1825) (L) vs Theo Slade (2059) (R); Board 4 Kai Tabor (2051) (L) vs Florida Chess Association President William Bowman (1959) (R).

Premier Section Board 1, Round 4: John Ludwig (2463) (L) vs IM Rafael Prasca Sosa (2441) (R), where John would finish with a win.

Premier Section Board 1, Round 4: John Ludwig (2463) (L) vs IM Rafael Prasca Sosa (2441) (R), where John would finish with a win.

U2000 Section Winners

(not all winners are pictured)

U2000 Section, 4 of the 5 1st Place Winners, L-R Matthew O'Brian (1878), Kevin M. McDonald (1850), Ryan Hamley (1916) & Frank Castillo (1918)

U2000 Section, 4 of the 5 1st Place Winners, L-R Matthew O'Brian (1878), Kevin M. McDonald (1850), Ryan Hamley (1916) & Frank Castillo (1918)

U2000 2nd Place winners Eric Z. (1390) (L) & John Michael Pointer (1424) (R)

U2000 2nd Place winners Eric Z. (1390) (L) & John Michael Pointer (1424) (R)

U1600 Section Winners

(not all winners are pictured)

U1600 1st Place winners Neil Coffman (1564) (L) & Cesar Gonell (1545) (R)

U1600 1st Place winners Neil Coffman (1564) (L) & Cesar Gonell (1545) (R)

U1200 Scholastic Section Winner

(not all winners are pictured)

Congratulations Judin Job Thomas (1046) for sweeping the U1200 Scholastic Section with a perfect 5-0 score! 

Congratulations Judin Job Thomas (1046) for sweeping the U1200 Scholastic Section with a perfect 5-0 score! 

CFCC 2016 Sunshine Open
Photo Gallery

All Images ©2015 and beyond
Kevin L. Sibbitt  All rights reserved

The club would like to thank all CFCC members and visiting players that participated in our 2016 Sunshine Open. Next up is our July 9, 2016, Saturday 4SS G/75;d5 1-Day Tornado event at UCF's Teaching Academy. You can get all the details here!

-CFCC

First Tornado of the Summer Concludes With An Upset Win For 1st Place!

Ryan Hamley (1873) wins clear 1st place with a perfect 4-0 score!

Round 4 Board 1: Ryan Hamley (1873) vs Makaio Krienke (2150) in the final round of the May Tornado.

We had an impressive finish to CFCC's first Tornado of the summer, with Ryan Hamley (1873) orchestrating a 277-point upset win against Makaio Krienke (2150) to take clear 1st place with a 4-0 score. The event was held on-campus at the University of Central Florida, inside the Teaching Academy building, with a total of 19 players. 

CFCC would like to thank the UCF Chess Club for inviting us to hold our Tornadoes at the Teaching Academy, which is a modern display of architecture with its geometric glass and red brick, it was truly enjoyable to hold our first Tornado of 2016 in this facility.

-CFCC

Winners of CFCC's 2016 May Tornado, (L-R): Arnold Banner (1733, tied for 3rd), Ryan Hamley (1873, 1st place), Theodore Slade (2061, 2nd place) & Zoe Zelner (1708, tied for 3rd)!

Round 3 Board 2: Theodore Slade (2061) (L) vs Paul Leggett (1834) (R); Slade went on to finish the tournament in 2nd place with 3.5 points.

Round 3: Zoe Zelner (1708) (L) vs Christopher Budd (1339) (R); with 3 points, Zoe earned a three-way tie for 3rd Place!

*UPDATED* CFCC Announces First Saturday Tornado Tournament Of The Summer Will Be Held On May 14, 2016

CFCC's new small format tournament room facility is now located in room #110 at the Teaching Academy on UCF's main Campus!

UCF Chess Club welcome's the Central Florida Chess Club!

CFCC Announces its first Saturday Tornado tournament of the summer to be held at the Teaching Academy on UCF's Main Campus on May 14, 2016.

New CFCC Tournament Room Location

With an invitation from the UCF Chess Club, the Central Florida Chess Club (CFCC) will begin holding its small format tournaments in the UCF Teaching Academy, building #93. The Saturday Tornado 4SS G/75;d5 tournament will be held in room #110, with skittles and registration in room #116.

For further assistance in locating the Teaching Academy building, players can contact UCF Chess Club President Arnold Banner who has worked tirelessly to bring USCF chess events to the UCF campus. He can be reached at 516-714-2562 or via email.

UCF Area Map

EVENT INFO

Event TD
Steven Vigil
or
321-297-7087

UCF Campus Assistance
Arnold Banner
or
561-714-2562


Upcoming USCF/FIDE Event: 23rd Space Coast Open April 22-24, 2016

23rd Space Coast Open

Only 3 weeks remain before the start of the 23rd Annual Space Coast Open!
Early entry fee expires online 4/15/16.