CFCC's July 1-Day Tornado Finishes With a Clear First Place Winner!

Final round, board 1, Zoe Zelner (1861) (L) vs Kai Tabor (2120) (R) where their game would end in a draw giving Kai 3.5/4 and a clear 1st place win.

Final round, board 1, Zoe Zelner (1861) (L) vs Kai Tabor (2120) (R) where their game would end in a draw giving Kai 3.5/4 and a clear 1st place win.

CFCC would like to congratulate Kai Tabor for his clear 1st place win at last Saturday's July 1-Day 4SS G/75;d5 Tornado hosted by the UCF Chess Club.

Zoe Zelner, along with Ryan Hamely and Andrew Xing, would finish the day with 3.0/4 where they shared the combined 2nd, 3rd & Under 2000 prizes.

Other Prize Winners

U1600- Amy Xing, U1400- Darien Brown & U1200- Javier Rojas

Tournament Slideshow

CFCC 2017 Summer Open and Scholastic Results in a tie for 1st Place!

Final Round, Board 1, Tampa's Corey Acor (L) (2397) vs Texas GM Vladimir Belous (R) (2689), where their game ended in a draw, giving Corey a final score of 3.5 points and Vladimir 4.0 points and the tie for 1st place.

Final Round, Board 1, Tampa's Corey Acor (L) (2397) vs Texas GM Vladimir Belous (R) (2689), where their game ended in a draw, giving Corey a final score of 3.5 points and Vladimir 4.0 points and the tie for 1st place.

5 Scholastic players with their chess coach who traveled to the tournament from Jamaica!

5 Scholastic players with their chess coach who traveled to the tournament from Jamaica!

CFCC Summer Open & Scholastic Tournament Recap

by Harvey Lerman

Premier Section

Though several GMs thought about entering this event, it would be two GMs from Texas who would become the top rated ones and come through to tie for 1st place in the FIDE-rated Premier section. They had asked to play in the 2-day schedule and the organizers agreed to it, though few players did as those games were not FIDE rated.

Top-rated GM Vladimir Belous (2689 USCF) won his game against Martin Hansen (2159), while GM Andrey Stukopin (2671) beat Raghav Venkat (2125). Others winning their 1st round games in this schedule were John Ludwig (2465) and FM Dalton Perrine (2287). FM Corey Acor (2397) started with a draw. Out of those who started on Friday night, FM Yans Girones Barrios (2508) was held to a draw by Matt Helfst (2030).

After the merge, the two GMs met in the 4th round and drew their game. This lead to the important final round, with the GMs (tied with 3½-½ scores) paired against the top two players with 3-1 scores. This resulted in draws with Stukopin-Ludwig and Acor-Belous, leaving Stukopin and Belous tied for 1st.

The organizers of the event had been a little concerned, as registrations were slow in coming in. But by the tournament weekend, so many players had registered that tables were “reorganized” to accommodate the 162 players that finally came by on Saturday. With 43 of these players being in the Scholastic Section (counting as ½), the announcement of a prize fund payout, guaranteed at 80%, was raised to 93.2%.

GMs Stukopin and Belous split $1765. Ludwig, Acor, and Jindrich Zapletal (2272) earned $124 each, leaving Martin Hansen (2159) with the big $465 Under 2200 prize. Another player surprised with his winnings was Nick Moore (2089), who won the 2nd U2200 prize of $279. Six players split the 3rd U2200 prize of $186. Top Senior was Alexander Starr while Top Woman went to Cindy Jie; they each received $186.

The Under Sections

The top rated players who entered the Under 2000 section were Dylan Todfield (1978), Ryan Hamley (1968), Anthony Coleman (1953), and Glenn Buyo (1929). Todfield lost his 1st game and came back with wins in the next 3 rounds. Buyo had a ½-point bye in the 1st round, but won the rest of his games. Coleman, who plays in chess tournaments at least once a week, won his 1st game and had a tough time until his last few games, finishing with 3-2 and far out of the money. This left most of the prize money in the hands of some of the lower rated players who did well. Paul Leggett (1764) and Glenn Buyo, at 4½-½, split $1209. William Bowman (1883), with 4-1, won $279; Keshav Singh (1796), also at 4-1, won the top Under 1800 prize of $465. Alan Wang (1732) and Nick De La Colina (1729), both at 3½-1½, won the 2nd and 3rd Under 1800 prizes, splitting $463.

The winner of the Under 1600 Section was Trongan Hoang, the father of Truman Hoang. He won his first 4 games with ease, and being 2 points ahead of the pack, he gave his last round opponent a draw and finished 4½-½, winning $744. He’d only played three games since June 2011 when he entered the 2016 Orlando Autumn Open. He entered this Sunshine event rated 1589, just low enough for this section, and his current rating is now 1700. Four players tied at 3½-1½ and shared all three Under 1400 prizes, totaling $930. Renato Dacanay and Eduardo Vinent shared the $93 Senior prize.

Scholastic Section

The Scholastic Section was limited to players in grades K-12 who were rated Under 1200. There were 43 of them; the highest rated was Tyler Von Lindenberg at 1198, but as we all know that the ratings of scholastic players can be a lot different from their playing strength. Some have just started playing and some have been climbing faster than we can describe. In this section, two players tied for 1st and split $651: Andrew Tiansay (958) and Daut Yakupov (1135), both with 4½-½ scores. Tiansay won the Age 14 Trophy and Yakupov won the Age 7 Trophy. Three players tied for 3rd place and shared $186; one of them, Tyler Von Lindenberg, also won the trophy for Top 11-year-old. Four players shared the Under 800 prize of $93. The remaining age-trophy winners were David Rodriguez (13), Rohith Karthik (12), Javier Rojas (10), Sisira Yerrajennu (9), and Dennis Colar (8).

Harvey Lerman was the Organizer and Chief TD for this tournament as it was FIDE rated. Steven Vigil was the Chief TD of all but the FIDE rated section; he also handled all “back-room” registrations and computer functions. Alexander Starr was the organizer of the two side events, and he was aided by Jon Haskel who supported the DGT board live broadcasts as well as the ADV operations for the ChessStars Side Events.

-Central Florida Chess Club

CFCC 2017 Summer Open & Scholastic Tournament Slideshow

All Images ©2017 Central Florida Chess Club All rights reserved.

MAY TORNADO at UCF CONCLUDES WITH A TIE FOR FIRST PLACE!

Round 2, Board 1, Martin Hansen (2159) (L) vs Theo Slade (2159) (R) in CFCC's First Saturday 1-Day Tornado of the summer hosted by the UCF Chess Club

Round 2, Board 1, Martin Hansen (2159) (L) vs Theo Slade (2159) (R) in CFCC's First Saturday 1-Day Tornado of the summer hosted by the UCF Chess Club

May Tornado Concludes With A Tie For First Place!

Lake Nona's Theo Slade (2159) (L) and Orlando's Martin Hansen (2159) (R), who each have the exact same May 2017 regular rating of (2159), tie for 1st Place in CFCC's May 1-Day Saturday Tornado held last Saturday at UCF's Teaching Academy.

Lake Nona's Theo Slade (2159) (L) and Orlando's Martin Hansen (2159) (R), who each have the exact same May 2017 regular rating of (2159), tie for 1st Place in CFCC's May 1-Day Saturday Tornado held last Saturday at UCF's Teaching Academy.

CFCC 2017 May 1-Day Tornado

Congratulations goes to Theo Slade and Martin Hansen for their 1st Place tie in last Saturday's CFCC May Tornado!

With a low turnout of only 7 players for the first of CFCC's summertime Saturday 1-day tornado's, the tournament director and players decided on a shorter time control of 4SS G/45;d5, instead of the normal 4SS G75;d5, allowing for a shorter day and a reduced prize fund to help make the tournament a success.

Our next 1-Day Tornado is on Saturday, July 8, 2017, and will be hosted at the UCF Teaching Academy. 


CFCC Sunshine Open and Scholastic
3-Day June 9-11 or 2-Day June 10-11, 2017

CFCC 2016 Sunshine Open and Scholastic- Premier Section, Board 1, Round 3, John Ludwig (2483) (L) vs GM Sandro Pozo Vera (2545) (R) in a game that ended in a draw, helping John win the 5SS G/120;d5 tournament on tie-break points for 1st place overall.

CFCC 2016 Sunshine Open and Scholastic- Premier Section, Board 1, Round 3, John Ludwig (2483) (L) vs GM Sandro Pozo Vera (2545) (R) in a game that ended in a draw, helping John win the 5SS G/120;d5 tournament on tie-break points for 1st place overall.


NEXT CFCC TOURNAMENT EVENT

2017 CFCC Sunshine Open & Scholastic with Chess Stars™ side events
June 9-11, 2017 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel (across from Pointe Orlando)

For the planning purposes of CFCC members and players that normally attend our hotel tournaments, please note that the start of Rounds 2 & 3 will be delayed by an hour to accommodate the ChessStars™ "Guess Your Moves & Win" side events that are taking place during the weekend tournament.

Rounds 2 & 3 will be at 2:00pm & 7:00pm, instead of the normal 1:00pm & 6:00pm, which consequently can keep players at their boards up to an hour later than normal.

With Round 4 starting at 9am on Sunday morning, players that are used to our normal round start and end times may need to make some adjustments to their weekend tournament routine.

-Central Florida Chess Club

CFCC Announces 2017 Summer Tornado Dates! First Tornado of the Summer will be next Saturday, May 20!

Central Florida Chess Club

CFCC announces 2017 Summer Tornado dates at UCF!

May 20 - July 8 - August 19

2017 may tornado

Next Saturday: May 20, 2017

LOCATION

Teaching Academy at UCF Campus
4221 Andromeda Loop N
Orlando, FL 32816

FORMAT

4SS G/75;d5

ENTRY FEE

Entry for non-CFCC club members: $30
Entry fee for CFCC club members: $25
Masters: Free entry (EF deducted from any prize)

CFCC's New Annual Club Membership Rates Now In Effect.

Board 1, Round 2, Theo Slade (2159) (L) vs John Ludwig (2483) (R) where John would go on to win his 4th CFCC Club Championship title! Board 2, had Dalton Perrine (2274) (L) playing Dayton'a Kai Tabor (2097) (R). The March 2017 CFCC Club Championship was hosted at UCF's Teaching Academy.

Board 1, Round 2, Theo Slade (2159) (L) vs John Ludwig (2483) (R) where John would go on to win his 4th CFCC Club Championship title! Board 2, had Dalton Perrine (2274) (L) playing Dayton'a Kai Tabor (2097) (R). The March 2017 CFCC Club Championship was hosted at UCF's Teaching Academy.

Central Florida Chess Club

As announced earlier, New CFCC Annual Club Membership Rates Begin Today.

For the first time in over a decade, the CFCC Board of Directors have approved an increase in annual club membership rates at their annual elections & board meeting held last month during the 2017 CFCC 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.  

New CFCC Club Membership rates effective May 1, 2017

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 secure online payments featuring a seamless checkout experience on your desktop or mobile devices.

During checkout you can also opt-in to receive the club's tournament event notifications designed to keep you informed and up to date of the various USCF tournament events the club organizes and hosts throughout the year, from weekend hotel tournament events to Saturday 1-day prize fund tournaments.

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 real 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.

CFCC's 2016-2017 $600 Grand-Prix Prizes Awarded; 2017-2018 Grand-Prix Begins!

2017 CFCC Club Championship hosted at UCF's Teaching Academy.

2017 CFCC Club Championship hosted at UCF's Teaching Academy.

Final CFCC $600 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