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

(Note: All ratings are post-tournament)

Premier Row, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open & National Chess Day Tournament held October 9-11, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL.

Premier Row, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open & National Chess Day Tournament held October 9-11, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL.

John Ludwig (2414) (L) vs. Cory Acor (2365) (R), Board One, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open & National Chess Day Tournament.

John Ludwig (2414) (L) vs. Cory Acor (2365) (R), Board One, Round 4, CFCC 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 yet another 1st Place finish. Great job John!
  
Juan Pereira (2117) was a clear 2nd finishing at 4-1. The only other Master in the event was Corey Acor (2365), Florida's new Blitz and Quick Chess champion, who finished 3½ (losing only to Ludwig) and tieing with Nikhil Kumar (2073) for 3rd place.

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John Givler (L) & Ryan Hamley (R) win 1st/2nd in the U2000 Section

John Givler (L) & Ryan Hamley (R) win 1st/2nd in the U2000 Section

Ryan Hamley (1892) and John Givler (1970) tied for 1st/2nd in the Under 2000 Section, while Nestor Reyes (1631) took a draw in the last round of the Under 1700 Section to guarantee his 1st place finish with a 4½-½ score.

Truman Hoang (2185) (L) vs. Thomas Zerquera (1970) (R) Premier Section,  Round 3, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open.

Truman Hoang (2185) (L) vs. Thomas Zerquera (1970) (R) Premier Section,  Round 3, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open.

Nestor Reyes (1631) won clear first in the U1700 Section, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open.

Nestor Reyes (1631) won clear first in the U1700 Section, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open.

Ryan Hamley (L) vs Paul Leggett (R) U2000 Section, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open

Ryan Hamley (L) vs Paul Leggett (R) U2000 Section, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open

Ryan Hamley (1892) made all the right moves to win his Round 4 game with Paul Leggett (1813) of the Clermont Chess Club and went on to win 2nd Place in the U2000 section. Not to worry though, Paul had a great tournament finishing with 3.5 points, earning him a 98 point rating increase that put him over the 1800 mark!

James Kirk (1923) (L) vs Wayne Strickland (1920) (R) Premier Section, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open

James Kirk (1923) (L) vs Wayne Strickland (1920) (R) Premier Section, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open

David Ferrer-Perez (2091-P19) vs Juan Pereira (2117) Premier Section, Round 5, Orlando Autumn Open

David Ferrer-Perez (2091-P19) vs Juan Pereira (2117) Premier Section, Round 5, Orlando Autumn Open

Theodore Slade (L) vs Jackie Liu (R) Premier Section, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open

Theodore Slade (L) vs Jackie Liu (R) Premier Section, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open

The young and talented Theodore Slade (2061-P14) just moved here from England, making this his first appearance in a CFCC tournament event, where he found himself playing Gainesville's Jackie Liu (1908). Jackie is well established in Central Florida's competitive chess events and went on to clinch an upset win in this Round 4 game.

The start of Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open & National Chess Day Tournament.

The start of Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open & National Chess Day Tournament.

There were 24 Players in the Premier Section including young players such as Miami's Nikhil Kumar (2073), Gainesville's Cindy Jie (1950) and Tampa's Truman Hoang (2185) participating in the Orlando Autumn Open and National Chess Day tournament.

There were 24 Players in the Premier Section including young players such as Miami's Nikhil Kumar (2073), Gainesville's Cindy Jie (1950) and Tampa's Truman Hoang (2185) participating in the Orlando Autumn Open and National Chess Day tournament.

Michael Catacutan (1411) (L) vs Mark Siegel (1620) (R), U1700 Section, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open

Michael Catacutan (1411) (L) vs Mark Siegel (1620) (R), U1700 Section, Round 4, CFCC Orlando Autumn Open

Sathyanarayanan Nanuramamurthi (1690-P5) wins clear first with a sweep of the U1400 Section with his 5-0 perfect score!

Sathyanarayanan Nanuramamurthi (1690-P5) wins clear first with a sweep of the U1400 Section with his 5-0 perfect score!

In the Under 1400 Section unrated players Sathyanarayanan Nanuramamurthi and Christopher Budd did well with the former (Should we call him "Sathya" ?!) finishing 5-0 for the top spot (and a new 1690 rating!), while Budd's score of 3½-1½ (far behind Sathya's) allowed him to receive a 1345 rating and tie for 2nd/3rd with two other players.

Anish Bandharam (1205) wins clear 1st Place in the U1200 Scholastic section with a perfect score of 5-0 as well! Great job Anish!

Anish Bandharam (1205) wins clear 1st Place in the U1200 Scholastic section with a perfect score of 5-0 as well! Great job Anish!

In the Scholastic (Under 1200) Section, Anish Bandharam (1205) gained 55 rating points as he also finished 5-0 and alone at 1st Place with the top trophy. Shrey Gupta and Benjamin Chen tied for 2nd, with Gupta winning the Under 1000 trophy on tiebreaks. Neel Sahai (383) won 250 rating points as he won the Under 800 trophy over three other contenders.

The event was run by Steven Vigil, organized by Harvey Lerman and held at the DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL..

-Harvey Lerman
Central Florida Chess Club