(Note: All ratings are post-tournament)
John Ludwig (2414), who had taken a few weeks vacation from chess, came back in style, defending his tournament play 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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..
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