John Ludwig trapped Alfonso Gabbedon’s queen in the middle of the board on move 22 of the fourth round to lock up the Central Florida Chess Club’s July Tornado with a stellar 4-0 score. Twenty seven players came to try their skill at the CFCC’s summer event which was marked by several upsets. In fact, John’s toughest game was in the first round against a stubborn Ayush Maddikonda (1526). Finishing clear second was Kai Tabor (2015) who after an early draw won his last two games to score 3.5/4. Upsets abounded in the tournament from the very first round when Carlos Hoyos (2140) lost to Zach Robertson (1398). Robertson who finished tied for third, also beat Jeffrey Cobb (1968) in round four. Second rated Makaio Krienke (2199) had a difficult tournament with draws against two lower rated players and then was roughed up in round four by Ryan Hamley (1803). Alfonso Gabbedon (2163) started 3-0 but then ran into the red-hot Ludwig in round four.
The tournament was ably run by Larry Storch and TD Steve Vigil and was comfortably set at the University Universalist Unitarian church. Two lottery prizes were awarded before the fourth round. Ayush Maddikonda won a free entry into a future tornado, while Alfonso Gabbedon won a free entry into one of CFCC’s hotel tournaments.