Ludwig Repeats As 2015 Central Florida Chess Club Champion

From left Jackie Liu, John Ludwig, Kai Tabor, Ricky Durbin and Zachary Robertson (not included were Martin Hansen and Aarush Prasad).

From left Jackie Liu, John Ludwig, Kai Tabor, Ricky Durbin and Zachary Robertson (not included were Martin Hansen and Aarush Prasad).

Ludwig won $250 for his effort plus a nice Championship plaque and the honor to retain the club's Championship Trophy for yet another year! He also won the top prize in the 2014-2015 CFCC Tournament Grand Prix for another $175.

Other Club Championship winners were: Makaio Krienke (2216), Jose Rafael Baeza (2105), Kai Tabor (1868) and Martin Hansen (2068), all finishing with 1½ points behind Ludwig (2349) and splitting the 2nd, 3rd & Under 2000 prizes which totaled $325. New CFCC members Ricky Durbin (1525) and Zachary Robertson (1406) tied with Ryan Hamley (1680) for the Under 1800 and Under 1600 prizes, as each received $50.

Aarush Prasad won the remaining Under 1400 prize of $75. Club Championship Plaques were also awarded, including one to the Top Under Age 16. Though Ludwig is still under 16, he has graciously indicated that we could make this award available to another player now that he has won a number of them. Jackie Liu (1939) won the Top Under Age 16 on tiebreaks over Ryan Hamley.

Other CFCC Tournament Grand Prix winners were also announced. Camille Sibbitt and Carter Yaskovic both gathered enough points from previous events to finish tied for 2nd and 3rd, giving each $112.50. Paul Leggett came in 4th receiving $100, while Cesar Gonell and Brandon Sibbitt had enough Grand Prix points to split the 5th place $100 prize.

A total of 24 players played in this year's Club Championship tournament event which was held at our UUUS tournament facility near UCF in Orlando. The tournament was organized by Harvey Lerman who also served as Chief Tournament Director. The CFCC Tournament Grand Prix program was administrated by Wayne Strickland.

Annual CFCC Board of Directors Election

Each year during the annual CFCC Club Championship, CFCC also holds its annual directors meeting and conducts new elections to its Board of Directors. All of the standing board members were re-elected to their respective positions, with the addition of one new board member, Kevin L. Sibbitt, who was elected to modernize the club's aging website into a completely redesigned mobile-friendly communication tool, as well as to revitalize scholastic chess in the Central Florida area through cooperation with the Orlando Chess Academy. 

2015 Elected Board of Directors

Club President
Larry Storch

Club Treasurer &
Senior Tournament Director

Harvey Lerman

Club Secretary
Jonathan Lee

Chief Tournament Director
Steven Vigil

Board Members
Michael Leavitt
Wayne Strickland

Webmaster & Scholastic Coordinator
Kevin L. Sibbitt

Harvey Lerman- CFCC National Tournament Director & Event Organizer

CFCC National Tournament Director, Event Organizer and Club Treasurer.