Note: The USCF cross table lists players in a given tournament by rating from highest to lowest and does not represent the actual standings of the tournament (see official CFCC standings table below)
With 6 players who tied for 1st Place with 3.0 points each, the SwissSys tournament software designated GM Lars Bo Hansen the winner of the CFCC Quick Chess tournament with a tiebreak score of 9, while 2nd Place finisher Jose Manuel Calvo Quinteiro (FIDE 2307/ USCF unrated) had a tiebreak score of 8.
The Orlando Magic Chess Knight Quick Chess tournament and GM Simul side event with young Polish Grandmaster Janek-Krzysztof Duda (FIDE 2660) (see below) was organized and conducted by CFCC's National Tournament Director Harvey Lerman, while the Amway Center Orlando Magic Basketball night event was organized and conducted by the Magic's Zack Cervone.
Delivering The Game Ball
By winning the CFCC Quick Chess tournament, GM Lars Bo Hansen won the privilege of being the Magic's team captain for the night, as well as presenting the game ball at the start of the Magic game, and on behalf of the Orlando Magic, he received (2) VIP seating upgrades at the game that night! Quite a day for the Hansen family!
CFCC/ Orlando Magic Chess Knight Official Quick Chess Tournament Standings
|Central Florida Chess Club & Orlando Magic
Chess Knight Quick Chess Tournament
|#||Name||Rtng||Post||St||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Tot||TieBrk
|1||Lars Bo Hansen||2619||2608||FL||W15||D4||W5||D2||3.0||9|
|2||Jose Manuel Calvo||2307||2311||Cuba||W8||W12||D3||D1||3.0||8|
|15||Matthew D Minear||1107||1049||FL||L1||W14||L9||L10||1.0||5.5|
In Case You weren't There...
The top rated player in the Quick Chess tournament was GM Lars Bo Hansen (2623) who came with his wife WIM Evgenia Hansen (2206) and son Martin Hansen (2110). Other strong players at the tournament included Jose Manuel Calvo Quinteiro, a titled player from Cuba with a FIDE rating of (2307), who is currently visiting Florida, CFCC President and USCF Life Master Larry Storch (2104), and Theodore Slade (2020) rounded out the strongest talent for the event, along with several of Orlando's competitive scholastic chess players who were rated under USCF 1000.
After a quickly finished 1st round, the players in the top group would be playing each other and then it came down to the final round with GM Lars Bo Hansen vs Jose Manuel Calvo Quinteiro and WIM Evgenia Hansen vs Martin Hansen. The latter game was drawn while Larry Storch and Cyrus Matini (1203) both won their rounds, leaving 4 players finishing with 3-1 scores and waiting for the result on Board One.
It looked like GM Lars Bo Hansen, with much more time on his clock than his opponent and being up 2 pawns in the game, would be able to finish the tournament with the win. However, Jose Manuel Calvo Quinteiro went into "blitz mode" as his opponent searched for a mate using his knights and Queen, but the GM couldn't find it under the time pressure of his clock running out of time, settled for a drawn game in the final round.
Lars later reported to Harvey that his ChessBase engine easily found the mate he missed while under time pressure, and so it goes sometimes with tournament style chess! This left 6 players tied at 3-1, with the SwissSys tournament software designating GM Lars Bo Hansen the overall winner with a tiebreak score of 9 points, 1 full point ahead of 2nd Place.
CFCC National TD Harvey Lerman explained that GM Lars Bo Hansen was the only player that played all top 3 finishers in the tournament, giving him the lead in tiebreaks with 9.0 points.
VIP Perks & The Orlando Magic Lead That Faded In the 4th Quarter
As winner of the Quick Chess tournament, GM Lars Bo Hansen was awarded two premium court-side seats for the evening’s basketball game, VIP treatment including access to the VIP food and drink lounge, as well as being designated honorary captain of the Magic game that night.
After the tournament and a quick dinner break, we all went to our pre-arranged seats (included in the tournament entry fee) for the Magic vs Pacers basketball game and to root and shout for the home team. While the Magic lead by as much as 3 points throughout most of the game, the venerable Indiana Pacers erased the magic lead and surged ahead in the 4th quarter and went on to win the game.
Thank You For Participating
CFCC's National TD Harvey Lerman, along with Zack Cervone, Orlando Magic Group Account Executive, worked tirelessly together to bring this event to life for the enjoyment of Central Florida's chess players and their families and we hope everyone that participated enjoyed their experience!
CFCC & The Orlando Magic Team Up For A Fun Filled Day Of USCF Chess And Magic Basketball!
The Central Florida Chess Club (CFCC) teamed up with Orlando Magic basketball to hold a Sunday all-inclusive family day event that allowed players and families from all over Central Florida to play USCF chess for the afternoon, in a 4SS/ G25;d3 CFCC sponsored USCF Quick Chess Tournament event, followed by exclusive seating arranged by the Orlando Magic's Zack Cervone to enjoy the Magic Basketball game that night, where the Magic were facing the well established Indiana Pacers basketball team.
What started off as the first-ever USCF chess tournament held at the Amway Center, quickly became an international event when the Polish Chess Federation reached out to CFCC to coordinate a Simultaneous Exhibition (simul) with the young and talented Polish Grandmaster Janek-Krzysztof Duda while he was visiting on vacation. The simul was added to the CFCC Quick Tournament as a side event adding to the value and success of the first Amway Center Magic Chess Knight event.
Thirty-one players and family members signed up to participate in the day-long activities, with eighteen of those scheduled to play in the 4-round (G/25;d3) Quick Chess (QC) event that began at 11:00am Sunday morning. The others were signed up as parents and friends that allowed them to attend the Orlando Magic's basketball game against the Indiana Pacers as a family. The Magic game started at 6:00pm, after the chess events had concluded for the day.
The Grandmaster Simul
His name is Jan-Krzysztof Duda, but he says you can use JK Duda or JKD as well. His current FIDE standard rating is 2660 ELO, his FIDE Rapid rating is 2603, his FIDE Blitz rating is 2678 and he is currently ranked 4th in the world under age 20!
2. Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Janek), born in 1998, is one of the most promising junior tournament chess players in the world, currently ranked at #4 for players under 20 years of age.
3. He is a special guest of the Chess Knight Tournament Event.
4. He plays basketball as a part of his physical conditioning and tournament preparation, and has a basketball practice area at his home in Poland.
5. Janek likes the combination of chess and the NBA, particularly in Orlando – the team/place Marcin Gortat started his NBA career.
6. He’ll be the 2nd (after Gortat) Polish sportsmen ever to play at the Magic's “Amway Arena”.
7. A few of young Jan-Krzysztof Duda's successes:
World Champion Under 10
European Champion under 14
Grandmaster at age 15
European Rapid Champion at age 16
Winner of “Lake Sevan” tournament
Debuted at the age of 16 for the Chess Olympiad with a score of 8.5/11 games.
Leader of MKS MOS Wieliczka (Poland), Hamburg (Germany) & Boys-Colombes (France) chess teams.
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