CFCC May 12th Tornado Concludes with Clear 1st Place Winner

 Final round, board 1, Todd Durham (1813) (L) vs Anthony Coleman (1885) (R), CFCC May Tornado held at the UCF Teaching Academy. 

Final round, board 1, Todd Durham (1813) (L) vs Anthony Coleman (1885) (R), CFCC May Tornado held at the UCF Teaching Academy. 

Congratulations goes to Clermont Chess Club's Todd Durham who won clear first place in CFCC's first summer tornado with an upset win and a final score of 3.5/4 in the 4SSG/75;d5 tournament event. 

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Battle for Board One: Central Florida Chess Club

written by NM Theo Slade, CFCC contributor

The May CFCC Tornado was held at the UCF Teaching Academy, which I think is a great venue because the playing room is spacious and quiet. Heading into the tournament, I (2192) was the top seed by 246 rating points, followed by Andy Yang. The Tornado’s time control is G/75; d5, meaning that one game could last as long as two hours and forty minutes if both players used all of their time and the game lasted sixty moves. Given that Tornadoes feature four rounds in one day, one player could play up to ten hours and forty minutes of chess in the same day! Therefore, I would say this event is the ultimate endurance test!

Round One

On board one, to kick off the tournament I checkmated Andrew Xing (1521) as White in thirty-two moves. Meanwhile, Evan Waters (1586) upset Andy as White! Anthony Coleman (1880) took a half-point bye in the first round, whilst Todd Durham (1813) defeated Scott Cox as Black. In the meantime, Leon Cheng (1730) beat Javier Rojas (1282) as Black and Arnold Banner (1855) overcame Charles Hatherill (1458) as White.

Round Two

In the antepenultimate round on board one, Todd played really well as White to mate me in the Queen’s pawn opening. It was the longest game of the round, with many people watching. Elsewhere, Andy bounced back with a win over Javier as White, Anthony triumphed in his first game against Tim Bowler (1436) with the Black pieces. Arnold beat Leon as Black, Evan defeated Darien Brown (1491) as Black, and Andrew rebounded to outdo Scott with the White pieces.

Round Three

On the top board in the penultimate round, Arnold quickly split the point with his co-leader, Todd, as White. Arnold admitted after the event that he was extremely tired and, “Playing like a zombie!” Todd, on the other hand, had just played a very long game against me, so was probably also happy to rest for the last round. Needless to say, Arnold used his break to have a nap! Concurrently, I got back on my feet with a victory over Leon as White in forty-seven moves, Andy topped Andrew as Black, and Anthony beat Evan as White.

Round Four

Going into the final round, Todd, Anthony, and Arnold were the joint leaders on 2.5/3. Todd was White against Anthony whilst Arnold was Black versus Andy. Todd emerged victorious in his game, whilst Andy overtook Arnold. On the other boards, I won against Evan as Black in the Queen’s pawn opening in twenty-nine moves, Leon shot ahead of Darien with White, and Andrew defeated Tim as Black to get back to fifty percent.

Prizes

All of this meant that Todd won the tournament outright on 3.5/4, winning $100 and gaining sixty-five rating points. Todd played extremely well throughout the tournament and thoroughly deserved his victory. Andy and I shared second and third place on 3/4, which meant we both won $45. Arnold and Anthony shared the U2000 prize on 2.5/4, each earning $15, Leon and Evan shared the U1800 prize on half marks, each winning $15. Finally, Andrew won the U1600 prize outright, winning $30 and gaining ten rating points. Congratulations!

John Ludwig Captures 5th CFCC Club Championship Title

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CFCC 2018 Club Champion:
John Ludwig

The club wishes to congratulate John Ludwig on winning clear 1st place in our 2018 Club Championship this past weekend. The win gives him his 5th CFCC Club Champion title, an accomplishment only two other club members have experienced in their lifetime of competing in the storied history of our annual Club Championship!

 Round 4, Board One, John Ludwig (2463) (L) versus Theo Slade (2177) (R) during the CFCC Club Championship hosted by the UCF Chess Club.

Round 4, Board One, John Ludwig (2463) (L) versus Theo Slade (2177) (R) during the CFCC Club Championship hosted by the UCF Chess Club.

 Five-Time CFCC Club Champion John Ludwig (2463)

Five-Time CFCC Club Champion John Ludwig (2463)

His five CFCC Club Champion titles now places him only one title short of the club’s all time leading title holder Wilmer Chavira who has six titles, and matching the title count of five-time Club Champion and CFCC President Larry Storch.

With a lower than usual turnout of twelve players at this year’s CFCC Club Championship, only 2nd place winner Theo Slade was able to sufficiently challenge John to a draw in their 4th round matchup on board one (pictured above), keeping John from sweeping the tournament with a final score of 4.5/5.

We look forward to seeing what happens at next year’s Club Championship event!

Other Club Championship Winners

The club wishes to congratulate the other winners who placed in the weekend tournament event!

 Daniel Smith (1639 (L) Top U1800, Theo Slade (2177) (M) 2nd Place and William Fink (1871) (R) Top U2000.

Daniel Smith (1639 (L) Top U1800, Theo Slade (2177) (M) 2nd Place and William Fink (1871) (R) Top U2000.

Other Place Winners Not Pictured:
Ryan Hamley 3/5 Top Under 16 yrs old
Allison S. 2.5/5 Top Under 1600
Javier Rojas 1.5/5 Top Under 1400
Ryan Velez Rodriguez 1.0/5 Top Under 1200

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Written by Theo Slade, CFCC contributor

The Central Florida Chess Club (CFCC) Championships were held at the University of Central Florida (UCF) on February 10-11, 2018. The UCF is a great venue since there is plenty of room, it is mostly quiet, and there are plenty of places to eat nearby. Unlike most tournaments in Florida, there were no separate schedules or sections. There were only twelve players in total, however, so obviously having only one section was a necessity. Personally, I prefer having one schedule because I think it is fairer, but this tournament was similar to a two-day schedule, except the first game was played with the same time control as the rest of the rounds, which was G/120; d5. Given that we played three games on Saturday, that meant potentially over twelve hours of chess in one day, but luckily a lot of the games finished quickly so we were partially spared from having to endure a marathon. Going into the tournament, John Ludwig was the top seed and the clear favorite, as the second seed was 303 points behind.

Round One

Amazingly, to me at least, in the first round, all the higher rated players won their games; there were no upsets at all! That meant that the six highest rated players were all on 1/1, and the second half was tied for seventh on 0/1. That obviously meant that Ludwig won his game, Black against Daniel Smith in the longest game of the first round.

Round Two

In the second round, Ludwig won again, this time with White against John Givler. Meanwhile, Ryan Hamley defeated Paul Leggett to maintain his perfect score. On board two, I was Black against William Fink and I played the Queen’s Gambit Declined. I went a pawn up on move twenty-five and declined a draw offer on move twenty-eight. However, despite keeping that material advantage for the remainder of the game I had to acquiesce to a draw on move seventy-one, the last game to finish.

Round Three

Midway through the tournament, Hamley was White against Ludwig, but Hamley could not stop the top seed from maintaining his perfect score. Therefore, after the first day, Ludwig was the sole leader on 3/3, with me on 2.5/3.

Round Four

My White victory over Givler was the last game to finish in round three, and because I was due Black and Ludwig was due White for round four, I knew I would be Black against Ludwig on Sunday morning. Therefore, I did a lot of preparation for that game; so much, in fact, that I was slightly late for my game! However, it paid off as in the Scotch I was still in book ten moves into the game and my eighth move seemed to surprise my opponent, as he spent a lot of time on his reply. However, I was worse, to varying degrees, for most of the game, but I hung in there and eventually, with Ludwig down to less than a minute, we liquidated to bare Kings and split the point.

Round Five

Going into the final round, Ludwig was half a point clear of Hamley and me. Ludwig was Black against Darien Brown whilst I was White against Hamley on board two. Ludwig beat Brown very quickly as Black to retain the CFCC Championship. That left Hamley and me to battle it out, and after weathering Hamley’s Kingside attack, I managed to win in the endgame to secure second outright. Ludwig’s victory took his CFCC Championship count up to five. Congratulations!

Tournament Slideshow

CFCC 2018 Board of Directors

The club also held its annual meeting to elect CFCC board members as it does at each year's Club Championship tournament. The CFCC members page has been updated to reflect the newly elected 2018 board of directors. 

The Elusive CFCC Club Trophy Changed Hands This Weekend In A Tie For 1st Place!

The Elusive CFCC Club Trophy Changed Hands This Weekend In A Tie For 1st Place!

With the absence of 3-time club champion John Ludwig at this year's CFCC Club Championship, the opportunity for a new champion to take possession of the club trophy for the year was available to