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Ludwig, Baeza: The Perfect Storm at May Tornado

Twenty-three players turned out for the CFCC’s May tornado, the first of three summer tornadoes to be held at the Unitarian Church this year.  Among the throng of players were three masters and two experts along with a host of other hopefuls.  Top rated John Ludwig (2303) sailed through his games with little headwind and was joined by expert Jose Baeza (2097).  Second rated Alfonso Gabbedon (2210) had a rough event blundering in round two to Wayne Strickland (1803) and losing in the fourth round to Baeza.  Third rated Makaio Krienke (2202) won his first three games before losing a piece in time pressure to Ludwig in the last round.   In a three way tie for third through fifth with three points were Krienke, Andres Hernandez (2032) and Kai Tabor (1906).  All three players lost to top-rated Ludwig winning their other games.


Wayne Strickland takes on Makaio Krienke in round three at the May Tornado.


The tornado was a big success for the Central Florida Chess Club as it had made a concerted effort to boost attendance at tornadoes.  In addition to the increased prize fund, there were two drawings for free entries into the next tornado.  The winners of those were Zach Robertson and Alfonso Gabbedon (note that masters normally get free entry fees with those fees deducted from any winnings.  In Alfonso’s case, there would be no deduction in the next tornado).  Flyers, emails and word of mouth also contributed to the large turnout.  Wayne Strickland made the push for more attendance and Harvey Lerman did the work.  Larry Storch also contributed providing refreshments and entering games.

SwissSys Wall Chart. CFCC May 2014 Tornado at UUU

# Name/Rtng/ID St/Tm Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4
1 John G** Ludwig FL B  13 W    6 B    5 W    3
2303   13721287 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0
2 Alfonso** Gabbedon FL W  14 B    8 W  13 W    4
2210   12775019 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
3 Makaio W ** Krienke FL B  15 W    9 B    8 B    1
2202   13474768 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0
4 Jose Rafael Baeza FL W  16 B  10 W  12 B    2
2097   14703591 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0
5 Andres Hernandez FL B  17 W  11 W    1 B    9
2032   13460747 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0
6 Kai Tabor FL W  18 B    1 W  17 B  11
1906   12943433 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0
7 David A Raymond FL bye B  12 W  23 B  16
1868   10231841 0.5 0.5 1.5 2.0
8 Wayne Strickland FL B  19 W    2 W    3 bye
1803   12440866 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5
9 Paul Leggett FL W  20 B    3 W  21 W    5
1673   12481864 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
10 Daniel K Smith FL B  21 W    4 B  19 —-
1631   12684427 1.0 1.0 1.0 U1.0
11 Cesar Gonell FL W  22 B    5 W  20 W    6
1597   12651613 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
12 Natahja Graddy FL B  23 W    7 B    4 bye
1530   14052183 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5
13 Christian Harrs FL W    1 B  18 B    2 W  20
1485   14376224 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0
14 Sofia Ferrer FL B    2 W  19 W  16 B  23
1343   14870396 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
15 Gabriel Ferrer FL W    3 B  20 W  22 bye
1317   14870381 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
16 Brandon Sibbitt FL B    4 W  23 B  14 W    7
1300   14958795 0.0 0.5 1.5 2.0
17 Ryan E Hamley FL W    5 B  22 B    6 W  21
1299   14930548 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0
18 Nathan Kelly FL B    6 W  13 bye B  22
1239   12745591 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0
19 Michael E Dudley FL W    8 B  14 W  10 bye
1200   15369193 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.5
20 Osvaldo J Ramirez FL B    9 W  15 B  11 B  13
1100   14196965 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
21 Camille Sibbitt FL W  10 bye B    9 B  17
1029   14958768 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
22 Sean Northrup FL B  11 W  17 B  15 W  18
unr.   15453298 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0
23 Zachary J Robertson FL W  12 B  16 B    7 W  14
unr.   15452101 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.5


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CFCC Announces Spring & Summer Tornadoes

The CFCC Announces their Spring and Summer Tornado schedule featuring increased prizes and drawings for other prizes!  Our tornadoes are May 17th, July 12th and August 23rd.  All tornadoes will be played at the Unitarian Universalist Church near UCF.

4SS,G/75 $750 b/30 (1st place guaranteed) $200-120-80 class A,B,C,D,E$70 each

See Chess Life or for complete details.

Special Prizes

Play May !

Be entered in our two drawings for FREE entry into the July tornado.

Play May and July !!

for a chance to win one FREE entry into August tornado or one FREE entry into a CFCC Grand Prix Event!

Play May, July and August !!!

Be entered in our two drawings

for FREE entry into CFCC Grand Prix Event

Drawings held before the start of the 3rd round.

One prize, per winner, per tornado.


My Adventures in Atlanta!

2014 US Amateur South Team Tournament 

The US Amateur Team South Tournament (USATS) has been held in Florida for the past 17 years, and for the past two in Boca Raton. But this year at the last minute, Thad Rogers’ American Chess Promotions was awarded the bid for the event to be held in Norcross Georgia.

  This was ideal for a group of friends scattered around the southeast US.  John Nardandrea (Ocala) and I (Orlando) have always played together on teams, but it was difficult to get first board Miles Ardaman and David Haimes, both in North Carolina to get to the same venue.  Norcross was going to be ideal; but two major problems stood in our way.  First, the hotel was subpar.  One travel website described it thusly: “This used to be a Holiday Inn Express, but over the years it has devolved into something called the Garden Plaza Inn.”  Several calls to both Thad and the hotel, assured me that the hotel had renovated and we would be happy.  This turned out to not be true.  The “renovated” rooms turned out to be just non-smoking rooms.  Our room had no light bulbs or hangers, and a television that I think I sold in a 1991 garage sale.  In our other room, the adjoining door separating two rooms was off the hinges and hanging by a thread!  Down in the tournament hall, there was no water service (Thad went to the grocery and bought cases of bottled water for the playing hall and hand soap for the bathrooms)!  The second problem was much worse.  A storm sweeping the eastern half of the country was zeroing in on Atlanta.  One weather channel characterized it as “a catastrophic ice storm of historic proportion!”  Our wives were against our going, but Dr. Nardandrea, always the optimist said it would be fine by the weekend.  I called Dave in High Point, North Carolina and he was digging out from a combination of ice and snow but said it was doable.  Our problem was first board Miles Ardaman.  Miles lived on top of Cold Mountain, near Asheville, North Carolina and the roads were impassable.  He texted us updates, “state DOT says roads in Western Carolina are not drivable, will check later”.  Finally, at 10am on Friday, the authorities gave the okay to drive.  We all converged on Atlanta by 5 pm on Friday and had a great reunion.

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“Later Gators” from left; Miles Ardaman, John Nardandrea, Larry Storch, David Haimes

The tournament had a solid turnout with 142 participants.  Our veteran team, “Later Gators” was ranked second.  The tournament was going to be won by either the top rated “Russians never Retreat” led by Daniel Gurevich (2396),  Toby Boas’ (2205) “Gators, our chess pieces block” or us.  After sprinting out winning our first two matches with 7.5/8 points, we ran into trouble in round three.  We had two points from boards two-four.  I won, and both John and David drew.  That left usually reliable Miles Ardaman (2264) battling Lawrence White (2116) on board one.  In terrible time trouble, Miles had a rook and two passed pawns against his opponent’s queen.  The lower rated opponent was desperately trying for perpetual check, but Miles was under the mistaken impression that we needed a win on board one and used all his time trying to win, losing on time instead.  This left us at 2.5/3 trailing the other two teams by a half point.  In round four, the leaders drew 2-2 while we scored a solid 3.5-.5 win with Miles rebounding beating  Andrew Cherepanov (2470).  That resulted in the three top rated teams all tied with 3.5/4.  “Russians” had white against us, while Toby’s team played a team of experts and A players on table two.  Our last round was very disappointing. David Haimes (1916) had a winning attack against their fourth board, Elena Gratskaya (1840),       only to lose his way.  Miles was defeated by Daniel Gurevich (2396) and Michael Corallo (2248) played a nice attack against me.  Finally, John Nardandrea (2246)  succumbed to Richard Francisco (2348) to complete the 4-0 sweep.  Meanwhile, with his higher rated team tied 1.5/1.5 against their outranked opponent, Toby’s game against Reese Thompson (2097) was the last one.  He rallied from an inferior position to tie Gurevich’s team with 4.5/5.

The “Russian” team had the better tie breaks and took the Southern USAT title. We finished with 3.5 and captured top senior team as Miles turned 50 in December.  For me it was a wonderful weekend to catch up with old friends.  Not only did I enjoy spending time with Miles, John and David, I caught up with Atlanta resident Justin Morrison who played on my 1991 team.  Thad said he would like to host the event again next year, I told him that would be great as long as he used a different hotel!

2013-2014 Grand Prix Results

      Below are the winners, their point totals and prize amounts.



    1st     John Ludwig          12.5      $175.00


    2nd     Truman Hoang         11.0      $125.00


    3rd     Makaio Krienke       10.0      $100.00


    4th     Dylan Mavrides        9.5      $100.00


    5th     Brandon Sibbitt       9.0      $100.00


The board voted to continue the Grand Prix for 2014-2015.  The Grand Prix runs from our June Summer Sunshine tournament through the 2015 CFCC Championship.  The other two events included are the Orlando Autumn Open (October) and the Central Florida Class Championship (Jan 2015)


CFCC Grand Prix Concludes this Weekend



     Top Twelve and Ties


   Pts.   Place     Player


    11     1st      Truman Hoang

                    John Ludwig

    9.5    3rd      Dylan Mavrides

    9.0    4th      Brandon Sibbitt

    8.5    5th      Pranav Abbaraju

                    Cesar Gonell

                    Nick Moore

    7.5    8th      Toby Boas

                    Sofia Ferrer

                    Natahja Graddy

                    Ryan Hamley

    7.0    12th     Jose Baeza

                    Cindy Jie

                    Makaio Krienke

                    Camille Sibbitt

                    Amy Tsai                 


2014 Central Florida Chess Club Championship

CFCC Club Championships

February 8-9 , GPP: 10   Florida

Central Florida Chess Club Championship. 5SS, G/120;d5.
University Unitarian Universalist Church

11648 McCulloch Road, Orlando, 32817

near UCF.  We will be playing in the building at the back, not the main church.  Take the gravel road around the right side of the church.

EF: $40. CFCC mem req @ $20($10 Jr/Sr).
$$GTD 800:250-150-100, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400 each 75,
plaques (if mem as of Jan 19) to Club Champion,
U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, & top under age 16.
Reg: Sat 9:30am. Rds: 10-2:30-7, 10:30 – round 5

Guzman-Storch from 2012 championship

Guzman-Storch from 2012 championship

tbd. CFCC elections between rounds 4 and 5 on Sun.
Adv Ent: CFCC, 921 N. Thistle Ln., Maitland, FL 32751.
Info: (407) 629-6946

2013 Grand Prix Update

Pts.   Player

7.5    1) Sofia Ferrer

7.0    2) Jose Baeza

3) Truman Hoang

4) John Ludwig

6.5    5) Brandon Sibbitt

6.0    6) Gabriel Ferrer

7) Bill Waite

5.5    8) Muhammad Abdulla

9) Toby Boas

10) Cesar Gonell

11) Natahja Graddy

12) Dylan Mavrides

13) Nick Moore




1st $175 – 2nd $125 – 3rd $100 – 4th $100 –  5th $100

Open to all Central Florida Chess Club members who maintain a current membership throughout the Grand Prix cycle. The Grand Prix cycle consists of the following tournaments: 1) Sunshine Summer Open – June 8-10  2) Orlando Autumn Open – October 12-14   3) Central Fl. Class Championship – January 18-20   4) Central Fl. Chess Club Championship – January 26-27

Winners in the Grand Prix shall be the players who accumulate the most points from their games with their top three results from these four events. This is so that if a player cannot make all four events, they need not be at a disadvantage.

There is no factor, formula, or weighting of points. Points garnered from the Open section are of no more value than those garnered in a lower section. There are however, the following stipulations. 1) Requested half point byes shall not be counted 2) Full point byes shall be counted 3) Points scored from forfeits shall be counted

Prizes shall be awarded upon completion of the cycle. In the event of a tie, the prizes shall be combined where applicable, and split evenly among all in that score group.

Membership in the Central Florida Chess Club is $20, $10 for juniors under 18 and seniors over 65. Members receive discounted entry to most events we run as well