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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 centralflchess.org 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

 

 

Prizes

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

CFCC Grand Prix update

Grand Prix Standings Top Ten and Ties

 

Points     Player

 

4.5     1.  Andrew Boekhoff

4.5     2.  Truman Hoang

3.5     3.  Muhammad Abdulla

3.5     4.  Jose Baeza

3.5     5.  Toby Boas

3.5     6.  Natahja Graddy

3.5     7.  Dylan Mavredes

3.5     8.  Brandon Sibbitt

3.5     9.  Bill Waite

3.0     10. Ryan Hamley

3.0     11. Christian Harrs

3.0     12. John Ludwig

3.0     13. Nick Moore

3.0     14. Joel Nunez

 

2013 Central Florida Chess Club

Prizes

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. So what are you waiting for? Ladies and Gentlemen….

CFCC Adopts New Anti-Cheating policy

The Central Florida Chess club board of directors has taken some preemptive steps to prevent a growing threat to chess tournaments; cheating by players and spectators.  Its no secret that advances in technology have made it easier than ever to enlist help during a chess game, especially with large cash prizes on the line.  The days of hiding an ECO in the toilet stall have been replaced by smart phones with chess playing programs and even radio signals sent to a player by an accomplice.

The Central Florida Chess Club board of directors took the following steps during their board meeting on July 21st:

  • Players and spectators may not have laptops and devices anywhere with current, active game positions on them.
  • Cell phones are not allowed to be out in the tournament room. Neither spectators nor players can check messages while in the tournament room, and players may no longer use their cell phones as their music player.  Ipods and other “non-smart” music devices are still acceptable.
  • You may still have your concealed, silenced cell phone in the tournament room.   A  player needing to use his phone or check his messages may do so but must inform a TD to accompany him/her outside the tournament room before the phone can be used.
  • This policy will be posted at every event as a warning.
  • Violators then subject to forfeiture or expulsion.