2-Way Tie for 1st Place!
by CFCC Senior Tournament Director Steven Vigil
After a year and a half of hosting online chess tournaments on chess.com, the Central Florida Chess Club held its much anticipated Back to the Board Tournament this past weekend, September 18th & 19th . It was the first over the board event that CFCC had held since the Winter Open in January of 2020! Registration was limited to 48 players and quickly filled up.
The event was held at the new Orlando Chess & Games Club. It was the first tournament ever to take place at this new venue in Altamonte Springs. Players were encouraged to wear masks as they battled over 5 rounds in an open format tournament with a 90 minute time control.
Congratulations to Ryan Hamley (2207) and Theo Slade (2186) who tied for first place with a score of 4.5 points. As the two highest rated players in the tournament both were the only players to have a perfect score of 4 points heading into the final round. The battle for clear first proved uneventful as the players agreed to an early draw in a Berlin Defense opening to share first and second prizes, netting them $320 each.
Their draw left the door open for Andrew Rea (2065) and Jhonel Baniel (1900), who entered the 5th round with 3.5 points to win their final game and potentially tie for first place with Ryan and Theo. But it was not to be, as both of those players also drew their final round games finishing with 4 points. Two other players, Phillip Durand (2006) and Advait Nair (1852) would join them with a final score of 4 points. Congratulations to these four players who shared 3rd place honors and were each awarded a $40 prize.
Three players finished with 3.5 points to share the top U1800 prize. Congratulations to Akshat Suresh (1735), Zoe Zelner (1696) and Arav Patel (1540) who each took a prize of $41.67. A group of five players tied for the U1500 prize, but because three of them were also under 1200, the U1200 & U1500 prizes were combined and shared by the five players who all finished with a score of 3 points. Congratulations to Srijan Ganta (1400), Soham Patel (1360), William Hardison (1168), Talha Ozsoy (1108), and William Lacey (210) who each took home $50 for the U1500/U1200 prize split.
On Sunday morning, National Master Larry Storch (2200) gave an insightful and entertaining lecture on opening preparation. The games he presented showed how he was able to learn thematic lessons from past tournament experiences and apply them to future games, a valuable lesson to any aspiring tournament player.
It was personally satisfying to direct an over the board tournament again, after over a year and a half hiatus. It was great to see many familiar faces and some new ones as well. CFCC will be holding more events of this type at this venue in the future, so please check the website for upcoming tournament details. We hope to see you at a tournament soon!
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Sept 3, 2018: Bach with 2350 performance at Fl State Ch
Bach played his best tournament so far, reaching a decent 2350 performance at Florida State Championship!
Playing in the top section, Bach started out by defeating a 2249 opponent, and then continued the solid play throughout the tournament. The crown of Bach's performance was his draw against GM Finegold (2567) in the final round.
Ten year old Bach is no upstart in chess. He is already a serious player, and he showed some vast potential already in July, winning the U2100 Southern Open.
Congratulations Bach! Final standings ...
July 29, 2018: Bach wins Southern Open U2100!
Bach was on the right track at Southern Open, where he delivered a confident 4/5 performance and found himself in a 5-way tie at the very top of the Final Standings. Formally, all 5 participants are considered winners. However, Bach achieved the highest tiebreak, as he collected his points from the strongest opposition.
Congratulations, Bach! Finals Standings ...
July 21, 2018, Central Florida Chess Summit
We had the honor to host the First Central Florida Chess Summit with representatives from all major chess organizations and clubs in the area.
The idea behind the Summit was simply to work as a team, collecting the expertise of all participants with the purpose of promoting chess and its enormous benefits to all age groups in Orlando area.
The Summit was the just first step. Details about our work will be published soon on Central Florida Chess site. Keep updated on https://www.centralflchess.org/
April 27-29, Space Coast Open
Space Coast Open is traditionally stronger than other local Florida events as it attracts a number of strong players from out of state. 2018 was no exception, with 5 GMs in the top section. In R1, Martin Hansen delivered the biggest upset in the Master section by winning over FM Corey Acor (2401). In Class A, Bach Ngo was convincing in all his games except a highly unfortunate mishap in R2, which meant he had to accept a 3rd place tie. Andy Yang had a good tournament, ending with 3.5 p. right bellow Bach. A special shout out to our friends from UCF, Karim Essofi and Tyler Clark who won respectively Class D and U1200! Congratulations to all! Final standings ...
April 6-8: Bach impressed at 2018 National Junior High
4th grader Bach Ngo impressed this weekend, finishing 10th at 2018 National Junior High Championship K-8 section among 300 participants from all over US. What makes Bach's performance remarkable is the fact that all his opponents were 7th and 8th graders, and Bach was both the youngest and the highest placed Floridian. Great performance, Bach!
Final standings ...
March 2-4: Florida State Championships
Nice results at the States by many of our students. Congratulations to all!
BachNgo competed two groups higher in the strong K8 section and finished 2nd!
AndrewXing was confident in the K5 section, played real well and ended on a well deserved 3rd place!
Daniel Hughes was a bit disappointed with the 3rd place in K3 after being real close to winning his group.
Anthony Dang won 4 and lost to Daniel only. A well deserved 4th place.
February 11, 2018: Master Class on Maneuvering vs Dynamics
All we can say is: That's the way it should be done. Photos ...
The Nationals, December 8-10, 2017
K4: Bach and Grayson tie for 2nd with 6/7. Congrats!
K3: Erick with another Co-Champion title!
K3: First National trophy for Daniel for his Top 20 performance!
All results ...
December 3th: Master Chess on Hedgehog and King's Indian Attack
The last Master Class before the Nationals was both about Mastering the already known approach and introducing new initiatives. So far no more classes planned for the year. When we resume in 2018 the plan is to put some seious work on the practical side of chess - application of theories in practice. See you in 2018!
November 5, 2017: Master Workshop on Pawn Structures
Adopting the Master Aproach is a lot less challenging and time consuming when working under GM guidance. Great to see it's working.
September 24, 2017: Martin co-winner of Autumn Open
Martin continued his winning streak at Orlando Autumn Open, finishing on another 1st place tie with John Ludwig and Abhimanyu Banerjee. Bach (9) was in the fight for the top places too - in the Premier group. After R4 Bach was at a tied 2nd place with a personal performance of 2430 and finished the tournament on another personal high rating, 2030. Congratulations guys! Final standings ...
September 4, 2017: Andy Yang is Florida State Champion U2000
Andy got his first serious breakthrough at the U2000 Championship, winning with style, a full point ahead of his competitors! Strong results like this never come as a surprise. Knowing Andy, we believe that this is just the beginning... Congratulations Andy! Final standings ...
September 4, 2017: Amy Xing is Florida State Champion U1600!
Amy delivered an amazing performance at the 2017 Arnold Denker Florida State Championship - a performance that brought he the title Florida State Champion U1600. Technically, she tied for 1st with David Sheppard from GA, who was not in the run for the FL title. Congratulations Amy! Final standings ...
August 20, 2017: Master class on Pawn Structures
Yes, we are taking shortcuts ... to mastering the Middlegames. Pawn Structures are going to be the Master Topic of the fall and we expect to get around almost everything. Both specific and meta level instruction by GM Lars Bo Hansen and WIM Jen Hansen. Photos ...
August 13, 2017: Bach 2nd in Ocala Open
After a rock solid +3 -1 =5 performance at World Open U2000, Bach continued his success streak in Ocala Open, finishing 2nd in the Open group, a whole point ahead of the rest of the crowd. His result in Ocala added 51 points to his rating! Bach's current 1971 could easily prove to be a Top 5 position in the US Under 9 on the September list. Way to go Bach! Final standings...
July 4th, 2017: Martin winner of the World Open U2200!!!
Yes, he is the actual winner of World Open in Philadelphia U2200 by tie-break, even if the Final Standings Table doesn't really show it. Great achievement by Martin, who couldn't stay away from chess after the 9 rounds main event and also joined the Blitz in the evening - and won against GM Fishbein among others. Final standings ...
July 4th, 2017: Great performance by Bach at World Open in Philadelphia!
Bach proved that he belongs with the big guys after a super solid +3 -1 =5 performance at World Open U2000. Bach was seeded in the lower half which meant that he was paired against higher rated opponents in every round - Not a problem at all!
While still waiting for the World Open to be rated, looks like Bach moves up to top 5 in US in his age group. Congratulations Bach! Final Standings ...
June 24th, 2017:Martin wins the OCG Quick
Martin won his prep tournament before World Open in Philadelphia next week after winning all his games. The half point bye in the first round was a necessity, as Martin is helping us coach the beginner class held next door. Final standings...
June 23-25, 2017: Bach and James tie for 2nd at the International Open in Kissimmee
Both played one section up, which means that they were bottom seeded in the initial lineup. Both ended in the top demonstrating strong play and fighting spirit! Besides being coached by us, Bach and James recently started working with each other, playing training games and analyzing. A bit unfortunate that they had to face each other in the final round.
Final standings ...
June 16-18, 2017: Zoe with impressive result in Las Vegas!
4.5 of 5 and a winning position in the final round: looked like Zoe was winning the U1900 section of the National Open in Vegas! But chess can be that cruel, one simple mistake! Nevertheless, winning 116 rating points in one tournament is sensational and a strong statement by Zoe that the chess world has to pay attention to her name! Final standings ...
June 9-11, 2017: Sunshine open
Martin ties for 3rd in the Premier section with 3.5/5! Strong play and strong performance by Martin!
Another confident tournament for Bach in the U2000! Bach was in the game for the 1st place before last round but lost to Paul Leggett by a blunder in a draw position. Bach shows that he is ready for a breakthrough very very soon! Final standings...
June-July 2017: The new Beginner classes
Summer time is chess time, and time to pick up new challenges. Beginner classes were never in our thoughts but a number of requests convinced us to give it a try. We started in June, and now we have smooth running classes every Saturday throughout July. Photos from the classes ...
New participants are accepted at any time. We have additional coaches to help us welcome and include new students. More info and registration ...
May 12-14, 2017: The Supernationals
The Supernationals are without comparison the biggest chess event in the US. This year the event attracted over 5000 kids from all over the country.
A few of our student went to Nashville and made it to the top placements in their groups!
K3: Bach Ngo started out with 4 out of 4 and looked like a strong candidate for the first place. His fifth round was the critical one facing top seeded Mardov from Chicago. Bach had to win his game and after 20 moves it looked like his victory was only matter of time. Unfortunately, he made a few small mistakes that his more experienced opponent confidently took advantage of. Bach recovered in the last two rounds and finished 8th of 218 participants. Still a real good result!
K3: Erick Zhao finished 17th winning 5 games out of 7. Before the last round Erick was in the fight for the 3rd place but the odds were against him having to face a 2000+ opponent in the 7th. Anyway, another great performance by Erick!
K3: Daniel Hughes gained valuable experience and confidence winning three of his games. This performance was a strong confirmation that Daniel is ready to break through the 1100 barrier any time soon!
K6: Zoe Zelner is never bothered by the fact that she is one of the very few girls in a tournament. In fact, she took the Silver last year and working with her for 8 hours at the Fast Track just before the Supernationals convinced her that she can repeat the success. Zoe had a flying start with 4 out 5 and looked like a strong candidate for top placement. Unfortunately she lost in round 6 against a top seeded guy and finished with 4.5/7 after a draw in the last round. Good performance by Zoe winning rating and experience!
K8: Timmy Mayes played his best tournament ever finishing with the impressing +2 score in a rating field that averaged 250 above himself! Timmy is extremely serious with his chess. Of course he also took the the 8-hour Fast Track chess challenge right before the Supernationals, and his level convinced us that he was ready to play in the top. All in all, Timmy delivered the largest number of upsets winning 80 rating points in the process!
K12: Brandon Sibbitt took a last minute decision to participate, a combo of an opportunity to go to Nashville with friends and a confidence boost by the Fast Track chess marathon 3 days before the event. After a shaky start in the first round, Brandon won every game he played! Brandon has been on a winning streak lately and we are going to see him cross the 2000 very soon!
Supernationals Final Standings ...
5/7/2017: 8-hour Fast Track class before the Super Nationals
Six of our highest rated students couldn't think of a better way to spend the Sunday before the Super Nationals. This was our toughest class ever, 8 hours with high level concepts, and it of course with improvised blitz after closing hours. Good luck in Nashville everyone! Photos ...
4/9/2017: Bach and Erick tie for 3rd in the strong Palatka Open!
Bach was real close to winning all of his games, beating a number of higher rated opponents and finishing with the mpressive 2180 performance. Way to go Bach!
4/8/2017: Master Workshop on Best Strategies in Key Positions
Probably one of the most challenging topics of all: When is it time to transform the game and what is the best way to do it? We wish to believe that the recent wave of good results by our participants is a reflection of both Master classes and private lessons. Photos ...
3/18/2017: Master Workshop on Key Positions
The best thing about any workshop is to see the new knowledge in use. We only gor started with this Key Topic. We continue three weeks from now, and we'll bring some new elements too. Photos from the class ...
Photos from the class ...
2/25/2017: Master Chess Workshop on Strategies that Work, Wesley So’s approach.
23-years old Wesley So has won a number of super GM tournaments during the past year, and has climbed up to #2 in the World Rating List. This Saturday we looked deeper into his playing style in attempt to reveal the secrets of his success. Photos ...
2/17-18/2017 USAT Championsip
The ladies, with Jen on Board#1, were the only of our teams to get trophies at the USAT Championship in Orlando. Nevertheless, we had some real good individual results all over the field. Martin finished on +2 (3.5/5) on the tough Board 1 in the open section. Brandon had his breakthrough against a number of 1900-2100 opponents and showed that he is only a step away from defeating them with confidence. Bach reached a milestone winning against his first 2000+ opponent. Cannon crossed USCF 1000. Photos from the event ...
1/29/2017: Zoe Zelner wins 2017 Central Florida Class B! Zoe (12) is real serious with her chess right now, working with three chess coaches and attending every single Master Workshop. Congratulations with the impressing achievement, Zoe! All results here ...
1/21/2017: 6-years old Cannon Farragut ties for 2nd
In the 3rd Grade group - playing one group up - at Florida North Regional Championship! Cannon, student of Jen Hansen, is only starting with chess, but he has already attracted lots of attention with his sharp play. Congratulations, Cannon!
1/22/2017: Master Chess Class
This workshop was about integrating opening-specific preparation into existing knowledge of chess - and using this new knowledge back to solve unknown positions. Photos from the event ...
1/15/2017: Orlando Chess Festival
We teamed up with the UCF Chess Club and Orlando Chess Academy to organize the first annual Orlando Chess Festival. Thanks to our partners, all kids and parents, and everyone who showed up at UCF for this event! Photos from the Festival ...
12/18/2016: Bronze medals at the Nationals!
Bach Ngo and Erick Zhao both finished third in their categories at the Nationals 2016!
Bach (student of Jen) started the tournament with 5/5 and the dream about becoming a champion seemed very very close. Playing on Board#1 can make anyone nervous, and R6 showed the importance of experience. In spite of his loss against the top rated player, Bach bounced back in the final round and the win secured him the 3rd place trophy! Congratulations, Bach!
Erick is only partly our student being a regular participant in our Master classes, but this does not make us less proud of his result! Erick was a National Kindergarten Champion (with coach Miguel Ararat), then he won another National Champion Title last year in the K1 group (with coach Jen Hansen) and became 3rd this year (with coach Brett). Congratulations, Erick!
12/04/2016: Master Chess Class on Strategies in Action
They say there are no shortcuts to becoming a chess master, but we might have invented one. We started last time and continued this weekend with a concept that moved many participants levels ahead. Thanks to everyone for another great class! Photos ...
11/06/2016: Master Chess Class on Strategies That Work
It is amazing how a little adjustment of attention in the right direction can change the game. They say we nailed it this time, and we probably did :-) Judging by the practice games, everyone moved at least a few steps forward. Photos ...
10/30/2016: Nikhil Kumar is The 2016 World Champion U12!
Nikhil delivered an absolutely amazing performance at the World Championship in Batumi. He did not just win the title World Champion, he impressed everyone with his confident play, winning easily against his top rated opponents. In fact, Nikhil secured the title one round before the end by winning against another US participant.
What was the recipe of Nikhil's success? A combination of great talent, hard work, extremely supportive and dedicated parents, and of course, the best coaching in the world! Nikhil's World Champion Title is probably the highest achievement of a Floridian Chess Player ever! Congratulations, Nikhil!
10/16/2016: Master Chess Class on Modern Ideas in Chess
Chess today i definitely not the same as chess back in the eras of Morphy, Botvinnik or Nimzowitsch. There are lessons to be learned and choices to be made. But first of all, it all starts with knowledge. This was one of those classes where concepts were turned upside down. Photos ...
9/25/2016: Southern Class Championship
Strong performance by our students at Southern Class Championship in Orlando
Nikhil: 1st place in Expert Class. National Master title!
Theo: 2nd place tie in Expert Class
Naman: 4th place tie in class A
Timmy and Arnold: 1st place tie in Class B
Connor: 4th place tie in Class B
Jasper: 2nd place tie in Class C
View all results here ...
9/18/2016: Challenger Workshop on Center and Space
Good chess, at any level, is about controlling space. For a first time ever, we replaced the quiet playing exercises with consultation games played in Ultimate Moves format. Discussing strategies with teammates is all about learning. Definitely a success!
9/11/2016: Master Workshop on Central Pawn Structures
The Master class is entering a totally new stage. We are moving fast forward, from fundamentals to the higher levels of strategy - having solid fun in the process! Video evidence ...
The Summer of 2016
This summer brought a number of well-deserved victories for our students. We wish to thank everyone for making us happy and proud! Some highlights:
- Daniel (age 7) won the U1000 Ocala Summer Classic and officially doubled his rating from the beginning of 2016!
- Theo (age 15) impressed in the U2100 section of Southern Open in Orlando winning the tournament with a perfect score 5/5!
- Bach (age 8) has gained 450 new rating points this year, approaching Master level - at the age of 8!
- Naman (age 9) won the 2016 US Blitz Championship in Indianapolis U2000, a regular open tournament for all ages.
- Naman won the U2100 side event at the World Open in Philadelphia in July, moving up to top 10 in US in his age group.
- Nikhil (age 12) tied for 1st in the U2100 section of World Open in Philadelphia in July. (Open event for players of all ages)
- Nikhil tied for the second in the U2200 section of Washington International in August (Open event for players of all ages)
8/9-8/12/2016: US Chess School in Orlando
It was a real pleasure to coach the 4-day chess camp by US Chess School held in Orlando. Sixteen of the best young players in the country were gathered in Bahama Bay Resort in Orlando. As one of the participants expressed it: " I learned more in the one week that I ever remember learning, and I had the best time ever" Thanks to Greg Shahade for organizing this event! Photos...
7/16/2016 Master Class: The Art of Doing Nothing
We came up with this topic during the Fast Track Week while discussing strategies. A conversation went like this: - Is the position ready for attack? - No, not yet. - What do we do then? - We do nothing. - How do we do nothing? ... long silence... Balanced positions might seem dull, but beyond the surface they invite for both challenge and excitement. Yes, we are moving up! Photos...
7/10/2016 Challenger Class: Strategies
Acknowledging the fact that learning is best in active settings, we didn't even consider lecturing. Instead, we gave the participants a challenge: Observe with focused attention - Figure it out - Reflect - and Teach!!! The youngest - and toughest - teacher of the day was 7 years old Daniel. Photos ...
06/20-23/2016 Fast Track Chess Camp
The Fast Track Chess has become a summer tradition. This year too we had a super intense chess week of 20 hours of Master Level chess. Keeping up momentum for four days in a raw surely pushed some limits! Average level of participating players was the highes ever, 1770. Photos ....
05/15/2016 Master Chess Class on Seeing the Invisible
This class was about the themes, ideas and pitfalls that only emerge when looking beyond the surface. It is about how to work with chess understanding on a real Master level. Photos ...
03/19/2016 Master Chess Class on Flow
It was easy to lose track of time and space while mastering the Flow of the game. The day was simply not long enough: 30 minutes past the closing time everyone was still deeply engaged solving the clallenge of building graceful continuity in their games. Photos ...
03/13/2016 Two Champions and six runner ups at Florida States
Nikhil and Erick left no doubt about who the best player was in the K-8 and K-1 Florida State Championships this weekend. Nikhil finished with the perfect score 5 out of 5, Erick gave one draw in the last round and won the rest. Congratulations to our Florida State Champions!
Bach was in the game for the first place throughout the whole time winning his first 4 games. Unfortunately he couldn’t get more than a draw in the last round which left him at the "disappointing" 2nd place. Congrats, Bach!
Zoe, Naman, Connor, and Tim finished all in a tie for 2nd place with 4 out of 5. Something to be happy about – and some space for improvement too! Congratulations guys!
Daniel is storming through at the moment. Well coordinated play and 3.5 points brought him the 7th place in the K-1 and a trophy almost bigger than himself! Only lack of experience kept him away from a 2nd place tie, after he took a draw in a totally winning position last round.
Tim was the most unfortunate 2nd place tiers in the K-8 Championship where 11 players tied with 4 out of 5. Tim had to go home without a trophy this time due to a low tie-break. Still, nothing can take away the fact that he played strong chess and performed well!
Shaya ended 50 rating points higher in the 8th place out of 51 participants in the K-8 U1000 Championship. With even stronger motivation for the game. Way to go, Shaya!
02/21/2016 Lars wins the Orlando Magic Chess Knight
A truly unique initiative by CFCC, combining basketball and chess. Winning the event, Lars earned two VIP seats for the Magic-Pacers game and the right to present the game ball mid-court to the officials and the two captains. View all results. Photos from the event here ...
02/20/2016 Board Vision
This Master Chess Workshop was about the hard work behind the magic. Normally, the class would start at 10:05, or 10:15, spending some time to talk about recent tournaments, an interesting game, or a theoretical discussion. This time the class was on at 9:45 already! Fourteen people in deep flow, absolute silence. And wait - No chess boards on the tables – all blindfold work!
01/31/2016 John, Bach and James winners at CFCL!
Real good results for three of our students at Central Florida Class: John Ludwig dominated the Master class winning all his games. James Wnek made a 98 rating points jump by winning 3 games and 2 draws in Class B. This was enough to secure him a shared 1st place in the final standings. Bach Ngo (7), rated 1167 before the tournament, didn’t want to go for a predictably easy win in U1200 class. Instead, he insisted to play in Class D, to fight and learn against the tougher guys! Four victories and one draw later, Bach found himself in the very top of the final standings, on a tied 1st place, landing at 1374. Way to go boys!
01/23/2016 Daniel Hughes wins the 2016 Florida North/East Regional
Great performance by Daniel in Daytona Beach, winning the K-1 section with 3.5 points out of four! Mental toughness and determination: Daniel surely has what it takes to be a winner in chess!
01/16/2016 Decision Making in Chess.
The more people study chess, the better they play. Of course. That's the obvious part. And we all know that's only half the story. The other half is the sum of all these weird things. In this class we took the chance to explore the link between Happiness and Chess: Stay centered – Keep it simple – Appreciate what you have – Learn from mistakes and then forget them – Have fun! Yes, some of the basic rules of making strong decisions in chess.
12/12/2015 The Music of Chess.
Definitely a different class! Chess explained with music or chess explained by music? Either way, music did create a state of mind to play harmonious, creative, inspired - GOOD games. Photos ...
December 4-6: Nine trophies at the Nationals!!!
So happy to see our kids among the winners!
Here are the trophy winners:
1st Grade Championship: Erick Zhao, 6.5 of 7. National Co-Champion!
2nd Grade Championship: Bach Ngo, 5 of 7, 13th place tie (173 players)
4th Grade Championship: Naman Kumar, 6 of 7. 3rd place tie (184 players)
5th Grade Championship: Zoe Zelner, 6 of 7. 2nd place tie (196 players)
6th Grade Championship: Timothy Mayes, 5 of 7. 13th place tie (199 players)
7th Grade Championship: Nikhil Kumar, 5.5 of 7. 5th place tie (141 players)
7th Grade Championship U1400: Nathan Foo, 4 of 7. 3rd place
9th Grade Championship: Theo Slade, 5 of 7. 7th place tie (89 players)
10th Grade Championship: John Ludwig, 6.5 of 7. National Champion!
Details and more results here ...
11/21/2015 How to handle Opening Surprises. This highly relevant topic attracted 15 participants to the November Master Class. Only two weeks left to the Nationals. High focus and even higher efficiency!
10/22/2015 Stephen Han is a scholastic champion! A great news from Taiwan and congrats to 8 year old Stephen! Stephen and his 11 year old brother Nathan became my students (Jen) this summer while visiting their grandparents in Orlando. Now, back in Taiwan, they still study and play chess with same contagious enthusiasm. Looking forward to the next good news from you guys!
10/15/2015 Nikhil Kumar ties for 3rd place in the Open section of AutumnOpen! Nikhil finished ahead of a number of strong 2150-2200 players. His success does not come as a surprise for anyone who has been following the 11 year old boy from Miami. As his coaches, Lars and I are confident that Autumn Open was only the beginning! Cross table with results ...
10/05/2015 October Online Master Chess: Seems we have found the right format for the online classes. October class participants are telling us that they really enjoy their Mondays with Strategic Endgames. They are also learning from the best :-) It was no coincidence that Lars wrote Secrets of Chess Endgame Strategy: Lars is nearly impossible to beat in endgames. Search in ChessBase and you’ll find his games against Carlsen, Kamsky, Radjabov, Nakamura, Kramnik, Shirov, Ivanchuk, Adams, to mention few – and none of these top players managed to win against him.
10/04/2015 Pattern Recognition. We all know that chess is about pattern recognition. Patterns help us make the best decisions. Sunday Oct 4th was about learning the patterns of attacking the castled king. Pleasure to see that everyone advanced during the day - tons of beautiful attacks. This means that same players were also able to put up a decent defense. Bach impressed by finding an improvement for Karpov with the defending pieces!
September 13: How to study chess was one of the most unconventional classes so far. Thinking about thinking – the Meta level challenge. A happy thought that we don’t have to shoot clichés to make people interested.
August 22: Chess Weekend in Gainesville. A truly inspiring weekend working with last year's National champions from Gainesville. Big Thank you to Coach Pyne, Miguel Ararat, Robert Kaplan-Stein and John Harris for making this possible! More ...
August 1st: Old Style Master Chess is back in a one-day edition. Key Positions were tricky to work it, no doubt, so spending enough time on the homework was essential for this class. We were real pleased to receive so many creative and independent solutions with depth and thoroughness that you can't even expect from high school students! Photos ...
June 22-25: Fast Track Chess. This four-day chess camp was probably the most knowledge intense kids-only camp. Amazing to see levels rising day by day! Photos ...
April 18-19: Playing good chess means knowledge, creativity and ... GOOD HABITS! This was by far thye most creative workshops we've held, and we are sure we broke up lots of bad habits to replace them with better ones. Our promise was "Improve by 200 rating points in one weekend" Exciting to see how people perform at Space Coast next weekend!
March 21-22: Master Level Openings. The crowd is getting tougher, and so does the level of the workshops! The Saturday was all about the openings, bringing it to the next level. Believe it or not, this was the easy day! Sunday was really intense, integrating Strategic and Technical endgames. Thanks to all participants for two wonderful days! Photos ...
February 21-22: The Power of Natural Moves. Natural moves are tricky for the obvious reason that you need to define them as such. And the definition will be unique to its owner. This weekend's workshop was certainly an eye-opener to everyone who was not a GM! Turns out, both “boring moves” and “wild sacs” belong to that category – you just have to know where and when to do what. We repeated the format Rules-Reinforcement-Repetition. Yes we played Blitz! And tricked our brains to develop some new receptors :-)
January 10-11: Improvement Techniques.
The new Blitz format of the class was even a bigger success than expected. We are already looking for ways to build further on it - and we thank all our participants for their valuable feedback! The winners of the day were: January 10: Connor and Paul. January 11: Billy and Paul. Congratulations to you all! Photos from both days ...
Another real good chess weekend with Positional Play as a catch-all theme. Most participants are playing at the Nationals next week, Good luck to everyone!!! Photos from the class here...
If success is measured by achievements, this last workshop was probably our best so far. We worked with the advanced topics of positional play, maneuvering, building small advantages and practically turning an equal position into winning. In the three playing exercises all five games followed closely the plans from the actual grandmaster games! Confidence and mastery! See photos ...
Workshop on Sacrificing Material - Gambits, Attack and Defense. As expected, the theme evolved to include thinking out of the box, challenging yourself to push own boundaries, and the path to excelling in chess. Probably the most demanding workshop since we started. Thanks to everyone who accepted the challenge! Photos from the workshop ...
Upcoming event Oct 10:
MAKING THE RIGHT MOVE UNDER UNCERTAINTY: A grandmaster perspective on Business Strategy, Chance and Risk. Keynote by Lars Bo Hansen, GM, PhD, MBA on Chance Management in Business. For details: email [email protected] or check out our web site later.
HOW NOT TO LOSE IN CHESS. This workshop was about building up sense of danger and learning how and when to employ different defensive strategies. We have already seen some of our participants using these strategies in their games! Photos from the August class here ...
This weekends's workshop was about PLAYING WITH THE MINOR PIECES. First time at the new place in Oviedo. Worked out great! Welcome to our new participants and thank you all for the amazing energy you brought with you! Photos ...
May 31- June 1: WINNING BETTER POSITIONS.
One of our best seminars so far! And the last one in Bahama Bay Resort. View the photos ...
May 10-11, 2014: CLOSED PAWN STRUCTURES. They might seem pretty straight forward. However, closed pawn structures turned out to be a lot more dynamic than their reputation. We look forward to see some brilliant attacks in French, Caro Kann, King’s Indian by our players! Photos from this workshop ...
April 20, 2014:ATTACK-DEFENSE-AND COUNTER ATTACK The theme was a one-day follow up to our November class. Four of our most dedicated participants decided to spend their Easter Sunday learning how to organize a sound attack, when and how to defend, and how to be ready to strike back when the opponent makes a mistake. Photos ...
April 5-6, 2014 Rook endgames are extremely tricky and evaluations can change with one inaccurate move. Knowing your target positions is essential for making the right choices. The technical endgames are the building blocks of understanding, the rest is creativity. We thank all participants for being well prepared, for working hard and focused for hours and for the great creative atmosphere both days! Photos from the class in our gallery …
February 22-23, 2014 We are happy to announce our first Full House with Turbo Master Chess! Probably the toughest weekend so far for the participants. Everyone had just one day to learn how to make the computer work for you in your opening preparation. And another day on self-improvement. Those are huge themes in tournament chess and we will definitely repeat them later. Photos ...
January 25-26, 2014 Turbo-Master Workshop on Pawn Structure Chess. Great atmosphere, high motivation, and quality chess: The best way to describe our first merged class, with both kids and adults. Most participants have already signed up for the next class, February 22-23 on Expert Level Skills. View photos from the past weekend ...
January 11-12, 2014 Master Chess on Calculation Techniques. Glad to welcome some new people, hope to see you again at our next class! View photos ...
December 7-8, 2013 Turbo Chess on How to Choose and Study a Master Level Opening and The Transition Between Middlegame and Endgame. The strongest group on board so far, with average USCF 1378. Good luck to everyone at the Nationals next week! View photos ...
November 9-10, 2013 Turbo Chess Class on Calculation Techniques and Active Play in the Opening and Middlegame. Probably the toughest Turbo Weekend so far! However, an amazing thing happened. By the end of the second day, when everyone was simply drained after 11 hours work, the quality of the games and the follow-up analyzes soared to nothing less than brilliant! Good work, everyone! Keep it up! View photos from this class ...
November 2-3, 2013 Master Chess Weekend dealing with Attack, Defense & Counterattack. At the Master level, organizing a successful attack is far from the idea of a One-man-show as often seen in Basic level chess. For the advanced player, attacking and defending skills are closely related to each other, allowing to use the dynamics of the game to attack, defend, and counterattack. Photos ...
October 5-6, 2013 Turbo Chess runs at nearly max capacity. The 9 participants worked for 10 hours with How to Plan the Middlegame and How to Build a Counterattack. View photos and video ...
September 28-29, 2013 Master Chess Weekend at Bahama Bay Resort, Orlando, FL. Thanks to the 10 participants, we hope you enjoyed the workshop and gained a lot of new chess knowledge. View photos and join the forum on Facebook: Orlando Chess House
August 24-25, 2013 Our first Turbo Chess Weekend was held in Bahama Bay Resort with five participants. The three of them who attended Florida State Championships the week after gained combined 202 rating points! We are thrilled to witness such an amazing advancements! Visit our Facebook Page for photos.
July 12, 2013 July Chess Camp in Photos. Thanks to all participants and parents for a great chess camp at Orlando Chess & Games Center. We hope you enjoyed the camp, made new friends, and learned a lot. View photos from the camp...
July 2nd, 2013 GM Lars Bo Hansen is now contributing to probably the most visited chess site in the world owned by Natalia Pogonina. The Free Weekly Lessons, originally published on GM Hansen's Facebook Page WWGMD can now be found illustrated on Natalia's site.
April 12th, 2013 Summer Chess Camps - Registration opens today
April 11th, 2013 GM Hansen will be commenting Live on ICC's Chess.FM from Alekhine Memorial, Paris (France)/Saint Petersburg (Russia)
March 29th, 2013Spring Break Chess Camp in Photos ...
February 5th, 2013The Future of Chess Publishing
January 7th, 2013 Spring Break Chess Camp Registration (closed)
January 7th, 2013 GM Hansen is commenting Live on ICC's Chess.FM from Tata Steel in Wijk aan Zee, Holland.
December 11th, 2012Connect with us on Facebook -News, Photos, Events, Discussions.
December 9th, 2012 GM Hansen is commenting Live on ICC's Chess.FM from London Chess Classic
29th annual Southern Open
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 23-25 OR 24-25, FLORIDA
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
29TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN OPEN - NOTE CHANGES
5SS, Major and Under 2100 sections 40/80, SD 30+30, other sections 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option in all, rds 1-2 G/60 d10), Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive, Orlando 32819. Free parking. Masks not required. $18,000 guaranteed prizes. In 5 sections. Major: Open to 1900/over (see peakrating.us). $2000-1000-600-400, clear/tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top USCF U2300 $800-400. FIDE. Under 2100: $1400-700-400-200, top U1900 $600-300. FIDE. Under 1800: $1400-700-400-200, top U1600 (no unr) $500-250. Under 1500: $1200-600-300-200, top U1300 (no unr) $400-200. Under 1200: $800-400-200-150. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player combined score among all sections: $600-400-200. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/24. Unrated prize limits: U1200 $100, U1500 $200, U1800 $400. Top 4 sections EF: $118 online at chessaction.com by 7/21, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 mailed by 7/13, all $140 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs: $120 from prize. U1200 Section EF: all $40 less than above. Unofficial or Online Regular uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. If Online Regular rating is 50 or more points over section or prize maximum, prize limit $200. Special 1 year USCF with magazine, paid with entry- online at chessaction.com, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Youth $18. Mailed or at site, $45, $27 & $20. Re-entry $60; no Major to Major. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:30. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:30. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, must commit before rd 3. HR: $121-121 (no resort fee), includes resort fee benefits (free wireless & entertainment in room, use of fitness center, etc). Use reservation link at chessevents.us or 1-800-421-8001, 407-351-2420; reserve by 7/9 or rate may increase. Awards: Paid electronically through Zelle or Paypal. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. Refunds, $15 service charge. Questions: [email protected] Entries posted at chessaction.com (click “entry list” after entry). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm. Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.
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FM Alex Zelner
FM Alex Zelner, a Life Master and President of Orlando Chess & Games Center, offers coaching on a one-on-one basis to all levels of players.
GM Alex Goldin
GM Alex Goldin offers private chess lessons via Skype/online to players who are trying to compete at the top levels of chess.
NM Theo Slade
Life Master Theo offers lessons online. He is also the youngest ever writer for the world's oldest chess journal, the British Chess Magazine.
Coach Steven has 15 years' experience coaching with Orlando Chess & Games. He is also a USCF Senior Tournament Director.
Roundups of the latest tournaments
Andy Yang, Jr. (1927) and Ryan Hamley (1876) tied for 1st by winning four games and drawing each other. Kenneth […]
Andy Yang, Jr. (1896) beat Neel Sahai (1287), Zoe Zelner (1651), Ryan Hamley (1867), and FM Alex Zelner (1938) and […]
Life Master Theo Slade (2102) and Andy Yang, Jr. (1870) both won four games and drew each other to tie […]
Past USCF Event Cross Tables
The Orlando Chess & Games Center has hosted over 400 USCF rated events since its founding in 2002.
Click below to view our history of USCF events.USCF Crosstables For Past OCG Events
US Chess Grand Prix Points: 60 (enhanced)
28th Annual Southern Open. 5SS, Premier and 1700-2099 sections G/100+30, other sections 40/100 SD/30, d10 (2-day option in all, rds 1-2 G/60 d10), Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive, Orlando FL 32819. Free parking.
$18,000 projected prizes based on 240 paid entries; else raised or lowered in proportion with $9000 minimum guaranteed.
In 5 sections:
Premier Section (2000/up): $2000-1000-600-400, clear/tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top USCF U2300 $800-400. FIDE rated.
1700-2099 Section:$1400-700-400-200, top Under 1900 $600-300. FIDE rated.
Under 1800 Section: $1400-700-400-200, top Under 1600 (no unr) $500-250.
Under 1500 Section: $1200-600-300-200, top Under 1300 (no unr) $400-200.
Under 1200 Section: $800-400-200-150.
Unrated may not win over $100 in Under 1200, $200 in Under 1500, or $400 in Under 1800.
If unrated prize is limited, balance goes to next player(s) in line.
MIXED DOUBLES BONUS PRIZES: best male/female 2-player combined score among all sections: $600-400-200. Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/25.
Top 4 sections entry fee:$118 online atchessaction.comby 7/22, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 mailed by 7/15, all $140 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free; $120 deducted from prize.
Under 1200 section entry fee: All $40 less than above.
USCF membership required. Special 1 year USCF dueswith magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17.
Re-entry $60; not available to go from Premier to Premier.
CCA electronic devices policies Prizewinner tax info Foreign player rating info
For all tournaments, adjusted FIDE or foreign ratings, if higher than USCF, may be used. Players must disclose FIDE or foreign ratings when entering, or may later be expelled. Other over the board ratings such as club, league, scholastic, state or province, etc, adjusted if appropriate, may be used at our discretion if above USCF. No rating below the latest official USCF rating, on the list corresponding to the ending date of the tournament, will be used. For 9 round events offering title norm possibilities, FIDE ratings are used. Click here for further details.
Ratings:July official USCF ratings used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Players must reveal foreign, FIDE and other over the board ratings, and these ratings, adjusted if necessary, may be used, if higher than USCF. See also above.
3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rounds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rounds Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Major must commit before rd 2, others before rd 3.
Hotel rates: $119-119 (no resort fee, includes resort fee benefits such as free wireless, in room entertainment, use of fitness center), 1-800-421-8001, 407-351-2420; reserve by 7/10 or rate may increase.
Car rental:Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, orreserve car onlinethrough chesstour.com.
Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.
Room or travel sharing:Post a request to share on theUSCF "All Things Chess" Forum. If you have trouble posting, email your request to Continental Chess and we will post it for you.
Entry:chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, www.chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).
BLITZ TOURNAMENT Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.
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