2016 Florida State Championship is in the books!

Julio Becerra again won the Florida State Championship with a score of 5.5/6. Second to fourth place was shared by Corey Acor, Cesar Valido, and P. Hernandez-Perez with 4.5/6. Full results are available here. Congrats to the winners and on behalf of the FCA thank you to all participants. See you next year!

FCA president William Bowman has kindly provided the following photos from the winner’s circle.



State is right around the corner!

The 2016 Arnold Denker Florida State Championship will be held Labor Day weekend in Tampa. Prize fund is $12,000 (based on 180 paid entries). The group rate of $109/night has been extended to August 18th. See you there!

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2016 Orlando Sunshine Open

John G. Ludwig and GM Sandro Pozo Vera shared first place with 4.5/5 points and Roshan Jayaraman took clear 3rd with 4/5 at the 2016 Sunshine Summer Open. Jayaraman gained a cool 61 rating points for his effort! The event was held June 10-12 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort & Convention Center in Orlando. Chief TD was Steve Vigil.

Other section winners were as follows:

Under 2000 – 4/5 – Matthew O’Brien, Kevin M Mc Donald, Ryan Hamley, Alexander Sinnott, Frank Castillo (5-way tie!)
Under 1600 – 4.5/5 – Neil Coffman, Cesar Gonell
Under 1200 – 5/5(!) – Judin Job Thomas

Congrats to all of the winners. Results and prizes.

8th Summer Solstice Open

John Ludwig took clear first with 4.5/5 at the 8th Summer Solstice Open including a fourth round win over GM Julio Becerra! GM Becerra and GM Sandro Pozo Vera shared 2nd-3rd with 4/5. Other section winners were:

Under 2050 – William Bowman – 4.5/5
Under 1750 – Janusz Gromnicki – 4.5/5
Under 1450 – Matthew E. Kolcz – 5/5(!)
Under 1000 – Varshini Venkat – 4.5/5

The tournament was held June 3-6 at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Coral Springs. Jon Haskel was Chief TD. Tournament details and full results available at Bocachess.com.

Eric Rosenthal remembrance published by Chessbase!

Chessbase has published the remembrance of Eric Rosenthal that Marc Polonsky wrote for this year’s Gulf Coast Open! You can see the story here.

Eric and I exchanged games back in our youth (the old-fashioned way — with letters!) and I present here a nice game that Eric played vs Mikel Peterson in St Petersburg a very long time ago. RIP my friend.

Eric playing in a simul versus Victor Korchnoi in Hollywood, Florida. Eric was the only player to draw that day!
Eric playing in a simul versus Victor Korchnoi in Hollywood, Florida.
Eric was the only player to draw that day!

Space Coast Open brilliancy prize games

Brilliancy prize games submitted by Peter Dyson as judged by IM Javad Maharramzade. I managed to wind up on the wrong side of the first prize game so I’ve provided some brief notes — to help ease the pain. 🙂

(Click the ellipses above the game board to select from each of three games. The pgn file follows.)

23rd Space Coast Open brilliancy prize games