New Place to Play in Central Florida
The Village Chess Club is offering a series of Quad once every month. The people is friendly and the playing area great. Recommended!
The University of Florida Men’s Volleyball Club Wins 2016-2016 Award as Most Improved Club
The University of Florida Sports and Rec Center, recognized the effort and performance of the men’s volleyball club (Orange and Blue teams) during the 2016-2017 season, especially at the National Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships (NCVF) in Kansas City (MO). The strong leadership of Josh Crow and the wiliness to apply the fundamentals of chess tactics and strategy to a Division III team (Blue) translated in a team capable to operate as a single unit and beat stronger, taller and more skilled opponents at national level. The blue team mastered during the pre season a set of volleyball skills that when executed on the court , severely restricted opponent’s play. Importantly, when this skill set was applied to a game it helped the team to hang on, regardless of opponent’s strength. In chess term, my team successfully follows an adaptation to volleyball of the style of play of the best tournament chess player so far, Anatoly Karpov.
Left to Right, Miguel Ararat (Head Coach, Blue team), Josh Crow (Club President) and Adam Richman (Graduate Assistant for Competitive Sports)
Gainesville Chess Training Spring Swiss 2017 Results
On April first we run our traditional Spring Break tournament. The tournament is run with the purpose of providing Scholastic and adult chess players the opportunity to play against challenging opposition, in a family friendly location and schedule without the need of traveling out town. We are glad the parents help us to make the tournament a success.
The tournament is not run for profit, but the nice trophies are given to the winners in each section. This year, one family provided lunch for all players, staff and parents ( Thank you Nake and Devi)
The winner of the 1000 – 1300 USCF section was Andrew Ye with a perfect 4/4 score. This result is not a surprise, Andrew did really well at our last chess camp and is coach by one of the local top coaches, George Pyne.
The U 500 USCF section was won by Justis Blankenfeld with a perfect 4/4 score! A very impressive result considered that Justis (as well as his brother Colton and sister Dakota are new to competitive chess)
In second place came Analaya Muneepeerakul (Lui), with 3/4 a strong performance for a 5 year old kid, that by the way won the Spring Camp 2017 section
Thanks again to all players parent and coaches that make tournaments like this possible and help to maintain Gainesville as a major National Chess Powerhouse.
Gainesville Team tied for 2nd place (out of 13 teams) at the U-1300 section of the 2017 US Amateur team South with 3.0 points (winner had 3.5). Congratulations to Billy Kipersztok and his teammates for this performance. at Gainesville Chess Training we are happy to see Billy improve 1300 rating points in fourteen months (without any previous tournament experience) and in just 9 rated tournaments!
Board 1 Byron Hu,
Board 2 Billy Kipersztok
Board 3 Lance Ferrer and
Board 4 Alexander Crook
James Wnek become our first student to go from 1150 USCF to 1785 in 3 years (Aug 2013 – Sep 2016). Three months after James left our program he broke the 1800 USCF mark. At Gainesville Chess Training we are happy to see James accomplished his first chess goal and continue to improve his chess skills.
Miguel Ararat MS.,MPharm is the new Head Coach of the University of Florida Blue Team.
Miguel is looking forward to translate the fundamentals of chess strategy and tactics to College level volleyball and also to promote chess as a tool to improve decision making on the volleyball court.
2016 October Chess Challenge
Save the date: Future tournaments, 11/19 & 12/10/2016
Daytona Beach Florida
Saturday October 22, 2016
Best Western Hotel
2620 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114
5SS. USCF-rated. Must have USCF membership (may renew/join on-site). Prizes based on 20 full entries. Please bring clocks and sets. None provided.
Registration: 09:30am – 10:00am
Time Control: G/45mins + 5sec delay. (G/45;d5)
Rounds: 10:30am, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:15pm (lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm; expected finish 7:45pm).
Prizes: 1st – $150, 2nd – $100, 3rd – $50, U1700: $60, U1400: $50,
Entry to: C.H.E.S.S. 821 Upland Dr., Port Orange, FL 32127
Contact: Steve Lampkin (386) 682-9527 email@example.com
Name: _________________________________________________ Phone: ________________
USCF ID: __________________________ Exp. Date: __________________ Rating: ___________
USAT 2016 U 2000 Champions
Mario Marshall, Miguel Ararat, William Bowman and Tek Ajao
Upcoming Chess Tournaments