5th Annual Florida Collegiate Chess Championship
Matthew Kolcz / FIU, MDC, UCF, FIT, UF.

5th Annual Florida Collegiate Chess Championship


March 23 - 24, 2019.

Another year, another victory for the Panthers.

Florida International University, having another perfect Team score of 5/5, and near perfect Individual score 19/20, has been showing dominance in the Collegiate Chess League.

Left to right: Thomas Zequera, NM Yan Miellier, Nico Terradas, CM Juan Eduardo
Left to right: Thomas Zequera, NM Yan Miellier, Nico Terradas, Juan EduardoNot only were they strong, but they also have a quickly growing club having sent four teams. One would think this would give the school an advantage, but due to how averages in ratings go, their latter teams weren't able to make the same performance. However, they did all make for wonderful games.

FIU decided to keep the same team as last year (no alternates), with NM Yan Miellier (2304), CM Juan Eduardo (2189), Nico Terradas (2007), and Thomas Zequera (1962) on boards 1-4 consecutively, having the highest team average rating this tournament has seen, 2115! That's 22.5 points higher than last year.

The next team to come even close was the mixed team Miami Dade College (MDC)+ University of Central Florida (UCF) at 1785. Their team included Danilo Rivero (2054), William Bowman (1934), Fernando Huayhua (1642P), Luis Cedeno (1510P), who came in 2nd place with 4 Team points and 13.5 Individual points.

Then Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), 555.5 with Michael Mascari (710), Dylan Hall (390), Coleman Olson (Unr), Josh Mullholand (Unr). Don't let the team average fool you here, as they came in 3rd place, 3 Team points, 8 Individual points.

Apart from one University of Florida (UF) student, Peng Wenbo (Unr), who beat Bowman in an upset, the rest of the players are from FIU.

Typing out every person on every team is a bit tedious, so here is the official event summary:

This was the first year where we had the winning school host of the following tournament. Unfortunately, the distance for most Northern colleges was too difficult, so we may just return to the conception of the tournament, Orlando, FL, as that's the most centralized.

There was one new event during the tournament that definitely needs recognition.

FIU's NM Yan Miellier was kind enough to hold a simultaneous exhibition against any of those who were interested in playing.

There were 15 players who took to the stage.  There was no time limit, just to move when he gets to your board.

With an impressive performance of 12.5/15, he certainly showed that he deserves his Master title.

I would like to put in a personal game to show how easily he can pounce at the first opportunity on an opponent's mistake. I was pressured to move at the blunder, but having said that he showed amazing strength. wink.png

It didn't stop there, as NM Miellier also took home the Gold in our Blitz tournament. 

He placed 1st in the double round robin against 11 other players, achieving 20.5/22 points.

I once said to him, "I aspire to be a Master someday, how do I do it?" 
His response, "dedication, hard work, and a bit of luck happy.png."

Calm, cool, and honest.

What would a blog on a team match be without a couple games from the winners themselves?  Unlike last year, I will just show the games for what they are with some comments from the winners.

From boards 4 to 1, here they are:

Board 4: The star game, sacrifices on both sides. Very fun to watch!

Thomas: "I usually don’t like to sack rooks in important games like this where I’m playing a very underrated opponent and losing would be disastrous but like Tal once said, “You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5, and the path leading out is only wide enough for one”"

Board 3: What happens when you don't have a plan?

Nico: "The game shows the problems of playing without a clear plan. Or better said: the dangers of losing sight of the positional goals and plans. In this case for white."
Board 2: An attack against the castled King.
Board 1: All the tempi lost against the Queen.

Against his high rated opponent, [Unrated] Peng Wenbo took the "W" against [1934] William Bowman with a clean attack, winning biggest upset.

I would like to thank Juan Eduardo for his incredible help hosting this year's Springs Classics. He took the initiative to organize a beautiful tournament hall, staying on top of the other teams to make sure they attend, and food/drinks.  Due to his involvement and passion, the FLCCF is proud to add him as the new face to lead Collegiate chess in Florida.
Pictured: Matthew Kolcz (TD), CM Juan Eduardo (Host)