Oswaldo Fernandez Memorial


Today, CCFC held the Oswaldo Fernandez Memorial tournament! There were a sum total of 30 players, competing in a four round tournament in a G/30 +5sd time control. At the start of the Oswaldo Fernandez Memorial Tournament, CCFC Owner Melvin Patrick read a statement from the tournament organizer, Michael Zadorozny. Written below is an exerpt from the statement:

"I want to thank everyone who came to play today. I wish I could be here today to honor my dear friend Oswaldo Fernandez.

Oswaldo passed away last December at the age of 90. He was loved by everyone who knew him and was widely admired as a chess player.

Chess was one of Oswaldo's great loves in life. He was known for his natural fantastic tactical skill... I saw him play some of the most imaginative combinations I've ever witnessed.

Even at the age of 85 and debilitated by illness, he played in rated tournaments. Once, when he tried to register for a tournament online, he was unable to because the computer system wasn't programmed to accept someone that old! We both got a good laugh out of that.

We played thousands of games over more than 25 years and I learned more from his example about chess than from anyone else. I miss our games and our friendship terribly."

-Michael Zadorozny

CCFC acknowledges and appreciates the legacy of Oswaldo Fernandez, and the many connections he made with people at the club and throughout his life.

At the end of today's competitive tournament, there was a tie for 1st/2nd place. Both CCFC Member Bryan Weisz and NY Player Nicholas Belenky ended the tournament with a perfect 4/4 points, winning $250 in prize money each!

There was a three-way tie for the 3rd place/U2000 prize, between CT Player Jack Grills, and CCFC Members Kyle Dong and Yusuf Mansurov. All three players ended the tournament with 3/4 points!

The U1700 prize featured yet another tie between CCFC Members Kyle Ambrose and Andrew DeMartino! Both players scored 3/4 points at the end of the tournament.

Finally, PA Player Ariv Debmisra won the U1400 Prize, with a score of 2.5/4 points. This is also Debmisra's first ever tournament at CCFC!

Featured below are all the prize winners from today's Oswaldo Fernandez Memorial Tournament. Congratulations to these strong players, following in Mr. Oswaldo's tatical skills, and love of the game of chess!

Thank you to all of today’s participants, welcome to all newcomers, and congratulations to the prize winners!