USCF Home Chess Life Online 2008 February "Foreclosure Doctors" Win South
|"Foreclosure Doctors" Win South|
|By Harvey Lerman|
|February 19, 2008|
"The Foreclosure Doctors LLC 305.300.2055" (Bruci Lopez, Jeffrey Haskel, Javier Gonzales, and Gilberto Luna[Captain]) beat "Flaming Flamingos" (Corey Acor, Eric Rodriguez, Jeffrey De Jesus, and Michael Corallo) in the last round to win the USATS. Their 4 1/2 score put them alone in 1st place. "Flamingos" won 2nd on tiebreaks over the Ludwig team (Daniel Ludwig, Dalton Perrine, Hengyi Wu, and Toby Boas), which finished 3rd. The dominance of the top two teams was apparent as "Falmingos" won all the board prizes but Board #1, which went to Lopez.
Going into the last round Corey Acor's team, "Flaming Flamingos", was leading the Open section with four wins. Their closest encounter was in the third round when they beat Daniel Ludwig's team 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, as Acor lost to Ludwig on the first board. Ludwig and Acor were teammates on the team that won the 2007 USAT Playoffs, but each formed separate teams this year. Acor seemed to do a better job as his team was rated 2198, while Ludwig's was 2055.
The second highest rated team, "The Foreclosure Doctors LLC 305.300.2055", and rated 2195 was named after their sponsor's business name and phone number. I suppose they expected that a win would give their business national exposure. This team was alone at 3 1/2 and so played Acor's in the last round.
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Other prize winners were:
U2000: Gators eat fish
U1800: Stop, Drop and Roll
U1600: Clermont's Garry Day and the Knights
U1400: 18-1* (A Tribute to the '72 Dolphins)
Board 1: Bruci Lopez (5-0)
Board 2: Eric Rodriguez
Board 3: Jeffrey De Jesus
Board 4: Michael Corello
Best Name: Barack Rank Mates