Florida's Two Top Juniors Face Off
By Harvey Lerman   
February 15, 2008
Florida's Two Top Scholastic Players to Meet in a Chess Match Festival
Harvey Lerman
harvey_lerman@juno.com

The Florida Chess Association (FCA) has announced that they are sponsoring a match between two of the top Junior players in the country.... and they live in Florida! They are Ray Robson (who is well on his way to his IM title at age 13) and Daniel Ludwig, who is 17. Last year Daniel Ludwig's team won the United States Amateur Team Championship Playoff. These two players are good friends and currently are both rated about 2425.

The Festival will consist of a 6-game rated match at G/100+30sec, a Blitz match, and finally a Blindfold match. The FCA is providing $3000 for the event. And in order to expose as many of Florida's junior players to this as is possible, the first part of the event will be held be at the site of the Florida Scholastic Championship in Orlando April 11th-13th. These two participants will schedule their rounds to allow those playing in the scholastic to be able to see their match in progress, and also have an opportunity to attend post game lectures as the players recreate their just finished game. The FCA is currently investigating with some vendors to see if this part of the match could be carried live on the Internet, and would welcome any help in making this happen.
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The Festival is tentatively scheduled as follows:
Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel
April 11: Round One (G/100 +30sec for all six rounds), 12:00 p.m.
April 11: Round Two, 7:00 p.m.
April 12: Round Three, 2:00 p.m.
April 13: Round Four, 7:00 p.m.

(Location to be determined.)
April 18: Round Five, 7:00 p.m.
April 19: Round Six, 2:00 p.m.
April 20: Rapid and Blindfold (rounds and times to be
determined - no prizes associated with these)

The prize fund will be distributed 60%/40% to the clear winner of the 6-game match. If there is a tie an Armageddon Blitz game (6min/5min) will be played with the "coin toss" to choose the colors. In this case the prize fund would be distributed 55%/45%.