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IM Daniel Ludwig to Participate in the 2009 US Class Chess Championship! Print E-mail
By Joan DuBois   
June 29, 2009
Official Press Release
June 29, 2009
Franc Guadalupe [email protected]

Florida’s own and newest International Master (effective 1 July) Daniel Ludwig (USCF Rating 2542) is, as of now, the top seed in the Masters Division of the 2009 US Class Championships to be held in Boca Raton, Florida, 17-19 July. This event is an official U.S. Chess Federation national championship.

The top division of the US Class has been dominated by former Floridians in the last two installments of these National Championships, both held in Houston.  In 2007, the winner was GM Alejandro Ramirez, originally from Costa Rica and former resident of Central Florida.  When GM Ramirez left Florida, he was a 10-year old rated 1850.  He returned from his native country six years later, as a Grandmaster, to enroll in University of Texas at Dallas.  Another former Floridian, IM Daniel Fernandez, won in 2008.   At age 11, Fernandez became one of the youngest national masters ever!   Daniel also attended UTD but later transferred to UT-Brownsville where he completed his college degree.

Both of these events were featured in Chess Life Online:

2007 US Class:  http://main.uschess.org/content/view/7964/407/

2008 US Class:  http://main.uschess.org/content/view/8572/468/

This year, the spotlight is again on Floridians, as the event will take place in their “backyard.”  As in past years, all Class Champions will also be listed in the Annual Yearbook of Chess Life Magazine and this year’s event will also be featured in Florida Chess Magazine.

For more information, go to the FCA website, http://www.floridachess.org/ .   You may register on line at https://secure.uschess.org/webstore/tournament.php.   And do not forget that the Scholastic event will be held on Sunday, July19th at the same location.

So…if you have already registered, we thank you for your participation.  If you have not, register today!  We hope to see you in Boca Raton!


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