By Alex Gurtis
Last week, after an intense battle royal between some the area’s best players, National Master (NM) Nick Moore was declared the champion of the Orlando Chess Club’s first Super Quad. Moore finished the Super Quad with 2.5/3 points in a tie with NM Makaio Krienke. After an intense Armageddon finale vs. Krienke in the tiebreaker portion of the event, Moore took down the opposing NM and claimed the title of the Orlando Chess Club’s first Super Quad champion.
Going into the tournament Fide Master (FM) Dalton Perrine was the highest ranked player to enter the battlefield but had been off the tournament circuit for some time. It was an absence that was highlight by Perrine’s last-place finish. It is hard to say if this is a sign of things to come for the hurt FM, but it is likely that we will be seeing more of him as he struggles to regain his composure after a rough return.
Meanwhile, despite having the most active play of all the contestants, NM Theo Slade fell short of the finish line as ghosts of his past came back to haunt him. In the last round of the tournament, Slade once more blundered a rook, a repeat performance from previous tournament bout against NM Moore. While in check, Slade accidentally touched the piece, forcing him to sacrifice it or risk a checkmate. It was a surprising turn of events as Theo had been the only one of the four contestants to confidently declare, “I think I’m going to win it.”
In contrast, despite his second place finish, NM Makaio Krienke’s performance was particularly impressive. Before the tournament, the confident NM was quoted saying “I haven’t prepared.” Thus, it was an eyebrow rising result that brings into focus whether his natural talent was on a different level than the other contestants and if the outcome would have been different had he adequately prepared. Makaio’s tactical style certainly almost got him to the summit and caught the attention of the local chess community but whether it will let him take Orlando’s crown at the next Super Quad is a question only time can answer.