When the Blaze take on the Los Angeles Vibe tonight, two members of the lineup will be making their Blaze debuts: FM Jim Dean and NM Gopal Menon. Though they’re new to the Blaze, both are veterans of the Midwestern chess scene. Please welcome them and wish them well as they attempt to help the Chicago Blaze maintain their undefeated record, which now stands at 3-0.
GM Melikset Khachiyan vs GM Yury Shulman (Blaze)
GM Mesgen Amanov (Blaze) vs IM Zhanibek Amanov
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan vs FM Jim Dean (Blaze)
NM Gopal Menon (Blaze) vs Albert Lu
This may be the toughest match yet for the Blaze. Join us on the Internet Chess Club beginning at 8:00 Chicago time. With any luck we’ll have stuff on Twitter and Facebook, too. If I can manage it we may even live-blog the games as we did last week, but no promises on that. Go Blaze!