Author Archives: Tom Panelas

GM Yury Shulman (Blaze) vs. GM Cristian Chirila

Live blogging this game on Board 1 of the playoff match between the Chicago Blaze and the Dallas Destiny. Continue reading

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Season Ends, Yury Wins GOTW

And now, on to the playoffs

The USCL regular season ended last week with the Blaze posting a draw against our arch rivals the always-tough Arizona Scorpions. The Blaze held the match on the strength of victories by GM Yury Shulman and IM Angelo Young. Yury’s game, which he annotates below, has won the league Game of the Week. Continue reading

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Blaze vs. Scorpions

Good evening, chess fans. Once again we’re live blogging tonight’s match. The Chicago Blaze are playing our arch rivals, the Arizona Scorpions. They always give us a tough match. If you have access to the Internet Chess Club, go there and watch the games live. If not, we’ll try to post regular updates here. Refresh your browser every so often as we update the games in progress.
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Chicago Blaze vs. Miami Sharks

Good evening, chess fans. Once again we’re live blogging tonight’s match. The Chicago Blaze are playing the Miami Sharks. Looks like a tough match. If you have access to the Internet Chess Club, go there and watch the games live. If not, we’ll try to post regular updates here. Refresh your browser every so often as we update the games in progress. Continue reading

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Blaze Douse Dallas; Eric Scores a T-Shirt; Sharks Circling

My friends, we are in haste. It’s a short week, we’re late in recapping last week’s match (all the usual excuses), this week’s match is nigh (Monday!), and thus we will dispense with the pointless kibitzing and the superfluous salutations and get right to the nitty gritty.

The first item of business: the Blaze scorched the Dallas Destiny by a score of 3.5.-.5 (ouch) last Wednesday night to continue one of the greatest winning streaks in U.S. Chess League history and clinch first place in the Western Division. With two weeks left in the regular season the Blaze are 8-0, undefeated and untied, and that’s pretty impressive is we do say so ourselves. Even if you disagree (and if you’re reading this you probably don’t) the fact remains, as I understand it, that no other team in league history has ever had a perfect record this late in the season. Deal with it. Continue reading

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Chicago Blaze vs. Dallas Destiny

Good evening, chess fans. Once again we’re live blogging tonight’s match. The Chicago Blaze are playing the Dallas Destiny, former USCL champs, in what is sure to be one of the toughest contests this year for our home team. If you have access to the Internet Chess Club, go there and watch the games live. If not, we’ll try to post regular updates here. Refresh your browser every so often as we update the games in progress. Continue reading

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Byambaa – Schmakel: the Solution

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Blaze Beat Mechanics Tonight

Tonight the Chicago Blaze deafeated the San Francisco Mechanics 2.5-1.5 to go 7-0 on the season! A victory on Board 4 by NM Sam Schmakel and draws on Boards 1-3 by GMs Shulman and Amanov and IM Young did it for the Blaze. Here are the games. Stay tuned for more. Continue reading

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Trevor’s Corner, Week 6: Young-Defibaugh

From NM Trevor Magness:

In this position from the game Young – Defibaugh in last week's match between the Blaze and the Kingfishers, it may look at first glance that black has achieved a fine position out of the opening.…

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Trevor’s Corner, Week 6: Solution

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