Author Archives: Tom Panelas

Gopalization

Last week NM Gopal Menon posted his second victory in two starts with the Blaze, handing Baltimore’s NM Ian Schoch his only loss of the year so far. How did he do it? NM Trevor Magness annotates the game. Continue reading

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A Bird in Hand

IM Angelo Young annotates his Week 6 win, a key factor in the Blaze’s razor-thin margin of victory over the Baltimore Kingfishers.

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Blaze vs. Kingfishers

Good evening, chess fans. Once again we’re live blogging tonight’s match. The Chicago Blaze are playing the Baltimore Kingfishers. 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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Trevor’s Corner: Vojinovic-Gurevich

Did you miss Trevor’s Corner last week? Fear not, NM Trevor Magness is back this week with another fun tactical problem, this from GM Dmitry Gurevich’s victory last week over IM Goran Vojinovic. It’s the usual drill: look at the position and decide what move you would make. Then click below to see what the Blaze grandmaster did. If you decided the same move he made, pat yourself on the back. Continue reading

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Vojinovic-Gurevich: The Solution

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Hat Tip: Gray Lady

Congratulations to GM Mesgen Amanov of the Chicago Blaze, whose victory over IM Zhanibek Amanov (no relation), in one of the most interesting games in the USCL this year, was reviewed today in the New York Times by chess columnist Dylan Loeb McClain. McClain also mentioned the Blaze, our 5-0 start this season, and gave us some link love by pointing to the Blaze blog twice.

Thanks, Mr. McClain, and please stay tuned; there’s plenty more to come this season.
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The Icing on the Cake

This week National Master Sam Schmakel topped off the Blaze victory over the Arch Bishop with a thrilling win that made the score a decisive 3.5-.5. NM Trevor Magness annotates. Continue reading

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Back to Basics

After two—count ‘em, two—undefeated seasons in the U.S. Chess League, IM Angelo Young hit a rough patch in 2010. He appears to be back in form. Loogout, league!

Angelo has kindly annotated his victory this past week over FM Doug Eckert.
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Keeping the Heat On

The Chicago Blaze juggernaut continues to roll through the U.S. Chess League. Last night our Chi-town team won another decisive victory, beating the St. Louis Arch Bishops 3.5-.5. At this point, halfway through the ten-week regular season, the Blaze have a perfect record of 5-0—undefeated and untied.

Once again we got stellar performances from all four boards, with victories by GM Dmitry Gurevich, IM Angelo Young and NM Sam Schmakel and a draw by GM Josh Friedel against the redoubtable St. Louis GM Ben Finegold. Continue reading

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Blaze vs. Arch Bishops

Good evening, chess fans. Once again we’re live blogging tonight’s match. The Chicago Blaze are playing the St. Louis Arch Bishops. 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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