Category Archives: Albert Chow

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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The Hyperactive King

. . . and other tales from a very exciting draw.

I watched this game live on ICC, and I still can’t believe FM Jim Dean held it. The 80-move marathon was Jim’s first game as a Blazer, and he certainly showed his tenacity, to say nothing of endurance. Now FM Albert Chow, who has kindly annotated the game, explains how Jim did it. Continue reading

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Tactical Threats, Nerves of Steel (i.e., Chess)

In another exciting Blaze Game of the Week, FM Albert Chow analyzes GM Josh Friedel’s draw against his Arizona Scorpion opponent, IM Mac Molner, who played a tough Sicilian Najdorf. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Blaze GOTW #2

Yesterday we brought you Trevor’s excerpt on GM Dmitry Gurevich’s dashing queen sac in his game against NM Ernesto Alvarez. Today, Albert Chow, FIDE Master and chess annotator extraordinaire par excellence, looks at the whole game. Blaze “Game of the Week” #2.
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Blaze Go Deep to Repel the Feisty Sharks

The Miami Sharks put up a good fight against a deep Chicago lineup consisting of 3 GM’s and last minute pinch hitter Todd Freitag, but in the end, lost to the Blaze by a 3.5-.5 margin. While the match score may suggest otherwise, there was no shortage of excitement at Skokie’s North Shore Chess Center yesterday evening.
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Blaze Game of the Week #2

As we were saying, all four of last week’s game were exciting and interesting, making it hard to choose a single Game of the Week. So here’s another one, artfully annotated by Chicago chess veteran FIDE Master Albert Chow. Thanks, Al.

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