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Don’t Mess with Illinois

The make-or-break battle for the playoffs makes the Blaze and breaks Texas

For the first time in their history the Chicago Blaze have made it to the USCL playoffs. They did it by beating the Dallas Destiny last night by a score of 2.5-1.5 in the final match of the regular season. It was a make-or-break night for both teams; it made the Blaze and broke the Destiny.

The margin of victory came from wins by IM Florin Felecan and NM Trevor Magness and a draw my GM Dmitry Gurevich. As a result of the victory the Blaze finish the regular season in sole possession of second place in the Western Division of the USCL, a half a match point behind the division-leading Arizona Scorpions.

“I still can’t believe we won it!” said a stunned an elated Dmitry, whose draw with IM Bercys was critical to the match victory for the Blaze. “What a match! What a team!” Continue reading

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This is It, Folks

It all comes down to Week 10 against Dallas

If ever in your life you’ve felt guilty for not having rooted hard enough for the Chicago Blaze, don’t worry, you’re about to get a chance to redeem yourself. You only have to do one thing: root as hard as you can for your team this Wednesday night, when they go up against the Dallas Destiny in a make-or-break match to gain a playoff spot in the Western Division of the USCL.

The situation is this. The Blaze are currently in second place, a hair’s breadth ahead of St. Louis on tiebreaks, but none of that really matters. What matters is that there are three competitive playoff spots in the Western Division, six teams have a chance to win them, and with one round of games left in the regular season it will all be decided this week. On Wednesday night the Blaze play the Dallas Destiny who themselves have a chance to make the playoffs, but they must win the match to do so. Here’s what it comes down to. If they Blaze win, they’re in the playoffs. If they draw, they’re in the playoffs. If they lose they’re out.
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Big League Chess Comes to Chicago

USCL picks Windy City for expansion

It’s a great day for Chicago. IM Greg Shahade, commissioner of the United States Chess League (USCL), has announced today on the league’s Web site that the Chicago Blaze will be one of…

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