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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
Angelo Young’s return to the Blaze lineup tonight marks his 20th match since the team entered the league in 2008, and his first back in action since week 1 when he won his match in the Blaze season opening victory over the Seattle Sluggers. This week, as the 4-0 Blaze take on the 1-3 St. Louis Arch Bishops, Young will take the helm at the pivotal Board 3 spot where he will have the white pieces against FM Doug Eckert. Young has been a clutch performer on Board 3 over the years, and in 2009 he was named to the USCL 1st team All Stars for position in 2009. Aside from being the longest time member of the Blaze, Young is also perhaps one of the most committed, enthusiastic, supportive members on the team. Young is also the proprietor of the Touch Move Chess Center, located on Chicago’s north side.
Here are the match-ups for the Blaze-Arch Bishop showdown:
Even in a good season there are losses, and the Chicago Blaze suffered one last night, at the hands of the St. Louis Arch Bishops, by a score of 2.5-1.5.
St. Louis’s winning edge came on Board 1, in the first game of the night to end, when Arch Bishop GM Hikaru Nakamura successfully carried out a regicidal plot reminiscent of power-hungry medieval prelates, against the good and virtuous king of his opponent, GM Dmitry Gurevich of the Blaze. Alexandre Dumas would have understood the game perfectly.
The St Louis Arch Bishops are the new 800-pound gorilla in the USCL, and tonight the massive primate will park itself on our metaphorical living room couch, as the Chicago Blaze face the Gateway City team in Week 2 of the new chess season.
Having dropped their opening match to the L.A. Vibe with a two-grandmaster lineup, the Arch Bishops will come at us tonight with their much-heralded dream team: three grandmasters and the highest rated lineup in U.S. Chess League history. It’s a rare day when a grandmaster plays on Board 3 in a USCL match and rarer still when a recent national champion plays on Board 2. But that’s what the Blaze are up against tonight. Continue reading
Rarely has a new expansion team entered the U.S. Chess League with as much fanfare as the St. Louis Arch Bishops , which made their USCL debut last week and face the Blaze next Wednesday night. But then rarely, if ever, has a new team arrived with not one, but two U.S. Champions on its roster. Continue reading