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Board 1: GM Mesgen Amanov vs GM Giorgi Kacheishvili

Live blogging the U.S. Chess League Finals.

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Board 2: IM Irina Krush vs. GM Dmitry Gurevich

Live blogging the U.S. Chess League Finals.
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Board 3: IM Angelo Young vs. SM Matt Herman

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Board 4: John Fernandez vs. NM Gopal Menon

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Back Rank Regrets

Trevor analyzes GM Dmitry Gurevich’s victory in last week’s match. Continue reading

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Hypermodern Madness

FM Albert Chow annotates GM Josh Friedel’s Game-of-the-Week-winning victory in last week’s semifinal match against L.A. Continue reading

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This is it: the Big Enchilada

Okay, chess fans, this is it, the thing we’ve been working and rooting for all season long: the Chicago Blaze have made it to the final round of the U.S. Chess League playoffs.

The Blaze, who will play the New York Knights for the league championship next Sunday, earned that right after beating the Los Angeles Vibe 2.5-1.5 in the league semifinals Monday night, making them the Western Division representative in the season’s final match.

The Blaze took Monday night’s match on the strength of a draw by GM Yury Shulman and victories by GMs Dmitry Gurevich and Josh Friedel, who won the league Game of the Week prize, the third week in a row it has been won by a Blazer. (Yury won it the previous two.) Continue reading

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Chicago Blaze vs. the L.A. Vibe

Good evening, chess fans. It’s the second round of the USCL playoffs, and the Blaze are playing the L.A. Vibe to determine who represents the Western Division in the championship match next Sunday. Once again we’re live blogging tonight’s match. There’s a lot on the line, so we’re expecting 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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Yury Wins Game of the Week – Again

I don’t know if this has ever happened before in the U.S. Chess League, but for the second week in a row—first in Week 10 of the regular season and now in the first week of the playoffs—GM Yury Shulman of the Blaze has won the league’s Game of the Week prize. And here again he’s annotated the game for our edification, enlightenment, and entertainment. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Blaze Push Dallas Destiny into Oblivion in Round One of Playoffs

Skokie, Illinois Deputy Police Chief Michael Pechter opens the match for GM Yury Shulman with  1. d4.
Photo by FIDE Master Eric Rosen

Skokie Deputy Police Chief Michael Pechter initiated the

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