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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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Chicago Blaze vs. Dallas Destiny

Good evening, chess fans. Once again we’re live blogging tonight’s match. The Chicago Blaze are playing the Dallas Destiny, former USCL champs, in what is sure to be one of the toughest contests this year for our home team. 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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A Date with Destiny

Eric Rosen, Ilan Meerovich , Keaton Kiewra, and decorative horse -  Lindsborg, Kansas, July, 2004

Tonight, the 7-0 Chicago Blaze have a date with destiny, and with the Dallas Destiny as well. The…

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Blaze Game(s) of the Week: Week 10 – Extended Edition

By NM Jeremy Kane

Heading into week 10 the Blaze needed only a draw to make the playoffs for the first time in team history. In reality though, the team needed more. While a tie would qualify for the playoffs, no one wanted to have finished the season winless in the final four weeks. Furthermore, the prospect of a round one matchup giving draw odds to the stacked St. Louis lineup didn’t fill anyone with excitement. This is why there was a large, tense crowd huddled into the North Shore Chess Center Wednesday night pulling for the Blaze to win and clinch the second seed in the West. In their way stood the Dallas Destiny with a young and strong lineup, hoping to spoil the Blaze season and take a playoff spot of their own.
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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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Stayin’ Alive

The Blaze keep their playoff chances on life support and pull the plug on the defending champs

They may not be the team they were last year, but the Dallas Destiny are still the defending champions of the U.S.

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Blaze Stung By Scorpions Again

Photos: (c) Betsy Dynako

As Charles Dickens once said, there are the best of times, and then there’s last Wednesday night. Yuck. That evening, the Chicago Blaze lost to our fellow expansion team the Arizona Scorpions for the second time…

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