Category Archives: dmitry gurevich
National Master Gopal Menon made his USCL debut in spectacular fashion Wednesday night as he extracted a win, from what many in the crowd thought was a drawn position, to clinch the Blaze win and extend the team’s perfect record to 4-0. Menon, known for his one minute bullet chess prowess (he was #1 on the ICC one minute list earlier in the year), came out of a the opening in typical fashion, with an advantage and up the exchange against 10-year old whiz kid Albert Lu. Continue reading
NM Sam Schmakel’s victory over NM Nick Thompson last week was so thrilling that we’re bringing you not one, but two analyses of the game, one from GM Dmitry Gurevich, and one from NM Trevor Magness. Here you go, have fun. Continue reading
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.
From the Chicago Blaze’s very own puzzle master, NM Trevor Magness. Click below for the answer.
In this position from the game between GM Gurevich and NM Alvarez, white has built up the clearly superior position with a passed pawn on d7 and very well-placed pieces. White has a number of ways to win here, but Dmitry found a nice tactic that ended the game almost immediately. WHITE TO PLAY Continue reading
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.
The lineups for this week’s USCL match between the Blaze and the Miami Sharks have been announced, and three new players will make their first appearance for the Blaze this week; GM Yury Shulman, GM Josh Friedel, and NM Sam Schmackel. The only Blaze veteran in this week’s lineup will be GM Dmitry Gurevich, who finds himself in the unusual position of playing Board 3. Continue reading
The Chicago Blaze came out smoking in its season opener with a convincing 3.5 – .5 victory over the Seattle Sluggers this past Wednesday evening. It was a hot night in the Chicagoland area as Blaze team members, management, local luminaries, chess fans, as well as members of the local press corps converged on the the North Shore Chess Center in Skokie to witness the beginning of what many believe will be a championship season. Continue reading
Well, this is it, chess fans. The 2011 U.S. Chess League season gets under way this week, and our first match of the year, against the Seattle Sluggers, starts Wednesday night at 8:00 PM. Here are the lineups. Continue reading