Blaze Season Kicks Off This Week
- Created: 31 August 2009 31 August 2009
The pairings for this season’s first match, between the Chicago Blaze and the Arizona Scorpions, have been posted on the U.S. Chess League site. As the teams get ready for the opening salvos of their 2009 title quests, the Chicago Blaze finds itself underdogs vs. Arizona, and not for the first time.
Here’s the lineup, in which Arizona has a ratings advantage on every board:
- Board 1 GM Alejandro Ramirez vs. GM Nikola Mitkov (Chicago)
- Board 2 FM Florin Felecan (Chicago) vs IM Levon Altounian
- Board 3 FM Robby Adamson vs. IM Mehmed Pasalic (Chicago)
- Board 4 Trevor Magness (Chicago) vs. David Adelberg
Robson Shines at 23rd NACA Event Scoring 2nd GM Norm
- Created: 27 August 2009 27 August 2009
Ray Robson scored his second GM Norm at the recently completed 23rd NACA Event. He scored 7/9 5 wins and 4 draws going undefeated and taking home the first prize of $1500.
In 2nd place with 6.5/9 was GM Gior Kacheishvili followed by GM Mesgen Amanov and IM Michael Mulyar in a tie for third place on 6/9.
The event was a great success not only did Robson get his GM Norm but Molner also got his IM Norm with 4.5/9.
Robson is expected to get his final GM Norm at the Spice Cup next month. His USCF rating is expected to break the 2600 mark for the first time.
Another notable performance was by NM Erik Santarius of WI. He scored 5/9 with a win over local FM Albert Chow in the last round. Alexander Velikanov 2069 from WI didn't let the fact that he was the lowest rated player get him down he scored 4/9 only losing 2 games.
Final results are shown below. Congrats to all the players.
NACA 23rd Invitational Under Way
- Created: 24 August 2009 24 August 2009
The 23rd edition of the NACA Invitational Chess Tournament is under way at the Holiday Inn in Skokie.
Young Superstar player IM Ray Robson is leading the tournament with an impressive 3.5/4 which includes a win over strong GM Izoria.
Illinois Players Bring Home US Open Bacon
- Created: 19 August 2009 19 August 2009
As a group, Illinois players who participated in the recent U.S. Open tournament performed returned home not only with higher ratings but also with fatter wallets, collectively racking up almost $7,500 in prize money. As previously reported here, local Chicago GM Dmitry Gurevich won the tournament, netting him over $2,800, and junior player Eric Rosen tied for first in the Expert class, earning his national master title, along with $1,359, a nice paycheck for a high school sophomore not quite old enough to drive.
But they weren't the state's only winners. Two other Illinois high school sophomores, Stevenson’s Kent Cen and Buffalo Grove’s Matthew Wilbur, earned more than $1,100 each by scoring 5.5 points and tying for first place in the Class B section. Wilbur was the Illinois player with the biggest rating gain, bulldozing through his higher-rated opponents and amassing a whopping 120 points (1837 to 1957) with 5.5 points that included wins against one master and three experts. Cen also broke through the 1900 mark for the first time. And Whitney Young 8th grader Sam Schmakel scored 6 points, tying for second place in the Class A section, garnering a $755 prize and reaching an all-time rating high of 1969.
GM Gurevich Ties for First at US Open
- Created: 09 August 2009 09 August 2009
GM Gurevich tied for First place at the US Open scoring 7.5/9
He also earns a place at the 2010 US Championships.
He won 6 games and drew 3 games with fellow GM players.
Congrats to GM Gurevich for his excellent performance at the 2009 US Open
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