A Family Of Sorrows

A Family Of Sorrows

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Nov 3, 2013

Well, this is it, the final week for the Scorpions as they were bumped out of the play-off picture last week when the LA Vibe bead the San Francisco Mechanics. At least Arizona is in for a bit of fun and revenge as it is that very team that they a...

Keep Treading Water You Scorpions!

Keep Treading Water You Scorpions!

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Oct 20, 2013

Boy, I tell you, we get no respect! The Scorpions have been adrift in the Pacific (Division) for a long time... There was a chance when the Dreadnaughts came sailing through, but NO! They threw down a couple of MRE's and kept on going. Next the Sc...

Help! Send Search & Rescue!

Help! Send Search & Rescue!

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Oct 14, 2013

Posted by Steve Farmer, aka StoopidBishop 10/14/13 Arizona seems to be lost somewhere in the Pacific Division as they lose another match, this time to the Connecticut Dreadnaughts. For the video lovers here is the recap of the entire match:   ...

Under Water In The Pacific

Under Water In The Pacific

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Oct 6, 2013

Arizona goes down and St. Louis goes up!  Here is a video recap of all four games for those too tired to click through the games  It was not a pretty sight to say the least. Arizona had a very tough assignment on Board 1 with Molner taking on ...

All Is Not Lost With A Draw!

All Is Not Lost With A Draw!

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Sep 29, 2013

The week 5 Match between the LA Vibe and the Arizona Scorpions was certainly a specticle for the viewers! Board 1 was a bit on the boring side as the players both took their time and decided to split the point after only 18 moves.  Things on Boa...

The Forgiving Flexible Najdorf

The Forgiving Flexible Najdorf

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Sep 23, 2013

Last week the match between Arizona versus Manhattan had many interesting games. In my last blog I showed a video of the game Altounian vs Vovsha, an interesting positional masterpiece. Today we will move very far away from the positional end of t...

A Win By Submission!

A Win By Submission!

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Sep 22, 2013

By Steve Farmer 9-23-13 Greatings fellow chess.com, USCL and Arizona Scorpion fans! I want to thank you all for stopping by for a look and a special thanks to all who have started following my blog here on chess.com. Let's get the ball rolling.....

Chess Is Tough In The USCL!

Chess Is Tough In The USCL!

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Sep 16, 2013

By Steve Farmer 9-16-13 Last year Arizona won the Western Division Semi-Finals and this year they start out the season with one drawn match and then two losses back to back. This is a tough start to the 2013 season, if the Scorpions are to have a...

Western Conference Semifinals Preview

Western Conference Semifinals Preview

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Nov 9, 2010

  By John Gurczak After a very close nail-biter versus the Seattle Sluggers last week the Arizona Scorpions move on to the Western Conference Semifinals to face the dangerous Miami Sharks. Arizona has struggled against the Sharks the previous tw...

Arizona vs Seattle Quaterfinal Recap

Arizona vs Seattle Quaterfinal Recap

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Nov 5, 2010

By IM Mark Ginsburg Arizona Draws and Advances Arizona, receiving draw odds in the match (they only needed a 2-2 tie to advance to the semi-finals) played a very strong Seattle team on Monday. Here is Leo Martinez’s pre-match preview in blue – ...

The Playoffs Are Here!!!

The Playoffs Are Here!!!

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Nov 3, 2010

By NM Leo Martinez So the playoffs are finally here! With the Eastern Conference quarterfinals finishing yesterday with New England and Boston advancing tomorrow the Western Conference quarterfinals start. The Arizona Scorpions have the #1 seed ...

Week 9 Predictions – Wednesday matches

Week 9 Predictions – Wednesday matches

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Oct 20, 2010

By FM Robby Adamson   A quick look at the Week 9 Wednedsday matches.  There is less on the line for these matches than  the Monday matches. Manhattan looks to stay in playoff contention with a win over Philly, who probably will be watching the P...

Heavy Duty: Scorps vs Stacked Arch

Heavy Duty: Scorps vs Stacked Arch

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Oct 20, 2010

  Wednesday Wonderment – What Will Pass? By IM Mark Ginsburg Now that we are well into the season with X games already contested, here we are in week Yand what a thrilling week it promises to be.  Arizona is already comfortably in the playoffs b...

Week 9 Monday Predictions

Week 9 Monday Predictions

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Oct 18, 2010

Crunch time is upon us and almost all teams are scrambling to make the playoffs, improve their seeding, or wish this 2010 US Chess League Season will be over already. This week has some of the best board 1 and 2 matchups that I can remember. All ...

Week 8 Previews

Week 8 Previews

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Oct 13, 2010

 By FM Robby Adamson After a one week absence from picking (because I was playing from Phoenix) – here are the Monday match predictions for Week 8 (even though I am playing, from Tucson. All 4 matches have major playoff implications – this week s...

Week 7 Preview: San Francisco – Arizona

Week 7 Preview: San Francisco – Arizona

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Oct 4, 2010

I couldn’t play in this year’s league and I’m stuck making lousy predictions As per usual, let us study the bare bones situation first. San Francisco Mechanics     Arizona Scorpions GM Jesse Kraai: 2551     IM Rogelio Barcenilla: 2583 IM David ...

Week 6 Recap

Week 6 Recap

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Oct 3, 2010

By Amanda Mateer  I’m not really a superstitious person (but another member of our team is the most insanely superstitious person I know – can you guess who? I’ll tell you at the end of this recap), but I’m going to take a moment to get just a l...

Week 6 Predictions

Week 6 Predictions

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Sep 28, 2010

By FM Robby Adamson The US Chess League has come to the halfway point.  The San Francisco Mechanics and the Arizona Scorpions lead the West Division with a 4-1 record, with the Chicago Blaze a half-point behind in the standings. Meanwhile in the...

Opposite Day but Not Déjà Vu

Opposite Day but Not Déjà Vu

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Sep 26, 2010

By FM Elliott Liu I’m having a déjà vu moment.  Last year, if I remember correctly, I think I actually previewed the opening match of the 2009 season for the Scorpions…which…they happened to win against Chicago?!  Go figure.  Well this year, ins...

USCL Week 5 Opening of the Week (OOTW)

USCL Week 5 Opening of the Week (OOTW)

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Sep 26, 2010

By IM Mark Ginsburg Opening of the Week – Week 5 Pascal Charbonneau (NY) – Larry Kaufman (BAL) USCL Round 5  Caro Kann Advance - b2 Pawn Grab Variation Week 5′s pick sees a topical Caro gambit where black essentially handed over his head early....

2010 Arizona Scorpions

2010 Arizona Scorpions

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Sep 26, 2010

Hello Everyone! The 2010 United States Chess League is almost upon us. The teams (including 3 new ones) are gathering for another great season of Internet chess. Just as the league is making some changes, so are the Arizona Scorpions. The 2010 ...

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