Week 5 Preview AZ Scorpions vs. Chicago Blaze
By FM Robby Adamson
Another tough match is in store for the AZ Scorpions as they take on the much improved Chicago Blaze. The Scorpions are 4-0 on the young season, while Chicago sits alone in 3rd place of the West division with a record of 2.5-1.5. The Scorpions are coming off a very close victory against the Dallas Destiny while Chicago dropped their first match of the season against the LA Vibe. Chicago is using a lineup they used earlier in the season. Arizona is using their 5th different lineup of the year. Lets look at the matches.
Board 1 – GM Dmitry Gurevich vs. IM Rogelio Barcenilla
This will be a tough match-up. I expect Rogelio to play his usual Kings Indian Defense, whereas I expect Dmitry Gurevich to play a main line KID. I am not sure if they have played before. I dont expect this game to end in a draw – it will be decisive- just not sure it will be 1-0 or 0-1.
Board 2 – IM Dionisio Aldama vs. IM Florin Felecan
This will be another decisive game. I know for sure Dionisio doesn’t like to draw and Florin doesn’t either. Dionisio got the best of him last year in a wild game (http://www.uschessleague.com/games/aldamafelecan09.htm). I expect Florin to bust out his trusted Modern/Pirc Defense. Should be an entertaining game.
Board 3 – IM Angelo Young vs. IM Danny Rensch
Not to repeat myself but this will be another slugfest. Both Angelo and Danny have uncompromising styles. Angelo can and has played everything – including 1.Nc3; 1.Nf3; 1.d4 and 1.e4. Angelo probably will decide 1 minute after the game has started to make his first move. I dont expect this to be a theoretical battle – both sides will try to make the other play something they are not comfortable with.
Board 4 – Nick Thompson vs. NM Eric Rosen
Two relatively young players square off in the all-important board 4 encounter. Eric is the more experienced player having a successful 2010 US Junior Closed. Nick has improved a lot recently making master and had a successful debut for the Scorpions in Week 2.
This match will be held in Mesa, once again at Abstrax. If you are in the Phoenix/Mesa area, come root our Scorpions on.