Week 5 Preview AZ Scorpions vs. Chicago Blaze

Week 5 Preview AZ Scorpions vs. Chicago Blaze

Sep 21, 2010, 3:53 PM |

 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.