US Chess League

Hey Guys,

A few weeks ago I updated the progress of the 2012 season at it's halfway point. Here we are again almost at the completion of the regular season. The season has been full of surprising games, controversy, upsets, and blunders. Pretty much everything that you could want in one season. There is one week left to play for the Western Division and 2 for most of the teams in the Eastern Division.

The Western Division playoff race has already ended. The only thing up for grabs is which seed each team will get.

The Standings look like this:

1. Dallas (7.0 - 2.0)

2. St. Louis (5.5 - 3.5)

3. Seattle (5.5 - 3.5)

4. Arizona (4.5 - 4.5)

5. Miami   (3.5 - 5.5)

6. Carolina (3.0 - 6.0)

7. San Francisco (3.0 - 6.0)

8. Los Angeles (2.5 -6.5)


The top 4 places have already been decided and the only thing left to see is where each team will fall in the 2nd-4th place category. Having the second place seed is a big advantage because you get draw odds in the first match of the playoffs, so there is still much left to play for.

The standings on the East are nowhere near as clear as the West. The West's playoffs picture has already formed and it seems that almost every team in the Eastern Division is fighting to make it in for sure. The Standings in the East look like this:

1. Philadelphia (5.5 - 2.5)

2. New York (5.0 - 3.0)

3. Manhattan (4.5 - 3.5)

4. Baltimore (4.5 - 3.5)

5. New Jersey (4.5 - 3.5)

6. Boston (4.0 - 5.0)

7. Connecticut (3.5 - 4.5)

8. New England (3.0 - 6.0)

New England is the only team not eligible to make the playoffs. If you have any interest in the US Chess League you should definitely check out these last two weeks. It's going to be very exciting to see which teams end up in each position.

Here is a little action from my team, the Arizona Scorpions in the past week or two: The first game I want to show is a game of mine that I played this week against Saint Louis GM Andre Diamant. The game started out with a quiet English but become very tactical, only to eventually fizzle out into a "normal" endgame. The endgame was unpleasant for me and I ended up spoiling it a bit and I wanted to test anyone reading this to see if they could see how White could have won on move 40. Besides that mistake the game was played reasonably by both sides.

Here is a game played in Week 8 by Robby Adamson against Eric Rodriguez from the Miami Sharks. We really needed to win this match in order to pass them in the standings and this game was a tough one to watch live due to the crazy nature of the game and the team situation.

Hope you enjoyed the games and will check out the rest of the regular season and playoffs here on the upcoming Wednesdays. Thanks!


  • 4 years ago


    Please be relevant, helpful & nice!

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    the website for the league is

    there is a fantasy league, but we are in the final week of the regular season. you can join a fantasy league in the 2013 season of the uscl. for more info on the uscl you can also go to the uscl group on

    mickyD, sounds like you've got the scoring figured out.

  • 4 years ago


    I think I have figured out the scoring.  A team brings four players and they each play another team with four players.  The team with the most wins wins the match and receives one point.  If it is a draw the players receive a half point each for the game and zero points for the loss.  For the match if it is a draw then each team receive a half point, and this I think is different, the team receives half point in the win column and half point in the loss column.  If the team losses they receive a point in the loss column.  So a team like St. Louis has a score of 5.5-3.5.  I am used to soccer where you get 3 points for a win 1 for a tie and 0 for a loss.  Why not go with this?  I am new so maybe I am not understanding something but why give points for a loss?

  • 4 years ago


    How great is this. An American national chess league. Do they have a website? Is there a fantasy league? How do I join one if there is? I havent seen anything about this league before.

  • 4 years ago


    what was the team situation in the 2nd game?

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    cool games, thanks for sharing your thoughts, and congrats on making the playoffs!

  • 4 years ago


    I have watched you guys play on tv and I love it.  But can you explain the scoring system?

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