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US Chess League, Week 2: Miami Dominates Again!

US Chess League, Week 2: Miami Dominates Again!

As usual week 2 of the US Chess League was full of great chess action. So without further delay let's get right into it and see what happened this week in the US Chess League.


The first match of the week was the New Jersey Knockouts against the Queens Pioneers, both of whom has won their first week matches. This match was played in fighting spirit as we had all 4 games decisive with the Queens Pioneers taking 3 of the 4 games to win the match.

Benjamin Katz

Here is the critical game from this match which helped to give the Queens Pioneers the edge:



Board results from this match:

Board 1: GM Benjamin(NJ) - IM Schneider(QNS) , 1-0
Board 2: IM Vovsha(QNS) - NM Molner(NJ) , 1-0
Board 3: NM Ju(NJ) - IM Lenderman(QNS) , 0-1
Board 4: Kats(QNS) - NM Shen , 1-0

Overall match score: Queens Pioneers - New Jersey Knockouts , 3-1



The next match in week 2 was the Philadelphia Inventors against the Baltimore Kingfishers. Again, this was another fierce battle with 3 of the 4 games being decisive. The Philadelphia Inventors edged out a win with the black pieces to ensure victory in the match.

FM Thomas Bartell

Here is the critical game which allowed the Philadelphia Inventors to edge out a win in the match:



Board results from this match:

Board 1: GM Kudrin(PHI) - GM Erenburg(BAL) , 0.5-0.5
Board 2: IM Kaufman(BAL) - FM Bartell(PHI) , 0-1
Board 3: NM Yeager(PHI) - FM Kaufman(BAL) , 1-0
Board 4: FM Zimmer(BAL) - NM Wilson(PHI) , 1-0

Overall match score: Philadelphia Inventors - Baltimore Kingfishers , 2.5-1.5



The next match was the Boston Blitz against the Carolina Cobras, both of whom won their first week matches. In this match the fire came from the bottom boards with Boston Blitz taking two victories on these boards to secure the match win.

NM Mark Esserman

Here is one of the critical games for the Boston Blitz team which helped them to claim victory:



Board results from this match:

Board 1: GM Christiansen(BOS) - IM Milman(CAR) , 0.5-0.5
Board 2: FM Zaikov(CAR) - NM Shmelov(BOS) , 0.5-0.5
Board 3: NM Riordan(BOS) - FM Simpson(CAR) , 1-0
Board 4: NM Jones(CAR) - NM Esserman(BOS) , 0-1

Overall match score: Boston Blitz - Carolina Cobras , 3-1



The next match featured the Miami Sharks against the New York Knights. Just like last week Miami dominated the match in strong fashion. The newest player for the Miami Sharks team led them to victory with a nice victory.

FM Osmany Perea

Here is the critical game of the match from the newest member of the Miami Sharks team:



Board results from this match:

Board 1: GM Becerra(MIA) - GM Charbonneau(NY) , 1-0
Board 2: IM Krush(NY) - FM Perea(MIA) , 0-1
Board 3: FM Galofre(MIA) - NM Braylovsky(NY) , 0.5-0.5
Board 4: NM Herman(NY) - NM Rodriguez(MIA) , 0-1

Overall match score: Miami Sharks - New York Knights , 3.5-0.5



The next match was the Chicago Blaze against the San Francisco Mechanics. This match saw all 4 games with decisive results with the two teams splitting two wins each to draw the match.

Board results from this match:

Board 1: FM Felecan(CHC) - IM Friedel(SF) , 0-1
Board 2: IM Bhat(SF) - IM Tate(CHC) , 1-0
Board 3: FM Pasalic(CHC) - FM Shankland(SF) , 1-0
Board 4: FM Naroditsky(SF) - IM Young(CHC) , 0-1

Overall match score: Chicago Blaze - San Francisco Mechanics , 2-2



The next match saw the Tennessee Tempo against the Seattle Sluggers. And again we had 4 decisive games with the teams splitting two victories each to draw the match.

Board results from this match:

Board 1: FM Andrews(TEN) - GM Serper(SEA) , 0-1
Board 2: FM Mikhailuk(SEA) - FM Bereolos(TEN) , 0-1
Board 3: FM Bick(TEN) - FM Readey(SEA) , 1-0
Board 4: NM Lee(SEA) - FM Wheeler(TEN) , 1-0

Overall match score: Tennessee Tempo - Seattle Sluggers , 2-2



And the final match for the US Chess League saw the Dallas Destiny against the Arizona Scorpions. The Dallas Destiny scored in the only two decisive games to claim victory in the match.

WFM Bayaraa Zorigt

Here is the critical game which helped the Dallas Destiny to take victory in the match:



Board results from this match:

Board 1: IM Boskovic(DAL) - IM Altounian(ARZ) , 0.5-0.5
Board 2: FM Rensch(ARZ) - IM Bartholomew(DAL) , 0-1
Board 3: FM Schneider(DAL) - FM Adamson(ARZ) , 0.5-0.5
Board 4: NM Harper(ARZ) - WFM Zorigt(DAL) , 0-1

Overall match score: Dallas Destiny - Arizona Scorpions , 3-1



For more information visit the official website of the US Chess League at www.uschessleague.com

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