". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Monday, April 7, 2008

Introducing the Chicago Blaze

Proud mom that I am of one of the top young chess players in the state of Illinois, I would be remiss if I didn't note the following exciting news:

"Big League Chess is coming to Illinois with the addition of the Chicago Blaze to the United States Chess League for the upcoming 2008 season. The USCL is an organization of 14 top-flight chess teams from across the country that play matches during a ten-week season that runs from late August to late October, followed by playoffs and a championship."
(quote from from a Chicago Blaze informational flyer)

Our family is especially pleased to observe that one of the members of the initial roster of players is my son's very own mentor and coach, Grandmaster Yury Shulman. So you can bet we will be closely following the doings of the Blaze in the weeks and months ahead!

You can learn more about the Chicago Blaze here.


Tom Panelas said...


Thanks so much for the plug. Those of us who are involved with the Blaze hope the team will be much-needed unifying force for chess in Chicago and Illinois and perhaps even give the whole city a fillip of civic pride. I encourage anyone who likes chess to follow the Blaze and root for them. We have great players, and it should be an exciting season. Please stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

What was the results of the USAT online playoffs (april 12).

How did each board fare?