Our board 1 and 2 lost. Board 3 IM John Bartholomew drew and board 4 GM Nikola Mitkov won.
It is a huge win for Blizzard as board 1 GM-elect Andrew Tang defeated world #24 super GM Leinier Dominguez, board 2 IM Daniel Gurevich defeated GM Joshua Friedel, board 3 IM John Bartholomew defeated GM Melikset Khachiyan, board 4 GM Nikola Mitkov drew Eugene Yanayt!
Tough round for us. Board 1 GM-elect Andrew Tang drew GM
Evgenij Miroshnichenko and board 3 IM John Bartholomew drew GM Anton Smirnov.
Board 3 IM John Bartholomew defeated IM John Bryant and board 4 GM Nikola Mitkov defeated IM Joshua Sheng. Board 2 IM Daniel Gurevich drew IM Michael Brown.
A great win for the Blizzard! Board 2 IM Daniel Gurevich defeated GM Conrad Holt, board 3 IM John Bartholomew defeated IM Luke Vellotti, board 4 GM Nikola Mitkov defeated Steven Breckenridge!
Board 3 IM John Bartholomew defeated IM Georgi Orlov and board 4 GM Nikola Mitkov defeated Kyle Haining!
Another tough round for us but board 2 IM Daniel Gurevich defeated GM Rauf Mamedov!
We suffered the biggest loss in the match today and lost all four games. We finished 12th place overall which is zero match point.
From the MN Blizzard Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaBlizzardChess/
See chess.com news article on week 1 of the PRO Chess League at:
You can watch the streaming of our first match by team member IM John Bartholomew below:
Minnesota Blizzard pulled off an incredible win in the season opener against the defending champion St. Louis Archbishops just like the Vikings! St. Louis used one super GM, two 2600+ FIDE GMs and one 1900 FIDE player, hoping their three strong GMs will take care of the business. Minnesota had four IMs in the lineup (IM/GM-elect Andrew Tang, IM Daniel Gurevich, IM John Bartholomew and IM Sean Nagle). At the end GM-elect Andrew Tang defeated two GMs over 2600 FIDE and drew their super GM in the last round. Our free agent IM Daniel Gurevich scored a huge upset win over their 2600+ GM in the last round and drew the super GM earlier. IM Sean Nagle also drew one of the 2600+ GMs in round two. All of our players defeated their lowest player. The Blizzard won with the slimmest margin of 8.5 to 7.5!
Minnesota Blizzard will face Buenos Aires Krakens on Thursday January 25 at 5:50pm.
Go Minnesota Blizzard! Go Minnesota Vikings!
The MN Blizzard have placed 5th in the Late Qualifier event on chess.com. We need your help now voting the Blizzard into the league!
|Place||Early Qualifier||Late Qualifier|
|1||Armenia Eagles||Chengdu Pandas|
|2||Estonia Horses||Seattle Sluggers|
|3||Mumbai Movers||Australia Kangaroos|
|4||Oslo Trolls||New York Knights|
|5||Apeldoorn Apes||Minnesota Blizzard|
|6||Rehovot Masters||SF Mechanics|
Please follow this link and vote for the team on both twitter and chess.com! https://www.chess.com/news/view/6-teams-qualify-for-pro-chess-league-you-pick-2-more
Thanks for the support!
Last season the MN Blizzard ended up with a 3-4 record in the Pacific Division (standings below). The new season is coming soon with a qualifier event taking place on chess.com on Saturday 10/28 at 3:00 PM. The format will be a 15 round 3+2 individual event with the top three teams advancing to the regular season. Stay tuned for updates after the event!
|St Louis Arch Bishops||6||1||29.5||70.5|
|San Diego Surfers||5.5||1.5||26||68|
|Rio Grande Ospreys||5||2||31||58.5|
|San Jose Hackers||4||3||33.5||59|
|Las Vegas Desert Rats||3.5||3.5||29||59.5|
|San Francisco Mechanics||3||4||23||52.5|
The new format of the PRO Chess League is a 4 v 4 team format with all players playing one another. After starting 2-2 through one round, the MN Blizzard team won the second round 3.5-0.5 and went on to a convincing overall win. Sean Nagle lead the team with 3/4 points. Andrew Tang, John Bartholomew, and Frank Johnson also had positive scores at 2.5/4. Next week MN will play the Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers. Full Schedule.
|Player||IM Andrew Tang||GM Jim Tarjan||2420||W||0|
|FIDE||2465||FM Nick Raptis||2239||B||0.5|
|NM Benedict A Smail||2120||W||1|
|NM Jason Cigan||2061||B||1|
|Player||IM John Bartholomew||FM Nick Raptis||2239||W||0|
|FIDE||2448||GM Jim Tarjan||2420||B||1|
|NM Jason Cigan||2061||W||0.5|
|NM Benedict A Smail||2120||B||1|
|Player||IM Sean Nagle||NM Benedict A Smail||2120||B||1|
|FIDE||2423||NM Jason Cigan||2061||W||1|
|GM Jim Tarjan||2420||B||0.5|
|FM Nick Raptis||2239||W||0.5|
|Player||NM Frank Johnson||NM Jason Cigan||2061||B||1|
|FIDE||2191||NM Benedict A Smail||2120||W||1|
|FM Nick Raptis||2239||B||0.5|
|GM Jim Tarjan||2420||W||0|
|GM Jim Tarjan||2420||2.5|
|FM Nick Raptis||2239||2.5|
|NM Benedict A Smail||2120||0|
|NM Jason Cigan||2061||0.5|
The final round of the regular season for the MN Blizzard. The Blizzard were up against the Lubbock Tornadoes, who we beat in week 3. The Blizzard have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but it would be nice to end the season on a high note with a win. NM Frank Johnson joined the team for the final round! Great to see Frank playing again.
Board 1: IM John Bartholomew is back and faces a very strong IM (2600+ USCF!). Game Link.
Board 2: NM Frank Johnson debuts for the Blizzard against Steven Breckenridge. Game Link.
Board 3: FM Kevin Wasiluk takes down an International Master! Game Link.
Board 4: NM Dane Mattson wins with the Black pieces against a WIM. Game Link.
MN wins the match 2.5-1.5! The team only missed the playoffs on tiebreaks.
|Team||W||L||Game Points||Opps Avg Rating|
|# - Dallas||6.5||3.5||24.0/40 (60%)||2408|
|@ - St. Louis||6.5||3.5||23.0/40 (58%)||2403|
|@ - Las Vegas||6.0||4.0||21.5/40 (54%)||2398|
|@ - San Francisco||6.0||4.0||19.5/40 (49%)||2402|
|@ - Seattle||5.5||4.5||22.0/40 (55%)||2405|
|@ - Arizona||4.5||5.5||19.5/40 (49%)||2404|
|X - Minnesota||4.5||5.5||17.0/40 (43%)||2397|
|X - Lubbock||4.0||6.0||19.5/40 (49%)||2382|
|X - Rio Grande||4.0||6.0||18.0/40 (45%)||2389|
|X - San Diego||2.5||7.5||16.0/40 (40%)||2395|
- GM Wesley So won game of the week in week 7 and had a performance rating of 2708. His scored 2.5/4 this year.
- GM Flores also scored 2.5/4 and played against three GM's.
- IM John Bartholomew scored 4/6 with a performance rating of 2639!
- IM Sean Nagle scored 2/5 with draws against many top players.
- IM Andrew Tang scored 2.5/6, scoring a couple of wins early in the season with the Black pieces.
- FM Kevin Wasiluk finished the season on a high note to end 1/2 for the team.
- NM Dane Mattson had a few long trips down to Minneapolis, but he didn't let that phase him! Dane scored 1.5/3 with a performance rating of 2324.
- NM Matt Jensen played one round to the team losing against an FM.
- NM Andrew Titus played two matches against an FM and NM.
- Eric Bell was solid on board 4 with a performance rating of 2061, scoring 1.5/4.
- Saumik Narayanan played two games on board 4 against stiff opposition.
Thanks to the mangers, tournament directors, players and supporters for a fun first season. We will be back next year!
The first Minnesota Blizzard Open was held on 10/24 and 10/25 at Fantasy Flight Game Center in Roseville with 55 players competing. Andrew Tang and Oke Iwu tied for first with 4.5 out of 5.Thanks to Glenn Panner and Dan Voje for directing a very successful event. Thanks to everyone for your support to the Minnesota Blizzard team in their first season in the US Chess League! The team is very grateful to Glenn Panner of Chess Weekend for his generous donation of $500 to the team. Please visit his website www.chessweekend.com and like his Facebook page www.facebook.com/ChessWeekend! We will be back next year!
Thank you Glenn and Chess Weekend for sponsoring the team!