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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!

Pacific Division

Teams Win Loss Tiebreaks Game Points
St Louis Arch Bishops 6 1 29.5 70.5
Webster Windmills 6 1 27.5 68.5
Dallas Destiny 5.5 1.5 29 67
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
Minnesota Blizzard 3 4 28.5 51
Seattle Sluggers 3 4 25 57
San Francisco Mechanics 3 4 23 52.5
Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers 3 4 21.5 47
Portland Rain 1.5 5.5 27 40.5

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.

Opponent OppFIDE Color Result
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
Total 2.5
Opponent OppFIDE Color Result
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
Total 2.5
Opponent OppFIDE Color Result
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
Total 3
Opponent OppFIDE Color Result
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
Total 2.5
Opponent Totals FIDE Score
GM Jim Tarjan 2420 2.5
FM Nick Raptis 2239 2.5
NM Benedict A Smail 2120 0
NM Jason Cigan 2061 0.5