Monday, August 10, 2009

Danny Rensch invited to SPICE Cup

GM Susan Polgar announced today that Danny Rensch has been invited (and confirmed) to play in the next SPICE Cup. The SPICE Cup is an international FIDE tournament, to be held September 19-29, at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

Danny will be hunting for his final IM norm.

FM Danny Rensch of Arizona has confirmed his participation in the SPICE Cup B
group. I was so impressed when I read a story about him. That is why I decided
to invite Danny to give him an opportunity to earn his third and final IM norm.

Group B will be a 10-player round-robin event (Category 11-12). So far the confirmed players are:
  1. IM Gabor Papp 2558 - HUN
  2. IM Davorin Kuljasevic 2547 - CRO
  3. GM Eugene Perelshteyn 2537 - USA
  4. GM Andre Diamant 2519 - Brazil
  5. IM Ben Finegold 2513 - USA
  6. IM Ray Robson 2496 - USA
  7. IM Gergely Antal 2479 - HUN
  8. FM Danny Rensch 2392 - USA
Good luck Danny! We hope you get your norm (and title)!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

World's Best to Clash in Arizona!

The 2009 Copper State International Chess Tournament

May 29th - June 3rd, 2009
Abstrax, Inc.
2222 S Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202


• A chess event unlike any Arizona has ever seen.
• Some of the strongest players in the world competing alongside
many of the nation's most talented juniors.
• A chess tournament guaranteed to be full of many hard fought battles.
The event will also include a day (May 30th) of fun and festivities:
• A 20-player Simultaneous Exhibition by Grand Master Timur Gareev
of Uzbekistan.
• Chess Lecture by Grand Master Alejandro Ramirez of Costa Rica.


The American Chess Events' mission is to create the most cooperative and productive
environment possible for America's youth chess players to succeed both in chess and in life,
with the eventual goal of producing an American World Chess Champion. We intend
for the 2009 Copper State International to help the U.S. chess scene take the next big step:
Create a consistent series of tournaments where our best players can challenge tough,
international competition without having to travel overseas. In an effort to breakdown the
barriers that exist between the “Chess Professional” and the “Amateur Chess Enthusiast”,
a higher quality of chess both “over the board” and “in the playing halls” will be expected from
all tournament participants.

UPDATE: 6 GMs, and over 10 IMs will be comepeting in the event! Click the link below for more details:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

2009 USCL schedule released

The 2009 USCL schedule had been released. The season begins with 3 match-ups on Monday, Aug. 31. The Scorpion's first match-up will be Wednesday, Sep. 2 at 6:00 PM (local time) against the Chicago Blaze. As always, all games will be played on the Internet Chess Club.
Week 1 - Wed. Sep. 2 White vs. Chicago
Week 2 - Tues. Sep. 8 Black vs. Tennessee
Week 3 - Wed. Sep. 16 White vs. Seattle
Week 4 - Mon. Sep. 21 Black vs. Baltimore
Week 5 - Wed. Sep. 30 White vs. Dallas
Week 6 - Mon. Oct. 5 White vs. New Jersey
Week 7 - Wed. Oct. 14 White vs. San Francisco
Week 8 - Mon. Oct. 19 Black vs. Chicago
Week 9 - Wed. Oct. 28 Black vs. Seattle
Week 10 - Wed. Nov. 4 Black vs. Miami

Playoff Quarterfinals - Wed. Nov. 11
Playoff Semifinals - Wed. Nov. 18
Championship - Sat. Dec. 5
White/Black denotes the color for boards 1 and 3. Boards 2 and 4 will be the other color.

Rosters for the Scorpions and all teams will be announced soon.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Newspaper article on David Adelberg

Really neat newspaper article on promising local junior David Adelberg:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

University of Arizona College team Ties for First in the College Chess League

The University of Arizona tied for first in the Chess Park College Chess League played over a span of a couple of months. The five teams that participated were all strong including two teams that made it in the Final Four of the Pan American Championships (UTB and Stanford). The five teams involved in the league are University of Arizona, University of Texas at Brownsville, Stanford, University of Miami and New York. The league was a round robin where every team plays every other team. First place was shared between Stanford, UTB and the University of Arizona who all scored 2.5/4 match points. The University of Arizona team consisted of Arizona juniors including FM Warren Harper, NM Leo Martinez, and Experts Ben Marmont, Jon Cox, and Amanda Mateer. The match results and games can be seen at Stay tuned for annoted games from some of our players !

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Oh dear sweet Dragon...

Danny's relationship with the Dragon: "I wish I could quit you!"

Dominguez Perez,L (2717) - Radjabov,T (2761) [B77]
XXVI SuperGM Linares ESP (5), 24.02.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Rc8 11.Bb3 h5 12.0-0-0 Ne5 13.Bg5 Rc5 14.Kb1 Re8 15.f4 Nc4 16.Qd3 Qc8 17.f5 gxf5 18.exf5 Ne5 19.Qe2 Neg4 20.Rhf1 Rxc3 21.bxc3 Qxc3 22.Bc1 a5 23.Bb2 Qe3 24.Rde1 Qxe2 25.Rxe2 a4 26.Bc4 Ne5 27.Bb5 Rc8 28.Bxd7 Nfxd7 29.Nf3 Rc4 30.Nxe5 Nxe5 31.g3 Rg4 32.Rg2 Nc4 33.Bc1 Be5 34.Rf3 f6 35.c3 Kf7 36.Kc2 Ke8 37.Kd3 b5 38.Be3 Kd7 39.Bf4 Kc6 40.Rf1 Kc5 41.Rf3 Kd5 42.Rf1 Kc6 43.Rf3 Nb6 44.Bd2 Nd7 45.Bf4 Nc5+ 46.Kc2 Ne4 47.Re2 d5 48.Ree3 Kd6 49.Rf1 Rg8 50.Rd1 Kc6 51.Rf1 Bxf4 52.Rxf4 Nxg3 53.Rxe7 Ne4 54.Kd3 Rg2 55.a3 Kc5 56.Rc7+ Kd6 57.Rc8 Ra2 58.Kd4 Rd2+ 59.Ke3 Ra2 60.Kd4 Rd2+ 61.Ke3 Ra2 62.Kd4 ½-½

Dominguez Perez,L (2717) - Carlsen,M (2776) [B78]
XXVI SuperGM Linares ESP (9), 01.03.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 11.Bb3 Na5 12.Bh6 Bxh6 13.Qxh6 b5 14.g4 Nxb3+ 15.Nxb3 b4 16.Nd5 Nxd5 17.exd5 Rb6 18.Rhe1 e5 19.dxe6 fxe6 20.Re3 Rf7 21.Nd2 d5 22.Nb3 Qc7 23.Kb1 Rb8 24.Rde1 Rc8 25.R1e2 Qb6 26.h4 d4 27.Re5 d3 28.cxd3 Rxf3 29.d4 Bb5 30.R2e3 Bd3+ 31.Ka1 Qxd4 32.Rxe6 Rf1+ 33.Re1 Qxg4 34.Rxf1 Qxe6 35.Nc5 Qe2 36.Rc1 Bf5 37.Qf4 a5 38.h5 Qe7 39.Qc4+ Be6 40.Qc2 Qg5 41.hxg6 hxg6 42.a3 bxa3 43.Qc3 axb2+ 44.Kxb2 Qd5 45.Rc2 a4 46.Ka1 a3 47.Qe3 Bf7 48.Qc3 g5 49.Qe3 Re8 50.Qc3 Re2 51.Nb3 Rxc2 52.Qxc2 Qe5+ 53.Kb1 Kg7 54.Qd2 Bxb3 0-1

Thanks for listening!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Multiple members of Arizona Scorpions Start Playing in the College Chess League!

Arizona Scorpions players FM Warren Harper and NM Leo Martinez, as well as other strong local Experts Ben Marmont, Jon Cox, and Amanda Mateer are all a part of the newly created College Chess League representing various college teams from across the nation. Although the league has just started, many strong teams are playing including the University of Arizona, Stanford, New York University as well as others. Find out more about interviews with members of the teams and about updates of when the matches will be held at the College Chess League Blog at