Saturday, August 16, 2008

Overview of the Arizona Scorpions

As one of the assistant managers of the Arizona Scorpions (Danny Rensch is the other), I want to thank everyone for the kind words of support for our team in the first year of existence. Thanks to everyone in the State for your support.

Our team will be competitive in the ultra-strong US Chess League (, and we expect big things in our first year. Our team is excited to face Grandmasters such as Hikaru Nakamura, who recently made 2700 FIDE, Alexander Stripunsky, Julio Becerra, and many other strong GM’s.

The US Chess League rules provide that the average rating of the team, consisting of 4 players each week, must be 2400.75/under. While many teams feature top heavy lineups, our team is very balanced and we have numerous potential lineups.

Our potential board 1’s (IM Rogelio Barcenilla, IM Levon Altounian, and IM Dionisio Aldama) are all very strong and will manage the top board nicely. The rest of our lineup will consist of an International Master (IM Mark Ginsburg), Fide Masters (Robby Adamson, Danny Rensch, and Ken Larsen), and National Masters (Warren Harper, Leo Martinez and Joel Johnson) on board 2-4. The trick in deciding a team each week is where you want your strength to be. Our team has the flexibility to field a slightly stacked team on the top or bottom boards or a well balanced team on all boards, depending on the other team's lineup. Virtually all of our lineups feature average ratings of between 2385-2400.

We encourage everyone to follow the progress of the Arizona Scorpions on the Internet Chess Club ( each week, or to attend the matches in person (make sure and check our website for the location and directions since some of the matches will be held in Tucson and some will be held in Phoenix).

Stay tuned for more information on how to make donations to support the Arizona Scorpions. If you wish to make a donation to support the team, please contact Leo Martinez at, Robby Adamson at, or Danny Rensch at We need donations to pay for a site, reimbursement of travel expenses, paying a TD, etc. Any support is appreciated.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The flowers that bloom in the spring // Tra La //

Have nothing to do with the case