Chicago-St. Louis rivalry on chessboard!

IM Angelo Young will lead the Blitzers
Photo by Nathan Kelly

Chicago Chess Club has been keen on igniting the chess scene with spirited cage matches. However, the club is back at locking horns in a city vs. city battle and there is no matchup more fierce than Chicago-St. Louis. The two cities will square off on Saturday, December 2nd at the St. Louis Chess Club. It will be the second match held at the venue since Chicago defeated Memphis 130-70. The barnstorming Chicago team also traveled to Cleveland and crushed the Heavy Hitters 293-157.

Chicago Chess Blitzers promoter Nathan Kelly received the St. Louis roster yesterday and it appears the match will be a close one on paper. IM Angelo Young (2431) will be coming off of his 26.5/30 score to lead the Blitzers. The team will have a number of new faces in the lineup including IM Viswhnuvardhan Arjun (2300) and FM Gauri Shankar (2297). Dirtan Zekaj (2203), Aakaash Meduri (2111) and Michael Auger (2277) are also making debuts for Chitown. They will field vets in Daniel X Jones (2237), Remi Adekola (2214) and Tom Murphy (2211) helped Chicago in their rout of Cleveland.

FM Aaron Grabinsky

FM Aaron Grabinsky

For St. Louis the will be led by Webster University’s FM Aaron Grabinsky (2398), IM Vitaly Niemer (2394) and NM Nicky Rosenthal (2379). NM Julian Proleiko (2283) came to the Chicago Chess Club and won a cage match in convincing style over NM Kay Kaulule. Kaulule, currently in Zambia, will not be with the Blitzers this weekend.

FM Doug Eckert is a St. Louis vet who has competed in the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship and has been a mainstay in St. Louis area chess. This will be the first match for St. Louis and it will be interesting to see if this mish-mash of players will be able to match up against a battle-tested Chicago team. Follow the action on Chicago Chess Blitzers (Facebook).

Memphis vs. Chicago

Charter members of the Chicago Chess Blitzers in St. Louis after victory against Memphis. The team will field a number of new players to battle arch rival city. Should be exciting! Photo by Nathan Kelly

“Best in the Midwest” Blitz Battle
Chicago vs. St. Louis
CHICAGO
Chicago
# Player Blitz Team
Flag
pts./24
1 FM Gauri Shankar 2297 CHI
21.5
2 IM Angelo Young 2431 CHI
18.5
3 IM Vishnuvardhan Arjun 2300 CHI
17.0
4 NM Michael Auger 2277 CHI
17.0
5 Dritan Zekaj 2203 CHI
15.5
6 NM Aakaash Meduri 2111 CHI
14.5
7 Daniel X Jones 2234 CHI
12.5
8 Remi Adekola 2214 CHI
12.0
9 Tom Murphy 2211 CHI
10.0
10 Sedrick Prude 1975 CHI
6.5
11 Andrew Bell 1923 CHI
5.0
12 Stephen Jennings 1962 CHI
4.0
154.0
ST. LOUIS
St. Louis
# Player Blitz Team
Flag
pts./24
1 FM Aaron Grabinsky 2398 STL
18.5
2 IM Vitaly Neimar 2394 STL
18.5
3 NM Nicholas Rosenthal 2379 STL
15.5
4 NM Julian Proleiko 2283 STL
15.0
5 NM Nick Karlow 2231 STL
13.0
6 Jacob Wilkins 1951 STL
10.5
7 Isaiah Gadson 2055 STL
9.0
8 FM Doug Eckert 2196 STL
8.5
9 Alex Marler 2040 STL
8.0
10 NM Andrew Witte 2167 STL
7.5
11 Kaleb Gosdin 1963 STL
5.5/8
12 Dritan Nerhati 1993 STL
2.5/16
13 Dwight Beasley 1928 STL
2.0
134.0
Score: Chicago 154 – St. Louis 134

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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