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Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

The US Chess League is in full flower. There are 16 teams, eight each in the Eastern Division and Western Division. The regular season schedule started on Sept. 4 and extends for 10 weeks through Nov 7. The playoffs start on Nov 12. There will be four qualifiers from each division to determine the division champion. Then the division champions play each other in one final “walk-off match” for the championship.

The league, whose financing is in its infancy, receives some money from the poker folks and turns it over to the teams to help attract prominent players such as Sam Shankland, Alexander Ivanov, and Joel Benjamin. However, volunteers staff the teams. The USCL matches are shown live on ICC and Chess.com and are preserved on USCL’s website, which is a treasure trove of fine games.

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