The United States Chess League, which is the chess equivalent of major league baseball, announced this week the addition of two expansion teams, including one from New Jersey! According to "Commissioner" IM Greg Shahade's official announcement, "New Jersey will be led by GM Joel Benjamin with other confirmed players being IM Dean Ippolito, the #2 15 year old in the nation NM Evan Ju, and the former New York Knight, NM Mackenzie Molner." We featured the exploits of NM Ju at our blog when he became the youngest player ever to win the New Jersey Open Championship this past September.
Other potential team members might be found on the NJSCF's list of top NJ Players, which strangely fails to list long-time NJ resident, several-time NJ Open Champion, and Kenilworth Chess Club regular FM Steve Stoyko, who would make an excellent addition.
Hat tip: the BCC Weblog.