Liberty Property Trust announced the signing of a 96,000 square foot lease with DriveTime Automotive Group for a new corporate headquarters in Liberty Center at Rio Salado in Tempe. It will be the third class-A office building that Liberty will deliver at its newly launched park since construction began in the fourth quarter of 2013.“We are excited to continue the development momentum at Liberty Center at Rio Salado by providing an opportunity for DriveTime to expand,” John DiVall, senior vice president and city manager for Liberty’s Arizona region. “When designing Liberty Center at Rio Salado our intent was to design a first-class park to cater to high-profile companies such as DriveTime and we look forward to working with them to create an innovative new corporate headquarters that will reflect their identity.”“DriveTime selected Liberty Center at Rio Salado not only for the central location and amenities of the Tempe Town Lake area but also for the quality of Liberty Property Trust projects,” said Ernie Garcia, Chairman of the Board of DriveTime. Garcia continued, “We are confident that the new building that Liberty develops will be key to attracting and retaining over 300 new employees that will join the 250 existing quality employees that will work together under one roof at the new DriveTime Home Offices in Tempe.”Located at 1720 West Rio Salado Parkway, the building will be designed and constructed to meet the LEED® Silver level of certification for new construction. The building will feature high performance glazing, 16 foot open ceilings, a large atrium lobby, state-of-the-art telecommunications, LED lighting, and six-per-1,000 parking. Twenty percent of the building’s construction materials will consist of recycled content, including the concrete, steel, aluminum, and drywall. Liberty anticipates the project completion by November 2015.DriveTime joins other new technology businesses that have moved to or expanded in Tempe’s urban core, adding thousands of new jobs to the valley city. “We are thrilled that DriveTime selected Tempe and Liberty Center and we were happy to work with the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation on this project. DriveTime will bring hundreds of new high-paying technology jobs and young people to our city to add to the quality growth we have seen in recent years,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.The architect for the building is Butler Design Group, the interior architect is PDO (Phoenix Design One)and the general contractor is Wespac Construction.Fred Darche of Lee & Associates and Tom Adelson of CBRE represented Drive Time and Brand Anderson and Mike Strittmatter of CBRE represented Liberty in the transaction.The lease agreement with DriveTime also brings Liberty’s year-to-date total leased space in Arizona to more than 600,000 square feet, a record for the region.
Aswe reported earlier, the Chess24 Banter Blitz Cup started September 25 lastyear with 128 players (the site says 133, but no evidence showed the number wasmore than 128) from all over the planet playing a 7-round individual knockouttournament. Carlsen made his debut in the round of 64, where he progressed byfirst beating a gallant Argentine GM Alan Pichot, 9-3, and then demolishingSpanish GM Jose Fernando Cuenca Jimenez, 8½-½, to advance to the Round of 16. There,he crushed Georgian GM Ivan Cheparinov, 8½-1½. Incidentally, Cheparinov – theformer second to erstwhile world champion Veselin Topalov, was a nativeBulgarian who switched federations in 2018. Also, among the elite players whofailed to make it during the early knockout stages are GMs Leinier DominguezPerez, David Navara, Peter Svidler, Romain Edouard, Etienne Bacrot, and GataKamsky. Carlsen, M (2876)-Mamedov, R(2645) [B52] ******* Aswe also reported earlier, Carlsen went on to beat GM Nils Grandelius in thequarterfinals and then GM Sanan Sjugirov in the semifinals. Here are some ofhis wins in the previous rounds: Carlsen, M (2876)-Pichot, A(2590) [B20] The key to our last problem is 1.Nb3!.Black’s futile options are: 1…f6 2.Qe7#; 1…Bf62.Qh7#; 1…e2 2.Bc2#; 1…Qd2 2.Rxf4#./PN chess24.com (1.2) 2019 Carlsen, M (2876)-Cuenca Jimenez,Jose Fernando (2523) [A45] chess24.com (4.2) 2020 1.d4 Nf62.Bf4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.c4 b4 5.Nd2 g6 6.e4 Bg7 7.Ngf3 d6 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Bd3 e5 10.Bg5h6 11.Bh4 a5 12.h3 a4 13.g4 b3 14.axb3 axb3 15.Qd1 Rxa1 16.Qxa1 Na6 17.Ke2 Nb418.Qa3 Qb6 19.Ra1 h5 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.gxh5 Bxh3 22.Rg1 Kg7 23.Qxb3 Ra8 24.Bb1Qc7 25.hxg6 fxg6 26.Nxe5 Bxe5 27.Qxh3 Rh8 28.Qf5 Qf7 29.Nf3 Bxb2 30.e5 Qxf531.Bxf5 1-0 PUZZLERS chess24.com (3.13) 2020 Carlsen, M (2876)-Cheparinov, I(2670) [A45] 1.e4 c5 2.Na3 g6 3.h4 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.h5Bg7 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bc4 Qd8 8.d3 Nh6 9.c3 Nf5 10.Nc2 Nd6 11.Bb3 Na5 12.Bf4 Nxb313.axb3 b6 14.d4 cxd4 15.Ncxd4 Bb7 16.Qe2 0-0 17.hxg6 hxg6 18.Be5 Ne4 19.Qe3 f620.Ne6 Qd5 21.Nxg7 fxe5 22.Qh6 Rxf3 23.gxf3 Kf7 24.Rg1 Qc6 25.fxe4 Qxe4+ 26.Kd2Rd8+ 27.Kc1 Qd3 28.Ne6 Kxe6 29.Qxg6+ Qxg6 30.Rxg6+ Kf5 31.Rg7 Bf3 32.Rxa7 Rd1+33.Kc2 Rf1 34.c4 Rxf2+ 35.Kc3 e4 36.Raxe7 Kf4 37.Rgf7+ Ke3 38.Rf6 Rf1 39.Rxb6Rc1+ 40.Kb4 Rh1 41.Rbe6 Rh2 42.c5 Rxb2 43.c6 Rc2 44.c7 Ke2 45.Rxe4+ Bxe446.Rxe4+ 1-0 By A.E. Boy Espejo Jr. chess24.com (2.1) 2019 MATEIN TWO. Theremaining semifinals bout of the Chess24 Banter Blitz Cup between GMs AliresaFirouzja and S.L. Narayanan is still to be played as we write this, so let’sdiscuss right now how the first finalist – world chess champion Magnus Carlsen– got to the finals. WHITETO MOVE, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.c4 Nc6 5.Nc3g6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Bg7 8.Be3 Nf6 9.h3 0-0 10.0-0 a6 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Rc1 c513.Nde2 Bc6 14.f3 Nd7 15.b3 Re8 16.Qd2 Rb8 17.Bh6 Bh8 18.Rb1 Nf6 19.Nf4 Qa520.Rfc1 Qa3 21.Nfd5 Bxd5 22.exd5 Qa5 23.Re1 Ng4 24.Na4 Bd4+ 25.Kf1 Qxd2 26.Bxd2Ne5 27.Ba5 Rb7 28.Rbd1 Nd7 29.g4 f6 30.Kg2 Kf7 31.Re4 h5 32.Bc3 Be5 33.f4 f5 34.fxe5Nxe5 35.Rxe5 dxe5 36.Nxc5 Rc7 37.Ne6 Rcc8 38.Bxe5 hxg4 39.hxg4 a5 40.Rh1 1-0 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Nd2 e6 4.e3 Be7 5.c3 0-06.Bd3 b6 7.f4 Bb7 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.Ngf3 c5 10.h4 h6 11.g4 Be7 12.g5 h5 13.g6 fxg614.Bxg6 Nd7 15.Ng5 Nf6 16.Bxh5 Qd6 17.Bg6 Bc6 18.h5 Be8 19.Qb1 cxd4 20.cxd4 Rc821.h6 Rc1+ 22.Qxc1 Bxg6 23.hxg7 Kxg7 24.Ndf3 Qb4+ 25.Kf2 Ng4+ 26.Kg3 Nh627.Nxe6+ 1-0
SALT LAKE CITY — A couple of weeks ago, Utah State coach Stew Morrill complained prior to his annual game with Utah that the Utes were unlikely to play his Aggies in the future because of their impending Pac-12 schedule.It was kind of ironic for Morrill to gripe about scheduling when he has feasted upon a schedule of preseason patsies for years, something Utah might be preferring to do more of with a tougher 18-game Pac-12 schedule on the horizon. Why go to Logan and lose when you can play Montana Tech at home and win?But I agree with Morrill that the Utah-USU series should continue without interruption. I’ve always said the local schools should make a point of playing each other more often rather than less.I remember back in the 1980s when Utah State only had nine non-conference games with an 18-game PCAA schedule, yet played six of them in home-and-home series against BYU, Utah and Weber State. Rather than complain, USU coach Rod Tueller just went out and beat his in-state foes the majority of the time.Those home-and-homes with in-state opponents went by the wayside in the early 1990s when some of the local teams started worrying more about too many L’s piling up in the preseason.However, with athletic budgets so tight these days, doesn’t it make sense to play games closer to home? Why shouldn’t Utah take a bus ride to Logan rather than jet to various parts of the country several times for non-league games?For that matter, why doesn’t Utah schedule Southern Utah or Utah Valley, which are close and have a bunch of local players, rather than play the likes of Oral Roberts or Grand Canyon at home? Southern Utah is in the same Summit Conference as Oral Roberts, but 700 miles closer. However, the Utes and T-Birds haven’t played for four years.Sure, it’s fun to go to new places and bring in some interesting opponents occasionally, but I believe first priority in scheduling for local teams should always be other local teams.WYNN OUT: I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Or at least everybody that has asked me in the past two months, “what is wrong with Jordan Wynn?”My answer about the Utah quarterback always was, “I think his injured throwing shoulder is worse than he’s letting on.” I also wondered in last week’s column whether Wynn’s various injuries had led to his poor second half of the season.I had watched Wynn consistently underthrow receivers on long routes, misfire on short ones and not have his usual zip on the ball in the last few games when the Utes have all but given up throwing long passes.Wynn clearly hasn’t been the same quarterback since the Iowa State game when he completed 23 of 31 of his passes for 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns and hurt his shoulder sometime during the game.The following week against a poor Wyoming team, he threw for just 230 yards, including three interceptions. The week after that, he did have a good game against an even worse Colorado State team at home, but passed for only 148 against Air Force, 148 against TCU, 194 against Notre Dame with four interceptions in the three games. He had a good game against San Diego State before going 13 for 30 for 199 yards and an interception against BYU.That’s two good games in his last seven. But now he’s undergoing surgery that will keep him out for a few months.Sitting out the bowl game as well as spring practice should give Wynn time to be back to 100 percent when the Utes take on their 2011 Pac-12 schedule.GOLLY GEE: Gordon Gee seems like a good guy. He’s a native of Vernal, a graduate of the University of Utah and was a professor at BYU for a short time. He is smart enough to have been the president at five major universities, more than any other living American.However, the Ohio State president didn’t sound too smart when he denigrated TCU and Boise State a couple of weeks ago for playing the “Sisters of the Poor” every week. Gee was trying to make the case for his Big Ten Conference and his former conference, the SEC, saying they faced a “murderer’s row” every week.I didn’t agree with Gee at the time and he got blasted by a few fellow media folks for his disparaging comments about successful non-BCS teams.However, I have to give Gee credit for backtracking last week, something most people in the spotlight have a hard time doing when they say something stupid.Rather than try to defend himself against widespread criticism, Gee apologized and took the self-deprecating approach, saying, “What do I know about college football? I look like Orville Redenbacher. I have no business talking about college football.”Nice recovery, President Gee.e-mail: [email protected]