Board 1: GM Kritz 2654 (BAL) vs. GM Christiansen 2662 (BOS)
Not really sure what to say here. Both are really strong grandmasters, with Christiansen having perhaps a slight advantage in the experience category while Kritz has white. I expect quite a fight but it is hard to tell who will come out on top.
Board 2: SM Shmelov 2474 (BOS) vs. GM Erenburg 2616 (BAL)
Having Sergey relegated to board two is pretty scary... especially when you consider how well he did on board one last year. I don't think anyone can argue that Baltimore is the clear favorite on this board. I expect Shemlov will work hard to come through for his team but I don't believe he will be successful.
Board 3: FM Uesugi 2354 (BAL) vs. SM Esserman 2461 (BOS)
Shin has his hands full this week with Esserman. Advantage to Boston. However, Shin has been doing well for Baltimore so far and this will be his first white. A solid performance here should neutralize Boston's only real advantage and clinch the match in favor of Baltimore.
Board 4: NM Krasik 2252 (BOS) vs. Ian Harris 2172 (BAL)
No need for predictions here. What else could happen but a victory for Baltimore?
With victories likely for Baltimore on 2 + 4, it looks like Boston is going down... to chinatown. Tune in Monday 7:15 to witness the carnage first hand...