Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Week 1 Lineup/Preview

Wednesday, 7:15 PM EDT
Time Control 90 min. with 30 sec. increment

New England Nor'easters vs. Baltimore Kingfishers
IM Robert Hungaski (2520) - IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat (2425)
IM David Vigorito (2524) - WGM Sabina Foisor (2367)
FM Braden Bournival (2381) - NM Adithya Balasubramanian (2255)
FM Christopher Chase (2382) - NM Ian Schoch (2245)

Note: Players in italic have the white pieces.

     The Baltimore Kingfishers begin the 2010 USCL Season with a matchup against the Eastern Division expansion team, New England Nor'easters! Five players are set to make their USCL debut in this match - Hungaski, Bournival, and Chase for New England; Balasubramanian and Schoch for Baltimore.

     Unfortunately for Baltimore, there is approximately a 100-point rating gap in New England's favor on each board. The last time Baltimore overcame such a large rating disadvantage on each board to win the match was Week 1, 2007 against New York. Players will have to be very well-prepared to pull off another such upset.

     As usual, Baltimore will be playing its matches at the UMBC Library. Though for this week only, NM Adithya Balasubramanian will be playing remotely from Virginia. Thanks go out to Mike Hoffpauir, USCF Associate National TD and President of the Virginia Chess Federation, for agreeing to oversee Adithya's match.

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