Time Control 90 min. with 30 sec. increment
Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Carolina Cobras
GM Larry Kaufman (2467) - IM Jonathan Schroer (2435)
IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat (2426) - FM Kassa Korley (2368)
NM Jared Defibaugh (2363) - FM Ron Simpson (2317)
FM Ralph Zimmer (2280) - NM Craig Jones (2305)
Note: Players in italic have the white pieces.
Board 1: GM Larry Kaufman vs. IM Jonathan Schroer. GM Kaufman is (+3 =1 -1) against Carolina and (=2 -2) on the season while IM Schroer is (+1 =3 -1) against Baltimore and (+1 =1 -2) on the season. These two have played twice before: a draw in 2007 and a GM Kaufman win in 2010. This is a pretty even match-up but having the white pieces and a win in their previous head-to-head game bodes well for GM Kaufman.
Board 2: FM Kassa Korley vs. IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat. FM Korley is (+2 =1 -1) on the season but he has not yet played Baltimore while IM Enkhbat is (+3 =2 -2) against Carolina and (+2 =3 -1) on the season. IM Enkhbat has the slight rating advantage but FM Korley has the white pieces. This game may come down to which team needs to press for a win as the match situation clears up.
Board 3: NM Jared Defibaugh vs. FM Ron Simpson. NM Defibaugh is (=1) against Carolina and (+3 -2) on the season while FM Simpson is (-2) against Baltimore and (+2 =2) on the season. NM Defibaugh has the slight rating edge and the white pieces. He will be looking to snap the recent (-2) cold streak after starting (+3) this season.
Board 4: NM Craig Jones vs. FM Ralph Zimmer. NM Jones is (+1 =2 -3) against Baltimore and (=2 -2) on the season while FM Zimmer is making his season debut and (+1 =1 -2) against Carolina. These two have also played twice before: a NM Jones win in 2007 and a draw in 2006. Another fairly even match, but this time, Carolina's NM Jones has the white pieces and the plus score in the head-to-head.