Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week 4 Lineup

Monday, 9:00 PM EDT
Time Control 60 min. with 30 sec. increment

Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Seattle Sluggers
GM Giorgi Margvelashvili (2593) - FM Costin Cozianu (2508)
IM Nazi Paikidze (2444) - FM Slava Mikhailuk (2415)
NM Adithya Balasubramanian (2345) - FM Curt Collyer (2294)
NM Ricky Selzler (2242) - NM Joshua Sinanan (2263)

Note: Players in italic have the white pieces.

East Coast vs. West Coast, the Baltimore Kingfishers take on the Seattle Sluggers. Coincidentally, both teams have suffered 4-0 defeats this season. However, Baltimore has only 2 drawn matches in the other matches while Seattle has scored 2 match victories.

Board 1: GM Giorgi Margvelashvili vs. FM Costin Cozianu. GM Margvelashvili, in his 2nd year in the USCL, is (=1) on the season. Just this past week, he held GM Hess to a draw with black on Board 1. FM Cozianu, in his 3rd USCL season, is (=1 -1) so far this year. He last played in Week 2, when he drew with white against GM Benjamin on Board 1.

Board 2: FM Slava Mikhailuk vs. IM Nazi Paikidze. FM Mikhailuk, a 7-year USCL veteran, is (=1 -1) on the season. His last game occurred in Week 2 with black against GM Gulko on Board 2, which ended in a draw. IM Paikidze, currently in her first USCL season, is (=1) this season. She was white against SM Fisher in Week 1 on Board 2. She is also a new student at UMBC this year.

Board 3: NM Adithya Balasubramanian vs. FM Curt Collyer. In his 3rd USCL season, NM Balasubramanian is making his season debut. His 2 career USCL victories came with the white pieces. Also, he is the current President of the UMBC Chess Club. FM Collyer, who is new to the USCL this year, is (+1 -1) on the season. He also last played in Week 2, but he only played on the 4th Board that time - a win with black against Vince Klemm.

Board 4: NM Joshua Sinanan vs. NM Ricky Selzler. NM Sinanan, a 6-year veteran of the USCL, is (+1) this year. He scored a victory with white against FM Adamson on Board 3 this past week. NM Selzler, in his 2nd non-consecutive USCL season, is (-1) this year. He lost with white against Matthew Larson in Week 2.

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