Time Control 90 min. with 30 sec. increment
Baltimore Kingfishers vs. New England Nor'easters
IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat (2509) - GM Alexander Ivanov (2656)
GM Larry Kaufman (2445) - IM David Vigorito (2548)
NM Jared Defibaugh (2357) - NM Andrew Wang (2302)
FM Ralph Zimmer (2304) - Bennet Pellows (2152)
Note: Players in italic have the white pieces.
The Baltimore Kingfishers and New England Nor'easters both look to climb up to two places in the Eastern Division standings this week. In previous meetings, New England has bested Baltimore by a match score of 2.5-0.5 with the New England winning the last meeting by a 2.5-1.5 score.
Board 1: IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat vs. GM Alexander Ivanov. IM Enkhbat, an 8-year USCL veteran, is (=1) on the season, having played in Week 1 on Board 1 with black against GM Sergey Erenburg. He has a (+1 -2) record against New England. His opponent, GM Ivanov is new to the USCL this year and is off to a great start with a (+2 =1) record. He last played in a Week 4 win with white over FM Eric Rodriguez on Board 2.
Board 2: IM David Vigorito vs. GM Larry Kaufman. IM Vigorito, a 4-year USCL veteran, is (-1) on the season as he played in Week 2 with black against IM Puchen Wang on Board 2. He is (+1 -1) against Baltimore. Meanwhile GM Kaufman, another 8-year USCL veteran for Baltimore, is (=1 -1) this season and (-1) against New England. He last played in Week 3 with white, a game that ended as a draw against GM Mikheil Kekelidze on Board 2.
Board 3: NM Jared Defibaugh vs. NM Andrew Wang. NM Defibaugh, a 3-year USCL veteran, is (-2) on the season and (=1) against New England. He last played in Week 3 against NM Ian Harris, which was a loss with black on Board 3. He will be facing NM Andrew Wang, who is playing in his 2nd USCL season and has a (+1 -1) record this season. He has never played against Baltimore before this match. His last game was a win with black in Week 4 against NM Ernesto Alvarez on Board 3.
Board 4: Bennet Pellows vs. FM Ralph Zimmer. Bennet Pellows is another player new to the USCL this year for New England. He is (+1 =1) this season, having last played to a draw in Week 4 on Board 4 with white against Miguel Recio. He will be battling FM Zimmer, who is a 7-year USCL veteran, (+2) on the season, and (=1) against New England. His last game was a win with white against NM Joshua Colas in Week 3 on Board 4.