Time Control 60 min. with 30 sec. increment
Arizona Scorpions vs. Baltimore Kingfishers
IM Mackenzie Molner (2511) - GM Giorgi Margvelashvili (2593)
IM Levon Altounian (2493) - IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat (2509)
IM Mark Ginsburg (2400) - NM Jared Defibaugh (2357)
WFM Amanda Mateer (2144) - NM Richard Selzler (2242)
Note: Players in italic have the white pieces.
The third and final Interdivisional Match of the 2012 season sees the Baltimore Kingfishers square off against the Arizona Scorpions. These two teams have met twice before with Baltimore scoring victories in both matches by a score of 2.5-1.5. They last met just over 2 years ago, also in Week 6. Only 3 players (IM Barcenilla, GM L. Kaufman, FM Zimmer) from that match remain on these two teams' current rosters, but none of them are scheduled to play in this match. Surprisingly, more players (5: IM Enkhbat, GM L. Kaufman, IM Altounian, IM Ginsburg, FM Adamson) remain from the Week 4, 2009 match with 3 of the players returning to play in this match. Interestingly, Arizona has used this same lineup in Weeks 1 and 5, scoring victories by 3-1 and 3.5-0.5. On the other side, Baltimore's lineup is a new one for this season.
Board 1: IM Mackenzie Molner vs. GM Giorgi Margvelashvili. IM Molner, a 7-year USCL veteran of 3 teams, is (+1 =3 -1) this season and (+3 =1 -2) against Baltimore. He drew last week as white against GM Jesse Kraai (SF) on Board 1. His opponent, GM Margvelashvili, is (+1 =1) on the season and last played in Week 4, a win on Board 1 as white against FM Cozianu (SEA). This season is only his 2nd year in the USCL, so he has not played against Arizona previously.
Board 2: IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat vs. IM Levon Altounian. This game is a rematch with the same colors of a draw on Board 1 in Week 4, 2009. For each of the players, that was the only game he played against the other team. IM Enkhbat, an 8-year USCL veteran, is (=2) on the season and played last week as white against GM Ivanov (NE) on Board 1. This game will be his first time on Board 2 this season. His rival in this sequel, IM Altounian, is (+1 =2) so far in his 5th USCL season. He won last week as black against IM Dmitry Zilberstein (SF) on Board 2.
Board 3: IM Mark Ginsburg vs. NM Jared Defibaugh. IM Ginsburg, playing in his 4th USCL season, is (+3 =1) this season and won last week as white against FM Yian Liou (SF) on Board 3. He has played against Baltimore once previously, a draw as white against GM L. Kaufman on Board 2 in Week 4, 2009. This time, he will face NM Defibaugh, who is in his 3rd USCL season and has scored (+1 -2) this season. NM Defibaugh won last week as white against NM Andrew Wang (NE) on Board 3. He has not played against Arizona previously.
Board 4: NM Richard Selzler vs. WFM Amanda Mateer. NM Selzler is (-2) on the season, having last played as black against NM Joshua Sinanan (SEA) in Week 4. He has played in 2 seasons in the USCL and has not played against Arizona previously. He will be challenged by WFM Mateer, who is (+1 =1) this season and won last week as black against NM Kesav Viswanadha (SF) on Board 4. She has played in the USCL for 4 years though has not played against Baltimore previously.