Friday, October 14, 2005

The Fat Lady has finished her warm-ups

The Boston Blitz have seen their slim playoff hopes all but disappear with a 2.5-1.5 loss to the Eastern Division leading New York Knights. Since I didn't get a chance to watch the match this week, I'll refer you to Greg Shahade's official report for the details. In an otherwise disappointing night, Greg notes two bright spots for the Blitz -- Krasik's first win of the season capped off by a very nice back rank mate tactic and Friedel's "almost-win" with Black against GM Stripunsky.

These interesting games notwithstanding, Greg points out that Boston's inability to field their strongest possible team for the second week in a row compromised their chances. One might wonder why this seems to be more of an issue for the Blitz than many other teams in the league (though the loss of IM Foygel for the season may be a contributing factor).

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