Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Blitz keep fighting to the finish

If Carolina was hoping that Boston might coast the rest of the way through the US Chess League regular season then they must have been disappointed when this week's line-up was posted. The Blitz are bringing out another strong foursome led by GM Christiansen and anchored with NM Martirosov. With an average rating of 2395, they outrate the Cobras by 13 points per board. Of course, the disparity is primarily at the top with close competition on the other boards.

Here are this week's matchups; Boston has White on Boards 1 & 3:

GM Larry Christiansen - 2633 vs. IM Lev Milman - 2523
FM William Kelleher - 2402 vs. FM Matthew Hoekstra - 2401
NM Charles Riordan - 2283 vs. FM Oleg Zaikov - 2325
NM Vadim Martirosov - 2259 vs. NM Craig Jones - 2280

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