Friday, May 18, 2007

Blitz face steep climb in '07

The US Chess League has announced its schedule for the 2007 season. With twelve teams in the league this year, schedules are unbalanced both within and across divisions. For the Boston Blitz, who came in first in last year's Eastern Division regular season race, this means that will be facing the mettle of the non-Northeastern Division* -- San Francisco and Seattle. They'll be no matches with the likes of the Tennessee Tiptoes this year. Within their own division, Boston will match-up twice against rival New York, Philadelphia and Queens, but only once against Baltimore and New Jersey.

The Blitz's season gets off to a bang with a first week match-up against the Seattle Sluggers. I'm licking my journalistic chops just thinking about a possible Krasik-Ballard confrontation on Board 4. Two other big moments should be Monday night matches against New York (an opportunity to get revenge for last year's playoff loss) and 2006 Champion San Francisco (where one of Boston's GMs will get a chance to put former teammate Josh Friedel in his place).

Here is Boston's full schedule for the 2007 season (all Eastern time):

Wed. 8/29, 9:00pm - Seattle Sluggers
Wed. 9/05, 7:00pm - Queens Pioneers
Wed. 9/12, 7:00pm - Philadelphia Inventors
Mon. 9/17, 7:00pm - New York Knights
Wed. 9/26, 7:15pm - Baltimore Kingfishers
Mon. 10/01, 8:30pm - San Francisco Mechanics
Wed. 10/10, 7:00pm - New York Knights
Wed. 10/17, 7:00pm - New Jersey Knockouts
Wed. 10/24, 7:30pm - Queens Pioneers
Wed. 10/31, 7:00pm - Philadelphia Inventors

* The league continues to refer to this as the Western Division, but most everyone recognizes that that's just silly.

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