Boston vs New England

Boston vs New England

Sep 8, 2015, 7:56 AM |

(Beat Reporter: Mark LaRocca) The Blitz vs the Nor’easters, it doesn’t get any better than this.  New England is riding high, near the top of the Eastern Division after two impressive wins.  If the Blitz intend to contend this year, this is the time to make their move.  Here is tonight’s lineup.

Boston Blitz (0.5 - 1.5)


New England Nor'easters (2.0 - 0.0)

All Time Series Record: (Boston leads 5 - 3)

Starts at 7:30 PM EST

Boston Blitz


New England Nor'easters

IM Steven Zierk: 2562  


IM David Vigorito: 2511

IM Denys Shmelov: 2444


IM Alexander Katz: 2464

NM Chris Williams: 2334


FM Steven Winer: 2425

NM Ilya Krasik: 2276


Nithin Kavi: 2175

Average Rating: 2404


Average Rating: 2394





Board 1 - IM Zierk vs IM Vigorito

A toss-up for sure.  I expect a Najdorf.  But, Dave has plenty of theory up his sleeve… who knows, maybe a dragon appears.  Still, I favor Steven to pull this one out.  Boston (1-0)


Board 2 – IM Katz vs IM Shmelov

Two grinders make this an easy call for me.  A long struggle, a solid Caro-Kann, and given Denys’s slow start, a draw. 

(Boston 1.5 – 0.5)


Board 3 – NM Williams vs FM Winer

Chris’s week 1 win was not awe inspiring.  I expect this also to be a toss-up, but, a no draw, d4, type of game.  I have to pick this as a loss, just my feeling, and I hate myself for it. 

Boston (1.5 – 1.5)


Board 4 – NM Kavi vs Krasik

As always, when Ilya plays, his game is crucial. Certainly, he is the favorite by rating. 1.d4… for sure, and a win for the match.  Boston (2.5 – 1.5)


So, there you have it.  What I think may not matter, but, I have a good feeling about this match.  The power of Blitz fans and positive thinking will triumph.  GO BLITZ!!!