Dreadnoughts Hold Steady Against the Nor'easters
In a critical match, the New England Nor’easters had white against the Dreadnoughts in week five of the USCL. The Dreadnoughts’ lineup once again featured our usual three powerhouse players GM Mikheil Kekelidze, GM Michael Rohde and IM Jay Bonin. Zachary Tanenbaum (now nearing master) returned to the helm of board four. Both teams fielded teams with nearly exactly the same average rating. New England held advantages on boards one and four while Connecticut had advantages on two and three and we were feeling pretty good about our chances.
The morning of the match, a disaster struck when a power outage on the railways created severe travel problems for our players.
A panorama shot of the players.
All managed to arrive on time except for GM Rohde whose trip doubled in length and he ended up arriving approximately 40 minutes late for his game. Despite this severe time disadvantage, Rohde secured a comfortable advantage right out of the opening and looked to be winning. Meanwhile, all of the other games were unclear. IM Jay Bonin’s game was the first to finish with a draw. After a tough fight, Zachary eventually succumbed to Lawyer Times’ tricky positional play and Rohde was unable to convert a difficult endgame.