The Week 1 pairings are up for the U.S. Chess League and it should be a fighting matchup.
GM Niclas Huschenbeth will be battling GM Le Quang Liem once again on board one. They have met twice before, most recently at the 2013 Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championships and then in The Final Four this past April. In both encounters, Niclas had the white pieces, so he will have his hands full with the black side of this game.
IM Levan Bregadze, the rock solid board 3 for UMBC this past year, will have GM Varuzhan Akobian on board 2. I never underestimate Levan’s ability to hold a draw or come up with a surprise and win.
I also think that the Kingfishers have reasonable chances on boards 3 & 4 as well.
Here are the match ups for Week 1 of the 2014 season of the U.S. Chess League.
The Kingfishers are starting the season off with a potentially tough match up against the Archbishops of St. Louis, who’s sporting a few players for the Webster University squad this year.
We love a good challenge and fighting chess is exciting chess.
More information to come later about where you can follow the games in progress, live.