The lineups for the final battle of 2015 have been announced and unsurprisingly both teams are going with what seems to work, repeating their lineup from the Semifinals where both overcame a higher seeded team despite draw odds. Now they battle each other with the possibility of an exciting blitz tiebreaker in the cards should the match end up tied. See the Championship Lineups here!
GM Akobian was instrumental to St. Louis’s first Championship last year, and this big Semifinal win with the Black pieces is a very good indication that he is aiming for a repeat performance, winning him the best game prize from the Semifinals.
In both Semifinal matches the winning side got victories from two of their best performers, and three of those games made the cut to have a chance to be voted the best of the week.
In another amazing night of action, both teams’ big guns came through for them when it counted as Manhattan’s GM Lenderman and NM Rozman turned in huge wins to help the Applesauce advance while GM Akobian and NM Rosenthal did similarly for the Arch Bishops setting up an amazing Championship Match for us in two weeks!
After last year’s narrow Championship defeat, Dallas will be looking to even the score with St. Louis for the right to play in the 2015 Championship while in the East, we see the always entertaining subway battle between New York and Manhattan. With seven GMs playing in the two matches, the action promises to be incredible. See the Semifinal Lineups here!