Justus was first to finish, collecting a piece against Balasubramanian in a Philidor. Giorgi followed with a nice mating attack against Margvelashvili. Fed grabbed a space advantage in the opening and was always for choice until his pragmatic decision to draw. I was soundly outplayed by Defibaugh on board 3, who took control of a queenless middlegame and swapped to a rook and knight endgame that he converted without giving me any chances.
It's great to be bailed out by teammates but I'm still looking for my first win since the 2009 Finals!
We face the defending champion Nor'Easters on Tuesday. New England knocked us out of the playoffs last year but was nicked for its first ever loss by the Boston Blitz this week. Our match with them should be a dogfight.