Jim Cole and NM Mark Kernighan rallied the Kenilworth Kramniks from a 0-2 hole and into a draw against Staten Island. It was the first half-point for the former Maplewood franchise, which went 0-5 last season.
The club from N.Y., which had the honor of fielding the league's first female, Melissa Biegel, got middle-board victories from Ed Selling and unrated Alexander Negron.
Several games from this match and the Karpovs-Kortchnois tilt will follow.
John Moldovan and Max Sherer won on the bottom boards to lead the Kenilworth Karpovs to a 2.5-1.5 win over the defending champion Kenilworth Kortchnois.
Sherer won quickly & easily against out-matched Bill Sokolosky. Then, after a draw between Masters Steve Stoyko & Yaacov Norowitz, Moldovan broke through Richard Lewis's defense by returning an Exchange for a winning endgame.
Michael Goeller's victory versus Ian Mangion was the only bright spot for the Kortchnois, who went 5-0 last season.
Next month, the Karpovs play West Orange while the Kortchnois visit Staten Island.