Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"The Primary Elections" of the Championship": That is the Semi-Finals
The New England Patriots take on the Boston Red Sox in the Eastern Finale tonight!! Oh wait, I mean the New England Nor'easters and THe Boston Blitz: There is a Civil War going on tonight between the north and south sides of Porter Square! Lets see, who shall be victors:
Up first, we see Several Time US Champ Boston long timer GM Christiansen take on a fellow Brandeis Judge yet USCL "enemy" IM/GM Shankland:
At Brandeis chess club last week, Sam told me I should have predicted he beat GM Lenderman rather than the reverse: OK yeah I probably should of... I went on to tell him, " I tell you one thing, there's no way I am gonna predict for you next week":) NO going back.... Larry wins!
Next, we see another SM/GM (a newly made up title for GM strength non- GMS:) , Sammour-Hasbun take on another IM/GM Hungaski.... I lost to Hungaski this past weekend at the BU Open ( game to come up soon) Long story short.... I was worse early in the opening with white ( not so good) and Hungaski never let me back into the game. in wild tactical melee where he easily could of went wrong.... This game will be willd, I am sure of that as it is between two great tactical players. This is Jorge's 1st black game in the last two yeras in the USCL... Somehow I predict this game will be a draw.
On board 3, we see CATDOG IM Esserman...... Catdog with the white pieces= Dominance+ Rating Gap= Dasha... FM Chase will cause some difficulties but at the end of the day, there is no stopping Esserman 1-0 (GOTW perhaps)
Lastly we see, Grant Xu take on the experienced Cherniack.. Cherniack objectively is a favorite with his experience and strong 5.5/7 score.. However, Xu can not be counted out: He does have 1.5/2 this season thus far and a 2382 performance rating.. With that said, Cherniack will most likely squeeze out the point with the white pieces..It helps that he knows Xu's French down and out...
The Bahstan Blitz shall win 2.5-1.5 and advance to the Championship!!!!!!! Sorry NE:)
The West Coast Finale: The Playoff experienced Miami Sharks vs The Arizona Scorpions looking to appear in their first Championship
IM Altounian challenges 4 time! league MVP Rock GM Becerra : This is a game between two rock solid players... GM Becerra has the title and rating nod but Altounian is a rock, especially with the white fellows: This game shall be a long played out draw.
Next GM Elect Barcenilla has the black fellows against GM Gonzalez who had an impressive win with black against Amanov last week: Barcenilla has been having a sub-par season so far and Gonzalez has been playing quite solid... This one is a kind of a toss up but I am gonna go with Gonzalez pulling through.. One pt for Miami.
On battle ground 3, Underrated IM Elect Adamson takes on the higher rated FM Martinez... Adamson drew 4/6 games this season thus far.... I Say he'll draw another one... Draw
Lastly we see underrated expert Rosenthal vs NM Thompson... Rosenthal shocked the crowds the last two weeks upsetting two higher rated masters consecutively.. Can he do it again? Perhaps, but I am gonna say Thompson stops the streak: By statistics an expert, underrated or not, shouldn't beat 3 masters in a row ! One Pt for Arizona...
Arizona's team is just rock solid with a nice balanced lineup.... Drawn match leading Arizona to their first championship!!