Thursday, November 18, 2010

Predictions for the 2010 USCL Finale!!

Expansion team the New England Nor'easters takes on 2 time Championship contender the Miami Sharks
Now, if this was a North vs south matchup that would make up a nice civil war; however, Miami is "in the West", so that's what is the dual of the Eastern and Western champs. Both teams will undoubtedly strive for the very best as NE would love to make history being the first expansion to team to win the Championship, although they already clearly made history with their kind of ridiculous 11-1 score so far, and Miami hope to win their first championship after losing to Baltimore and NY In their two championship outings: So lets, see who shall be the victors!

Bd 1: IM Shanky takes on GM Becerra
I have always viewed Becerra is a rock, Sam begs to differ..... Sam wants to win. I still say Becerra is solid with black... Drawn match in a classical KID.

Bd 2: FM Martinez takes on IM Hungaski
Both players have had great seasons so far: Martinez 6.5/8 and Hungaski 6/7.. Both of Hungaski's draws came when he had the black pieces. Hungaski will get a slightly worse position out of the opening in his normal Scandinavian but will hold things together to hold a draw.

Bd 3: FM master of tricks Chase vs FM Galofre
These players' styles are pretty much as different as can be. As seen in his Galofre's wk 5 GOTW, he is perhaps one of the most wild players in the league, although with good rewards as he has a strong 2.5/3 record and a 2540 performance rating, thats 240 points above his rating...... Chase plays his normal KIA and Galofre gets bored in a taticless game... Lots of maneuvers will happen but neither players will get anywhere... Another draw.

Bd 4: The Shocker of the League Rosenthal takes on Cherniack
Ok, so the last three weeks I regretfully predicted Rosenthal to lose. Instinctively, I would say Cherniack is a clear favorite with his vast experience. The other day, Krasik and I agreed that Cherniack is likely the strongest board 4 in the league.Rosenthal certainly has chances to shock the crowds yet again, but Cherniack is somewhat of a kid killer.. Out of the 5 games he played against 18 yr olds/under this season so far: Shen, Katz, Herbsts, Ostrovskiy, and Xu, hew scored a heavy 4.5/5:: Cherniack wins!

And NE becomes the 2010 champions! Sure, it wasn't fun being eliminated by them last week, but they've been a strong team all season long and didn't get some of the credit they deserved: Lets go NE!!

With that in mind, as the Championship will be taking place, I will be at the next concert on the agenda: The Allman Brothers at the Orpheum. Here's a video of "Hot Lanta" at their AC show two nights ago:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Good Falafel spot in Boston


I went on a short excursion into Boston today to get my student visa for Israel. With the Middle East in mind, I picked up a chicken shawarma wrap for a lunch at Falafel King on 48 Winter Street right near the Park St Green/Red line stop at the Boston Common. The place's appearance isn't all that appealing and doesn't have places to sit , but if your on the go, its has some great food.

Readers, please share other good falafel/ME food spots around Boston, or NY for that matter.

Also, here's a pretty cool mural I saw in the Downtown Crossing area:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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Excursion to the Other Side of Waltham

Friday night, I went to the other side of Liverpool( oh I mean Waltham). With that to start off this post, I give you a segment of Ringo's awesome birthday show he did this summer playing his new song "The Other Side of Liverpool off his 2010 album Y Not

On to chess though!! I tied for first in the Waltham November G/20 with SM and fellow Boston Blitz player Denys Shmelov. On a side note, congrats to NE and good luck against Miami. Here is my first round win against expert Edward Astrachan:

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!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Metal version of Eleanor Rigby!

I am really not much of a metal fan, but a friend linked to this video among other metal covers of the song and I liked this one the best as it is not too hardcore.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Wild Wild West: Battle in the Quarterfinals

The Mighty Miami Sharks take on the Chicago Blaze looking for serious business in their first playoff match ever

On board 1, we see perhaps two of the more solid GMS in the US taking on each other: GM Becerra and GM Gurevich... Becerra is nothing but a rock: To win MVP 4 times out of six seasons thus far, is an extraordinary accomplishment.. Winning MVP once is one thing but to win a majority of seasons thats just out of the blue.... Beccera with the white pieces wins on board 1.

Next we see, another GM duel between Gonzalez and Amanov. Amanov is lower rated but at the same time underrated---- see He beat Gonzalez with black in wk 9 and had a great result in the Midwest championships a few weeks ago.... Amanov shall slowly outplay Gonzalez... Thats 1 pt for Chicago.

On board 3, one of the strongest FMS ( certainly IM strength) Martinez against Chicago's underrated IM... Its often hard for me to predict games between players who's rating difference contrast from their tittles ( Martinez is higher rated but is an FM).. Last time, I incorrectly predicted Felecan would win..... I am gonna go on a whym and predict a draw....

Last but not least Miami's underrated expert Rosenthal takes on FM Shankar... Rosenthal shocked a lot of people last week as he effectively outplayed SF's underrated powerhouse Yian Lou.... This time though, I think Shankar will come through with a win as he has the white pieces and more experience

And as Vonnegut wrote " so it goes" in Slaugtherhouse-Five", Chicago will end Miami's season as they succeed 2.5-1.5.

The division champs, the Arizona Scorpions challenge the higher-rated "middle of the pack team" that snuck into the playoffs, the Seattle Sluggers

Firstly, we see one of the US's most solid IMS Altounian take on MTV star Akobian aka, US Olympiad Coach: Altounian is a rock but with Akobians kind of ridiculous 2814 performance rating, I see Altounian not getting anything out of the opening and slowly getting outplayed... Seattle Wins

Then, GM-elect Barcenilla ( whom I apologize for incorrectly stating as IM a few weeks ago), takes on a VERY strong FM Cozianu who drew Barcenilla's teamate Altounian in wk 1... This one's kind of a toss-up as I really don't know how to to judge Cozianu, I am gonna predict hes gonna nab the full point... making Seattle 2-0 on boards 1-2

Next, we see FM Mikhailuk vs IM elect Adamson... Robby had impressive results this summer earning his status of IM-elect. With the white pieces I think he is fully capable of doing damage, especially as Mikhailuk has been having a lackluster season thus-far... Adamson wins... If Arizona, can win board 4, they will head the to the semifinals.... Can they do it?:

Board 4!: Good news for AZ: Thompson beat Wang with black in round 1. Anything could happen of course, but Thompson shall take care of business again wheeling in the full point...

Drawn match

What shall happen in the "T" Series between the Blitz and Nor'easters and the semifinals between Arizona and Chicago? : Thats for next week... I will say for now though, I am looking forward to the match next Monday, whether I play or not..... Its kind of ridiculous that the two teams play about a mile away from each other, but it sure will be a great match!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Intensity of the Eastern Quaterfinals is upon us tonight!

Don don da don..............

Certainly an interesting 1st round match up: My crosstown revivals vs my past beloved NY Knights: No one can argue what an accomplishment NE's 9.5-.5 record was, especially considering it was an expansion team

Firsthand, a fellow Brandeis student Shanky, who seemingly likes Shrek, takes on GM Lenderman... Objectively I think Lenderman is a bit stronger, but Shankland has the white pieces and had three impressive league wins in a row against 2 GMS and 1 strong near GM strength IM..... A draw is likely.

Next, we see NY's powerhouse GM Charbonneau take on IM Hungaski, who also seems to be near GM Strength... Charbonneau has been known as a Boston- Killer: It seems as that might be translating to the NE region... He will be tired from working since early morning but Hungaski will be tired from the long drive from CT to Boston...... Charb wins

We then see one of the trickiest masters around Boston FM Chase take on a more of a rock FM Getz... I have played both of these players a number of times and think overall they are in close in strength... I see neither Getz pushing for a win with black nor Chase being unsatisfied with a draw considering NE has draw odds.... Draw

Lastly wee see another Youth vs age match up Ostrovskiy vs Cherniack... Both are known to calculate alot and this will be a crucial match up... Ostrovskiy needs to come back from his tough result this weekend and pull through which I think he can as he has had an impressive 3.5/4 record this season thus far..... I predict Ostrovskiy draws here. However, if Cherniack can pull through with a win, NE will head to the playoffs.


The second duel of the night shall take place between my fellow soldiers the Boston Blitz looking to hold down the fort against the Baltimore Kingfishers( Or as Krasik wrote on his Facebook, "Kingfishes":):

On board 1, we see GM Erenburg fighting IM Christiansen again with the white fellows... Woa-- Larry surprised everybody last time with the Phillidor: I am not sure what he will play tonight but certainly something else! Erenburg shall hope for victory pressing slowly but Christiansen's resistance will hold strong... DRAW

On board 2, we see none other than Harvard Square Specialist IM Catdog Esserman, who has played solidly this weekend in the Marshall Championship, drawing his Smith-Morra nemesis GM Lenderman and IM Sarkar, leading to a 4/5 start, takes on a solid IM from Baltimore Enkhbat...... Enkhbat is solid with 2.5/5 but when Catdog plays, all hell breaks lose, especially when he has the white pieces... Thats one pt for the good guys... Just one more draw on the bottom two boards, and Bahstan shall cruise to the semifinals!

On the next board, our rock Martirosov takes on the slightly higher rated Zimmer... This will be a battle of two solid players: I expect a relatively boring Queens-Indian here... Not much happens and draw is the end...

Last but not least, we see Krasik take on the mighty Balasubramanian who may have the longest name in the league.... These players are about equal in strength... The former has a significantly more experience in the league and the latter has been preforming better this year. At the end of the day I see Balasubramanian pushing for the win to overcome draw odds and Krasik taking the whole point....
For that matter, Zimmer and Erenburg will likely end up pressing more than normal so when the dust clears, my fellow Bahstan Blitz takes on NY next week!