Monday, October 31, 2011

Who Shall Play Chicago in the Championship: The End of the 2011 Regular Season for the East

Tonight the Western playoffs were decided: Chicago, LA, SF and Dallas... However, too be honest as I claimed a few weeks ago, I honestly don't think any of them have a great chance against Chicago, assuming they will show off their dominating 2512 line up: Shulman/Friedel/Amanov/Schmakel throughout......... (That's my take- Please try to convince me otherwise!)

The New Joisy Knockouts Seek to Play Spoiler Again Against the Serious Business Bahstan Blitz 
GM Benjamin-GM Perelshteyn 1-0 was a toss-up to me between Benjamin winning and drawing and Perelyshteyn hasn't played much lately...
IM van de Mortel-GM Gulko 1/2-1/2
IM Kapengut-Krasik 1-0
Mosiyenko- Matlin 1-0
and NJ shall be a spoiler again! NJ Wins 2.5-1.5

My Chums the NY Knights Seek to Take Over the #1 Spot From the Impressive Philly Inventors
GM Charbonneau-GM Erenburg 1-0 a toss-up between two strong dynamic GMs but given Charb's impressive win against Akobian, I think he'll continue his winning ways!
FM Bartell-IM Krush 1/2-1/2 ( there won't be too many complications here- quiet queen-pawn opening)
Herman-IM Bonin 1/2-1/2
Fisher-Gershenov 1-0 (they drew two weeks ago but with the white pieces, Fisher should be a favorite: Prove me wrong Ben!)
and a Drawn Match 2-2 will give Philly the 2011 Eastern title

More Spoilers : the Carolina Cobras take on the Ever-so-solid Manhattan Applesauce 
I truly was excited for Carolina, when they started this season 2-2 showing they had a contending team.. Hopefully next year  they'll get some more recruits and make the play-offs again.
IM Schroer-IM Milman 0-1(why go against last year's result between ex-teamates?!)
IM Bartholomew-FM Korley 1-0
FM Simpson-FM Mandizha 0-1 Mandizha will want to prove him self after 3/4 draws and Simpson is a wild player who will give him winning chances!
Prilleltensky-Jones 1/2-1/2
and with a moe in mind, Manhattan will win 3-1 contending for a play-off spot

And Yet Another Spoiler Team The Baltimore Kingfishers Duel The NE Nor'easters
GM Margvelashvili-GM Shankland 0-1
IM Hungaski-IM Enkhbat 1-0 ( A repeat of last year's result!)
Defibaugh-FM Bournival 1-0
Brattain-Zimmer 0-1
and the Baltimore Kingfisher's will succeed in being spoilers as we shall see a Drawn Match 2-2

Thus we shall see in the playoffs 1)Philly 2)NY 3) Manhattan 4) NE
Yup that's right we shall see a Subway Series in the quarterfinals!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

How the West [will be] Won on!: The 2011 USCL Finale Part 1

Live or Let Die: The Dallas Destiny and the Miami Sharks Duke it off for a Critical Playoff Spot
GM Chirila- GM Becerra 1/2-1/2 Becerra will equalize in a theoretical Ruy Lopez.....
GM Sadorra- FM Rodriguez 1-0
IM Holt-FM Pelaez 1-0  Pelaez has shocked me in previously but I'm gonna go with the rating favorite
Rosenthal-Xiong 0-1

With a moe in mind, The Dallas Destiny shall win 3-1.... till next year Miami

The Other Play-off Contender the SF Mechanics vs the Spoilers: The St Louis ArchBishops 
 For the second time in three weeks, St Louis threatens to place Naka on board 1 and changes their line up: Perhaps a Hollaween taunt?
GM Kraai- IM Vojinovic 1-0 With the white pieces and last week's GOTW under his belt, Kraai's chances are good!
FM Banawa- IM Naroditsky 0-1
Liou-Eckert 1-0
Karlow-Rumph 1-0

Since SF shall be hungry for a play off spot and has a big rating edge no moe  here.... SF wins 3-1

The Smoothly Sailing Chicago Blaze vs the Ever-so Desperate Arizona Scorpions
With last week's loss, Chicago has come back with a strong line-up (but is still saving its heavy 2500+ lineup for the playoffs!)
GM Shulman-IM Molner 1-0
IM Altounian-IM Felecan 1-0 Felecan will go for complications and end up down too much material!
IM Young-FM Adamson 1-0
FM Atoufi-Menon 0-1

and Chicago says goodbye to Arizona's season as Chicago Wins 3-1... no moe of here because Arizona will play desperate to win-- no draws

The One game with Little Play-off Implications : The LA Vibe vs the Seattle Sluggers
WGM Abrahamyan-IM Orlov 1-0 Very close call between two tacticians: Tatev has the momentum!
FM Milat-FM Casella 1-0
Kavutskiy-WGM Rohonyan 1/2-1/2 Kavutsiky won their 2010 encounter... Now is time to make peace!
Feng-Lu 1-0 Don't much about either of these kids but Feng surprised me with a few upsets this season

and Seattle wins 2.5-1.5 (disclaimer: last week an anonymous commented I've been predicting against LA too much... Maybe perhaps so but with a low avg 2278 this week, its hard to go in their favor)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Destined Results of the 2011 USCL Season's Penultimate Round Part 2

My success (or lack of it)  of my predictions last night was somewhat strange.. Usually I score higher on match points than game points.. This time around however, I predicted 11/16 game points right and a mere 1/4 match points accurately... Shall I fare better or worse for tomorrow night? - We shall see!

First off, we have The Too Little Too Late NJ  Knockouts vs the Dominant NY Knights
When NJ is finally eliminated, they produce a super solid team: a little too late
GM Benjamin-GM Kascheishvili 1/2-1/2 Kashi won last time but with black it'll be another draw!
GM Fedorowicz- GM Fishbein 1/2-1/2 a relatively boring GM draw here: less exciting then Benj-Kasch:(
FM Shen-Herman 0-1
Williams-Wu 1/2-1/2 (Williams has a miniscule edge, but Wu is playing awesome in the MCC championship---- I think he'll equalize out of the opening and neither side will push for much.

and the the final verdict is Herman helps NY win 2.5-1.5 setting up a critical match next against against Philly to determine the Eastern champion!

The still Shanklandless  NE Nor'Easters vs the Absolute Desperate to win Carolina Cobras 
IM Vigorito- IM Schroer 1/2-1/2
FM Korley- IM Yedidia 1/2-1/2
FM Bournival-FM Simpson 1-0
Jones- Goldberg 1-0 ( nothing personal Ben!- extra motivation to prove me wrong!)
and a hard fought match is mutually detrimental: Drawn Match 2-2 

The Even Steven Teams Fight to go in the Positive: The Dallas Destiny vs the SF Mechanics
IM Bercys- GM Bhat 1/2-1/2
GM Kraai- GM Sadorra 1-0
IM Holt-IM Pruess 1-0
Rumph-Lapedz 0-1 As far as I can tell Rumph isn't so active anymore Lapedz is rapidly improving.

and.............The Dallas Destiny wins 2.5-1.5

The Weakened St. Louis Archbishops vs the Relatively Balanced Seattle Sluggers
Naka threatened to play but with him out, St Louis's chances look pretty dim this week 
GM Finegold- FM Cozianu 1-0
FM Mikhailuk- Karlow 1-0 ( 400 rating pts+ white= win)
Rich -Sinanan 0-1 (300 pts+ Sinanan dynamic with black=win)
Kelley- Hua 1-0
And Seattle will slide to victory with a 3.5-1.5 margin (moe). St Louis would need miracles to pull of an upset For either of these teams to have objective play-off chances next year I think they need new recruits... Right now they have all their eggs in one basket: Naka and Akobian and respectively.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Expected Results of the 2011 USCL Penultimate Round: Part 1!

The Co-Leading Philly Inventors take on the Trailing Manhattan Applesauce 
GM Panchanathan-GM Stripunsky 1/2-1/2
IM Bartholomew-FM Bartell 1/2-1/2
IM Bonin-FM Zaremba 1-0 I underestimated Jay the last two weeks predicting draws.. This week he's going for the FULL BONE!
Smith -Fisher 1-0 I had Fisher drawing Black but with the late lineup change and time odds I'll give Fisher the point! (However the expected match result does not change!
and all in the end the Bone leads Philly to victory 2.5-1.5 (moe here)

The Caught up Boston Blitz take on the Still Slacking Baltimore Kingfishers
SM Sammour-GM Kaufman 1-0 In the battle betwen the wild tactician and computer, the human style shall take precedent!
IM Enkhbat- IM van de Mortel 1-0
Martirosov-FM Zimmer 1/2-1/2 They drew in last year's Semi-Finals and they'll draw again!
Schoch-Krasik 1-0
and Boston will go back into the (-) as Baltimore shall pull of an upset 2.5-1.5

The Close to Even Miami Sharks take on the Light Version of the Chicago Blaze 
 Chicago had enough winning at least for now and finally produces a soft line-up. Don't be fooled though: the other GMs will be back for the Playoffs though!
GM Becerra- GM Friedel 1-0 ( Becerra has perfect score against Friedel in league history: Psychological Edge)
IM Young- FM Rodriguez 1-0
FM Pelaez- Rosen 1-0
Shmackel-Rosenthal 1-0
and an all decisive games will lead to a Drawn match 2-2

The Arizona Scorpions Look to keep their Playoff Hopes Alive against the LA Vibe
IM Molner- WGM Abrahmayan 1-0 Mac=BEAST enough said.
Gupta- IM Altounian 0-1
FM Adamson-Kavutskiy 1-0
FM Yanayt- FM Atoufi 1-0
and Arizona will remain in the game as Arizona shall win 3-1 ( no moe of here!)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Rabin Returns to NY for the Weekend: World Famous 4RGT!

I am in NY for the weekend for tonight's Tedeschi- Trucks Band concert... Post on that to come up soon.

Here's one of my games from last night against GM Kekelidze. I sacked a pawn in an interesting line of the Queen's Indian and had my fare of chances at one point... At one point, he agreed I was likely winning but in the final mutual scramble, I tried to simplify into what I thought I was an equal endgame without many winning chances for either side.. However unfortunately, the GM begged to differ and convincingly took out the whole point...

I won my three other games and tied for the 3rd and the u2200 prize with Leif Pressman, Edward Kopiecki and Vladimir Polyakin. GM Kekelidze drew IM Bonin in the last round in a long struggle that led to an opposite-colored bishops ending to tie for first.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rabin's Perception of the 2011 USCL Season's Week 8: Part 2!

In pure match points, I was PERFECT last night 4/4.... With a little bit of luck:) I only got 6/16 match points.
The Rather Successful Comeback Kids aka. the NE Nor'easters vs the Rather Desperate NJ Knockouts

IM Hungaski-GM Benjamin 1/2-1/2 I'm expecting a relatively quiet Caro- Kann draw
IM Kapengut-IM Vigorito 1/2-1/2
Cherniack-Ng 1-0
Matlin-Fikiet  0-1

and New England will survive, ending NJ's playoff chances as with a moe, NE will win 2.5-1.5!

The Middle of the Pack Manhattan Apple Sauce vs the Strikingly Distant Baltimore Kingfishers
IM Vovsha- GM Margvelashvili 0-1
GM Kaufman-IM Schneider 1/2-1/2
FM Zaremba-IM Enkhbhat 1-0
Yang-Prilleltensky 0-1

and Manhattan will solidify a third place position as Manhattan will win 2.5-1.5

The Unpredictable Miami Sharks take on a Ridiculously Watered-down St. Louis Arch Bishops
If it was one of the Amateur Team Championships, St. Louis would have a decent team... wrong event
GM Becerra-FM Banawa 1-0
Cao-FM Olivera  1/2-1/2 I'm thinking Olivera will leave the game = as his teammates have big edges..
FM Rodriguez-Karlow  1-0
Hua-Rosenthal 0-1
and Miami wins 3.5-.5: Any reader knows I rarely predict such big margins but with such a big rating gap, its seems likely.

The Dallas Destiny vs the Relatively "Weak" Chicago Blaze Duke it Out
Chicago's team is by no means weak at super strong 2456 but is slightly weaker than previous weeks. 
GM Chirila- GM Friedel 1/2-1/2 ( Friedel won't push as a match draw clinches the division)
GM Gurevich-IM Holt 1-0
FM Kiewra-Rosen 1-0
FM Dean-FM Xiong1/2-1/2 ( same reasoning as Chirila-Friedel!)
and Chicago's "weak" team clinches the Western division with a Drawn Match 2-2!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

We are 8 miles (weeks) High!: Rabin Predict's Wk 8 Part 1!

The Battle for the Top: The Solidly Performing Philly Inventors vs My Homies: The NY Knights!!!
GM Panchanathan-GM Kacheishvili 1/2-1/2 Panchanathan is a rock who won't get any real advantage against Kaschi out of the opening with his Reti or similar opening but Kaschi won't push any further!
GM Charbonneau- FM Bartell 1-0 Charbonneau will win after wild complications in an advanced Caro
IM Bonin- "GM" Pressman 1/2-1/2 These players have amazingly played each other about 130 times otb. It is the Bone himself who gave Pressman the "honorary GM title"- if your gonna be a GM, your gonna have to be be bad the the Bone!  Anyways' I'm gonna go with a draw here since both players are relatively solid in the league and in the last 12 months, they have 7 draws out of 13 games!
Gershenov-Fisher 0-1 Fisher will take advantage of some unsound sacrifice- Thats 7-0 for Fisher!

and at the end of the night, Philly and NY will be tied for 1st as there shall be a drawn match 2-2

Two Teams Fight to Even up Their Scores : The Carolina Cobras vs The Boston Blitz
IM Schroer- GM Sammour 0-1 I often have trouble predicting games between strong solid IMs and GMs but if there's one GM in the league that is good at mixing up positions for the win, its Jorge! 
FM Griego-FM Korley 1-0
FM Simpson- IM van de Mortel 0-1 He beat Simpson with black pretty convincingly last year in 26 moves- why not again?
Mosiyenko-Jones 0-1

and with a moe in mind, the Boston Blitz will keep their playoff hopes as Boston will win 2.5-1.5

The IM storm (3 IMs!) SF Mechanics vs the Slightly Behind Arizona Scorpions! 
IM Naroditsky- IM Molner 1/2-1/2 Mac seems to be crushing anyone who crosses his path with white and making peace with anyone good player as black!
FM Banawa-IM Zilberstein 1/2-1/2
IM Pruess-Adelberg 1-0
FM Atoufi-Liou 1-0
and Arizona shall remain slightly behind as we will see a drawn match 2-2 

 The Teams with Inverse Scores face off: The Seattle Sluggers vs the LA Vibe 
IM Orlov-IM Matikozyan 1-0
IM Amanov-FM Mikhailuk 1-0
Sinanan-WGM Abrahayman 0-1
Kavutskiy-Feng 1-0

and with a moe in mind, LA will win 2.5-1.5 leaving Seattle in the black

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rabin predicts the 2011 USCL Season Week 7 Round 2

Tuesday night's prediction's weren't too shabby. I predicted 2/4 matches and 11/16 game points correctly. Furthermore, I predicted NY-NJ and LA-Miami(despite their last min changes) perfectly.

The Slightly Above Par Manhattan Apple Sauce vs the Comeback kids: The NE Nor'easters
IM Milman- IM Hungaski 1-0 in the battle of two GM strength IMs, I think the one with a better season so far is gonna win!
IM Vigorito-IM Vovsha 1-0 Vigorito is going to win with a long grind after a theoretical Gruenfeld duel!
FM Mandizha- Cherniack 1-0 Farai is just a beast!
Fikiet-Black  1-0

and 4 decsive results will lead to a Drawn Match 2-2. The last time, I predicted a drawn match with all decsive wins, Manhattan drew NY with all draws, so let's see what will happen:)

The Baltimore Kingfishers and Carolina Cobras Fight to See Who Can Go Back to an Even Score

GM Kaufman-IM Schroer 1-0 These players drew in 2007, when Larry was "mere" IM, This time they'll repeat their 2010 result: Mr. Rybka wins!
FM Korley-IM Enkhbhat 1/2-1/2 Enhkbhat will equalize relatively easy but nothing more
Defibaugh-Simpson 0-1
Jones-Zimmer 1-0
and Carolina pullls off a slight upset with a 2.5-1.5 margin, equalizing its score

The Absolutely Dominant Chicago Blaze vs the San Francisco Mechanics
I said it a few weeks ago- I'll say it again. The Blaze is hand's down the strongest team in the league now.
GM Shulman-GM Bhat 1-0
GM Kraai-GM Amanov 1/2-1/2
IM Young-IM Naroditsky 1/2-1/2
Byambaa- Schmackel 0-1
With a moe in mind, Chicago wins 2.5-1.5 to obtain an astonishing 7-0 score and assured playoff spot

The Slightly Behind the Game Arizona Scoprions vs the Slightly Ahead of the game Dallas Destiny
IM Molner-IM Bercys 1-0:two strong IMS who both used live in the NY area: Mac is currently on a tare.
IM Holt-FM Banawa 1-0
FM Adamson-FM Kiewra  1/2-1/2 pretty much a toss-up but they had two decisive games in the past leading to an even score- why not draw this time?!
Xiong-Adelberg 0-1
and both teams will be tied in the middle of the pack as Arizona shall win 2.5-1.5

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Erab's take on the 1st 1/2 of the 7th week of fun in the USCL 2011!

The 2011 USCL season is winding down as the teams stiffly compete for playoff spots! 

The "Bad" Boston Blitz in the middle of the pack vs the Leader of the Pack: The Philly Inventors
GM Perelshteyn-Erenburg 1/2-1/2- two rock gms
FM Bartell- IM Jan van de Mortel 1-0 ( going with my first instincts here: wake up guy and go for a win!)
Martirosov- IM Bonin 1/2-1/2 a game between two rocks usually leads to a half bone!
Fisher-Krasik 0-1 I'm going with my gut here and will predict the board 4 mvp will finally fall to the league's trash talking mvp

and Philly slows down, letting NY take first, as there shall be a Drawn Match 2-2

The King Killing NY Knights takes on their "foreign" neighbors the New Joisy Knockouts
GM Kacheishvili- GM Benjamin 1-0 In three USCL Games, these solid gms have three draws- i think its time for Kachi to go for a nice long positional squeeze.
IM Ippolito-GM Fedorowicz 1/2-1/2 The Fed shall equalize and offer a draw relatively early on
Herman-Ng 1-0
Wu-Bodek 1/2-1/2

and NY takes 1st the in the East as with a moe in mind, NY Shall win 2.5-1.5!

 The LA Vibe seek revenge against last year's loss to the Miami Sharks
GM Khaciyan-GM Becerra 1/2-1/2
FM Olivera-IM Matikozyan 0-1
WGM Abrahamyan- FM Rodriguez 1-0: last week I very much regrettably predicted Rodriguez would lose when he had a very nice Catdog Esserman style Morra win. However, with black I objectively don't like his chances much here. But surprises happen so we shall see!
Rosenthal-Lu 1-0 toss up here between two players I underestimated in the past

and in the long run, Miami's playoff chances will be slim as LA shall win 2.5-1.5

Two teams - Their Big Guns Duke it Out: The Seattle Sluggers vs the St. Louis Archbishops
FM Cozianu- GM Finegold 1/2-1/2 ( close call between Finegold winning and drawing)
IM Vojinovic-FM Milat 1-0
Sinanan-FM Eckert  1-0
Ruan-Feng 1-0 ( complete toss-up, gonna go with rating and white pieces as an indicator)

and St. Louis shall keep microscopic chances of making the playoffs as St. Louis wins 2.5-1.5 


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Civil War Part 2

I did pretty....pretty....pretty....pretty...pretty....pretty..pretty... pretty.. good last night. ( name the reference for Rabin brownie points:)) Game points not so much: 7/16 but Match Points Yes: 3/4

Before I share reveal Rabin's great prophecies for tomorrow night, I thought I'd mention something about  Klein's incident last night against Holt. I think if it was clearly a mistake that he resigned (which it obviously was since he had sufficient compensation for just one pawn( not a lot of material), he should have been granted permission to continue playing. For next year, this policy should definitely change.

Without further ado:

Last Year's Division Champs Fight to Stay in the 2011 Race: The Miami Sharks vs the NE Nor'easeters
GM Becerra-IM Hungaski 1-0
IM Yedidia- FM Olivera 1-0
FM Rodriguez- FM Riordan 0-1
Fikiet- Alvarez 1-0
With a MOE in mind, NE beats Miami again with a  2.5-1.5 margin!

The Unstoppable(?!) Chicago Blaze vs the Average Joe Baltimore Kingfishers
GM Amanov-GM Margvelashvili 1-0
IM Enkhbat- GM Gurevich 1/2-1/2 (Enkhbat white against any 2400+ in USCL=draw)
IM Young- Defibaugh 1-0
Schoch- Menon 1-0 and Schoch remains a solid contender for bd 4 all-star with a 4/4 score!
and Chicago wins yet again: 2.5-1.5

The Underdog St. Louis Arch Bishops vs the Somewhat Surprisingly Super Strong Philadelphia Inventors ( yay for alliteration:)) 
GM Finegold- GM Panchanathan 1/2-1/2
FM Bartell-FM Banawa 1-0
Cao-IM Bonin 1/2-1/2 Given  a good match situation on the other boards, Bonin shall play it safe and go for the 1/2 Bone!
Fisher- Hua 1-0 Fisher's record so far= phenomenal, playing his lowest rated opponent yet, he shall remain 100%
and the final answer is.......... Philly wins 3-1!

The Statistically Identical from both sides of the US face off: The SF Mechanics (3-2) vs the Manhattan Applesauce (3-2) with average ratings this week with a mere 7 pt difference 
GM Wolff- GM Stripunsky 1/2-1/2 On a side note, if you haven't seen it yet, check out an interesting article from Thursday's New York Times about the relationship of finance jobs and chess, which also mentions the USCL participant Matthew Herman
IM Milman ( another chess/finance wiz)- IM Zilberstein 1-0
IM Pruess- FM Zaremba 1-0
Prilleltensky- Sevian 1/2-1/2
and both teams maintain a plus 1 score in their perspective divisions as the match shall be drawn 2-2

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mr. E's take on Interdivision Week: Let the Rumbles begin!!

Before we start, lets just give it up for the YANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!  SHIP IT DETROIT!!!!!!! WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS 2011 HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!!! 

First off, we see The Roller Coaster Carolina Cobras vs the 2 GM strong Dallas Destiny

Dallas must have been influenced by the likes of NY, Chicago, St Louis etc... putting up 2 GMS.. Don't think they ever did that before- feel free to correct me on that one:) 

IM Matros -GM Chirila 1/2-1/2 A few weeks, not knowing Matros,  I incorrectly predicted he'd lose to the GM strength Milman... That time he was black... Having white he should hold down the fort.
GM Sadorra- IM Battaglini 1-0
FM Klein-IM Holt 0-1 Holt's been playing monsterly this season with a 3.5 score and GOTW to boot
 FM Xiong- Mabe  0-1 Mabe has a dismal USCL history with 0-3, all with the white pieces.. With a rating edge and the white pieces, he's gonna show some power.

One for the West: Dallas wins 2.5-1.5 

Love (or Hatred?) at first Sight: The Boston Blitz and the Arizona Scorpions Duel for the 1st time
Boston is likely going on tilt here after two losses putting in a sub-par line up
GM Christiansen- IM Molner 1-0
IM Altounian- FM Griego 1-0
Krasik-FM Adamson 0-1
FM Atoufi- Mosiyenko 1-0
That's two for the West: Arizona wins 3-1 (I'm relatively confident in my predictions so no moe here)

While the Yanks will be handing the Tigers their 3rd consecutive Defeat, the NY Knights Shall Hold No Forces Back against the Seattle Sluggers

GM Charbonneau- GM Akobian 0-1 (Prove me wrong Pascal!)
IM Orlov- GM Fedorowicz 0-1 Fed= big Yankee Fan as the Yanks win, Fed will follow suit!
Herman-Kelley 1-0 With a new Jewish year and a nice mention in the NY Times, Herman will get a nice new fresh start!
Feng-Gershenov 1/2-1/2

Mi Amigos the NY Knights shall take the lead in the East as they win 2.5-1.5!

Another Blind Date: the Under-performing NJ Knockouts meet the So So-performing LA Vibe!!!
 GM Benjamin-GM Khaciyan 1-0
WGM Abrahamyan-IM Ippolito 1/2-1/2
Sherer- FM Casella 0-1 ( I'm surprised NJ couldn't find someone closer to 2000)
Kavutskiy-Matlin 1-0
and my prediction is forced to change:  The LA Vibe win 2.5-1.5

And the West shall unfortunately defeat the the East 3-1