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.

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