Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Second Half of the 2012 USCL Season is Approaching!: Rabin Predicts the Results for Tomorrow night!

I did not do as great last Wednesday as I did the Monday before. I could mislead my readers by just stating that I had got 2/3 or 66% of match predictions correct. However, I'll give the whole picture; a mere 2/12 or 16.67% of my game predictions were correct. 

In honor of the beginning of October, I thought i'd share this song for my famed Youtube video of the USCL night!

Two Heavy-hitter teams bring Double GM line ups: The New York Knights vs the Connecticut Dreadnoughts 

GM Kacheishvili- GM Hess 1/2-1/2

GM Kekelidze- GM Charbonneau 1-0 

Williams- Harris 1-0 

Colas-Checa 1-0 

and to remain objective, I predict the Dreadnoughts will defeat my beloved Knights, Connecticut wins 2.5-1.5. Prove me wrong Knights! 

The "Underrated" Boston Blitz (at least according to Krasik!) Take on a Slightly Higher Rated Philadelphia Inventors 

GM Perelyshteyn- GM Erenburg 1/2-1/2 

SM Fisher- FM Gulamali 1-0 This game is more or less a toss up..  Most certainly, we shall see a decisive result. 

Vilenchuk-FM Gorman 1/2-1/2

Daly-Krasik 0-1 Another toss-up between two relatively inactive players as of late.... My instincts tell me the league's premier trash talker will win! (I haven't heard much from Ilya lately however.) 

and with two draws and two decisive results, we shall see a Drawn Match 2-2 

Two GMs are generally better than One: Shall the New Jersey Knockouts defeat the Manhattan Applesauce with one more GM?!

GM Romanenko- GM Stripunsky 1/2-1/2 

GM Benjamin- IM Vovsha 1-0 

IM Milman- IM Kapengut 1-0 

Balakrishnan-Smith 0-1 I'll openly confess that Smith defeated your loyal blogger in pool this weekend! For a double whammy, I also have to confess that Balkrishnan beat your loyal blogger at this year's Eastern Class Championship back in March. However, that was after one terrible oversight, in which I hung an exchange in a much better position. With Smith's third place win in the Week 3 Game of the Week contest, it is clear, he has improved! 

and one GM shall be sufficient for Manhattan! Manhattan wins 2.5-1.5

Shall the Baltimore Kingfisher's Earn Its first Victory against the New England Nor'easters?! 

IM Enkhbat- GM Ivanov 1/2-1/2 

IM Vigorito- GM Kaufman 1/2-1/2 

Defibaugh- Wang 1-0 

Pellows-Zimmer 0-1 In his first two USCL encounters, I predicted Pellows would win against experts. This time around however, he's playing a solid master who's 2-0 in the season so far. 

and Baltimore shall indeed earn its first win against New England! Baltimore wins 3-1 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Rabin's Prognostics for the 2012 USCL Season's Interdivison Week #2, Part 2!!

I got the following comment of constructive criticism to last night's set of predictions:

Your problem is that you just simply pick the favorites based on whoever has the better title or the better rating. There's not much analysis behind this.
I definitely do think there's some truth that comment. There are definitely times I predict more based then titles and ratings than else when I have to predict results about players I never saw play before. Things change later into the season each year though, when I get to see the "unknowns" get their feet wet.  
On the contrary, what ever my motives were for last night's predictions, I did awesome! I got my 3/4 or 75% match predictions correct and a personal record of 12/20 or 60% game predictions correct. I am now sitting on top of the world! Let's see if I'll have to get down tonight:) 

The Miami Sharks Shall Seek Revenge against New England for Its 2010 Championship Loss 
GM Becerra- GM Shankland 0-1 After I predicted Shanky would draw Becerra in their 2010 Championship encounter, he told me I should have predicted otherwise. Since he played a good amount of solid chess, gaining a fair amount of points in Europe this summer, I'l say my fellow Brandeisian win this time! 
GM Ivanov- FM Rodriguez 1-0 
Alvarez- Wang 1-0 
Pellows- Recio 1-0 
and revenge shall not be claimed: New England wins 3-1 

The Boston Blitz Brings a Heavy Lineup Against Their Nemesis, the Dallas Destiny 
GM Chirila- SM Sammour-Hasbun 0-1
Shmelov- GM Holt 0-1
FM Xiong- Martirosov 1/2-1/2
Liu-Guenther 1-0 
and the Boston Blitz shall score its first win against Dallas! Boston wins 2.5-1.5

The First Date Between the Newbies, The Connecticut Dreadnoughts and the St. Louis Archbishops
GM Hess- GM Finegold 1-0 
IM Kannappan- GM Kekelidze 0-1 
IM Sarkar- IM Bregadze 1/2-1/2 
Karlow- Tanenbaum 1-0 
and Connecticut Shall Win 2.5-1.5 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Results-to-be of the 2012 USCL Season's Interdivision Week #2: Part 1

To state it nicely, I didn't do the best job predicting the matches last week. I did pretty lame last Monday night, predicting 1/4 matches and 6/16 games correctly. Last Wednesday I did even worse, predicting 1/4 matches and a mere 4/16 games correctly. 

What was interesting to me however, was the fact the one match I did predict correctly was the one I was most likely to biased toward: The New York Knights, my favorite team vs the Boston Blitz, the team I rooted for during the one year I played on it in 2010. I did put up this Facebook Status last Wednesday night: 

"my predictions may have not been the best tonight: only got 1/4 matches right... However, I'm happy the two NY teams gave whoopings to the two Bahstan area teams!!" 

Enough ranting about last week's results/ my failure to predict. Let's see if things shall be better in the East or West tomorrow night! ( If you don't get the classic rock reference in this sentence, wait for the end of the blog post!

The New Jersey Knockouts and the Carolina Cobras Shall Attempt to Break Their Tied 3-3 Lifetime Record

GM Benjamin- IM Schroer 1-0 

FM Korley- GM Gulko 0-1 Korley is fully capable of being a successful underdog, as he expressed in his interview with FM Mike Klein. Last year, he beat NJ's IM Kapengut, but Gulko is on another level.

Klemm-Mu 0-1 

Swaminathan- Balakrishnan 0-1 

and NJ and Carolina will continue to have a tied lifetime score as we shall see a Drawn Match 2-2

The Veteran Teams that also Happen to Have a Tied Lifetime Score (2.5-2.5) Duke it Out: The San Francisco Mechanics vs the New York Knights

GM Kraai- GM Kacheishvili 1/2-1/2 

SM Herman-IM Naroditsky 0-1  In 2009, Herman, then rated 2275, beat Naroditsky, then rated 2371. Three years later, both players have improved significantly. Objectively, I have to give Naroditsky an edge here. 

FM Liou- FM Bodek 1/2-1/2

Katz- Viswanadha 1-0 

and SF and NY shall also still have an even lifetime score as we shall see another Drawn Match 2-2 

The First Date Between the Los Angeles Vibe and the Philadelphia Inventors 

GM Khaciyan-GM Erenburg 0-1 

SM Fisher- IM Kiewra 1/2-1/2 

WGM Abrahamyan- SM Minear 1-0 

FM Shahade- Korba 1-0 

and Philadelphia shall win 2.5-1.5 

Tit for Tat: The Arizona Scorpions Seek Revenge for their 0-1 Record against the Manhattan Applesauce

GM Romanenko- IM Molner 1-0 

IM Altounian- IM Mandizha 1/2-1/2 

Shvartsman- IM Mohandesi 1-0 

Chakraborty- Ryba 1-0 

and tit does not respond to tat.... Manhattan wins 2.5-1.5 

After Six Years of Never Playing Against Each Other, the Baltimore Kingfishers and the Seattle Sluggers Go to War

It's sort of crazy that Kingfishers have been in the league since its beginning in 2005 and the Sluggers have since 2006 and they haven't played yet. 

GM Margvelashvili- FM Cozianu 1-0

IM Mikhailuk- IM Palkidze 1-0

Balasubramanian- FM Collyer 1/2-1/2

Sinanan- Selzler 1-0 To my surprise, Sinanan beat FM Adamson convincingly with black last week, so why not predict he'll win this week?! 

and Seattle shall succeed: Seattle wins 2.5-1.5 

So for my bonus prediction, things will be slightly better in the east as the Eastern Divison will beat the Western Division 3-2 tomorrow night!



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rabin's Express Predictions for the 2012 USCL Season Week 3 : Eastern Edition

I didn't do too great Monday Night. I got 1/4 match predictions and 6/16 game predictions correct. Let's see what results, we shall see tonight! As I've been pretty busy the last few days , I'm not going to explain all of my predictions this time. Just bear with me; they're all my objective predictions!

For my express predictions, why not share the Marrakesh Express?!

The New York Knights vs the Boston Blitz: a Mirror Image of the Yankee's 2-1 Score Against the Red Sox Last Week! 

GM Kacheishvili- GM Perelshteyn 1-0
FM Gulamali- SM Herman 0-1
Williams- Vilenchuk 1/2-1/2
Krasik-Katz 1-0

and just like the Yankees gave the Red Sox one more spanking last week, the NY will win 2.5-1.5

The Philadelphia Inventors and the New Jersey Knockouts Attempt to Break Their 3-3 Tied Lifetime Record

GM Erenburg- GM Stripunsky 1-0
GM Benjamin- SM Fisher 1-0
SM Minear- Wu 1-0
Burke-FM Shahade 0-1

and Philadelphia shall get a plus record against NJ! Philadelphia wins 3-1

The Manhattan Applesauce Attempts to beat the New England Nor'easters For the First Time 
( currently 2-0 NE) 

GM Ivanov- IM Vovsha 1-0
IM Schneider- FM Riordan 1-0
IM Yedidia- IM Milman 1/2-1/2
Smith- Goldberg 0-1

and New England will keep its lifetime perfect record against Manhattan: New England wins 2.5-1.5

The New Monster in the League, the Connecticut Dreadnoughts Duke it out with the Veteran Baltimore Kingfishers 

GM Hess- GM Margelashvili 1-0
GM Kaufman- GM Kekelidze 0-1
Harris- Defibaugh 1/2-1/2
Zimmer-Colas 1/2-1/2

and Connecticut shall do some damage. Connecticut Wins 3-1

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rabin Predicts the Results of the 2012 USCL Season's Week 3: Western Edition

Ok, its true-- I wasn't quite "Back in the High Life Again" last Wednesday evening, as I promised my readers I would be. I did a mediocre job, predicting 2/4 matches and 7/16 games correctly. However, I certainly did better than two nights before that (0/4 matches, 3/16 games)! It's getting better all the time, so I'm optimistic with my predictions for tomorrow night!

I squeezed another Beatles reference in there for the Jewish New Year.. !שׁנה טובה לכולם 

Of course most chess players won't be taking off for the holiday the next two days though, so lets get to business! 

The Miami Sharks and Dallas Destiny Shall Try to Break their 6.5-6.5 Lifetime Tied Record

13 games is a long amount to still be tied, especially in team play! 

SM Perez- GM Sadorra 0-1 Perez has yet to show his quick improvements he had in the last year or so this season. Anything is possible, but he's playing his highest rated opponent yet this season and is 0-2 so far, so I'll have to give Sadorra the edge. 

FM Getz- FM Rodriguez 1-0 My fellow New Yorker is going to bore Rodriguez to death! 

Alvarez- FM Xiong 0-1 Instincts! 

Chiang- Rosenthal 1-0 Rosenthal is one of those perennial USCL upset machines, so you never know what to expect, but something tells me Chiang is more likely to come through. 

4-0 seems like too much... with a margin of error in mind, Dallas will win 3.5-.5 

The St. Louis Arch Bishops Wants to Even Up its Lifetime Record Against the San Francisco Mechanics 

GM Finegold- GM Bhat 1-0 It took me a while to decide between Finegold winning, or drawing. He came through last week against Huschenbeth when I predicted a draw, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt! 

FM Liou- IM Kannappan 0-1 So far, I predicted he'd beat Perez and Kaufman, so why not Liou too?! ( oh yeah, that rhymed!) 

IM Bregadze- FM Sevian 1-0 Georgian school boy shall beat US young tactician here! 

FM Lee- Larson 1-0 Larson did beat Selzler last week so is obviously capable of upsets, but with the white pieces and big rating edge, you've got to give Lee the edge! 

St. Louis Wins 3-1. While San Francisco has a 70 point rating edge in this match, all of its' eggs come from one basket on board 4. On all the other boards, St. Louis has rating edges. 

Love or Hate at First Sight-TBD: The Carolina Cobras vs The LA Vibe

IM Schroer- IM Amanov 1-0 If Schroer, can upset a bunch of GMS, why not do the same to an IM?! 

WGM Abrahamyan- FM Korley 1-0 Korley often surprises me, beating the likes of Kekelidze. Instincts tell me Abrahamyan will succeed in this struggle though! 

Jones- Kavutskiy 1/2-1/2 two solid players!  

FM Casella- Swaminathan 1-0 Casella never draws in the USCL! 

LA Edges out the Victory 2.5-1.5 

Last But Not Least, The Seattle Sluggers and the Arizona Scorpions Shall Attempt to Break Their 3.5-1.5 Tied Lifetime Score 

GM Akobian- IM Molner 1-0 Akobian is fresh from helping out the U.S team at the Olympiad and probably has some opening preparation up his sleeve. In 2009, I was rooming with Molner at the Chicago Open, when they drew in a wild Caro Kann. That time Molner was white. 

IM Ginsburg- IM Orlov 1/2-1/2 Ginsburg will win the opening battle and get a reasonable advantage, but it won't lead to victory! 

Sinanan- FM Adamson 0-1 Instincts here! 

FM Atoufi- Feng 1-0 Last year, they drew when Feng had the white pieces.. With colors reversed, I think Atoufi will give his team a point! 

and Arizona will have a plus lifetime record against Seattle: Arizona wins 2.5-1.5

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Destined Results of the 2012 USCL Season's First Interdivision Week

What can I say? I did a terrible job predicting last night's results. I got 0/4 match predictions right and only 3/16 game predictions right. The one match I predicted to be a draw (Seattle vs New Jersey) turned out to have the only decisive result! Tomorrow night, I will be back in the high life again though!

The Constant Underdogs: The Carolina Cobras Vs the New Powerhouse: The Connecticut Dreadnoughts that David Pruess Predicted to be the 2012 Eastern Division Champions 

IM Schroer- GM Hess 0-1 You never know with Schroer as he often does pull of some awesome upsets.. He did defeat Gelashvili in week 1. However, with a huge rating edge you have to give Hess the nod here. 

GM Kekelidze- FM Korley- 1-0  similar logic to board 1! 

FM Simpson- Harris 1-0 Harris is higher rated but Simpson has shown in previous league play, he could defeat some higher rated players! 

Colas- Swaminathan 1/2-1/2 Swaminathan will equalize out of the opening and hold his own! 

Connecticut shall continue on a path towards Pruess' prediction: Connecticut wins 2.5-1.5

Two Veteran Teams Shall Try to Break their Tied Lifetime Record: The Boston Blitz Vs the Miami Sharks

SM Sammour-Hasbun- GM Becerra 1-0 I had a very hard time predicting this results... My instincts tell me Jorge's wild complications will do him more good than harm though! 

SM Perez- FM Gulamali 1-0 A wild guess for a game between to wild players! 

Vilenchuk-FM Rodriguez 1/2-1/2 Vilenchuk is a Brandeis first year..  The last time the Boston Blitz recruited a Brandeisian was two years ago.. Who was that?--- Oh yeah, Evan Rabin, your loyal blogger. He didn't so well- got .5/2, so he got kicked off the team. Four years before that, another Brandeisian FM Steven Winer didn't do all that well in 2006 with a 1/3 score. He had a solid 1/2 score in 2005. So Brandeisians haven't had the best rep in the league, well at least on the Blitz;  GM Shankpanky has been a rock star on New England. Vilenchuk will turn the Brandeisian tide a bit; his first game, a draw will be the pivot! 

Silberman-Krasik 0-1 I don't know Silberman but with a large rating edge, I think Krasik will succeed. 

and all in all Boston shall win 2.5-1.5

Boston's Neighbors, the New England Nor'easters vs the Gmless but Strong Dallas Destiny 

GM Shankland- GM Elect Holt 1-0 Alhough Holt is improving rapidly and recently achieved his third GM Norm, with a rating edge and the white pieces, I have to give the other Brandeisian in the league an edge here! 

IM Wang- IM Vigorito 1/2-1/2 I don't know much about Wang but saw some of his results that are super solid. In the 2011 World Open, he had 6 draws and 3 wins. A draw is likely! 

Wang-FM Xiong 1-0 Instincts tell me there's going to be an upset on this board! 

Gater- Pellows 0-1. Despite being slightly lower rated, I think Pellows has an edge here. As he hasn't played much the last few years, I don't think his rating is quite up to his strength. 

and after 4 grueling games end, with margin of error in mind, New England will win 3-1

The St. Louis Arch Bishops Duke it out for the First Time with The Baltimore Kingfishers

GM Finegold- GM Huschenbeth 1/2-1/2 I never knew Huschenbeth before this season. His Fide (2536) is slightly higher than Finegold's (2493). Finegold is pretty solid and has the white pieces, so I think the game will end in a draw. 

GM Kaufman- IM Kannappan 0-1 Really a toss up between one of the best opening theoreticians in the US and a new guy in the US, who has a provisional 2481 USCF rating and drew GM Jimenez to tie for 1st in the St. Louis District Championships earlier this month. 

IM Bregadze- Wang 1-0 White pieces and rating edge here. 

Selzler-Larson 1-0 same note as board 3! 

and St Louis Wins 2-5-1.5!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Expected Results of the First Half of the 2012 USCL Season, Week 2!

It's only week 2 and already we're having an interdivision week! I definitely like the idea of having three interdivision weeks this year rather than 1 as in all previous seasons. This week, we will see five sets of teams duke it out for the first time. Without further ado, I give you Rabin's predictions for tomorrow night's matches! Last week I did pretty good; I predicted the results of 6 out of 8 matches 15 out of 32 games correctly.

The Mighty Manhattan Applesauce Shall Try to Even up its Lifetime Score with the Veteran San Francisco Mechanics 

GM Kraai- GM Romanenko 1/2-1/2 I predicted Romanenko would draw last week and he ended up winning a masterpiece to earn Game of the Week; perhaps the combination of my prediction and voodoo will lead him to win another GOTW. However, this game between two solid GMs will likely be a draw!

IM Vovsha- IM Naroditsky 1-0 Not many 16 year olds are geniuses who could write books about positional chess. However, I think a wild theoretical line and tactical complications will lead Vovsha to victory here!

Liou-Shvartsman 1-0. I think these players are about equal in strength but Liou seems to have studied more chess recently as he earned an IM norm at the Metropolitian International in July.

King-Viswanadha 1-0. Viswanadha is an upcoming youngster who I saw win a few good games at the Northern California International this past January; however King is an unstoppable board 4- let's just declare him the 2012 Board 4 All-Star now!

and Manhattan shall indeed even up its lifetime score with SF, Manhattan wins 2.5-1.5

My Homies the NY Knights Duke it Out for the First Time with the Shiny LA Vibe 

GM Gelashvili- IM Matikozyan 1-0. Matikozyan surprised me last year when he beat GM Wolff with black, so any result is possible, but with the GM title and the white pieces, you gotta give Gelashvili the edge!

IM Amanov- GM Lenderman 0-1 Similar logic to the game mentioned above!

Williams-Casella 1/2-1/2 Instincts!

Korba- Barayev 1/2-1/2 Instincts again!

NY defeats LA 1-0 

Another First Date: The Arizona Scorpions vs the Philadelphia Inventors

IM Molner- GM Erenburg 0-1 Mac is indeed a beast but, something tells me Erenburg will defend against his wild attack and take the full point.

IM Bartell- IM Ginsburg 1-0 Bartell will continue the tare he had this summer-- Get'em guy!

FM Adamson- FM Gorman 1-0 Adamson will give the Israeli, now US FM a hard time in his league debut.

FM Dehmelt- FM Atoufi 1/2-12 As Philly will be doing welll on boards 1 and 2, Dehmelt will steer things to a peace. I played Dehmelt two years ago in a 1 day Grand Prix event in Allentown, PA. He was a point ahead of me, so I needed to win just to tie for first. I never had any dream of counter play.

Philadelphia wins 2.5-1.5

The New Joisy Knockouts try to Even-up its Lifetime Score against the Seattle Sluggers

FM Cozianu- GM Benjamin 0-1 Benjamin will obtain revenge for his 2010 loss to Cozianu!

GM Gulko-FM Mikhailuk 1-0 You never know what you're going to get with Gulko ! In 2008/2009, he had a combined whopping 8-0 score. In 2010, he had mediocre 2/5 score. Last year, he drew all three of his games. I think he's going to go back to his winning ways this season!

IM Milat- FM Hansen 1-0. I don't know all that much about either of these players, so I'll go with the higher rated player with the white pieces winning.

Klemm- Collyer 0-1 Similar reasoning to board 3 in this match!

and Seattle remains +1 lifetime against NJ- Drawn Match 2-2 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Second Set of Predictions for 2012: The Western Division Opener!

I did pretty good in my predictions for last night, predicting three out of the four match points correctly. Manhattan drew New York when I thought they'd win. GM Romamenko surprised me by defeating Gelashvili, which would have helped my match point prediction, but to the contrary Bodek beat Zaikov.

On the other hand, I had somewhat subpar performance on my game points predictions, getting 43.75% correctly. I did pretty good on the first three matches, getting 7/12 on those but got an "0 for 4" for Baltimore-Philadelphia. Ironically, by predicting all four games incorrectly in that match, I the four games that led to a drawn match, allowed my match prediction be correct! Let's see how I do tonight!

Tonight we're going to be truckin' around the West Coast!

The Always Strong Miami Sharks vs the St Louis Arch Bishops Who Lost Hikaru

GM Becerra- GM Finegold 1-0 It will be a close call but Becerra is a USCL beast!

IM Priyadharshan- SM Perez 1-0 I know absolutely nothing about IM Priyadharshan; I'm gonna go on a whim and say he'll come out ahead with the white pieces.

FM Rodriguez- FM Eckert Rodriguez 1-0 coming back from a summer of chess in Europe, Rodriguez should be a favorite!

Hendrickson- Rosenthal 1-0 Rosenthal, who dealt plenty of upsets in previous seasons of the USCL, is quite unpredictable. However, with the white pieces and higher rating, I'll give Hendrickson an edge in his league debut.

And we shall see a Drawn Match 2-2!

The Veteran San Francisco Mechanics vs the Guys who Returned to the Western Division; the Carolina Cobras

GM Bhat- IM Schroer 1-0 Schroer is pretty solid, but with the black pieces, I don't think he'll hold agains Bhat.

FM Korley- GM Kraai 0-1 My fellow New Yorker Korley often does surprise some higher rated players but to be objective, I think Kraai has an edge!

FM Sevian- FM Simpson 0-1 Both players have had disappointing seasons in 2011. While I think Sevian, might objectively be a stronger player, my instincts tell me experience will outweigh youth here!

Mu- Wheeler 1-0 As Mu won the u2200 section of the 2011 World Open, ahead of myself and a few others who tied for second, I know he has a lot of stamina!

And Carolina will surprise the Mechanics with an upset draw! Drawn match 2-2

The Dallas Destiny Shall Seek to Even Up Their Lifetime Score Against the Seattle Sluggers

GM Chirila- FM Cozianu 1-0 GM and white pieces... hard to predict against Chirila

FM Mikhailuk- IM Wang 1/2-1/2 As he shown in years passed, Mikhailuk is considerably stronger with white than black. I think he'll try to play pretty solidly and Wang won't be able to win the full point

Safin- FM Collyer 1-0 I know absolutely nothing about either of these players, so I'll guess the guy with the higher rating and white pieces will win!

Lessler- Chiang 1/2-1/2 Wild Guess!
As I don't really know any of these players well, I'll have to give myself some margin of error on this one! Dallas wins 2.5-1.5

The LA Vibe and the Arizona Scorpions will break their 1.5-1.5 Lifetime Score!

IM Matikozyan- IM Molner 1/2-1/2 Molner will likely be the one pushing at the end, but peace will be the ultimate result!

IM Altounian- FM Kavutskiy 1-0 The white pieces and experience will give Altounian justice in this game!

FM Akopyan- IM Ginsburg 0-1 Akopyan is another mystery to me but with Ginsburg's superb opening preparation, I think he'll get the full point.

WFM Mateer- Korba 1-0. I first wrote Mateer would be an underdog against Casella but with a higher rating, more time on the clock than Korba,  and the white pieces to boot, I think she'll win! 

Arizona will jump ahead in their lifetime score: Arizona wins 3.5-.5

Monday, September 3, 2012

Rabin's Predictions for the 2012 USCL Season Opening NIght!

Roll up, roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour! Step right this way! Roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour that is the 2012 USCL season. This year we said “goodbye” to the Chicago Blaze and hello to the Connecticut Dreadnoughts. “You say 'Goodbye' and I say “Hello, hello, hello.' I don't why you say 'Goodbye', I say 'Hello, hello, hello.”..... 

OK, enough corny Beatles references; let's get to business: See Rabin's predictions for the opening of the Eastern division tomorrow night!

Last Year's Semifinals All Over Again: The Subway Series between the Manhattan Applesauce and New York Knights

GM Romanenko-GM Gelashvili 1/2-1/2 These Georgian GMS are scary but Romanenko is particularly solid, especially with the white pieces.

GM Lenderman- IM Milman 1-0 While Milman has been busy working long hours on Wall Street, Lenderman has been taking advantage of the Samford fellowship- Gotta give him the edge!

FM Zaikov- FM Bodek 1-0 While Bodek is higher rated, Zaikov is scary in league play. When he played for the Cobras in 2010, the last four consecutive weeks, he beat IM Krush, IM Lapshun, FM, soon to be IM Bartell, and IM Fernandez! I'm sure he'll want to have a good start for Manhattan.

Checa- King 0-1 Checa is a solid player for his age and will do his best for his league debut. However, at over 2300, King is a monster board 4. He will be one of Manhattan's greatest assets this season.
and the Manhattan Applesauce will get revenge: Manhattan wins 2.5-1.5

*Disclaimer: As I'm working for Chess in the Schools this year, I wasn't sure at first whether I'd root for the Knights or Applesauce. I ended up deciding rooting for the Knights, as I did since the league started except for my 1 year tenure on the Blitz, but these predictions as is all of mine are as objective as possible.

My Old Teammates the Boston Blitz vs the New Guys: The Connecticut Dreadnoughts

SM Sammour-Hasbun- GM Hess 0-1 In a tactical slugfest, the young GM, Yale student will come out on top.

GM Kekelidze- IM Zierk 1-0 As I said before, these Georgian GMS are scary!

FM Gulamali- WIM Yuan 1-0 I don't know much about either of these players but I'll go by Gulamali's rating edge and the white pieces.

Chandran- Hanks 1-0. Chandran is an up and coming youngster who is higher rated in this match!

And the Dreadnoughts end their USCL debut on a high note: Connecticut wins 3-1

The Two Teams with Newly Drafted GMs Duke it Out: The New Jersey Knockouts vs the New England Nor-Easters

GM Stripunsky- GM Ivanov 1-0 At the time this article is being written, Ivanov is pressing Stripunsky on the white side of a Caro Kann in Albany. Tomorrow, Stripunsky will have the white pieces. Stripunsky also typically does better than Ivanov in quicker time controls.... I give him the edge.

FM Bournival- IM Kapengut 1-0 Pure Instincts here!

FM Shen- FM Chase 1-0 Instincts again!

Goldberg- Wu 0-1 Wu, who recently came back from a few weeks of chess in Hungary, is more in shape than Ben... However whenever I predict Ben to lose, he wins, so we'll see what happens!

And New Jersey shall take the fame: NJ wins 3-1.

Last but not least, the Philadelphia Inventors take on the Baltimore Kingfishers

GM Erenburg- IM Enkhbhat 1-0 GM and white pieces- enough said.

IM Paikidze- SM Fisher 1-0 I never heard of Paikidze before this year's rosters went up, but with the “idze” at the end of her name, I knew she was another Georgian! Fisher was a beast for Philly last year, but that was on board 4; let's see how he'll make it on Board 2.

Gorman-Defibaugh 1/2-1/2 Defibaugh shocked the crowds this past July in the first round of the Washington International when he miniatured GM Azarov with the black pieces. If he plays like he did then, he's likely to win. Gorman is a pretty solid player though; something tells me this game will end up in peace.

FM Zimmer- IM Costigan 1/2-1/2 two pretty solid players which a bunch of draws in previous seasons.

And Philadelphia and Baltimore shall have the only draw of opening night: Drawn match 2-2

Stay tuned for Rabin's predictions for the Western Division's opening night, coming to a blog near you soon!