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.
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!