Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rabin's Take on the Epic Duel Between The Manhattan Applesauce and Baltimore Kingfishers

The Manhattan Applesauce and the Baltimore Kingfishers are the only Eastern teams who were able to beat Sandy to get to the USCL tonight! Both teams have solid 4.5-3.5 scores and are trying to rise to secure playoff spots. Therefore, I'll give you a video of Warren Haynes' "River's Gonna Rise." Its the second track of his Grammy nominated Man In Motion album that I reviewed back in May: Man in Motion Review.



In the Boston- New England match that knocked NE out of playoff hopes, I predicted the match correctly but only 1/4 games. Let's see how I do tonight! 

* I am republishing this post after the start-time of the round because I found out just now that the line-ups have drastically changed. I figured as along as I was home and haven't observed any of the games yet anyway, I may as well change the predictions.

GM Romanenko- GM Huschenbeth 1-0 I still don't know much about Huschenbeth but, given his game against Finegold earlier this season, it seem's like he's a little out of shape.

IM Vovsha- IM Enkhbat 1/2-1/2 A wild theoretical duel will fiddle out to a draw! 

IM Mandizha- Balasubramanian 1-0 Mr. "Ferari" Farai is a beast.... He's also playing a lower rated, non-IM! 

WIM Battsetseg- Smith 1-0 Smith has been on fire lately so anything could happen, but Battsetseg has to be considered a favorite! 

and with a very different last-minute lineup, the result shall be the same,  Manhattan Wins 2.5-1.5

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Crosby, Stills & Nash Wow the Crowds at NYC's Beacon Theater, October 20, 2012


You'd expect the three musketeers to be retired in San Diego. Contrarily, Crosby, Stills & Nash are as active as they were back in their 1969 Woodstock days. On Saturday, October 20, I was one of hundreds of fans seeing them at the fourth of their five 2012 shows at New York City's Beacon Theater. It was near the end of their touring season however, as they have been roaming around all year. On July 17, they released their first live album in 20 years, CSN 2012.

CSN doesn't sound exactly as they did 40 years ago, but at least you get to see them all. While it would have been nice to hear “Y” Neil Young, you did get to hear the three founding members David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. Each time I saw CSN Live (the other time was in 2009 at Jones Beach), I saw the stage order from left to right as Crosby-Nash- Stills. I wonder why? Maybe the band name “Crosby Nash and Stills” just wouldn't have the same rhythm.

The stars weren't with out some new talent however. The most noted newbie was James Raymond, the keyboardist. Graham claims otherwise but I don't think he would have gotten his stardom without being Crosby's son. Despite such natural succession, his contribution of solos and the song he penned, “Lay Me Down” was appreciated!


The old fogie who made the biggest impression, was Stills, who remains one of the most underrated guitar players. His Claptonesque ability to play fast, upbeat or slow solos was supported by his whammy bar in his solo in Crosby's “Deja Vu.” “My job is to write the weird shit”, Crosby joked as he introduced the song.


CSN is also famous for pulling out some out-of-the-blue covers. In 2009, they played the Grateful Dead's “Uncle Johns Band.”. “We don't have any business playing this next one, but why the hell not, “ Crosby said before they played it. This time around, they chose Bob Dylan's love ballad, “Girl From North Country.”


Of course you can't blame the band for trying to produce new material, but to brutally honest, CSN should stick to its original Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame-level material. The second set, which included “Deja Vu”, “Wooden Ships,” “49 Bye-Byes,” “Our House,” and other major hits, was absolutely phenomenal. However, I didn't appreciate some of the newer songs in the first set, such as “Almost Gone”, a political piece Graham wrote about Bradley Manning, an ex US soldier, who is now in solitary confinement for releasing military secrets to WikiLeaks. This song was appropriate for Crosby and Nash's ad-hoc show at Occupy Wall Street but not a concert.


If CSN sticks to its original roots, the band has a good shot to remain a successful band, well into its members' 70s. Maybe one of these days, we will even see C, S and N tour with their friend Y!

*I posted videos for the songs I referenced in the review. For a few of the songs, I could not find a video for the October 20 show, so I posted one for a different 2012 date.

Who should win The "T Series?", the Boston Blitz or the New England Nor'Easters?

I'm not sure if the term "The T Series" actually exists, but I am going to borrow it from the "Subway Series." During last night's horrific hurricane, I got a mediocre 2/4 of game and dismal 6/16 of match predictions correct.

I'm not gonna waste time predicting the other matches for now as their lineups will likely change at least a little bit. Those will come soon, as quickly as needed! For a battle to see who reigns supreme in Boston, I shall share with you a 1976 live rendition of Boston's "More Than a Feeling."



Anyway onwards to the predictions!:

IM Zierk- FM Riordan 1/2-/2 Zierk is a favorite but he hasn't been playing much recently, now that he started MIT, and Riordan is a pretty solid player!

IM Yedidia- SM Shmelov 0-1 As shown in his recent GOTW draw with GM Holt, Shmelov is good at mixing things up!

FM Gulamali- FM Bournival 1-0 Gulamali has been a tear this season with a 3/4 record and 2611 performance rating- enough said!

FM Chase- Miller 1-0 These are two players who I have played against several times before. Chase shall steer the game away from complications with a KIA and be victorious.

and Shmelov and Gulamali will keep Boston's playoff hopes alive; Boston wins 2.5-1.5!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The End is Approaching: Rabin Predicts the Results of the 2012 USCL Season's Week 9, Part 1

I've been on a tear with match predictions; the last three consecutive nights I got 3/4 correct. I did have a little bit of luck last Wednesday however, as only got 7/16 or 43.75% of game predictions correct.

In honor of the great Hurricane Sandy, I shall share with you a live version of "Hurricane" from one of my favorite Israeli-American bands Soulfarm for my Youtube video of the night!



The Carolina Cobras give Rating and Time Odds to the Dallas Destiny

IM Schroer- GM Sadorra 0-1 We all know Schroer has the capability of playing solid chess, but Sadorra is also good at mixing stuff up!

GM Holt- FM Korley 1-0

Jones-Safin 1/2-1/2

Guenther- Mu 0-1

and wins from the GMS shall lead the Destiny to victory, Dallas wins 2.5-1.5

The Miami Sharks and the Los Angeles Vibe Shall Attempt to Break Their 1-1 Tied Lifetime Record

GM Becerra- IM Amanov 1-0

IM Kiewra- SM Perez 1-0

FM Rodriguez- FM Kavutskiy 1/2-1/2

Korba- Rosenthal 0-1 a toss-up between two of the league's underrated youngsters... I'll go with Rosenthal as he has more league experience under his belt.

and Miami shall earn a plus lifetime score against LA, Miami wins 2.5-1.5

The St. Louis Arch Bishops shall Attempt to Maintain a Positive Lifetime Record against the Arizona Scorpions (score currently 1.5-.5)

GM Diamant- IM Molner 1-0

IM Altounian- IM Kannappan 1/2-1/2

IM Bregadze- IM Mohandesi 1-0

Chakraborty- Hendrickson 0-1 a toss up, but I'm gonna go with Hendrickson after seeing his stellar performance at the recent SPICE cup, where he gained almost 60 rating points!

and with a margin of error in mind, ST. Louis Shall win 3-1

Two of the Western Division Veteran Heavy-Hitters Duke it Out: The Seattle Sluggers vs the San Francisco Mechanics

GM Akobian- GM Bhat 1-0

GM Kraai- IM Orlov 1-0

Sinanan- FM Lee 1-0

Wheeler- Feng 1/2-1/2

and Seattle Shall Make San Francisco's playoff prospects minimal; Seattle Wins 2.5-1.5

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Expected Results of the 2012 USCL Season's Week 8, Western Edition!

Last night, reached a personal best! I got 75% of both game and match predictions correct ( 3/4 and 12/16 respectively). Let's see if I can keep up my Nostradamus skills for tomorrow night's matches:) 

As I added Hot Tuna's December 1 show at the Beacon, show to my calendar, I'll share a 2011 rendition of "I Know You Rider" of theirs for my acclaimed Youtube Video of the night! Of course, I did not forget my promise about the CSN review; that'll be published by the end of the week! 


Teams with Inverse Scores (2-5 and 5-2 respectively) Duke it Out!: The San Francisco Mechanics vs The Dallas Destiny 

GM Bhat- GM Chirila 1-0 

IM Wang- GM Kraai 1/2-1/2 Wang has solid 2-0 this season thus far, but is playing his first GM of the year. I don't think Kraai will push for much after he equalizes... 

FM Sevian- Safin 1-0 A toss-up but Sevian is younger and has more time for opening preparation. Look at his win in the New York Times over Manhattan player Alex King for an example of his opening wonders.... 

Chiang- Wheeler 1-0 

and San Francisco's playoff chances shall remain alive, San Francisco Wins 2.5-1.5 

The Seattle Sluggers shall Attempt to Maintain its Plus Lifetime Score ( now 1.5-.5) Against the Carolina Cobras

GM Akobian- IM Schroer 1-0 

FM Korley- FM Mikhailuk 0-1 

Sinanan- FM Simpson 1-0 

Jones- Feng 1-0 

Seattle Wins 3-1 

The Arizona Scorpions and the Miami Sharks shall Attempt to Break Their Tied 3-3 Lifetime Record

IM Molner- GM Becerra 1/2-1/2 A complete toss-up... At first I thought Mac would pull off an upset, then I changed my mind that Becerrra would come through and then I said draw... In 2011, Mac scored 1.5/2 against Beccerra... He's been playing pretty solid chess this season, so I'll say draw! 

IM Ginsburg- SM Perez  1-0 

FM Adamson- FM Rodriguez 1-0 

Rosenthal- Atoufi 1/2-1/2

and Arizona will gain a plus lifetime score against Miami; Arizona wins 3-1

The Los Angeles Vibe Shall Attempt to Keep St. Louis Archbishops off the Scoreboard in their Lifetime Record ( LA currently leads 2-0) 

IM Amanov- GM Finegold 0-1 

IM Kannappan- IM Kiewra 1-0 

Kavutskiy- IM Bregadze 0-1 

Larson- FM Yanayt 0-1 

and St. Louis will in fact defeat LA for the first time; St. Louis wins 3-1

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rabin's Winning Picks for the 2012 USCL Season's Week 8, Eastern Edition

Last Wednesday I did awesome predicting the match results, predicting 3/4, 75% correctly. However, I definitely had a lot of luck as my game predictions were pretty lame, 6/16, 37.5%. Readers are going to have tow wait for my review of Crosby, Stills and Nash's show last night; for now I'll share you a phenomenal rendition they did of Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country." This video happens to be from a different night of the tour, but they did it last night too. 


The 2011 USCL Champions The New York Knights vs their 2010 Predecessors: The New England Nor'easters 

GM Gelashvili- GM Shankland 1/2-1/2 

FM Riordan- GM Charbonneau 0-1 

SM Herman- FM Chase 1-0 

Pellows- Barayev 1-0 

and New York Wins 2.5-1.5

The Manhattan Applesauce Give Time Odds to The Boston Blitz (79-101 min) 

IM Vovsha- GM Perelshteyn 1/2-1/2 many onlookers will be amazed by all the "complications" in this game that will in reality be part of the preparation of two theoreticians.... Perelshteyn will equalize at the end of the day and will not go for much more... 

FM Gulamali- IM Schneider 0-1 

Shvartsman- Vilenchuk 1/2-1/2 

Krasik- Ryba 1-0 

and two draws and two decisive results will lead to a Drawn Match 2-2 

The Blind Date Between the Connecticut Dreadnoughts and the Philadelphia Inventors  

GM Hess- GM Erenburg 1/2-1/2 

FM Bartell- GM Kekelidze 1/2-1/2 

Yuan- FM Gorman 0-1 

FM Dehmelt- Chandran 1/2-1/2 as Dehmelt will see things going well for himself on the other boards, he won't push for much! 

and Gorman shall lead Philadelphia to win 2.5-1.5

The Baltimore Kingfishers Shall Seek to Attempt to Equalize its Lifetime Score against the New Jersey Knockouts ( Score Currently 4.5-3.5 NJ)

GM Huschenbeth- GM Stripunsky 0-1 

GM Gulko- Wang 1-0 

Defibaugh- IM Kapengut 0-1 

Balakrishnan- FM Zimmer 0-1

and New Jersey wins 3-1  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rabin's Predictions for the 2012 USCL Season's Week 7: Eastern Edition


I had exactly the same percentages last night as I did last Wednesday, 50% of match predictions and 43.75% of game predictions. I might not be doing the best, but at least I'm being consistent!

As I'm going to see Crosby Stills and Nash (unfortunately no Young) at the Beacon Saturday night, I'll give this live rendition of “Teach Your Children” for my acclaimed Youtube Video of the night!:


Of course you can expect a review of the aforementioned concert to a blog near you soon!

The Philadelphia Inventors Shall Try to Maintain Their Plus Score Against the Manhattan Applesauce (Lifetime Score is Currently 3-1)

GM Erenburg- GM Romanenko 1-0 I think Erenburg is a favorite, but he needs to wake up a little bit! He's currently 2.5-2.5 this season thus far.

IM Vovsha- FM Bartell 1/2-1/2 a close call between a draw and win for Vovsha!

FM Gorman- IM Milman 0-1

Smith- IM Costigan 1/2-1/2 I think IM Costigan is a favorite, but I predict Smith will hold things together for a draw!

And two draws and two decisive games will lead to a Drawn Match 2-2!

The New Jersey Knockouts and the Boston Blitz Shall Try to Break Their Even Lifetime Record (3-3)

GM Stripunsky- GM Sammour-Hasbun 1-0 Stripunsky will steer the game away from complications and snap the full point!

FM Gulamali- GM Benjamin 0-1

Wu- Martirosov 0-1

Liu- Burke 1-0

and 4 decisive games will lead to another Drawn Match 2-2!

The Blind Date between the New England Nor'easters and the Connecticut Dreadnoughts

GM Shankland- GM Kekelidze 1-0

SM Otchiyev- FM Riordan 1/2-1/2

FM Chase- Lowinger 1-0 Lowinger is making his league debut. I have played both of these tricky players a number of times and have pretty bad records against both of them. I think they're pretty close in strength but am going to give Chase the edge here since he has the white pieces.

Chandran- Pellows 1-0

and New England Shall Win 2.5-1.5

The Baltimore Kingfishers and the Great New York Knights Shall Attempt to Break Their Tied Lifetime Record (5.5-5.5)

GM Margvelashvili- GM Kacheishvili 1/2-1/2 In 2011, Kacheishvili won when these two Georgians played with the same colors. This time around, a draw sounds likely though!

FM Bodek- GM Kaufman 1/2-1/2

Defibaugh- Williams 1-0

Katz- FM Zimmer 0-1

and to remain objective, I'm gonna predict Baltimore to win 3-1. Prove me wrong Knights!I had exactly the same percentages last night as I did last Wednesday, 50% of match predictions and 43.75% of game predictions. I might not be doing the best, but at least I'm being consistent!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Probable Results of the 2012 USCL Season's Week 7, Night 1

Last Monday, I was a miserable Nostradamus wannabe, predicting 0/4 matches correctly and a mere 3/16 games correctly. Wednesday night marked improvements as I got 2/4 matches and 7/16 games correct. I have to admit that the 50% match prediction percentage was pretty lucky though since even though I predicted all the games of the Boston- LA match incorrectly, my 2-2 drawn match prediction held true. 

We are now beyond, or at least in, the seventh galaxy or week of the 2012 USCL season. Let's see what tomorrow night's matches shall look like! 


The Carolina Cobras Get Time Odds Against a Roughly Evenly Rated St. Louis Arch Bishops

IM Schroer- GM Finegold 1/2-1/2 

IM Kannappan- FM Korley 1-0 I saw Kannappan's interview with FM Mike Klein this afternoon; he seems pretty confident against GMs' so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt against my fellow New Yorker and non-GM. 

FM Simpson- IM Bregadze 0-1 

Larson- Jones 0-1 

and despite giving time odds, the St. Louis Arch Bishops shall win 2.5-1.5 

The Miami Sharks and the Seattle Sluggers Shall Attempt to Break Their 5.5-5.5 Tied Lifetime Record 

GM Becerra- IM Orlov 1-0 

FM Cozianu- SM Perez 1-0 

FM Rodriguez- FM Collyer 1-0 

Omori- Rosenthal 0-1 

and in a match with all decisive results, Miami Shall win 3-1

The Dallas Destiny and the Arizona Scorpions Shall Attempt to Break Their 2-2 Tied Lifetime Record 

GM Sadorra- GM Barcenilla 1-0 

IM Molner- GM Holt 1/2-1/2 My instincts told me Molner would lose.. Second thoughts told me a wild tactical melee will lead to a peaceful result. I'll go with the latter! 

Safin- FM Atoufi 1-0 

Chakraborty- Guenther 1-0 

and the Dallas Destiny (2367) pulls of a quote on quote upset against the Arizona Scorpions (2419) Dallas wins 2.5-1.5. 

A Civil War in California: The Los Angeles Vibe vs The San Francisco Mechanics 

GM Khachiyan- IM Naroditsky 1/2-1/2 

IM Zilberstein- WGM Abrahamyan 1-0 

FM Yanayt- FM Liou 1/2-12 

Wheeler- FM Casella 0-1 

and we shall see a Drawn Match 2-2 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Rabin's Predicted Results for the 2012 USCL Season's FinalInterdivision Week, Part 2

As I'm writing this post on the night of Lennon's birthday I'll share with you all a  rendition of Paul McCartney's  famous tribute to John, "Here Today."



I was actually at that show on July 16, 2011. Check out my review here: http://adventuresofrabin.blogspot.com/2011/07/sir-paul-round-2-review-along-with-wee.html

The Philadelphia Inventors Shall Tryto Defeat (or even draw) the San Francisco Mechanics for the FirstTime

GM Erenburg- GM Kraai 1-0

IM Naroditsky- SM Fisher 1-0

FM Gorman- FM Lee 1-0

Wheeler-IM Costigan 1/2-1/2

and Philadelphia shall get on the Scoreboard against San Francisco, Philadelphia wins 2.5-1.5

The First Date Between the BostonBlitz and the Los Angeles Vibe

SM Sammour-Hasbun-GM Khachiyan 1-0

IM Kiewra- IMZierk 0-1 In the 2010 USCL Season, FM Zierk (SF) drew FM Kiewra (DAL)with the white pieces. This time around, not only are they playing with opposite colors, they both are on different teams, Boston and LA respectively. Furthermore, both players improved considerably, bothgaining the IM title since then. Instincts tell me Zierk is going tosucceed though!

Martirosov- GM Abrahamyan 0-1 Vadim is a rock but Tatev has shown that she is good at mixing things up with the black pieces!

Korba- Hanks 1-0 I don't know much about Korba, but he has been on a roll the last fewweeks!

And my old teammates shall neither succeed or fail Drawn Match 2-2

Two Teams with 3-2 Scores in Their Respective Divisions Go for Mayhem: The Seattle Sluggers vs The Manhattan Applesauce

FM Cozianu- GM Romanenko 0-1

IM Schneider- FM Milat 1-0

Sinanan-Shvartsman 1-0 I see a toss up here between one player Sinanan, whohas had all decisive wins so far this season, vs the solid Shvartsmanwho drew two solid masters thus far. Something tells me Sinanan willwin to continue to a rock star 4-0 score.

King-Lessler 1-0

and Manhattan shall get revenge for Seattle winning their first lifetime match Manhattan wins 3-1

The Arizona Scorpions Shall Try to Defeat (or even draw) the Baltimore Kingfishers for the First Time

IM Molner- GM Margvelashvili 1/2-1/2

IM Enkhbat- IMAltounian 1/2-1/2

IM Ginsburg-Defibaugh 1-0

Selzler- Mateer1-0 Selzler should be a favorite but this game also depends on the players' stamina and having either a poor or good start to the season. Selzler had a disappointing first half with two losses, while Mateer has a promising 1.5/2 score this season thus far.  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Results Everyone Shall See in the 2012 USCL Season's Final Interdivision Week

Last week, I did great with game predictions, getting 10/16 of them correct on Monday night( a personal record! :) )and 9/16 on Wednesday night. I also got a successful 3/4 match predictions Wednesday night. Luck didn't come my way Monday night however, when slim margins made my match predictions only 25% correct, even though my game predictions were 62.5% correct.

On the larger picture, I give you my total percentages for the first half of the season! I got 19/40 or 47.5% of match predictions and 68/160 or 42.5% of game predictions correct. Let's see if I can do better in the second half!!

In honor of John Lennon's upcoming 72nd birthday on Tuesday, when these games will be played, I give you a 1975 rendition of his "Imagine".



A More Balanced Lineup than Usual from the Connecticut Dreadnoughts vs the Underdogs: The Miami Sharks 

GM Kekelidze- GM Becerra 1-0 Kekelidze hasn't been playing up to par so far this season but I think he'll pull out a positional squeeze in a KID here!

FM Rodriguez- IM Sarkar 0-1

SM Otchiyev- Haskel 1-0

Rosenthal- Colas 1/2-1/2

With margin of error in mind, I'll say Connecticut wins 3-1!

The Carolina Cobras Shall Attempt to get on the Scoreboard against the New England Nor'easters (NE leads 3-0) 

GM Ivanov- IM Schroer 1-0

FM Korley- FM Riordan 1/2-1/2

IM Yedidia- FM Simpson 1-0

Jones- Goldberg 1/2-1/2

and New England will be 4-0 lifetime against Carolina, New England wins 3-1

The Only Two Teams That Could Claim They Won More than One USCL Championship Duke it Out: The New York Knights vs the Dallas Destiny 

GM Gelashvili- GM Chirila 1-0

GM Holt- GM Charbonneau 1/2-1/2

Katz- FM Getz 0-1

Guenther- Barayev 0-1

and my beloved Knights shall be successful this time around! NY wins 2.5-1.5

The First Date Between the St. Louis Arch Bishops and the New Jersey Knockouts 

GM Finegold- GM Stripunsky 0-1

GM Benjamin- IM Kannappan 1-0

IM Bregadze- IM Kapengut 1-0

Balakrishnan- Larson 1/2-1/2

and New Jersey shall edge out a victory! NJ wins 2.5-1.5

I realize that I did predict a 4-0 knockout to the West; you're all (or as the Carolina and Dallas teams might say  y'all :) ) going to have to trust me that I wasn't biased!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The 2012 Season of the Commercial Chess League of NY Has Officially Begun!

Despite the fact that my last several posts have been USCL predictions, I am proud to say this has not entirely become a USCL blog. With that in mind, here's my report on the Commerical League's 2012 Season opener last night. For the fifth season in a row, I am a member of the Delfies Dilemma, led by the infamous captain Phil Toledo. The last three consecutive years, we won the Division A title each time.

However, I will not take much credit, as the last few seasons, I have played only occasionally, when I was home from school in New York. Last year, I only played one game. This year however, I definitely plan on playing most of the matches.

Last night, we started the season with a 3-1 win over the veteran team MetLife. On board 1, Nick Kleszczewski upset our Ashok Gandhi. On Board 2, our Joel Hernandez, who was making his league debut, defeated the league's president Phil Lehpamer. On Board 3, your loyal blogger defeated Ralph Frisch( see game below). On Board 4, our Vladimir Gramagain defeated Vladimir Steshenko.


Find more information about the league and the 2012 Rosters, see http://cclny.comlu.com/chess/CCLNY/cclny.htm .


Monday, October 1, 2012

As He's at the Marshall, Watching the Knights in Progress, Rabin Predicts Wednesday Night's Results!

This time around, readers are going to have wait for my stats as I'm making these predictions before tonight finishes. I dropped by the Marshall tonight, was asked to play a filler game and ended up getting a forfeit win... So I decided to stick by the club to see how the Knights do and make my predictions while I'm at it!

As I officially added the 11/14 Barclays Center stop on The Who's 2012 Quadrophenia Tour on my concert list today, I give you a 2007 live edition of "The Real Me" for my video of the day! Stay tuned for a blog near you for a review of that concert. See my review of Daltrey's  2011 Tommy show in Boston: http://adventuresofrabin.blogspot.com/2012/01/tommy-album-review.html.



The Carolina Cobras Finally Face a Lineup with a Similar Rating to It's Own: That of the Miami Sharks 

IM Schroer- GM Becerra 0-1 A hard one to predict... With colors reversed, they drew in 2009.  Schroer is unpredictable as this season thus far he drew G Benjamin, lost to IM Amanov, lost to GM Hess and beat GM Bhat.. However, in a complicated Grunfeld or KID, I see Becerra coming through in this one!

FM Rodriguez- FM Korley 1-0

Jones- Recio 1/2-1/2

Rosenthal-Mu 0-1

and despite a minimal rating gap, Miami shall win 2.5-1.5

The St. Louis Arch Bishops Shall Attempt to Even up its Lifetime Record against the Seattle Sluggers

GM Finegold- FM Cozianu 1-0 Finegold will steer the game away from complications and win a very long game!

FM Mikhailuk- IM Kannappan 0-1 As Google tells me I should do, I'm Feeling Lucky!

IM Bregadze- FM Collyer 1-0

Sinanan- Larson 1-0

and St. Louis shall indeed even up its record against Seattle: St. Louis Wins 3-1!

The Dallas Destiny and the LA Vibe Shall Attempt to Break Their Tied Lifetime Record (2-2) 

GM Sadorra- GM Khachiyan 0-1

IM Amanov- GM Holt 0-1

FM Getz- WGM Abrahamyan 1/2-1/2

Korba-Guenther 1-0

and LA will earn a positive lifetime record against Dallas: LA Wins 2.5-1.5

The Arizona Scorpions and the San Francisco Mechanics Attempt to Break Their Tied Lifetime Record (2.5-2.5) 

IM Molner- GM Kraai 1-0 I'm not sure what it is, but something tells me the beast tactician shall defeat the solid one here!

IM Zilberstein- IM Altounian 1/2-1/2

IM Ginsburg- FM Liou 1-0

Viswanadha- WFM Mateer- 1-0

and Arizona will earn a positive lifetime record against San Francisco!: Arizona wins 2.5-1.5