Final Predictions of the 2010 main season!

Ok, its a bit of a cliche by now, but welcome to the “First round of the playoffs” in the West: Here’s my humble predictions:

“Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man

Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can”:
Just to get in the mood of my humble nature:) ( Allman Brothers, “Rambling Man” )

Opposite ends of the spectrum coming together fighting to squeeze in the playoffs: The Chicago Blaze vs the Dallas Destiny
GM Gurevich has been having a solid season so far and has beaten Barcenilla’s KID a few weeks ago.. A lot depends if IM Bercys holds down the fort…. Gurevich should have a slight edge.

IM Sadorra vs GM Amanov should be another interesting match up… Sadorra has had a great season so far and has the white pieces but is facing a higher level of competition than he has thus far this season: I predict a solid game leading to a draw.

IMS are always scary on board 3 so I give Felecan a clear edge, especially as he has the fate of the white pieces

Dallas has a slight edge on 4 as Lopez has more experience in the league:
Overall, anything could happen, but I predict Chicago will qualify for the playoffs for the first time with a 2.5-1.5 margin.

The SF Mechanics on the verge of not qualifying for the playoffs for the first time who will certainly be looking for revenge against the Miami Sharks who beat them in the Semi-finals last year

As I said in the past, GM Kraai seems to me much stronger with white and Becerra stone: A draw seems very likely. Bds 2 and 3 seem like slight edges for Miami and last year’s 3rd team allstar Liou seems like a clear favorite over Rosenthal…..
History is to be made: SF doesnt make the playoffs for the first time losing the match 1.5-2.5!

The Sluggers who will be diehard to win against the St. Louis Bishops who does not have Naka present at a key time

Akobian- Shulman: its always hard to play friends…… they will make a fight but at the end of the night: DRAW will be the outcome…. Bds 2+3 splits and Guo holds down Finegold’s attack leading to victory…
Seattle wins 2.5-1.5 making NE being the only expansion team to head to the playoffs.

Coincidentally the same situation as NE vs Carolina from Monday…. 1st place Arizona vs the out of contention LA Vibe

As nothing is really on the line, both teams gave their top players a rest… On the other hand, Arizona has a rating edge on 3/4 boards but draw offers are likely due to a lack of motivation….. Arizona will have one victor and the rest of the boards will draw….
Arizon wins 2.5-1.5

Predictions for Tonight’s East Coast Mayhem

Ok in reality, its not quite Mayhem in the east as the play off positioning is pretty much decided…. IF NJ wins 4-0 that would just be ridiculous but hey I guess anythings possible:)

Without further ado, here’s my first prediction!: The Bankers and Kids that make up the eliminated Applesauce vs the Locked in 1st place Nor’easters

It looks like Manhattan is tossing in the towel as they are out of playoff contention… Milman- Shankland equal chances… Vovsha’s a favorite and Manhattan would be lucky to get .5/2 on the lower boards… If Manhattan has any chance, Vovsha must be Riordan who proves to be a solid player who has scored considerably stronger as white…
As the night approaches its end, the Noreaster’s cruise to victory 3-1 finishing the season with an astonishing 9.5-.5 score.

The consolation battle to avoid the rear of the East: Carolina vs Philly

Both teams repeat their line ups from last week….. On the top boards, white wins 2 times…. Same pattern repeats on 3 and 4…

The match shall fizzle in to a drawn match leaving Carolina at the rear…
Side note: As Carolina pulled numerous drawn matches this season, they must be applauded for their effort. However, hopefully next year they can get a strong IM/GM to hold down the fort on bd 1 to be more competitive for the playoffs.

The hardest of matches for me to objectively predict: My fellow Boston Blitz vs my old compatriots the NY Knights

Sr. Hasbun vs the rock named Kachei: a very interesting encounter between a great tactician and a stone solid positional player: very hard to judge but I think this will be a sharp Nimzo-Indian that will fizzle into a draw

Shmelov seeks revenge against Pascal: not sure what hes gonna bring under his sleeve tonight… Hopefully he can hold down a draw… Gotta give the GM the edge here though to come out with the win.

Another rematch: Experience vs youth ( although the not the typical kind as Getz is one of the few kid positional masterminds) : Since Vadim lost to him in round 1 , he had a nice string of wins and draws and is white this time arounds… Vadim shall obtain revenge bringing home the full point.

Yet another rematch: I am ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that Krasik fully seeks revenge against Ostrovskiy as his first round loss ended his perfect score against Alex in the league… Alex has improved greatly as of late, finishing with an outstanding 6/9 result in the Continental Championship gained 60! rating pts.. On the other hand, Krasik as well all no can play anywhere from 2000-2600 on a given day… With his motive for revenge, Krasik Wins

All in all, the good guys ( I mean the Boston Blitz) win 2.5-1.5

Last but not least, The desperate Joisy boys take on the almost unthinkable role of trying to beat Baltimore 4-0 to qualify for this playoffs

NJ will be going all out thats for sure!
GM Benjamin shall try for ever to grind out GM Erenburg but peace arises… Ok, right there, NJ already wouldn’t Qualify, but Benjamin may win… IMS Molner and Kapengut are favorites and Finn has to be seen as an underdog; although as we seen in previous seasons, FInn can be a great attacker…

Normally, Id say each team has equal chances but with the terms of the match, I see NJ pressing to win on all boards and Baltimore winning 3-1.

Tidbit of NYC Trivia

The Yankees won tonight and are still contenders! With that in mind, here’s a bit of NYC Triva:

Identify this picture: time period, location, building…. any details you can come up with. I KNOW alot of you can figure it out:)

Hope is still on!: Predictions for Tonight/ Tribute to Petty

Along with the other predictors, I didn’t do so well with Monday night’s predictions; hopefully, tonight’s will be better…. In all 4 matches one side has a big rating edge.

1st place vs last: Our crosstown rivals vs the Cobras who held us to a draw last week

Schroer fell down to Christiansen last week…. Somehow I think he’ll draw Hungaski…. Carolina drew their last two matches and NE secures clear 1st in the division with a draw… A drawn match it is!

The team from the city of the Brotherly love vs the heavy hitter Applesauce looking to squeeze into the play of action

Manhattan shows one of their strongest possible line ups that is pretty stacked… James Black also had an impressive showing this last weekend drawing IM Bonin and drawing IM Lapshun so he cant be counted to lose although FM Shahade is a favorite…….. Manhattan wins 3-1.

The confident Arizona scorpions in 1st place vs the three GM muskateer trio the St Louis Archbishops

This may be the first time in USCL History that 3 GMS played 3 IMS!s this line up is just too good. I generally like balanced line ups but against ST Louis, one should have a GM on bd 1…. St. Louis wins 2.5-1.5

The battle of the Christmas Colors: The Dallas Destiny vs The LA Vibe

Dallas has IMS vs FMS on 1 and 2(and rating edges).. They score 1.5/2 (although Tatev played very well in the US womens championship gaining a ton of points so with the white pieces is can be potentially very dangerous. I know considerably less about the players on bds 3 and 4 but I say they split…

Dallas’s playoff hopes stay alive as they win 2.5-1.5

In other news, Happy 60th birthday to Tom Petty!!!!!