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 

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 


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!
 
 

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


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