Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Week 3 Predictions by FM Robby Adamson

Now that the US Chess League is in full swing, I am going to give my predictions for the matches. This should be an interesting exercise. Without further ado, here are my Week 3 predictions (unfortunately I am too late for Monday ones):

New York Knights vs Philadelphia Inventors

NY Knights are a talented team, way too talented to start the season 0-3. They will find a way to win their first match. NY wins 2.5-1.5.

Carolina Cobras vs Baltimore Kingfishers

Both teams need a win here. I give an extremely slight edge to Baltimore here, but it wont be enough. I see a tie here, 2-2.

Chicago Blaze vs Tennessee Tempo

GM Mitkov makes his debut for Chicago. This will be closer than most people think. I give Chicago a small edge here, by 2.5-1.5 margin, though it will not surprise me if Tennessee ties or even pulls the upset.

Queens Pioneers vs Arizona Scorpions

I am not picking against my beloved team. AZ plays a solid match and wins in a squeaker, 2.5-1.5. Go Scorpions!

Seattle Sluggers vs New Jersey Knockouts

The best match of the night! I have gone back and forth on this one in my mind. Nakamura should win, especially with the white pieces. However, Joel is a tough cookie and Naka did not fare well in the USCL last year. I expect Naka will come in with a renewed attitude for his new team. Gulko, a sick 2nd board, should win on 2nd board and so it comes down to board 3 and 4. I gotta go with Mackenzie Molner having a small edge on board 3, with a tossup on 4th, and therefore I will pick NJ 2.5-1.5.

Root us on, this time from Mesa!!


Anonymous said...

Dont count out Nakamura. Seattle will pull the upset!

Svetlana Matveeva said...

Gulko will crush and own on 2nd board. Match tied, 2-2.

Ilya said...

I think NJ will win on 2,3 and 4. (at least 2.5 pts there) Jersey wins 3-1. Seattle prob will miss playoffs again this year.

s higgins said...

I also predict a win for AZ tonight, with Leo getting the job done cleanly on board 4, Rensch pulling through against the tough and talented Parker Zhao, and 1 point out of 2 from our top boards.

The NJ-SEA match is going to be intense! Naka-Benjamin will be a great game and I'm gonna pick Joel to get the draw here after a bloody battle, while Gulko has to be the strongest board 2 in the USCL so far. I'll definitely take Molner to win on board 3 and I'm giving Seattle the win on board 4; Sinanan knows his team needs him to win so he will be going for the kill against his closely-rated opponent. NJ 2.5 - SEA 1.5