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  1. #31
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    The first round pairings are up:
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    GM Gabriel Sargissian 2652 vs 2468 IM Temur Kuybokarov
    GM Giorgi Margvelashvili 2530 vs 2478 IM James Morris
    IM Bryce Tiglon 2439 vs 2486 GM Moulthun Ly
    FM Roland Feng 2369 vs 2508 GM Anton Smirnov
    It looks like the opponents use 2 experienced GMs and 2 youngsters. We also have 2 youngsters. The teams seem to be evenly matched and any result is possible.

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    You can figure out the exact pairings by using this chart:

    Round 1 (0:00): B4-A1, B3-A2, A3-B2, A4-B1
    Round 2 (0:40): A1-B3, A2-B4, B1-A3, B2-A4
    Round 3 (1:20): B2-A1, B1-A2, A3-B4, A4-B3
    Round 4 (2:00): A1-B1, A2-B2, B3-A3, B4-A4

    They are As, while we are Bs. Gabriel is A1, Giorgi is A2, Bryce is A3 and Roland is A4. Anton is B1, Molton is B2, James is B3 and Temur is B4. In the last round there will be a clash between Gabriel and Anton (Anton is Black).
    Last edited by Vlad; 17-01-2018 at 11:47 AM.

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    Go Kangaroos!
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  4. #34
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    Max, you will have the opportunity to go bananas. If everything goes according to plan, next week we will have 2499.5 average rating and age less than 19 on average.

    This time we are 2485 average and 21 average age.
    Last edited by Vlad; 17-01-2018 at 07:51 PM.

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    We were very close but unfortunately lost 9:7 at the end.

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    Some discussion of the games from the match:

    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/220023873##

    Before the match, Americans knew 2 Aussie players: Anton who participated in the Millenials slaughter and the current Australian champion Max. Max did not play, so there was only 1 familiar player.

    In the second round, there will be 3 players representing the Kangaroos they heard of but the opponents will be stronger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lumiere View Post
    To defend myself, I didn't have a mouse on me and was flagged from all the positions I was winning. And it's not like I haven't beaten naka before, I had won 2 games on that same day like this one https://www.chess.com/live/game/2383565406 (although I had a lot more losses). It's always a pleasure to play with naka even though it's very frustrating. As for why naka wants to play with me you have to ask him, but I'm guessing he likes to exert dominance over people.
    You can find this somewhere in Nakamura's youtube channel (Nakamura's Knockouts). Naka was puzzled why he was winning on time so readily and thought that Fireflasher must have a bad connection with a lot of lag. Understood it all when Fireflasher messaged no mouse at the end. If I remember correctly, the reason he played so many games was that no-one else then online with a rating over 2500 wanted to play him!

    Naka gives a running commentary online and answers chat questions while playing these games, so he's not quite full-bore on the game. It all gathers in a bit of cash from donations.

    One chat question was "Is age 24 too late to become a professional player?" His reply: "It's really very hard to become a professional chess player. If you are not a strong grandmaster by age 17-18 then it's just not an option."

    If you've never watched, you can probably learn something from watching these games (and listening), especially I think about his treatment of pawn structure.

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    The second round pairings are up:
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    Rauf Mamedov 2678 vs 2319 Brandon Clarke
    Zviad Izoria 2601 vs 2473 Kanan Izzat
    Faik Aleskerov 2315 vs 2508 Anton Smirnov
    Teemu Virtanen 2301 vs 2541 Alexey Sarana
    It looks like the opponents again use 2 experienced GMs and 1 youngster on the bottom board. We have 2 youngsters GMs. The teams seem to be close enough and any result is possible.

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    The average rating of our team is 2460 (Sep 2017); the live rating is 2490. The average age is 20 years old.

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    The colors this Friday are as follows:

    1)
    Brandon Clarke 2319 vs 2678 Rauf Mamedov
    Kanan Izzat 2473 vs 2601 Zviad Izoria
    Faik Aleskerov 2315 vs 2508 Anton Smirnov
    Teemu Virtanen 2301 vs 2541 Alexey Sarana

    2)
    Rauf Mamedov 2678 vs 2473 Kanan Izzat
    Zviad Izoria 2601 vs 2319 Brandon Clarke
    Alexey Sarana 2541 vs 2315 Faik Aleskerov
    Anton Smirnov 2508 vs 2301 Teemu Virtanen

    3)
    Anton Smirnov 2508 vs 2678 Rauf Mamedov
    Alexey Sarana 2541 vs 2601 Zviad Izoria
    Faik Aleskerov 2315 vs 2319 Brandon Clarke
    Teemu Virtanen 2301 vs 2473 Kanan Izzat

    4)
    Rauf Mamedov 2678 vs 2541 Alexey Sarana
    Zviad Izoria 2601 vs 2508 Anton Smirnov
    Kanan Izzat 2473 vs 2315 Faik Aleskerov
    Brandon Clarke 2319 vs 2301 Teemu Virtanen

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    2018 PRO Chess League Week 2 - San Jose Hackers vs. Australia Kangaroos Full Stream

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNgteh917-c

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    After the first game, the score was 2.5 to 1.5 for Australia and the commentators said that Australians can win a match only because it is the top boards against the bottom boards (both Australian GMs scored points against their bottom boards and Brandon managed to steal half a point from Mamedov). They also said if it is the top boards against the top boards (which happens in the last round), they will beat Australia comfortably like 3.5 to 0.5.

    Before the last round they only needed to score 2 points to win overall - they failed by scoring just 1 point. So their expectations had fallen from 3.5 to 2, and in reallity they could only score 1.

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    The great news: On Sunday the Australian team will face Magnus Carlsen's team!!!

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    The third round pairings are up:
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    Joshua Friedel 2547 vs 2319 Brandon Clarke
    Zbigniew Pakleza 2496 vs 2468 Temur Kuybokarov
    Andrey Ostrovskiy 2444 vs 2508 Anton Smirnov
    Nazi Paikidze 2352 vs 2541 Alexey Sarana
    The average rating is 2459 for both teams. We are on average 19 years old, while they are almost 30.

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