Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Elections are Over - Let the USCL West Playoffs Begin!


The Arizona Scorpions are coming off their best season ever, having finished on top of the Western Division in regular season play! They now plan to carry that momentum into the Playoffs and onward to a Title Win. 

Their first game is against the Seattle Sluggers, a team that they beat 3 to 1 in week 2 of the season. The Scorpions will be playing in the same place, Southern Arizona,  with the same player roster as was employed in week 2. Hey! It worked before so why not try it again? However, Seattle has added muscle to board 1 with GM Varuzhan Akobian, 2698, who did not play in the previous match with Arizona. Cozianu and Mikhailuk who played board 1 and 2 previously will now move down to boards 2 and 3, respectively. Seattle's board 4 will remain manned by Michael Wang who lost to Arizona's Nick Thompson last time; they are once again playing with the same colors. It'll be interesting to see if they mix it up this time, or just try to improve on what was played in week 2.

The Sluggers have traditionally been tough competition for the Scorpions and are going all out with their strongest lineup for a first round knockout. This match promises to be one of the most interesting matches of the 2010 USCL Season.

My Prediction: Arizona to win 2.5 to 1.5.

Arizona Scorpions

Seattle Sluggers
IM Levon Altounian: 2496

GM Varuzhan Akobian: 2698
IM Rogelio Barcenilla: 2583

FM Costin Cozianu: 2557
FM Robby Adamson: 2363

FM Slava Mikhailuk: 2431
NM Nick Thompson: 2183

Michael Wang: 2103
Avg Rating: 2406

Avg Rating: 2447

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