Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Game of the Year 6th Place Critique
Well I definitely never would have expected this. One might have been able to guess that based on the percentages I gave for this week's elimination, but it still has me in fair shock as everything inside me was convinced this game was almost assuredly going to be in the top couple spots (and sure for those of you who love to point out how often I'm wrong, not being in the top couple is still a long ways from not being in the Top Five). Let's see what judging calamity caused this travesty.
Robby Adamson: I definitely can't be faulting this judge for what happened; the only thing really of note is his saying that the piece sacrifice was "forced" while FM Monokroussos describes it as "panicky". Who's correct? Well I know better than to get in the middle of these judge fights so I'll move on.
Alex Shabalov: I like the double nickname and the ranking so not much to say here.
Ron Young: Saying that Black's only pressure in the ending was to avoid the fifty move rule and three-fold repetition seems a bit odd to me, since you know, winning the ending to begin with doesn't seem like the easiest of tasks (especially if you'd asked the spectators that night, including our esteemed commissioner, as to what they thought his chances to win that ending were).
Jennifer Shahade: Jenn doesn't seem to list any detraction for this game so I'm not sure why she only ranked it in the middle of the pack especially given the positives she noted.
Dennis Monokroussos: While I find this ranking quite shocking (especially since Dennis has been the most consistent judge in his choices, and this is the first one which he has completely differed from the rest of the pack). While it's difficult to argue with his assessments (given you know, he uses a computer to help himself make them), even if he felt this game's quality wasn't that high, I still find it hard to believe it could be lower than the majority of the other GOTY contenders, but his note about excitement is what really surprised me. Granted, as someone who watched all these games live, I have a different perspective, but given this game was from the biggest rivalry in the USCL (Boston vs New York), occurred on Monday night, was clearly going to determine the match outcome, and was an ending which had all the spectators declaring "dead draw" and things of that nature, I'm really not sure what else someone could want for excitement (as FM Adamson points out himself). Of course, as I alluded, someone not having watched this game live could have a completely different perspective on the game (and he seems to be aware that others will disagree with him based on his ending with "Sorry"), but in entirety given all the other games involved, 15th just seems like way too low a ranking to me.
Tune in next week to see which the first money game winner is!