Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dallas Destiny Announce Their Roster



2008 Team Roster: (Dallas has not decided which rating list to use. Aug 08 listed below)

1. IM Marko Zivanic: 2552
2. IM Davorin Kuljasevic: 2528
3. IM Jacek Stopa: 2507
4. IM Drasko Boskovic: 2504
5. IM John Bartholomew: 2501
6. FM Igor Shneider: 2426
7. NM Tautvydas Vedrickas: 2347
8. WFM Bayaraa Zorigt: 2217


Alternates:

1. NM Chaitanya Vaidya
2. WFM Karina Vazirova: 2108


The defending champions come to the table bearing a very powerful lineup, all three of their 2007 All Stars returning. The Destiny have a very unique roster, having no players above 2600 and yet a whopping five in the 2500-2600 range! This unusual balance of power helped lead the Destiny to the 2007 Championship so it's no surprise that they chose a similar structure for the 2008 campaign. Despite the large number of returning team members, in some sense the Destiny may well have a very different look to them in 2008 as their strange balance might have their typical Board One from last season, IM Boskovic, and their typical Board Three, IM Stopa, playing in the opposite board order this season! (of course this might not end up being the case as their rating list is still undecided, and the order will likely be their choice anyway assuming the two are within fifty points of each other in the list they do use). Given the closeness in ratings of all their top players, it's really anyone's guess what the Dallas's final board order will end up being. Destiny fans clearly hope small fringes like this will help push Dallas to the top again to be the first repeat Champions in 2008.

2 comments:

Bionic Lime said...

How will it be possible for Dallas to field a "ratings-acceptable" team, except if they use their 7th and 8th players (and alternates, I suppose) in every match? Boards 1-6 are all above the maximum! (I know it depends on the rating list, but still......)

John Bartholomew said...

The ratings you see listed are near the peak for many of our players. Obviously we will be using an earlier supplement.