Wildcard #5: SM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (BOS) vs IM Robert Hungaski (NE) 1-0
Arun Sharma: A game which I really felt should have won GOTW in Week 1 in place of the game which wound up nudging it out, Holt vs Banawa. Like many GOTW decisions, whether this opinion is correct is very much a matter of taste, with the two games being very different stylistically.
For me personally, while the Holt game was more entertaining, the Sammour-Hasbun game seemed very, very clean by the winner with not too many mistakes overall which I definitely cannot claim the same for the other game. As such, I personally would have preferred this to be the winner then, and thus it seems appropriate to add this to the GOTY Contest.