Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wildcard Game #7

Wildcard #7: GM Sam Shankland (NE) vs SM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (BOS) 1-0

Arun Sharma: This game did have some errors, including an opening move order mishap, but it was a nice effort against the top Board One All Star in his only defeat of the season. A not badly played game overall with an attractive finish makes this game a reasonable addition to the GOTY Contest in my view.


And with that the twenty games in the GOTY Contest are set! They are:

Week 1: IM Conrad Holt (DAL) vs FM Joel Banawa (LA) 1-0 Article

Week 2: SM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (BOS) vs IM Lev Milman (MAN) 1-0 Article

Week 3: GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (NY) vs SM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (BOS) 0-1 Article

Week 4: Christopher Wu (NJ) vs NM James Black (MAN) 1-0 Article

Week 5: GM Cristian Chirila (DAL) vs GM Melikset Khachiyan (LA) 0-1 Article

Week 6: GM Julio Sadorra (DAL) vs IM Gabriel Battaglini (CAR) 1-0 Article

Week 7: WGM Tatev Abrahamyan (LA) vs FM Eric Rodriguez (MIA) 1-0 Article

Week 8: GM Julio Becerra (MIA) vs FM Joaquin Banawa (STL) 1-0 Article

Week 9: GM Jesse Kraai (SF) vs GM Julio Sadorra (DAL) 1-0 Article

Week 10: GM Yury Shulman (CHC) vs IM Mackenzie Molner (ARZ) 1-0 Article

Quarterfinals: GM Yury Shulman (CHC) vs GM Cristian Chirila (DAL) 1-0 Article

Semifinals: IM Zhanibek Amanov (LA) vs GM Josh Friedel (CHC) 0-1 Article

Championship: GM Mesgen Amanov (CHC) vs GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (NY) 0-1 Article

Wildcard #1: GM Pascal Charbonneau (NY) vs GM Varuzhan Akobian (SEA) 1-0 Article

Wildcard #2: GM Mesgen Amanov (CHC) vs IM Zhanibek Amanov (LA) 1-0 Article

Wildcard #3: IM Marc Esserman (BOS) vs GM John Fedorowicz (NY) 1-0 Article

Wildcard #4: GM Hikaru Nakamura (STL) vs GM Melikset Khachiyan (LA) 0-1 Article

Wildcard #5: SM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (BOS) vs IM Robert Hungaski (NE) 1-0 Article

Wildcard #6: IM Zhanibek Amanov (LA) vs FM Slava Mikhailuk (SEA) 1-0 Article

Wildcard #7: GM Sam Shankland (NE) vs SM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (BOS) 1-0 Article

Now the Game of the Year Contest is finally ready to begin. The first elimination will be shown within the next few days so be sure to keep tabs on the USCL website so you don't miss any of the action!


Anonymous said...

How can this game make it when the winner of this game himself called the game "very bad". Doesnt he know better than the judges??

Anonymous said...

Heres my quick take on it, unlike this comment, and unlike Aruns most unenthusiastic opinion for a wildcard pick, "makes this game a 'reasonable' addition" "This game did have some errors, including an opening move order mishap", I have to say I was happy to see a game not won from the beginning, that had one of, if not the best, finishes. Not only was the ending skillful, but if you want to include the draw of the game, Jorge Sammour-Hasbun was the main attraction of the year just running through everyone with pretty uneventful but decisive wins, rarely even making one flaw. With all the hype around him, it was nice to see him get into a more slug fest type situation, and see an unexpected knockout at the end. I don't believe the voting polls when they get obscured with over 20 votes, but the fact that this game leads "Which Wildcard Game will do best in the GOTY Contest?" and "Which Wildcard Game will do worst in the GOTY Contest?" with a normal amount of votes leads me to believe even more that there was a lot of positive and negative interest in the game, where as a lot of other wildcard games and regular GOTW games were easily forgettable. I see this game honestly going as deep as 5th.

Anonymous said...

This game blows, it wont make it past 15th. Too many stupid moves, blunders opening mistakes on both sides. Nothing special.

Anonymous said...

Enough of this crap, when does the actual contest begin?

Anonymous said...

"a lot of positive and negative interest" Guess that poster was right, I too liked the game for its authentic nature and exciting finish, I could see 5th as well.

Anonymous said...

Sammour-Hasbuns most interesting game of the crop, unfortunately it was a loss, but still exciting none the less.