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New England Nor'Easters Win the USCL Championship!

  • pdela
  • on 11/23/10, 8:09 AM.

The USCL Championships have came to an end, proclaming the New England Nor'easters as the new reigning Champs, in their first participation in the League! And they accomplished this achievement with an unusual roster, counting no GMs in their ranks and trusting in the skills of Sam Shankland, one of the players with the better statistics in the USCL history, and who has has achieved nothing but enlarging his stature this year. Every other player from the New England team also stood out on his own, causing the Nor'easters to beat the record for best regular season with an outstanding 9.5-0.5. (IM Robert Hungasky was nother of their brightest stars, scoring seven out of eight, and winning all three of his playoff games).

The Saturday final faced the Nor'easters agianst the Miami Sharks. Miami also had its own credentials for the title counting the 2010 League MVP, GM Julio Becerra in its ranks, and the biggest surprise of the playoffs, Nicolas Rosenthal, who was compensating the rating difference on board 4 by overcoming three higher rated players in a row. In this final he extended that streak to four!!

The final started badly for Miami, as FM Charles Galore forfeited his game after being unable to make it to the site because of car trouble. Quite an unfortunate fact for the Miami Sharks, who were then required to win in the other boards. But at the end, the wins were falling on the side of the Nor'easters with the only exception of Rosenthal who completed his excellent performance in the playoffs.

More information about the USCL in their website or the United States Chess League group in Chess.com

These are the three games from the Saturday final:

 

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The USCL Champs!
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New England Nor'easters (from left to right):  FM Braden Bournival, IM Sam Shankland,  IM David Vigorito, NM Carey Theil, IM Robert Hungaski, NM Alex Cherniack, FM Charles Riordan, IM Jan van de Mortel, FM Christopher Chase

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  • 4 years ago

    pdela

    hey,  DrSpudnik, I know you, be good bro :o)

  • 4 years ago

    DrSpudnik

    What's with Chris Chase? Did he have gas? Embarassed

  • 4 years ago

    davidwemyers

    @ TadDude

    Thanks! I'll keep an eye on that...

  • 4 years ago

    KnooterBob

    Handsome group of nerds, indeed!  XD  /envy

  • 4 years ago

    lordcratos

    Well done.
  • 4 years ago

    William_Smitham

    Great blog pdela!  Thank you for making it.  And, congratulations again to New England on an incredible season!  Smile

  • 4 years ago

    TadDude

    @ davidwemyers "So how many beatdowns does Sam have to administer before he gets his GM title?".

    You may be interested in Shankland's next opportunity at the 2011 Berkeley     International January 2nd - January 8th

  • 4 years ago

    ramshackle

    33.Qxe5 awesome$

  • 4 years ago

    johnallengay

    all the games are razor-sharp!

  • 4 years ago

    stupid_chess

    i like England

  • 4 years ago

    davidwemyers

    So how many beatdowns does Sam have to administer before he gets his GM title?

  • 4 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Congratulations on a great team effort, winning the USCL Championship via record-breaking dominance. Great season all around. Peace.

  • 4 years ago

    thedeliveryman

    Buy some new shoes with some of that prize money.

  • 4 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Sam plays at GM level with or without the official title. 

  • 4 years ago

    restinpeace

    Strong endgame skills by Sam and the second game was a brilliant one. Congratulations.

  • 4 years ago

    pdela

    New England Nor'easters (from left to right):  FM Braden Bournival, IM Sam Shankland,  IM David Vigorito, NM Carey Theil, IM Robert Hungaski, NM Alex Cherniack, FM Charles Riordan, IM Jan van de Mortel, FM Christopher Chase

  • 4 years ago

    Darthstapler8

    Go New England! I live there

  • 4 years ago

    naughtybishop

    Can you add names to the photo in a caption?  I only recognize Shankland and Vigorito.

    Congratulations NE!  I was rooting for you guys all season!

  • 4 years ago

    ChessMarkstheSpot

         Sweet job pdela! Yes the problem Galofre had definitely put the dampers on a pretty good Miami season. If he was there, I'm *sure* Miami would've tied N.E. and won if it went to tie-breakers. Smile

       -Mark

  • 4 years ago

    Keres

    Rosenthal is on fire!

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