Slugfest: A Week 7 Recap

Oct 12, 2010, 1:05 AM |

Panic was the main emotion felt by the Vibe during the Week 7 fight between the Los Angeles Vibe and the Seattle Sluggers. A match where the Vibe was out-rated by 100 points started pretty much as expected by many outsiders--we'd be in trouble early. One of our best performing players, FM Alexandre Kretchetov, was facing his biggest challenge yet in having the white pieces against Seattle super-GM Varuzhan Akobian (who lives in Southern California, and was actually playing at our site--see pictures below). After an opening disaster Alex resigned before some of us had even looked at his game! Yours truly was playing his second game of the season, and his first as a Board 3! After some dubious opening play by WGM Katerina Rohonyan, I was able to win my game and even the score at 1-1. 

At this point the match was not looking so great. NM Ankit Gupta was defending under some heavy pressure by NM Joshua Sinanan and FM Joel Banawa had just played a strong queen sac that turned out to be losing on the spot against FM Slava Mikhailuk. This meant it was all on Mr. Gupta, who had traded down into a drawn rook endgame and in mutual time-pressure was looking for chances to win and tie the match. I was full of hope, of course, because I felt we were owed one after last week's misfortune (where we drew a match we should have won) Luckily, Mr. Gupta was actually able to swindle his opponent by creating some dangerous passed pawns and having the presence of mind to trade down into a winning king-and-pawn endgame.


Los Angeles Vibe

Seattle Sluggers
FM Alexandre Kretchetov: 2376 0.0 1.0 GM Varuzhan Akobian: 2698
FM Joel Banawa: 2416 0.0 1.0 FM Slava Mikhailuk: 2431
NM Konstantin Kavutskiy: 2253 1.0 0.0 WGM Katerina Rohonyan: 2327
NM Ankit Gupta: 2290 1.0 0.0 NM Joshua Sinanan: 2267
Avg Rating: 2334

Avg Rating: 2431
Los Angeles Total ------- 2.0 2.0 ------- Seattle Total


Kostya's Favorite Game of the Week
As some of you may or may not know, this section of the blog was featured on an official chess news site!, a chess website dedicated to reporting the news of the United States Chess League, took a shot at predicting the winner of this award for Week 7. Their article can be read here. thought that I would choose the game Kretchetov-Akobian as my favorite for the week, but in reality, this was actually one of my least favorite games, as a teammate of mine lost!
This was just a great game. GM Erenburg played some excellent chess - combining strategy and tactics to beat a very strong opponent in GM Stripunsky. 

Feel free to send in your predictions (or comment below) for what you think will be my favorite game for Week 8! 
Next week the Vibesters play the Miami Sharks for the first time, a match that will be crucial for both teams if they are to have any chance in making the playoffs! See ya next week!