San Jose Hackers Shut Down Rio Grande Ospreys
Game forfeiture? No problem. Roster substitution penalty? Sounds good. The Hackers eked out a 9-6 victory over the Ospreys even after absorbing what amounted to a two point penalty when their top board, GM Rauf Mamedov, forfeited round one and was replaced on-the-fly by GM Daniel Naroditsky. Despite a disappointing score on board one, the Hackers tallied impressive results on boards two, three, and four.
The biggest two upsets were perpetrated by board four of the Hackers, Ivan Ke, who managed to defeat GM Kamil Dragun on board one and GM Vladmir Belous on board two of the Ospreys (rating difference of 449 and 409 respectively)!