PCL Eastern Division Playoff Predictions

PCL Eastern Division Playoff Predictions

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Mar 19, 2019

by David Pruess, manager Following the same methodology as in this first post on the Pacific, here is my analysis of the top lineups in the Central Division and their playoff prospects. This post also includes Final Four picks!! This analysis ...

PCL Central Division Playoff Predictions

PCL Central Division Playoff Predictions

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Mar 19, 2019

by David Pruess, manager Following the same methodology as in this first post on the Pacific, here is my analysis of the top lineups in the Central Division and their playoff prospects. I'll note that throughout the season, I had some misgivin...

PCL Atlantic Playoffs Preview

PCL Atlantic Playoffs Preview

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Mar 18, 2019

by David Pruess, manager Following the same methodology as in this first post on the Pacific, here is my analysis of the top lineups in the Atlantic Division and their playoff prospects. 1. St Louis Archbishops St Louis Official Accu...

PCL Pacific Playoff Preview

PCL Pacific Playoff Preview

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Mar 18, 2019

by David Pruess, Manager I've looked over the 4 pacific playoff teams, looking for lineups that best utilize the players with the strongest performances so far this year-- although in some cases there are still some potentially strong players on...

Pruess Predicts Final Battle Royale

Pruess Predicts Final Battle Royale

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Mar 12, 2019

Here are my predictions for this week's final Battle Royale. I expect things to be very close, especially between 3rd-5th places. I don't have time to explain my method in detail, but the "accurate" rating weighs the player's real rating and their...

Brutal. Epic. Fail.

Brutal. Epic. Fail.

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Mar 7, 2019

By Dana Mackenzie, Staff Writer Someone get David Pruess an ice-cold Yoo-Hoo, because he’s gonna need it. The San Francisco Mechanics’ manager was speechless after our unbelievable last-round meltdown last night. He looked like She...

The PCL Combination of the Year

The PCL Combination of the Year

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Mar 5, 2019

Hey fans, manager David here. I just wanted to share some chess analysis and highlights from our match. Every week I want to do this, but the task of analyzing these crazy GM-games ends up taking too much time. Here, for once, for your pleasure, s...

Closer to Fine

Closer to Fine

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Feb 26, 2019

By Dana Mackenzie, Staff Writer When the San Francisco Mechanics started out the season with three losses in three matches, there was some understandable consternation in the City by the Bay. Tears were shed. Bad rap lyrics were written. Hope was...

PCL Top Performers

PCL Top Performers

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Feb 25, 2019

We are 2/3 of the way through the season, and I took a hard look at the top performers in the league, thinking about which individual players were the most valuable so far this season. The first stat that one could look at would either be points...

Mission (Half) Accomplished

Mission (Half) Accomplished

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Feb 13, 2019

By Dana Mackenzie, Staff Writer Last week I wrote that the San Francisco Mechanics’ PRO Chess League match this week was one that we “really have to win to achieve our team goals.” Hm, perhaps that was a bit of exaggeration. In...

Avalanche in Berkeley!

Avalanche in Berkeley!

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Feb 7, 2019

By Dana Mackenzie, Staff Writer First, let’s get one thing straight. Avalanches never happen in Berkeley. Reason one: There’s no snow. But yesterday, for the first time since 2011, there was snow in the mountains to the east of San...

Taking on the Top Bear

Taking on the Top Bear

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Feb 6, 2019

Today at 6:30 pm pacific, the Mechanics take on the top team in the Pacific Division, the Chengdu Pandas. The Pandas were the Pacific representative last year in the final four, and they are tops again this year. The Mechanics meanwhile with a ter...

The Big Trade-off

The Big Trade-off

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Jan 27, 2019

By Dana Mackenzie, Staff Writer Today’s post is about two players on the San Francisco Mechanics who are both coming to a turning point in any young chess player’s career—or indeed, in the life of anyone in their early twenties...

Mechanics-Sluggers Game Reviews

Mechanics-Sluggers Game Reviews

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Jan 24, 2019

In what will be a new weekly show, Wednesday evening on twitch, David and Josiah looked at a couple of the most interesting games from the Mechanics' match this week. Below you can find video clips of a portion of the show and PGNs with notes to v...

Positively Gutted, I Tell Ya

Positively Gutted, I Tell Ya

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Jan 23, 2019

by Dana Mackenzie, staff writer My wife is a big fan of reality television, and has watched almost every episode of the Great British Baking Show and has moved on to watching the not-so-great British interior design show. Even if the shows fail ...

A Bad Beating and a New Lineup

A Bad Beating and a New Lineup

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Jan 22, 2019

In the picture above, the Kangaroos are a sledgehammer and the Mechanics a small nut. A Bad Beating and a New Lineup by David Pruess, team manager Last Tuesday, we were beat quite badly by the Kangaroos 11-5. From the outset almost everythin...

Week 2 Preview v. the Roos

Week 2 Preview v. the Roos

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Jan 14, 2019

With one loss in the books, we turned our attention to the second week's match against the Australia Kangaroos. They don't have the star power of Ding Liren or Caruana+So, but they definitely have two young stars worth keeping one's eyes on: Alexe...

PRO Chess League, Week 1: The Y Factor

PRO Chess League, Week 1: The Y Factor

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Jan 9, 2019

PRO Chess League, Week 1: The Y Factor by  Dana Mackenzie Mechanics staff writer Although Google says that San Francisco and San Jose are 48 miles apart, it really is all one metropolitan area: If you drive from one to the other on...

Perpetually Drawish Results

Perpetually Drawish Results

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Sep 15, 2012

by FM Andy Lee   Here’s a belated wrap-up of USCL Week 2 action, in which: ·        * San Francisco has one of the best results (of the five teams who didn’t win a game), ·...

Under Pressure by Andy Lee

Under Pressure by Andy Lee

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Oct 16, 2010

“Mine goes ding-ding-ding-duh-duh-ding-ding.” – Vanilla Ice   Well, it’s been a while since I blogged at the end of week one. At that point in the season, the ‘Nics were coming off a dominate performance over a dangerous Dallas team, Wolff wa...

SF Loses to Scorpions

SF Loses to Scorpions

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Oct 10, 2010

The Mechanics lost to the Arizona Scorpions last week by a score of 2.5-1.5.  Jesse Kraai managed to beat Rogelio Barcenilla on board one, but Rensch and Adamson beat David and Danya respectively to clinch the match, as Yian was unable to win on b...

Mechanics Solid at Halftime

Mechanics Solid at Halftime

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Sep 26, 2010

by IM David Pruess Somehow, we are halfway through the regular season of the US Chess League already. Despite which, I feel like I don't yet have a handle on the strengths and weaknesses of any of the other teams; and little idea who the toughest...

A Wild Match

A Wild Match

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Sep 17, 2010

by IM David Pruess w/ annotations from GM Josh Friedel In week four we had one of those wild matches where you have no idea if the team will win, lose, or draw. These matches usually crop up when individual games also have that characteristic, an...

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