PROChess Week 1 Pacific Predictions
Here are my predictions for the opening round of the PRO Chess League, Pacific (Red) Division. The 6 matches start at 6:10 pm pacific today. You can find the games in Live Chess, and you can watch live commentary with GM Yermolinsky and myself at chess.com/tv . The player scores are gross approximations I made to add up total points for the team-- many players will score a point more or less than this obviously. But hopefully, taken all together, the team predictions will be accurate?
Shaba gets about 2.5-3, rest of the team close to 0.
St Lou v Dallas - 2 top teams! This match will give a sense of whether the league favors stacked teams (St Lou) or balanced teams (Dallas)
St Louis wins 9-7
I expect balanced lineups to do worse than lineups with 2600+ lvl players and a weak bd 4. But this expectation may be quickly turned on its head once we see some results!
Minnesota v Portland 11.5-4.5
Las Vegas v Rio Grande 6-10
San Jose 9.5-6.5 Webster
Daniel Naroditsky 3
Chris Yoo 0-4
Seattle v San Diego 8-8 or 8.5 SD
M Brown 1.5
San Diego wins if Dreev or Khachiyan score half a point more than this prediction.