Home Page arrow Chess Life Online arrow 2008 arrow May arrow Two Games Left Standing
Two Games Left Standing Print E-mail
By Jennifer Shahade   
May 14, 2008
USCL commissioner Greg Shahade 
On Friday morning, May 16, the U.S. Chess League will announce its  Game of the Year recipient. The two finalists, whittled down from 20 candidates, are Jorge Sammour-Hasbun-Davorin Kuljasevic and Julio Becerra-Drasko Boskovic. 1000$ will go to the grand prize winner and 500$ to the runner-up.

Think about which one you think should win (posted below), and login to www.uschessleague.com  Friday morning to see what the judges thought.

 After months of silence, USCL commissioner IM Greg Shahade finally revealed to CLO that he agrees with GOTY judge Dennis Monokroussos  that Marcel Martinez's victory over Dmitry Zilberstein was the best game of the year. The game featured the stunning home-cooked novelty,22.Bh6!  Greg said:

 I think that awarding a game fewer points because one of the key moves was opening preparation is completely unprecedented in voting for "best game competitions".  Also even after this novelty, black isn't totally lost, they can definitely put up a strong fight, and the game went on for 20-30 more moves, which Martinez conducted in a glamorous fashion. Imagine how Kasparov would have felt if he played a brilliant game and the judges discredited it because he found one strong and spectacular move at home and then won 30 moves later. I think if the players were Nakamura - Christiansen, instead of Martinez vs Zilberstein, this game would have won in a landslide.

Zilberstein-Martinez was announced as third place last week , good for 300$. (I also included it below.) I voted the Martinez game as second place. If there was any bias against this game, it may be because judging games can lead to over-thinking, causing judges to second-guess the most obvious choices. But there seems to be no obvious bias toward GMs- after all, one of the two finalists is not even an IM! (Jorge obviously wants to pull a Christiansen and bypass the IM title on his way to GM.) 

Feel free to join in the debate of which of the following games is best.



May - Chess Life Online 2008

Response to Irina's Open Letter Open Letter from Irina Krush Hilton on Midwest Open TeamsFinal Tulsa Media Gallery Hilton Blogs from Chicago, Part II GM Joel on Reasons to Decline Akobian Wins; Friedel and Zenyuk WowHilton Blogs from ChicagoMedia Gallery on Women Champs Join the Party in Vegas The Short and the Long of the U.S. ChampsFantasy Chess FinishesAnna Zatonskih U.S. Women's Champ!Yury Shulman U.S. Champion!Chicago Chess Summer Begins FridayFantasy Down to WireShulman Clinches Playoff; Krush LeadsHighlights from I.S. 318 in PittsburghOrrin Hudson on CBS Fantasy Day 7 UpdateShulman and Krush Pull AheadRound Six Fantasy UpdateShulman and Zatonskih Take Clear LeadsRound Five Fantasy ChessShulman Wins; Krush and Zatonskih Roll onFantasy Standings Round Four UpdateKudrin Leads Men; Krush and Zatonskih Still PerfectQuestions Surround Kamsky MatchJen on ChessFest and Queens vs. RooksHappy Press but Little Space in Tulsa Round 3 Fantasy Update Five Lead in TulsaEmotions Run High in Pittsburgh Fantasy Round 2 UpdateKaidanov and Kudrin Tied in TulsaTwo Games Left Standing UTD Arrives in China Round 1 Fantasy Update Round One Closes in Tulsa Spotlight on Courtney Jamison Opening Round Shocker Players Arrive in TulsaA Parent's Perspective: Part IIDaily Fantasy Prizes A Parent's PerspectiveAnand Wins Oscar; Kamsky ThirdU.S. Championship Round 1 PairingsAmerican battles blindfolded Bulgarian4-Way Tie in Asian-American ClassicElementary Team Predictions 2008 U.S. Championship Details Tulsa Fight Club Three-Way Tie in BakuU.S. Championship UpdateEnter Your Fantasy U.S. Champ Team Now!Larry Kaufman Wins Senior OpenIrina Krush on the All-Girls-Nationals