After two weeks, the Mechanics have 1.5/2 and are tied for second place in the Western Division. The home team got off to a shaky start in round 1 when GM Josh Friedel lost a piece after hallucinating in a favorable position. (Click on the links to view each game.) Fortunately, IM David Pruess pulled out a full point in an even rook endgame. The second week turned out better, as the Mechanics crushed the two-time league champions by an impressive 3-1 score. GM Friedel bounced back with a miniature crush of the 2... e6 Sicilian while 12-year old NM Yian Liou improved his league record to 1.5-0.5, both games as black in the Dutch defense.
Week 1: San Francisco 2.0-2.0 Seattle
- GM Josh Friedel vs GM Gregory Serper 0-1
- IM Eric Tangborn vs IM David Pruess 0-1
- IM John Donaldson vs FM Michael Lee 1/2-1/2
- NM Joshua Sinanan vs NM Yian Liou 1/2-1/2