The 2013 roster for the San Francisco Mechanics consists of 10 players: 6 kids and 4 adults. The top five, representing the team nucleus, have earned at least 25 caps each. The next three also saw playing time last season. The bottom four represent the Bay Area's latest crop of young stars--all age 13 or less and National Scholastic Champions! The team selected January 2013 as the official rating list for determining a legal weekly lineup.
2013 Mechanics Roster
- GM Jesse Kraai (2567, 2567, 0)
- GM Vinay Bhat (2555, 2555, 0)
- GM-elect Daniel Naroditsky (2553, 2590, +37)
- FM Yian Liou (2432, 2492, +60)
- IM David Pruess (2431, 2431, 0)
- FM Andy Lee (2294, 2316, +22)
- FM Cameron Wheeler (2276, 2276, 0)
- NM Kesav Viswanadha (2213, 2261, +48)
- NM Vignesh Panchanatham (2191, 2278, +87)
- Siddharth Banik (2033, 2151, +118)
Check out some of the possible lineups at captain Donaldson's disposal. Unfortunately, availability may again become a driving factor in determining who can play, as in recent years.
- two of Kraai/Bhat/Naroditsky + Liou/Pruess + Banik
- two of Kraai/Bhat/Naroditsky + two of Lee/Wheeler/Viswanadha/Panchanatham
- Kraai/Bhat/Naroditsky + Pruess + two of Lee/Wheeler/Viswanadha/Panchanatham
One peculiarity of the US Chess League allows captains to submit a lineup rated over 2400 in spite of the 2401 rating cap. Indeed, 60% of the San Francisco team is currently rated north of their "official" January rating. Consider the lineup of Kraai + Naroditsky + Liou + Banik, rated 2450 on the September list!! Few teams can equal that. Even stronger may be substituting Bhat, the club's all-time leading scorer, on board 1--exactly as Donaldson has done for week 1.
The league schedule shows one match per week for the next 10 weeks, on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening. The Mechanics compete in the Pacific Division and will face the Arizona Scorpions, Los Angeles Vibe and Seattle Sluggers twice each. The top pair of teams from each of the four Divisions will participate in the league playoffs in November.
In a big change, the US Chess League has moved to Chess.com. Basic accounts are free, allowing anyone to follow the action live. The planned coverage includes a live TV broadcast of every round. The action kicks off with a California Clásico against Los Angeles on Tuesday at 6:15pm!