We missed NACC, but some fun is better than no fun, so we're going to make Euro Continentals more interesting for everyone not attending (and those who ARE attending if they choose to participate)
The game is simple: Pick the winner, and pick the person who you think will have the biggest gain in ratings points.
Here's who's currently registered:
Julius Melhardt 1813
Benjamin Liebich 1758
Tjark Ott 1724
Jens Beilstein 1668
Sebastian Kirstein 1618
Matthias Weller 1520
Johannes Mette 1500
Markus Eberlein 1420
Carsten Weller 1270
My "Expert" Take:
Winner: After narrowly missing out on a title last week in 1e Euros, I think Julius Melhardt comes to play this week and brings his A game to take down the title. Maybe that's a chalk pick, but chalk picks are chalk for a reason.
Ratings Gain: As last week demonstrated, there's money to be made in picking a low rated player who wins a couple of games, even if they lose to a big dog along the way. Looking down the list, I like the upside that Johannes Mette presents at his 1500 rating. I think he has the ability to contend with the top tier in the field and really make some gains.
Dark Horse: Don't overlook sneaky Seppel... he knows his way around the 2e game and has the potential to win the whole thing AND cash the ratings points along the way. Fade him at your own peril!
Fade pick: For some reason, it seems like Ben Liebich has been hit or miss lately. He's hardly a bad player, and is definitely capable of winning the whole thing, but right now picking him carries more risk than it otherwise would. On the ratings front, even losing one game will tank his chances, and I could see him doing just that at some point along the way.
So there it is... get your picks in before things kick off! Good Luck!