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GM Blog: PRO Chess League - Week 6

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By Var Akobian 


During Week 6 of the official PRO Chess League, the Saint Louis Arch Bishops faced the only team with a perfect score, the San Diego Surfers. These elite teams were closely matched and saw a tied score all the way until the final round.


In a PRO Chess League match, each player plays each other member of the opposing team for a total of 16 games. With a tied score of 6-6 going into the last round, the Saint Louis Arch Bishops had a hard battle to fight. In this talented match-up, super GM Wesley So defeated the strong San Diego player, GM Alexey Dreev. The Saint Louis Arch Bishops young talent and 4th board, Nicolas Rosenthal, also won his game. Although GM Finegold had a good position, he was not able to secure a win and lost; therefore, the game was up to me. I had a difficult position, but managed to draw at the very end and secure the match victory by a small margin of 8.5 to 7.5.


Tomorrow, February 22, the Saint Louis Arch Bishops will have the last match of the regular season against the San Jose Hackers. If we are victorious, we will likely finish 1st or 2nd in the league for the regular season, putting us in a prime position for the playoffs. The games will start at 8:30 p.m. CT and can be watched on