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    2018-19 PRO Chess League (chess.com)

    Next week we open the season with a match against Dallas Destiny. It will be on the 9th of January at 1.15 pm.

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    The pairings for Wednesday are up. We have a giant killer Aleksey Sarana from Russia on board 1. We have Australian lightning champion Anton Smirnov on board 2. We have Australian Open champion Temur Kuybokarov on board 3. Finally, we have a newcomer Laurence Matheson on board 4.

    GM Aleksey Sarana 2634 vs 2364 WIM Zhu Jiner
    GM Anton Smirnov 2549 vs 2437 IM Zurab Javakhadze
    GM Temur Kuybokarov 2513 vs 2561 GM Conrad Holt
    Laurence Matheson 2253 vs 2625 GM Jianchao Zhou

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    Great line-up, good luck.

    Is that 1.15pm Sydney time?
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    Yes, it is Sydney time. Thanks.

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    PRO Chess League https://www.chess.com/news/view/stro...s-off-tomorrow
    The league has $50,000 in prizes and is stronger than ever, with five of the world's top six players and almost half of all 2700-rated players participating
    A total of 32 teams is divided into four divisions.
    In each of those matches the team consist of four players, with every member playing all four opposing team members.
    The time control is 15 minutes plus a 2-second increment.
    2019 PRO Chess League | Top Players (January 2019 Ratings)

    1 GM Fabiano Caruana Saint Louis Arch Bishops 2827
    2 GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov San Jose Hackers 2820
    3 GM Ding Liren Chengdu Pandas 2804
    4 GM Anish Giri Montreal Chessbrahs 2780
    5 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Marseilles Migraines 2780
    6 GM Wesley So Saint Louis Arch Bishops 2776
    7 GM Ian Nepomniachtchi Moscow Wizards 2768
    8 GM Yu Yangyi Chengdu Pandas 2765
    9 GM Hikaru Nakamura Seattle Sluggers 2763
    10 GM Harikrishna Pentala Delhi Dynamite 2743

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    According to the organizers, the league has $50,000 in prizes and is stronger than ever, with five of the world's top six players and almost half of all 2700-rated players participating.

    In addition to the Australian team, Justin Tan will be representing London Lions and playing against St Louise Arch Bishops. He will have an opportunity to try his luck against both Caruana and So.

    Australians are playing in the toughest group (the group of death), which contains effectively the gold medalists from the most recent Olympiad.

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    Do you think they could delay the start by 2 hours because Tomic is playing Kyrgios at 1pm and they ain't exactly the best of buddies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeelongGrizzle View Post
    Do you think they could delay the start by 2 hours because Tomic is playing Kyrgios at 1pm and they ain't exactly the best of buddies?
    I agree. Even for me it is very hard to make the right choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    According to the organizers, the league has $50,000 in prizes and is stronger than ever, with five of the world's top six players and almost half of all 2700-rated players participating.
    Wow!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFMechanics
    Next week: A match against the Australia Kangaroos. Pruess says that San Francisco may use its “secret player” – whose identity he is not revealing so that Australia can’t prepare against him. I’m not sure if I really believe in such stunts, but I can understand that it’s Pruess’s first year as manager and he wants to manage. So … we’ll see if it works!
    Seems like we may have a bit of change too... "Secret player" where are you?? Not in Australia and not in Russia. Any good guesses??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    Seems like we may have a bit of change too... "Secret player" where are you?? Not in Australia and not in Russia. Any good guesses??
    Thanks Vlad, it reminds me of a cartoon from my childhood... Shhh! - Secret Squirrel!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S_F9U9gNEQ
    "On my chess set, all the pawns are Hamburglers" ~ Homer Simpson.

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    This article https://www.chess.com/blog/SFMechani...-of-the-league

    suggests that the "secret player" is 2700+ and it is not Schankland.

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    I note that Russian GM, Aleksey Sarana, is playing for the Australia Kangaroos as a free agent. Can anyone tell me some more information about this player and why he would want to play for an Australian team?

    (Disclaimer: I do a weekly "chess report" on a local community radio show, so when I bring this up, the question will be asked about Sarana's motivation).
    "On my chess set, all the pawns are Hamburglers" ~ Homer Simpson.

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    Wang Hao Signs with San Francisco (our next opponent) and highly likely to play against our team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElevatorEscapee View Post
    I note that Russian GM, Aleksey Sarana, is playing for the Australia Kangaroos as a free agent. Can anyone tell me some more information about this player and why he would want to play for an Australian team?
    Good question. Probably the simplest answer would be to say that Aleksey is Anton's mate. They used to share the same coach and played huge number of matches against each other. They both also represented the world in the match against the USA.stl.jpg
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