BOTW: 2017.01.11

PRO Chess League Begins 

The PRO Chess League begins Wednesday, January 11, 2017. 

The PRO Chess League has 48 teams from across the world, ranging from India, Russia, South Africa, Germany, Latvia, Norway, France, England, Ireland, Iceland, to Brazil, the USA and Canada.  Top players include: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, MVL, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Leinier Dominguez, Baadur Jobava, Nigel Short and many many more GMs.

Format: Four-player Scheveningen system team matches: each player on a team plays each player on the other team.
TC: G/15 + 2s 


Round 1: Wednesday, January 11, 2017. 
Round 2: Wednesday, January 18
Round 3: Wednesday, January 25
Round 4: Wednesday, February 4 
Round 5: Saturday, February 11
Round 6: Wednesday, February 15
Round 7: 
Wednesday, February 22

Playoffs: Wed. March 1, 8, 15, 25/26 

Because rounds are scheduled according to the teams' time-zones, they can be watched all day long, as games from teams in India and Russia end, games from the European teams begin, and are followed by matches between teams on the East coast of North America, and finally by games with teams from Western North America.

Canada has two teams: the Montreal ChessBrahs and the Toronto Dragons, both with a mainly Canadian line-up reinforced by foreign GMs.
Canadians playing are: GM Anton Kovalyov for the Rio Grande Ospreys and GM Pascal Charbonneau plays for the Montclair Sopranos.

Montreal ChessBrahs

GM Fabiano Caruana, 2808
GM Li Chao, 2746
GM Robin van Kampen, 2640
GM Jorden van Foreest, 2615
GM Eric Hansen, 2582
GM Alexander Lesiege, 2512
IM Aman Hambleton2436
FM Lefong Hua, 2284
FM Michael Kleinman, 2283
   Elias Oussedik, 2200

ChessBrahs Schedule (all times EST)
R1 Wed. Jan. 11; 6:45 pm. New York Knights
R2 Wed. Jan. 18; 6:45 pm. Toronto Dragons
R3 Wed. Jan. 25; 6:30 pm. Buenos Aires Krakens
R4 Wed. Feb.  1; 6:40 pm. Carolina Cobras
R5 Sat. Feb. 11; 10:40 pm. Norway Gnomes
R6 Wed. Feb. 15; 6:45 pm. Miami Champions


Toronto Dragons

GM Bator Sambuev, 2548
GM Gergely Szabo, 2540
GM Razvan Preotu, 2495
IM Nikolay Noritsyn, 2479
GM Thomas Roussel-Roozmon, 2454
IM Michael Song, 2413
IM Raja Panjwani, 2400
IM Kaiqi Yang, 2392
FM Shiyam Thavandiran, 2346
IM Arthur Calugar, 2208

In round 1, Toronto will play with GMs Sambuev, Preotu, Roussel-Roozmon and IM Noritsyn.

Toronto Dragons Schedule (all times EST)
R1 Wed. Jan. 11; 6:45 pm. Montclair Sopranos
R2 Wed. Jan. 18; 6:45 pm. Montreal ChessBrahs
R3 Wed. Jan. 25; 6:40 pm. Columbus Cardinals
R4 Wed. Feb.  1; 5:45 pm. New Jersey Knockouts
R5 Sat. Feb. 11; 2:55 pm. London Towers
R6 Wed. Feb. 15; 6:35 pm. Patagonia Penguins

Live Games with commentary by GM Simon Williams and other titled players


79th annual TATA Steel Chess Tournament (Wijk aan Zee)
Jan 14-29, 2017

The 79th annual TATA Steel Chess Tournament (Wijk aan Zee) starts this week. The event consists of an Open Swiss and two high-profile 14-player RRs:

  • The Masters RR features World Champion Magnus Carlsen, challenger Sergey Karjakin, Wesley So, Lev Aronian, Anish Giri, as well as interesting younger players Wei Yi and Richard Rapport.
  • The Challengers RR is lead by Markus Ragger (2697, AUT), and features current World Junior Champion Jeffery Xiong (USA) and Canada's Eric Hansen! The winner of the Challengers RR qualifies for the 2018 Masters RR.

Games begin at 1:30 local time.