GOTW: Dr.O defangs a Cobra

Elias Oussedik is currently doing post-graduate work in North Carolina. But this leaves him more than enough time to stay serious about chess, and he was given a chance to show what he can do during the fourth round of the PRO Chess League when he played for Montreal vs his current home base in Carolina.

Elias is one of the highest-rated players ever from Eastern Canada, but he is the lowest-rated member of the formidable Montreal ChessBrahs, a team which includes "free agents" GM Fabiano Caruana (USA), GM Li Chao (CHN), GM Robin van Kampen and GM Jorden van Foreest (both NED), and Raven Sturt (USA, but a McGill student), and Canadians: GM Eric Hansen, GM Alexandre Le Siege, IM Aman Hambleton, FM Lefong Hua, FM Michael Kleinman, and Elias. 

PRO Chess League

The PRO Chess League consists of 48 teams from around the world, with many of the world's top-10 players, playing online rapid matches once a week. The format is a Rapid Schevenningen Match: so every player plays all four opponents on the opposing team, with a time control of G/15 + 2s.

Week 4 (Feb 2, 2017)
Montreal ChessBrahs crushed the Carolina Cobras: 12.5- 3.5
Toronto Dragons knocked out the New Jersey Knockouts: 13.5 - 2.5

The next round is Saturday, February 11, 2017, and features play between continents, including:

    • Montreal play the Norway Gnomes at 10:40 am EST.
    • Toronto plays the London Towers at 2:55 p.m. EST.

Lineups are still TBA, but the Montreal v Norway match might see the two top players in the PRO Chess League go head-to-head: Fabiano Caruana (Mtl.) against Magnus Carlsen (Nor.). Stay tuned for details.

For more info and links about the PRO Chess League, see these posts:

Elias Oussedik annotates his third win from week 4 of the PRO Chess Leauge. 


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