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Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 1?

Who Will Win PRO Chess League Week 1?

MikeKlein
Jan 10, 2017, 12:00 AM 18 Fun & Trivia

With the advent of the PRO Chess League only hours away, Chess.com assembled a panel of five chess pundits to predict the outcomes of every match this season.

The experts have quite a bit of work ahead of them, handicapping 24 matches each week. We've asked them to predict not only the match winner, but the final score.

We will be keeping track of the season-long success rates and crowning a winning pundit at season's end (based on match predictions, not game scores).

Click on their blogs to see who they think will be victorious in week one and why.

Here's a brief introduction of each member of the panel and a link to his blog:

IM Robert Ris: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Week one predictions here.

See which matchup he thinks will end 14-2!

Ris, the highest-rated member of our panel, is a prolific chess content creator. He's also the founder of both the Amsterdam Chess Academy and the Dutch Rapid Championships.

NM Alex King: Memphis, Tennessee. Week one predictions here.

King loves anagrams, and you'll want to see what phrase he made out of the letters in "Marseilles." He also makes a bold MVL prediction!

King is in front of a map of Mississippi. He works there in Oxford for the Center for Mathematics and Science Education. There's a chess component, but just recently he was also "at work" solving the Tower of Hanoi.

NM Pete Karagianis: Normal, Illinois. Week one predictions here, where he also spills the beans about this writer's alter ego.

Karagianis is a private coach in southern Illinois. You can see in the picture above he also is a ChessKid.com user. A trained writer, last year he had a cover story published in "Chess Life."

Tarjei Svensen: Oslo, Norway. Week one predictions here.

He "expects to be accused of bias" and you can let him know if he's guilty.

Svensen is one of the most prolific chess Tweeters out there and often has the inside scoop on Norwegian chess. You can follow him on Twitter here and also read his popular chess site Matt and Patt.

Shaun McCoy: Columbia, South Carolina. Week one predictions here, complete with movie references!

McCoy is the director of support for Chess.com and an accomplished author. You can see his full catalogue of books here (not surprisingly, two of them feature "knights").

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