The PRO Chess League All Stars Face Off
The PRO Chess League all-star tournament is set for Sept. 8.

The PRO Chess League All Stars Face Off

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See you in September!

The PRO Chess League will stage an all-star tournament featuring the world's best players and $5,000 in prizes scheduled for September 8. 

This gives PRO Chess League fans the chance to see their favorites play one more time in an exciting elimination format.

Use the menu below for important PRO all-star information:

The world's best chess players were selected as PRO all-stars.

The world's best chess players were selected as PRO all-stars.

All-Star Selections

Three players from each division were chosen by league officials based on their play throughout the 2018 season. A fourth player from each division was chosen by fan vote. All four divisions have a four-player team for a total of 16 players competing in the all-star tournament.

Confirmed Players

The following PRO Chess League all stars have confirmed their participation in the all-star tournament. Check back frequently as this list is updated with confirmations.

Confirmed to participate:

  • Hrant Melkumyan | Armenia Eagles, Eastern Division
  • Zaven Andriasyan | Armenia Eagles, Eastern Division
  • Georg Meier | Stockholm Snowballs, Central Division
  • Anton Smirnov | Australian Kangaroos, Pacific Division
  • Alex Shimanov | Webster Windmills, Atlantic Division
  • Gawain Jones | London Towers, Central Division
  • Luka Lenic | Ljubljana Turtles, Central Division
  • Alexey Dreev | San Diego Surfers, Pacific Division
  • Abhijeet Gupta | Delhi Dynamite, Eastern Division
  • Maxime Vachier Lagrave | Marseille Migraines, Central Division
  • Alex Lenderman | Montclair Sopranos, Atlantic Division
  • Vidit Gujrathi | Mumbai Movers, Eastern Division
  • Hikaru Nakamura | Seattle Sluggers, Pacific Division
  • Eduardo Iturrizaga | Miami Champions, Atlantic Division
  • Yaro Zherebukh | Atlantic Division, Saint Louis Arch Bishops
  • Jeffery Xiong | Pacific Division, Dallas Destiny

Hrant Melkumyan is confirmed to play as a PRO all star.

Hrant Melkumyan is confirmed to play as a PRO all star.

When, Where, And How To Watch

When: The PRO Chess League all-star tournament is scheduled for Saturday, September 8 at 9 a.m Pacific Time (Noon Eastern).

Where: All games will take place on the live server.

How To Watch: Tune in to for a live broadcast of the tournament with master commentary.

Event Format 

Stage 1:

Stage one is a round-robin where every player plays one game against everyone from the other three teams, for a total of 12 games. The time control will be three minutes with a one second increment.

Stage 2:

Survival: The scores from the four teams are added up and we begin a series of elimination matches.  The third- and fourth-place finishers from stage one play in the first survival match. Whichever team loses this match is out of the competition and is replaced by the second-place finisher from the previous stage.

The loser of this next match will then be replaced by the first-place finisher from stage one, and the winner of that match wins the all-star tournament.

The format of the matches is as follows: Board four from one team plays board four from the other and the loser of that game is eliminated and replaced by that team's board three. You win the match by beating the other team's board one. A draw eliminates both players, but if both teams are down to their final player, they will reverse colors and continue to play. The time control remains three minutes to start with a one second increment.


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Who will you be rooting for in the PRO Chess League all-star tournament? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tune in on Sept. 8 at