Saint Louis Arch Bishops Win Atlantic Division; Return To Finals Weekend

Saint Louis Arch Bishops Win Atlantic Division; Return To Finals Weekend

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Mar 21, 2018, 8:59 PM |
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Last year, the Saint Louis Arch Bishops won the Pacific Division and the 2017 championship. After some key changes this year (replacing Wesley So with Fabiano Caruana and moving to the Atlantic Division), the Arch Bishops are headed back to the finals weekend.

Last year, the Arch Bishops relied heavily on the dynamic duo of Wesley So on board one and Nicholas Rosenthal on board four. This year, they drew heavily on their lower boards as GM Yaroslav Zherebukh and NM Forest Chen were big performers.

After a rough start, the Arch Bishops got a huge point in round two as GM Andrew Tang got into trouble against Chen, recklessly declined a draw, and lost!

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NM Forest Chen beat two GMs this week!

Chen also scored the critical final-round point with a nice tactic against GM Nikola Mitkov.

GM Yaroslav Zherebukh has been tremendous on board three, scoring a 2700+ performance rating. This week he was outshone by GM Varuzhan Akobian, who scored 3.5/4 and the Blizzard's GM Mauricio Flores who did the same. A just ok performance did not prevent him from playing this beautiful game though!

nullZherebukh has achieved a super-GM performance on board three!

2018 PRO Chess League | Atlantic Division Championship | Saint Louis Arch Bishops vs Minnesota Blizzard

Arch Bishops Blizzard Mauricio Flores Andrew Tang Daniel Gurevich Nikola Mitkov 6
Vladimir Fedoseev 2.5
Varuzhan Akobian 3.5
Yaroslav Zherebukh 2
Forest Chen 2
10 3.5 1 1 0.5

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