Seattle Sluggers Draw Even With Las Vegas Desert Rats

Seattle Sluggers Draw Even With Las Vegas Desert Rats


The Seattle Sluggers drew even with the Las Vegas Desert Rats in a match featuring high profile match-ups. Board one for the Sluggers this week was none other than GM Hikaru Nakamura who scored a respectable 3/4; a perfect score marred in the last round by the tenacious Las Vegas board one, GM Leinier Dominguez. Dominguez struggled in the first three rounds, accumulating only one point. However, he rose to the occasion and punished Nakamura with the black pieces to ensure a drawn match result. Interestingly, according to live ratings, Dominguez edges Nakamura in rapid chess by a whole three rating points.

It should be pointed out that Nakamura was actually playing from the Tradewise Gibraltar Festival - local time 3 a.m.!

In round three IM Bryce Tiglon fell to former US Women's Champion IM Nazi Paikidze in a fascinating knight endgame. Find out below if a king and knight can stop three isolated pawns from queening.

2018 PRO Chess League | Week 2 | Seattle Sluggers vs Las Vegas Desert Rats

Desert Rats Sluggers Hikaru Nakamura Giorgi Margvelashvili Bryce Tiglon Anthony He 8
Leinier Dominguez 2
Melikset Khachiyan 1.5
Andrey Ostrovskiy 2.5
Nazi Paikidze 2
8 3 3 1.5 0.5

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