PRO League Week 3 Highlights

PRO League Week 3 Highlights

IM dpruess

In this week's PRO League Week 3 highlights, I focus on the question: who was "Player of the Week?"

Here's the video:

Here are the candidates I discussed:
GM Evgeny Shaposhnikov whose 3.5/4 and perfect play carried the Gorky Stormbringers to an 8.5-7.5 victory over the Riga Magicians, and maintained their perfect league record;
GM Ruifeng Li (15 yrs old!) whose 4/4 from board 2 and unbelievable defensive resilience and calculation carried the Dallas Destiny to an 8.5-7.5 victory over the Seattle Sluggers;
GM Anton Kovalyov whose draws against super-GM Mamedyarov and GM Naroditsky along with 2 wins led the Rio Grande Ospreys to an upset of the undefeated San Jose Hackers.

Note my sample is highly biased in favor of the Eastern and Pacific Divisions, which I had watched more closely on Wednesday. Who would you pick? What were the best performances in the Central and Atlantic Divisions? Li Chao or Ponsa in the Atlantic Division?

[links to some of these games for those who want to review them further:]

warm-up: Pono's debut
Pono d4 v Flavio and tactics v Tocras

player of the week honorable mention- Kovalyov
whateveriov v dictatorchirila:
also v Mammad:

Shaposhnikov v Arturs Neiksans

all Ruifeng Games except v. lolcatzz

a surprise counter-tactic!

my choice for game of the week:
Francisco v Hess
[White "RTFrancisco"]
[Black "RLH2"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 Qa5 5.e5 Ne4 6.Qf3 d5 7.Bd3 g6 8.Bxe4 dxe4 9.Qxe4 Na6 10.Bd2 Bf5 11.Qe2 Nb4 12.Nf3 Nxc2+ 13.Kf2 Nxa1 14.Rxa1 Bg4 15.d5 Bxf3 16.gxf3 Bh6 17.d6 O-O 18.Ne4 Qd8 19.f5 Qb6+ 20.Kg2 Qxb2 21.dxe7 Rfe8 22.Nf6+ Kh8 23.Nxe8 Rxe8 24.f6!!  Qxa1 ( 24...Qxd2 25.Qxd2 Bxd2 26.Rd1 Ba5 27.Rd7  ) 25.Bxh6 Qd4 26.Bc126...Kg8 27.Bb2 Qd5 28.Qe3 Kh8 29.Qh6 Rg8 30.e8=Q 1-0

double rook endgame olka v laaso gnomes v gambit

Ponsa scores 3.5 and Krakens beat Chessbrahs!
[Black "Genghis_K"]
[Result "0-1"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Ne2 c6 6.Nf4 d5 7.Nd3 Bd6 8.c5 Bc7 9.f4 Ne4 10.Nxe4 dxe4 11.Nf2 f5 12.Bc4 Qe7 13.g4 Kh8 14.Bd2 Nd7 15.g5 a5 16.a3 a4 17.b4 b5 18.Be2 e5!  19.dxe5 Nxe5 20.fxe5 Bxe5 21.Nh3 f4! 22.Nxf4 Qxg5 0-1

I made it this far in my video. 3 more highlights that didn't make it:

Vovk falls finally to Paragua:

[White "VovAn1991"]
[Black "Hamonde"]
[Result "0-1"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.h3 Nc6 9.Qf3 Be7 10.O-O-O a5 11.Bb5 O-O 12.Nc5 Qc8 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.Qe2 Kh8 15.Kb1 Na7 16.Bxa7 Rxa7 17.Bc4 a4 18.a3 Ra5 19.Bb5 Qc5 20.Bxa4 b5 21.Bxb5 Rb8 22.a4 Qb4 23.Rd3? Rxa4! 24.Nxa4 ( 24.Bxa4 Qxb2# ) 24...Qxb5 25.f3 ( 25.b3 Qxa4 ) ( 25.Rb3 Qxe2 ) 25...Qxa4 26.Rhd1 d5 27.exd5 Nxd5 28.Qxe5 Ra8 29.c3 Bf6 30.Rxd5 exd5 31.Qxd5 h6 32.Rd3 Qa1+ 33.Kc2 Rb8 34.b4 Ra8 35.g4 Rc8 0-1

a brutality by Mamedov!!

Shaba-Troff tactical skirmish: