PRO Chess League - Playoff Recap: San Jose Defeats Dallas

PRO Chess League - Playoff Recap: San Jose Defeats Dallas

IM hellokostya
Mar 4, 2017, 9:20 PM |

In one of the closest and thrilling matches of the year, the San Jose Hackers emerged victorious over the Dallas Destiny on Wednesday night, winning by a score of 8.5-7.5. Not only the smallest margin possible, but considering Dallas had "draw odds" for the match (advancing to next round in case of an 8-8 tie), this was an incredibly tight match until the very end! 

After two rounds the match was tied 4-4, but in Round 3 the Hackers managed to pull ahead with a come-from-behind victory by GM Daniel Naroditsky against current World Junior Champion GM Jeffrey Xiong:

This meant that going into the last round, with a 1-point lead we'd need just 2 out of 4 in order to clinch the match. Things were looking great (even seemed like 3.5-0.5 could be the score) until time trouble in every game turned things into an unpredictable mess! In the end, we ended up getting the 2 points needed to reach 8.5 and won the match.
As usual, I streamed live commentary for the event on my Twitch channel, along with NM Christopher Yoo and NM Teemu Virtanen. Check out the highlight reel from the match here:

And the full show here:

This Wednesday, March 8, the Hackers will be facing the Webster Windmills in the Pacific Division Semifinals. Stay tuned for a preview blog as soon as the pairings for the match are released, should be fun!

The San Jose Hackers are a professional chess team in the Pacific Division of the PRO Chess League, sponsored by Bay Area Chess. To connect with the Hackers, please visit our FacebookTwitter, and Official Site.