PRO Chess League - Week 1 Preview: San Jose Hackers vs. Webster Windmills

PRO Chess League - Week 1 Preview: San Jose Hackers vs. Webster Windmills

IM hellokostya

It starts today! The San Jose Hackers (0-0) will face the Webster Windmills (0-0) in Week 1 of the inaugural season of the PRO Chess League! As a proud Hacker I will be posting weekly previews/recaps of each match, as well as doing live commentary on Twitch!

The match starts at 6:45 PST. Live coverage of all matches can be seen on Chess TV, but make sure to also tune in to my own Twitch Channel, where I'll be streaming the games from San Jose vs. Webster only.

For links to the schedule, rules, rosters and more, check out the PRO Chess League Guide.

Here is this week's lineup:

San Jose Hackers Webster Windmills
               GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov               GM Ray Robson
               GM Daniel Naroditsky               GM Priyadharshan Kannappan
               GM Cristian Chirila               IM Irene Sukandar
               NM Christopher Yoo               IM Eric Rosen

(L to R: Team Manager Abel Talamantez, IM-elect Kostya Kavutskiy, GM Cristian Chirila, GM Daniel Naroditsky, NM Faik Aleskerov, GM Zviad Izoria, GM Rauf Mamedov, Judit Sztaray)

As you can tell this is going to be a very competitive and intense match. Notable is GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who is currently the #13 rated player in the world (#3 in Rapid!) and NM Christopher Yoo, who recently became the youngest master in US history!

Webster University has established themselves as the greatest college chess program of all time--will their success translate to the professional league? Tune in today to find out

Do you have predictions for the match? Let me know in the comments!

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