PRO Chess League - Week 3 Recap: Rio Grande Defeats San Jose Hackers
It was a hard fought match, but ultimately the San Jose Hackers (2-1) succumbed to the Rio Grande Ospreys (2-1) 7.5-8.5 for the Hackers' first loss of the season. Despite our strong lineup, the Ospreys played fantastically overall and deservedly won the match. I was able to stream coverage of the match on Twitch, which you can see here, featuring commentary by NM Teemu Virtanen and NM Christopher Yoo of the San Jose Hackers:
The trouble started early, with the Hackers losing the first two rounds by a total of 5.5-2.5, a large deficit to overcome at halftime. But the Hackers almost managed, thanks to a 3-1 victory in Round 3, bringing the score to 5.5-6.5 in Rio's favor. The decisive game was Teemu's stunning upset over GM Vladimir Belous (Board 2 for Rio) who overpressed in a very double-edged position:
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