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Packed Las Vegas Desert Rats Field 4 GMs, 1 IM, 4 FMs, and NM

Packed Las Vegas Desert Rats Field 4 GMs, 1 IM, 4 FMs, and NM

Jan 3, 2017, 7:27 PM 1

The Las Vegas Desert Rats are one of the largest teams in the league. With 10 players on the roster, they have four grandmasters, one international master, five FIDE Masters, and one national master. Is this mob of titled players destined for playoff glory?

The Desert Rats board one is the legendary blindfold master, GM Timur Gareyev. Gareyev played 48 players simultaneously blindfolded last year, claiming a world record which he hopes to have certified by Guiness. Even under such circumstances, Gareyev played thrilling games like the following.

The Desert Rats have also fielded GMs Kayden Troff, Suarez Isan Ortiz, and Jacek Stopa. Troff is one of the most decorated scholastic champions in U.S. history, having won the World U14 championship, the U.S. Junior Championship, and the grandmaster title at the age of 16.

Kayden Troff.

Chess.com viewers may be familiar with Stopa for his popular series on the Evan's Gambit. PRO Chess League viewers will certainly hope that he plays such exciting openings come league night.

IM Andrey Ostrovskiy sits between four grandmasters and four international masters on the roster. As Goldilocks would say. He's just right  A perfect balanced board addition, he is also a popular blitz streamer. Viewers will surely hope for video reviews of his games!

The final five boards for the Desert Rats, FMs Elliot Liu, Dan Durham, Alex Kretchetov, Alberto Hernandez, and NM Mike Zaloznyy are are all in the 2100-2200 range. Strong performances from these boards paired with their top-heavy roster could make the Desert Rats truly ferocious rodents.

Chess.com readers may be especially familiar with Elliot Liu who is wildly popular as a video author on site. Check out his series, "Amazing Games For Beginners."

The PRO Chess League welcomes the Las Vegas Desert Rats!

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