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Epic Match Between Pakman And Easywithaces, xQc vs. Hafu Postponed To Sunday

Epic Match Between Pakman And Easywithaces, xQc vs. Hafu Postponed To Sunday

CoachJKane
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Saturday was a big day for Groups A and B in the PogChamps 2 tournament. In a rescheduled match, Forsen took on Cizzorz and Gripex played against CallMeCarson in group A. Meanwhile, DavidPakman took on easywithaces in the B group. The match between itshafu and xQc was postponed to Sunday at 3 p.m. Pacific Time.

Make sure to tune into Chess.com's daily coverage of the 2020 Chess.com PogChamps on Sunday, August 30 at 12:45 p.m. Pacific (21:45 p.m. Central Europe) on Chess.com/tv. The complete show archives are available on twitch.tv/chess and youtube.com/chess.

Forsen vs Cizzorz

The first game of the day (actually played Friday, but broadcast Saturday) featured a tough first game. After a roughly even opening, Cizzorz dropped material with 14.d4 and ran into trouble. He hoped for a back rank tactic to save the game, but Forsen defended mate and then captured the queen to induce resignation. 

Cizzorz was not happy with his play in the second game, describing it as "I feel like I’m 300 Elo. That was some of the ugliest chess I’ve ever seen." Forsen won material in the opening and then found an excellent queen trap missed even by Danny Rensch to put the game out of reach.

The win puts Forsen in the championship bracket and makes Cizzorz one of the favorites in the consolation bracket. In case you missed it, you can catch the whole thing here.

Gripex90 vs CallMeCarson

Gripex has been leading group A so far and didn't disappoint against Carson, winning 2-0. Carson played quickly throughout the match and won a piece with a nice tactic right out of the opening in game one!

Carson wins a piece with Nxe3
Carson wins a piece with ...Nxe3!

In this position Carson found ...Nxe3!, removing the defender of the c5-knight. He emerged up a piece for two pawns but immediately followed it up by dropping a rook and Gripex didn't look back. After winning game one, Gripex quickly won game two as well to finish off the match.

Here are the final standings for group A.

Group A Standings, Gripex, Forsen, Cizzorz, Carson

itsHafu vs xQc

The higher-rated itsHafu has been working hard on her chess and will have the chance to flex her skills against xQc in a postponed match which will take place Sunday, August 30 at 3 p.m. Pacific Time to cap off an epic day of group stage matches before heading into the knockout brackets.

DavidPakman vs easywithaces

This match was the highest stakes battle of the day. The winner would move on to the championship bracket and the loser would be relegated to the consolation bracket.

Game one didn't disappoint as the players played a back and forth 91-move marathon! White was better most of the way, but easywithaces took advantage of his opponent's time pressure and won a rook. They reached a tricky endgame with a rook against bishop and two pawns where a draw was the fair outcome.

Game two was also exciting. Pakman won material early but later lost his queen to a nasty pin. The players eventually reached this amazing position after White promoted a pawn.

An amazing position from aces vs pakman
Pakman overcame the two queen deficit! He first traded a rook for one of the queens and then won the second queen with a skewer, convincing his opponent to resign!

Here's the key final moment of the game.

The victory sent davidpakman to the championship bracket and made easywithaces one of the favorites for the consolation bracket.

Make sure to tune into Chess.com's daily coverage of the 2020 Chess.com PogChamps on Sunday, August 30 at 11:45 a.m. Pacific (20:45 p.m. Central Europe) on Chess.com/tv.


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