Road To The PCL Finals: Canada Chessbrahs – Chess.com

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The PRO Chess League finals are just eight days away, and it's time to take a closer look at the four teams that will be fighting for the title. Today: the Canada Chessbrahs.

The PRO Chess League finals, the culmination of the fourth season of the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League in 2020, will take place on September 25-27 in Chess.com/Live with commentary onChess.com/TV.

The four teams that qualified for the finals are the Saint Louis Arch Bishops, the China Pandas, the Armenia Eagles, and the Canada Chessbrahs.

For the semifinals on Friday, Sept. 25, the Eagles face the Chessbrahs while the Arch Bishops play the Pandas. The two losing teams will then face each other on Saturday, Sept. 26, for their fight for third place, while the big final is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27.

Eight days before the start of the games, the line-ups of all four teams have been released. All four are star-studded teams:

Lineups PRO Chess League Finals

We'll be providing a closer look at all four teams and their roads to the finals.In this article, the focus is on the Canada Chessbrahs.

The most active players for the Brahs have been GM Alexander Grischuk with 36 games (with 26 points also the MVP), GM Eric Hansen with 32 games (he scored 17.5 points), and Hansen's last-minute replacement, GMIvan Saricwith 23 games (10 points). The player with the highest performance rating, GM Alireza Firouzja (14/20, TPR 2807) was not chosen for unknown reasons.

GM Evgeny Bareev andIM Nikolay Noritsyn also played for the Brahs but won't be active in the finals. GMs Aman Hambleton and Robin van Kampen were listed as well before the start of the season but did not make appearances.

In the regular season, the Chessbrahs scored seven wins. They tied 8-8 with the New York Marshalls and lost only one match, to the big favorites for the title, the Saint Louis Arch Bishops.

With their 14-2 victory over the Argentina Krakens in week two, the Brahs impressed from an early stage. By that point, the team had the highest overall performance rating in the league, at 2750. Grischuk led his team to this big victory as he scored 4/4 on board one.

After four straight wins, the Chessbrahs had to bow for the Saint Louis Arch Bishops: 6-10. The winners came up with a team consisting of four 2700+ players, including world number-twoGM Fabiano Caruana. He had an impressive attacking win over Saric. Early in this game, he was down four pawns.

Watch commentators IM Danny Rensch and IM Anna Rudolf give the call when Caruana finds the crushing 39.Rxg5:

Finishing second in the Western Division behind the Arch Bishops, the Brahs started their playoffs with an 11.5-4.5 win against Sweden Wasabis. In the quarterfinals,Chicago Wind was beaten in a closer match: 9.5-6.5.

The Man of the Match was playing team captain Hansen, who scored a superb 3.5/4 in this match. Here's his crushing win against GM Illia Nyzhnyk.

The PRO Chess League finals will take place on September 25-27 on Chess.com. Like in the regular season, time control for all games will be 10 minutes plus a two-second increment.Every player on one team will play every player on the other team for a total of 16 games. The four finalists will be competing for a $40,000 prize fund with $20,000 going to the winner. All matches will be streamed live with expert commentary onChess.com/TV.

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