Caruana Perfect, Carlsen Nearly So In Record-Smashing Super Saturday

Caruana Perfect, Carlsen Nearly So In Record-Smashing Super Saturday

 

The PRO Chess League is a rapid chess tournament taking place on the chess.com website 18th January to 8th April 2018. 32 city based teams from throughout the world start in four groups. Play day is generally Wednesday. The first round was changed to fit in with Wijk aan Zee. There are four players per team and they play each member of the opposition once for a total of four games. The final four play in a decider on the weekend of 7th-8th April. Time control 15 minutes plus 2 seconds a move. Leading players: Magnus Carlsen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, etc.

Live video commentary on the chess.com website.

A PRO Chess League record 20,000 viewers were rooting on Magnus Carlsen as he raced toward a perfect score in the final rounds on Super Saturday. This made chess the sixth most watched show on Twitch at the time! 220,000 unique viewers watched the show at some point. That's almost half-as many viewers as the 440,000 viewers that watched the entire inaugural season of the PRO Chess league.

Commentator Danny Rensch used the opportunity to drop a bomb of an announcement on the viewers; the PRO Chess League semifinals and finals will take place LIVE in San Francisco!

Feb 25, 2018, 9:33 AM 23 Chess.com News

[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.02.24"] [Round "?"] [White "erichansen"] [Black "MagnusCarlsen"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B08"] [WhiteElo "2732"] [BlackElo "3047"] [TimeControl "600+2"] [EndTime "14:17:05 PST"] [Termination "MagnusCarlsen won by resignation"] [CurrentPosition "r2q3k/1pNn2bp/3p2p1/3Pp3/1p2p1B1/4P2P/P5P1/2R2QK1 b - - 0 22"] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Be2 Nf6 5.Nc3 O-O 6.O-O Nc6 7.Be3 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 e5 10.d5 Ne7 11.Nb5 a6 12.Na3 Nd7 13.c4 f5 14.Rc1 Kh8 15.b4 a5 16.c5 axb4 17.cxd6 cxd6 18.Nb5 fxe4 19.Bg4 Nf5 20.Nc7 Nxe3 21.fxe3 Rxf1+ 22.Qxf1 Bh6! { From here on, Carlsen is winning. Hansen plays inventively, posing real challenges, but Carlsen drops accurate hammerblows one after the other, never bothering to capture the soon-trapped knight on a8. } 23.Nxa8 Bxe3+ 24.Kh1 Bxc1 25.Qxc1 Nc5! 26.Qf1! Kg7 27.Be6 e3! 28.Qf7+ Kh6 29.Nb6 e2 30.Qf2 Ne4 31.Qe1 Qg5 32.Bg4 Ng3+ 33.Kh2 Qf4 34.Kg1 Qf1+ 0-1
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.02.24"] [White "Hikaru"] [Black "jim2600"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B02"] [WhiteElo "3010"] [BlackElo "2289"] [TimeControl "600+2"] [EndTime "9:23:30 PST"] [Termination "Hikaru won by resignation"] [CurrentPosition "r4rk1/1b1n1p1p/1p1b1qp1/4pN2/pPPpP3/P2Q2P1/1B3PBP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 21"] [Round "?"] 1.e4 Nf6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.dxe4 e5 5.Ngf3 Bd6 6.g3 b6 7.Bg2 Ba6 8.c4 O-O 9.O-O Nbd7 10.a3 Bb7 11.Qc2 a5 12.b3 Nc5 13.Re1 Ne6 14.Bb2 Nd7 15.Nf1 c5 16.Ne3 Nd4 17.Qd3 a4 18.Nf5 Qf6 19.N3xd4 cxd4 20.b4 g6 21.Nxd4!! exd4 22.f4 Rad8 23.e5 Bxe5 24.Bxb7 Bc7 25.Rad1 Nb8 26.Bd5 Nc6 27.Qe4 Rd6 28.b5 Nd8 29.Bxd4 Qf5 30.Qxf5 gxf5 31.Re7 Bb8 32.Be5 1-0
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.02.24"] [White "FabianoCaruana"] [Black "Zaven_Andriasyan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2823"] [BlackElo "2727"] [TimeControl "600+2"] [EndTime "7:37:58 PST"] [Termination "FabianoCaruana won by resignation"] [CurrentPosition "2rq1rk1/3nbppp/3p1n2/p2Pp1B1/1p4PP/1N3P2/PPPQ4/1K1R1B1R w - - 0 16"] [Round "?"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h4 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Bg5 Nbd7 9.Qd2 Rc8 10.O-O-O Be7 11.Kb1 b5 12.f3 O-O 13.g4 b4 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 a5 16.Bb5 Nc5 17.Bc6 Nxb3 18.cxb3 Nd7 19.Be3 f5 20.g5 Nc5 21.Bxc5 dxc5 22.d6 Rxc6 23.Qd5+ Rf7 24.dxe7 Qe8 25.Qxc6 Qxc6 26.Rd8+ 1-0

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