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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 06:53 AM

On Chess: St. Louis Arch Bishops Return To PRO Chess League Final Four In San Francisco

The St. Louis Arch Bishops are going back to the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League final four in San Francisco.

To make it to the final rounds, they defeated their crosstown rivals, Webster Windmills, in a thrilling 9-7 victory that came down to the final round. International master (IM) Nikolas Theodorouís triumphant rook sacrifice proved to be too much for his grandmaster (GM) opponent to handle.

The regular-season matches and playoffs of the PRO Chess League up to this point have all been played online with teammates and opponents spread across the globe. All four teams will converge at San Francisco's Folsom Street Foundry, a converted warehouse turned into an esports arena, to play against each other.

The competitors will sit across from each other but still be logged into chess.com to make their moves. While that may seem a little odd, there is yet one more exciting twist: The players will be wearing noise-canceling headphones. This makes for a tremendous atmosphere for the fans, as they can cheer for their favorite players and listen to the live commentary onsite.


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