How often do chess players get a chance to play one of the world’s super-grandmasters? How often then do they get a chance to win?
In the second playoff week of the Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League, the answer was surprisingly often. What’s more, the stakes were huge as teams battled to advance to the quarterfinals in the PRO Chess League playoffs. Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, and Fabiano Caruana were all put on the ropes by their lesser-known opponents, and the legendary Hikaru Nakamura had one of the worst chess days of his life, scoring 1.5/4 and losing spectacularly in a do-or-die final round.