I know. I can’t contain my excitement either. Although there won’t be crazed fans packing sports arenas for this league, this is a serious sport as the PRO Chess League begins their matches today for the start of the 2017 season.
The Professional Rapid Online Chess League evolved from what was the United States Chess League (USCL) which was an online chess league for the past 10 years. PRO Chess will have faster time controls, provide more flexibility in forming and managing teams and allow “free agent” acquisitions from all over the world.
The league features 48 teams from five continents and top players such as Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Names that will make you forget Tom Brady and Ezekiel Elliott.
Okay, maybe not but these are some big names in this league. The league is aligned into Blue, Red, Green and Orange Divisions:
Blue Division (Eastern North America and South America)
Buenos Aires Krakens
New Jersey Knockouts
New York Knights
Red Division (Western North America)
Rio Grande Ospreys
San Diego Surfers
San Francisco Mechanics
San Jose Hackers
St. Louis Arch Bishops
Las Vegas Desert Rats
Green Division (Western Europe and Africa)
Orange Division (Eastern Europe and Asia)
Teams will play for six weeks starting today through February 15th. At the conclusion of the sixth week, the pairings for week seven will be made to ensure that teams fighting for playoff spots will face off against each other in order to provide the most balanced matches for playoff positions.
All matches will be covered live on www.chess.com/TV beginning at 11 a.m. EST.