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CHARLOTTE COBRAS

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OVERVIEW

The Charlotte Chess Center is sponsoring the Charlotte Cobras team in the 2023 PRO Chess League.

 

The PCL is an international online chess league featuring 16 teams from the strongest chess cities and countries in the world and a $150,000 prize fund.  The league will feature the top players in the world including Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura.

FORMAT

  • The PCL uses an “Elimination Swiss” system to determine 8 teams for the Playoffs from the 16 initial teams.

  • Each week, team managers select 4 players from their roster to compete on their lineup.

    • 2550 FIDE maximum rating cap per lineup.

    • At least 1 woman must play on every lineup.

  • Matches are 4 vs 4 all-play-all using a 10+2 rapid time control.

    • Each player plays all 4 of the players on the other team.

    • The first team to 8.5 points wins the match.

    • In case of a tied match (8-8), round 4 is repeated with a 3+2 blitz time control.

  • Weeks 1-5 team vs team pairings are paired by Swiss rules.

  • Teams that lose 3 matches are eliminated.

  • The surviving 8 teams after week 5 will make the playoffs.

  • The Semi-Finals (4 teams) and Finals will be played as live finals in May.

SCHEDULE

The Cobras' matches will be on weekdays during February and March 2023. The schedule will be updated as more details are known.

 

WHERE TO WATCH

All matches will be broadcasted live on Chess.com. Cobras matches may also be covered on the CCC or GM Naroditsky Twitch Channels.

 

 

 

2023 TEAM ROSTER

Team Captain: FM Peter Giannatos

Team Manager: Grant Oen

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GM GRIGORY OPARIN

2683 FIDE / 2726 US Chess

  • Currently ranked #64 in the World.

  • Peak World Ranking #49 (June 2022) – 2685 FIDE.

  • Tied for 2nd place with Fabiano Caruana at the 2021 FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament (behind Alireza Firouzja).

  • Former Russian Junior Champion and Russian Higher League Champion.

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GM AWONDER LIANG

2630 FIDE / 2719 US Chess

  • Tied for 3rd place at the 2022 US Championship with a 2734 FIDE performance.

  • World Youth Champion Under 8 and Under 10, US Junior Champion.

  • Held the US records for youngest National Master, youngest International Master, and youngest player to defeat a Grandmaster.

  • Defeated former World #2’s GMs Wesley So and Levon Aronian at US Championships.

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GM DANIEL NARODITSKY

2617 FIDE / 2707 US Chess

  • Charlotte-based American Grandmaster.

  • Top chess streamer and commentator.

  • World Youth Under 12 Champion, US Junior Champion.

  • Youngest published chess author in history.

  • Often ranked in the top 3 online blitz and bullet players in the World.

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GM BRANDON JACOBSON

2551 FIDE / 2637 US Chess

  • Top rated 18-year-old in the US by over 200 points.

  • 2020 Charlotte Open Champion (final GM norm).

  • One of the top Chess.com blitz (rated 3050+) and bullet (3150+) players.

  • Tied for 2nd place at the 2021 US Junior Championship behind Hans Niemann.

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GM ELSHAN MORADIABADI

2514 FIDE / 2600 US Chess

  • North-Carolina based American Grandmaster, author, and coach.

  • Competed in 2 US Championships, 2 World Cups, and 5 Olympiads.

  • Played for the Texas Tech University chess team, winning the 2015 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championships and 2012 Final Four of College Chess.

  • Peak ratings 2603 FIDE, 2675 US Chess.

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GM IRINA KRUSH

2432 FIDE / 2515 US Chess

  • American Grandmaster, commentator, and coach.

  • Only woman to earn the Grandmaster title while playing for the US.

  • 8-time US Women’s Champion.

  • Competed on the US Women’s Olympiad team since 1998.

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IM NAZI PAIKIDZE

2323 FIDE / 2390 US Chess

  • 2016 and 2018 US Women’s Champion

  • Represented team USA at the Chess Olympiad.

  • World Youth Girls U14 and Girls U16 Champion, 4-time European Youth Champion.

  • Peak FIDE rating 2455 (#35 woman in the world), qualified for 2017 Women’s World Championship.

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FM / WIM GABRIELA ANTOVA

2302 FIDE / 2366 US Chess

  • Saint Louis University student and chess team member.

  • Represented Bulgaria at the 2022 Chess Olympiad.

  • World Youth bronze medalist and multiple time European Youth medalist.

  • 1 IM norm and 2 WGM norms.

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