Pro Chess League 2023: Teams and Players to Watch

The Pro Chess League is a world-class rapid competition for the best Grandmasters in the world.It also is the number one global online chess league. The League started in 2017 and has quickly become one of the most popular chess events on the web.

Pro Chess League 2023 features 16 teams from the strongest chess cities and countries in the world competing for a $150,000 prize fund.

The tournament begins February 14 with a qualifier on February 1-2, and the Main Event on February 14. Each team will field a roster of six to ten players, including at least one woman and the average rating is capped at 2550. Each week teams select four players from their roster to compete in matches. The players are paired up and play all-play-all rapid games.

The first five weeks are Swiss and the team with 3 wins advances directly to the Top 8, while the team with 3 losses is eliminated. Each member of the team plays a 10+2 rapid chess match against each member of the opposing team. In case of a tie, the players play another round under faster time control. Announces The Return Of The Pro Chess League -

Pro Chess League 2023

This year’s league features some of the best players in the world, including Magnus Carlsen and some rising stars.

There are also some big name teams this year like the Gotham Knights with GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Liem Quang Le, as well as the Saint Louis Arch Bishops with Fabiano Caruana and Leinier Dominguez.

Other exciting squads include the Shanghai Tigers, featuring women’s world champion GM Ju Wenjun and super GM Wei Yi. There are also teams with stacked lineups, like the Saint Louis Arch Bishops and the Indian Yogis. Another team to watch is the Charlotte Cobras. Their stacked lineup includes commentary maestro Daniel Naroditsky as well as eight-time U.S. women’s champion Irina Krush.

Teams and Players

Berlin BearsGM Anton Korobov
GM Rasmus Svane
GM Dmitrij Kollars
GM Niclas Huschenbeth
GM Arik Braun
GM Frederik Svane
WGM Josefine Heinemann
WGM Sarah Papp
Indian YogisGM Vidit Gujrathi
GM Praggnanandhaa R
GM Nihal Sarin
GM Raunak Sadhwani
GM Chithambaram VR Aravindh
GM Abdulla Gadimbayli
IM Aronyak Ghosh
IM Elisabeth Paehtz
WGM Vaishali R
IM Pranesh M
BlitzGM Alexander Grischuk
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
GM Etienne Bacrot
GM Matthieu Cornette
GM Maxime Lagarde
FM Mahel Boyer
IM Deimante Daulyte-Cornette
Gotham KnightsGM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Quang Liem Le
GM Vladimir Fedoseev
IM Mykola Bortnyk
IM Andy Woodward
IM Nataliya Buksa
IM Nurgyul Salimova
Brazil CapybarasGM Vladislav Artemiev
GM Sandro Mareco
GM Luis Paulo Supi
GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara
GM Alexandr Fier
GM Krikor Mekhitarian
WGM Irina Bulmaga
FM Julia Alboredo
Levitov Chess WizardsGM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
GM Daniil Dubov
GM Alexey Sarana
GM Rauf Mamedov
GM David Paravyan
GM Aleksandr Shimanov
GM Denis Lazavik
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
GM Valentina Gunina
California UnicornsGM Gukesh D
GM Sam Shankland
GM Ray Robson
GM Illya Nyzhnyk
GM Dariusz Swiercz
GM Georg Meier
GM Christopher Yoo
GM Andrew Hong
WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor
Spanish Maniac ShrimpsGM Jaime Santos Latasa
GM Alan Pichot
GM Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli
GM Miguel Santos Ruiz
GM Jose Carlos Ibarra Jerez
GM Jose Fernando Cuenca Jimenez
GM Lance Henderson de La Fuente
IM Karina Ambartsumova
IM Sabrina Vega Gutierrez
Charlotte CobrasGM Grigoriy Oparin
GM Awonder Liang
GM Daniel Naroditsky
GM Brandon Jacobson
GM Elshan Moradiabadi
GM Irina Krush
IM Nazi Paikidze
FM Gabriela Antova
Shanghai TigersGM Yi Wei
GM Ni Hua
GM Zhang Zhong
GM Wenjun Ju
GM Yi Xu
IM Yiping Lou
Renjie Huang
WGM Shiqun Ni
Mao Yingzhou
Canada ChessbrahsGM Magnus Carlsen
GM Anish Giri
GM Jorden van Foreest
GM Ivan Saric
GM Aryan Tari
GM Eric Hansen
GM Razvan Preotu
IM Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux
WGM Jennifer Yu
WGM Maili-Jade Ouellet
Saint Louis ArchbishopsGM Fabiano Caruana
GM Leinier Dominguez Perez
GM Jeffery Xiong
GM Benjamin Bok
GM Nikolas Theodorou
GM Varuzhan Akobian
WGM Rochelle Wu
WIM Alice Lee
NM Julian Proleiko
WFM Sophie Morris-Suzuki
Croatia BulldogsGM Bogdan-Daniel Deac
GM Leon Livaic
GM Sasa Martinovic
GM Ante Saric
IM Bardiya Daneshvar
IM Polina Shuvalova
IM Eline Roebers
Team MGD1GM Arjun Erigaisi
GM Narayanan S L
GM Adhiban B
GM Diptayan Ghosh
GM Harika Dronavalli
GM Mitrabha Guha
WFM Savitha Shri B
Garden State PassersGM Samuel Sevian
GM Gadir Guseinov
GM Aleksandr Lenderman
GM Abhimanyu Mishra
GM Bela Khotenashvili
IM Carissa Yip
WIM Meruert Kamalidenova
FM James Canty
Norway GnomeGM A R  Saleh Salem
GM David Howell
GM Gawain Jones
GM Pranav V
IM Elham Abdrlauf
GM Sankalp Gupta
GM Nino Batsiashvili
WGM Laura Unuk

Canada Chessbrahs

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Chess has become a popular part of the internet, thanks to streamers and personalities picking up the game. That’s especially true for the Chessbrahs, a channel that has built a huge following on Twitch.

They’re a Canadian team led by Grandmaster Eric Hansen. They’ve been streaming chess for six years and have reached 20,000 subscribers on Twitch, which is the highest number in any category on that platform.

Gotham Knights

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Pro Chess League 2023 features a number of teams containing some of the world’s top players. This year’s Gotham Knights are led by GM Hikaru Nakamura and feature two super-GMs in Liem Quang Le and Vladimir Fedoseev. They also have rising star IM Nurgyul Salimova as their second-highest rated player.

In addition to the main plot, Gotham Knights has an extensive backstory that tells the origin of the Court of Owls. The game’s developers designed this story to give the Court more depth and context, allowing WB Games Montreal to show how a group of villains has a deep connection to Gotham City.

Indian Yogis (@chesscom) / Twitter

This year there will be two Indian teams striving to lead the way alone. The Yogis have displayed a list of young prodigies that would be the envy of any other country. These include Nihal Sarin, Praggnanandhaa and GMf Vaishali, who will be supervised by GM Vidit Gujrathi.

Team MGD1

India’s other team, MGD1, also has a very competitive squad. They have the highest ranked U20 player in India, Arjun Erigaisi, and the highest ranked player in the PCL, GM Harika Dronavalli.

Croatia Bulldogs

Unavailable Youtube star Agadmator (Antonio Radic) will take on the role of Bulldogs captain. He can count on GMs Bogdan-Daniel Deac and Leon Livaic and IM Polina Shuvalova to fly the flag.Despite their lack of name recognition, the Bulldogs are one of the teams to watch out for in the 2023 season. They are stacked with some of the world’s best players, and are expected to compete for the title of champion.

Saint Louis Archbishops

The tournament’s three-time champions will be led, as always, by American champion Fabiano Caruana, supported by GMs Lenier Dominguez and Geoffrey Bear. General Manager Rochelle Wu and IMF Alice Lee will play in the fourth set.

Levitov Chess Wizards

Thanks to their two female grandmasters Alexandra Kosteniuk and Valentina Gunina, the Wizards only have the best Elo average. Top GMs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Daniil Dubov will be the leaders of this incredibly homogeneous team of grandmasters only on the first board.