Can You Play Like a Saint Louis Arch Bishop?

The Saint Louis Arch Bishops won the inaugural season of the PRO Chess League, scoring some dazzling victories on Championship weekend (March 25-26) against the Montreal ChessBrahs (semifinals) and the Norway Gnomes (finals). Board one Wesley So earned MVP Gold with 36.5/41 points and a tournament performance of 2848. In FM Mike Klein’s  final report for, he quotes Arch Bishop GM Ben Finegold “Wesley, the best chess player on earth, was totally awesome every match and always made the team confident of victory.” Wesley, officially ranked #2 in the World defeated #3 player in the World in a nailbiter double overtime semifinal vs the Montreal ChessBrahs:

Find more Wesley So endgames in our previous report. But now for an example with queens: How did Wesley convert in this position against Elias Oussedik, also of the ChessBrahs?


A rare low point for Wesley’s season was his loss to Magnus Carlsen, which the World Champion was quite proud of.

Magnus Carlsen earned the silver MVP award for his performance, 31/36 and a performance of 2801.

Arch Bishop Nicholas Rosenthal also turned in an award winning performance of 2362, good for the Under 2200 prize. Can you see how sealed the deal in this position?

Another big win for Rosenthal vs. The ChessBrahs, was this blistering attack vs. Elias Oussedik.

GM Varuzhan Akobian is another key team member, a frequent GM in residence at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, which sponsors the Arch Bishops.

What’s the best path for Saint Louis Arch Bishop GM Varuzhan Akobian?

How could Akobian have won most quickly here?

Popular STL Chess Club YouTube host GM Ben Finegold is also an Arch Bishop to admire: In a crucial battle in the Gnomes-Arch Bishop final, Ben Finegold turned the game around vs. FM Sebastian Mihajlov after 40.Rb8+. FM Mike Klein called this a tipping point: “You can of course isolate any number of moments that decide a sporting event, but this one proved especially visceral for the Gnomes.”

Find more details at the PRO Chess League guide here, and find detailed wrap-ups by Peter Doggers and Mike Klein on the semifinals and the final match, where you can also download full pgn files and browse MVP prizes. Also find our previous US Chess pieces on the PRO Chess League by Jennifer Shahade and Vanessa West. Till next season! 


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USCF and Fide play never has been… You play one game with white pieces, one with black in EVERY ROUND -the whole round is over in one hour flat….even the world title 2016 Carlsen- Karjakin duel was finally decided in sudden death quick play. Skip the “non chess” phony fraudulent NON GAME grandmaster or fix -the tournament fraud -by -draw in the last round preliminaries..It absolutely does not really matter what I or USA readers would prefer in the future… facing legal liability..worldwide big money sponsors are never going to permit a player to walk out of the room during multi million dollar chess…NOT FOR ONE SECOND. It is coming swiftly. Hundreds of self admitted/ CAUGHT RED HANDED/ BANNED chess cheaters have surfaced. Grandmaster teaching legend Benjamin Finegold , yes the same gentleman whose sea change sensational 11th hour play decided the Prochess world team internet championship.. warned us long ago “Anyone who thinks grandmasters will not cheat if permitted to do so doesn’t know what they are talking about.” Curiously it is this very same PROCHESS mode play which also will save the US chess federation from itself despite all the federation’s horrendous promotional snafus make millions for chess. You simply close down all USCF programs great organizational genius.. William Goichberg and Russel Miller each two hundred thousand dollars a year, put them in a car with all expenses paid starting with Maine in the first Sunday in January at 1pm../64 players only/10 games in 5 hours flat decide Maine’s US championship QUALIFIER entrant(home town hero- all chess is local- their guy or gal is in the hunt)..NEXT state week two at 1pm a gigantic storm the giants move across the entire country on subsequent Sundays at 1pm / (all 50 US states on consecutive Sundays …ONE BY ONE WITH MILLER AND GOICHBERG APPROACHING LIKE HANNIBAL!!!)causing an absolute earthquake of chess promotion everywhere.. many people would come just to see Russell Miller and William Gochberg in the flesh (they both like to hide in the corner while doing absolutely everything imaginable)and watch them in smooth Cadillac USCF chess play operation .. only 64 players can register at any state Sunday tourney..first come first serve. YOU CAN TRAVEL FROM STATE TO STATE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO REGISTER ..ALL ENTRIES ARE ABSOLUTELY NON REFUNDABLE AND YOU MUST BE A PAID IN ADVANCE USCF MEMBER TO EVEN TRY TO REGISTER ANYWHERE.After qualifying 50 home town hero players FROM 50 clockwork on SUNDAYS AT 1PM ONLY… they join the top 14 seeded US grandmasters and ..readers you take it from there. Every single state knows TEN YEARS IN ADVANCE!!!!! when its qualifier Sunday is. That GUARANTEES MASSIVE LOCAL INVOLVEMENT ,absolute promotion, sponsorship, media involvement. All chess is local..every state has their Bradford, Ardaman, Hall, Cleghorn, KR Smith, Root,Rouselle, Bick, Momic,Fedorowitz, Benjamin,Commons,Finegold… Laugh if you will..Having done more than 1,ooo chess appearances in 47 states and 9 countries including two monster GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS exhibitions …I know that only the ONE DAY family/internet right now friendly/ WORLD RAPID CHESS RATED PLAY that any professional teacher, ems worker, fireman, policeman adult/ parent can play in… IS TOTALLY THE FUTURE of the American chess ( “sponsor chess tournaments and nothing but chess tournaments everywhere..that is the business of the U.S. CHESS FEDERATION… get rid of everything else”- i.e FRANK BERRY,the late former US chess president who personally financed two US national title tourneys)……Competition just to register would be a quite exciting and frenzied experience ..and a world ONE DAY INSTANT RAPID chess rating with Fide/One Rating would be instantly absolutely guaranteed to every single player all across the country as the two Bob -Dylan -of -chess giants travel…Knock knock! (“Every player should have a fide rating” Kasparov.) When you suddenly give a 10 year old black kid with nothing in Atlanta Georgia a world chess rating you change a young person’s life. Chess does that.I should know. I would never have survived an on paper tragic series of childhood events that chess cheerfully auto powered me through effortlessly.It was just everything. The chess literature, the chess players, the Royal Game… goodness gracious…The gift that keeps on giving. Jude Acers/ New Orleans

  2. CORRECTION I am informed by by Mr. Bauer that the 2006 era US chess championships engineered /totally financed by the Berry Brothers working as a team was a product of USCF President JIM BERRY, the brother of Frank Berry. I apologize for the error. Jude Acers/ New Orleans

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