Did Grandmaster Simon Williams show too much aggression in his showdown against International Master Eric Rosen? The match was won in a bluff gone wrong as the Challengers Choker Cup, the new Mixed Mind Sports event where chess and poker players clash, got underway with a bang.
In the first match, last Thursday, we saw ultra-aggressive play with three all-in bets, as the highly favoured grandmaster, Simon Williams from the UK, crashed out of the tournament, losing 3-0 to International Chess Master Eric Rosen of the United States.
The critical moment came in Game 2 when Williams went all-in following a Rosen raise while holding just a rook and pawn in his hand…
Rosen (with a rook and bishop) called his bluff and went on to win the pot, the clash and the match. Sometimes in poker, and also in Choker, the right play is to fold and wait for better cards. Williams’ ratings advantage in the chess phase was easily wiped out by the material deficit. Crushing.
Next up, this Thursday, we have Anna Rudolf, an International Master from Hungary, taking on Raffael Santos from Brazil. On paper the tie should go to Rudolf, but as we have already seen, reputations count for nothing in Choker. Will Rudolf’s higher chess ranking and experience secure victory or will the brazen Brazilian with 80 thousand YouTube followers have the street cunning to outfox her. Watch live on chess24 on Thursday 14 at 10PM CEST and 4PM EST.
In all 8 big names from the worlds of chess and poker are playing in knock-out matches for the right to challenge 5 times US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura of the USA and claim the first ever Challengers Choker Cup.
You can watch every bet, every bluff and every Chokemate every Thursday at 10 PM Central European Summer Time and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time. Don’t miss a move!
The Challengers Choker Cup is for entertainment purposes only. No real money is lost or won.
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