The first-ever Chess.com PogChamps started today, with fans throughout the world tuning into watch their preferred Twitch banners clash on the chessboard. Opening day action saw Group A begin in earnest, with Fuslie and Voyboy both notching wins. Hutch’s win to complete the action teased Group B’s much expected match-up between Yassuo and xQc, set to begin tomorrow at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Chess.com/ tv.

Even with only three video games arranged for the event’s opening day, Chess.com’s main broadcast peaked at 52,000 concurrent audiences, making it the most watched English stream on all of Twitch.

Make certain to tune into Chess.com’s main Day 2 coverage of the 2020 Chess.com PogChamps at 12 p.m. Pacific Time on Chess.com/ tv.

With Voyboy a clear top-seed and only two players advancing to the champion bracket from Group A, the match between fuslie and erobb was viewed as an essential pairing to figure out the result of the group. Fuslie introduced a kingside attack from the London System early, and it only took one oversight from Tyler1’s bro to decide the game:

Fuslie associated much of her success to her lessons with Hikaru, where her opening preparation had actually paid off with the full 3 points.

Extensively considered the tournament preferred, Voyboy revealed his conversion strategy versus Fortnite star NateHill. Despite being a substantial ranking underdog, NateHill showed his deal with the chessboard was paying off, both with a solid opening choice and persistent middlegame defense.

With both Fuslie and Voyboy winning, both gamers share a Group A lead. The group leaders will deal with versus each other, while NateHill and erobb will combat for survival on June 8.

Group A Standings

The last match of the day included Hutch and moistCr1tikal in Group B’s opening component. While Hutch fidgeted heading into the game, he was able to take advantage of a middlegame oversight which would show to seal moistCritikal’s fate.

While the loss is a problem for moistCr1tikal, his flexible approach and his capability to see things in different ways might prove to be a special benefit down the stretch. With xQc and Yassuo playing tomorrow, hutch is in clear first in Group B.

Hutch’s next match will protest Yassuo on June 8 at 3 p.m. Pacific Time. moistCr1tikal faces xQc on June 9, an opponent who he vowed to beat in his post-game interview.

Group B Standings

2 of the most followed banners on Twitch, xQc and yasssuo will clash tomorrow at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Chess.com/ TV. Both gamers have actively been working on their chess over the previous few weeks, and this clash might prove important in choosing which players advance to the championship bracket.

Having simply signed with Group Liquid earlier this week, SlikeR will be making his launching for Team Liquid on the chessboard. Understood for his on stream shenanigans and his ability in CS: GO, SlikeR will handle his competing NymN tomorrow at 12 p.m. Pacific Time on Chess.com/ television.

These two are frequent competitors on stream, having actually played 5 times currently on Chess.com. SlikeR currently leads NymN in their individual matches with three wins, one loss, and one draw.

Still choosing who to root for in the first-ever Chess.com PogChamps? Here’s a quick sampler of each banner: