The third round of the Chess.com PogChamps kicked off on Thursday, with Fuslie and NateHill fighting for their championship bracket lives. While Erobb’s match with Voyboy was delayed to this Saturday, Ludwig and SlikeR brought the garbage talk in a single-game grudge match.

Group B is set to continue Friday at 12:45 p.m. Pacific Time (21:45 Central Europe) as all eyes turn on MoistCr1tikal and Yassuo.

Make sure to tune into Chess.com’s official day 8 coverage of the 2020 Chess.com PogChamps at 12:45 a.m. Pacific Time (21:45 Central Europe) on Chess.com/ television.

With both players needing a win, Fuslie and NateHill produced the PogChamps’ first draw. In spite of the tranquil results, the game featured numerous swings, with both players missing decisive chances to win.

After getting 2 queens, Fuslie let NateHill’s passed pawn escape and promote, moving the balance of the game. NateHill reached a winning endgame however was unable to find the required mating internet to win. When the dust settled, just kings stayed.

The draw makes sure Voyboy will win the group, even with a loss to Erobb this weekend. NateHill’s superior average CAPS score was enough to see him claim his ticket to the champion bracket. Fuslie, now in the consolation bracket, will be one of the favorites to take the area.

Group A Standings

While SlikeR beat Ludwig over the board, Ludwig made it clear that he was holding his preparation for the consolation bracket. SlikeR missed out on a mate-in-one early, which provided Ludwig some life to keep the video game going.

SlikeR, understanding that he missed the mate-in-one right away, made it his mission to penalize the American, taking almost all his pieces and even enjoying his final relocation:

Will these two play again? With both gamers destined for the consolation bracket, it’s certainly possible. Need to SlikeR beat xChocobars and Ludwig lose to Swiftor (or vice versa) in their final group stage games, the two will rematch in the quarterfinals. Otherwise, both players will likely require to reach the alleviation bracket finals for a rematch.

As concurred on the broadcast, should the two fulfill again this tournament, the loser will enable the winner to send out a tweet from their Twitter account. Don’t expect the winner to keep back.

Lots of will be questioning what MoistCr1tikal’s prophet, coach Daniel Naroditsky, has in shop for Yassuo. With his help, MoistCr1tikal produced the most viral minute of the PogChamps up until now, checkmating xQc in simply six relocations. Yassuo ought to show to be a much harder test, as the League of Legends streamer almost beat tournament preferred Hutch in the second round. Clocks will start at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (22:00 Central Europe) on Chess.com/ TELEVISION.

xQc’s much-anticipated return to the PogChamps will protest Group B’s leader, Hutch. After losing in six moves versus MoistCr1tikal, lots of gamers are trying to find xQc to recover. While both gamers are a lock for their particular post-group stage fortunes, this will be a fascinating test for both sides. The day’s final video game begins at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (23:00 Central Europe) on Chess.com/ tv.

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