Negreanu, Boeree to try their hands at chess
Poker greats Daniel Negreanu and Liv Boeree are preparing to exchange their cards for chess pieces. The two are going to participate in a five-game "hand and brain" chess match against chess masters this Sunday, but are given a handicap. The masters of chess will be telling the masters of poker which moves to make.
The event is a joint promotion between Chess.com and PokerStars. It is part of a contest being offered by Chess.com to award a Platinum Pass to next year's PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas. That contest has members of the poker and chess communities submitting ideas for new games that combine chance with chess, and the winner will be announced during this Sunday's chess match.
Negreanu and Boeree are going to face off against International Master (IM) Danny Rensch and World Grand Master (WGM) Jennifer Shahade. The poker pros will be guided on every move, which should help them avoid any potential embarrassment, and the game will be played using the blitz format of a 10-minute clock plus five-second intervals.
The match will kick off at 4 PM Eastern Time. It will be available on both the Twitch.tv/chess and the Twitch.tv/pokerstars channels.
According to Shahade, "PokerStars Play Chess will be a thrilling meeting of the minds. During the stream, we'll be announcing the winner of the #MyChessPokerGame challenge in dramatic fashion, with one of the six finalists eliminated after every game, until we reveal the winner of the $30K PSPC Platinum Pass. This partner chess game is ideal for pairing celebrity aficionados with chess masters: Danny or I will be the 'brains,' and announce which piece to move, while Liv and Daniel will pick the specific piece and the square. This results in a lot of laughs and unintended consequences."