PRO Chess: Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers

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Welcome to the Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers' Playoff Push!

With the 2018 PRO Chess League  Playoffs just a month away, the Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers are looking to qualify for the first time in team history!

Powered by dynamic duo Alexander Shabalov and Awonder Liang, the Pawngrabbers are poised to punch their ticket into an Atlantic Division playoff spot after wins against powerhouses like St Louis and Montreal.


To get to the postseason, Pittsburgh will need your help as a member of the Pawngrabbers' Booster Club. As a member of our Booster Club, you will receive weekly updates from your favorite PRO Chess League team here on GoFundMe (and by email if requested).

Here are the three different tiers within the Pawngrabbers' Booster Club:
Pawn ($50 or less): Weekly Updates from Pittsburgh's Managers

Knight* ($50-$75): Weekly Updates, Additional Exclusive Pittsburgh Video Coverage, Access to Exclusive Sponsored Content Programs

King* (more than $75): Weekly Updates, Additional Exclusive Pittsburgh Video Coverage, Access to Exclusive Sponsored Content Programs, Free Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers Apparel, Special Events Priority Fan Privileges

*email address required to unlock rewards

If you aren't already, make sure to follow the Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers on Facebook  and Twitter  for more updates. Follow us on Twitch  for streaming updates and replays of our matches!
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Hi all! Our 2018 season came to an end last Tuesday against St Louis, so I wrote a recap for Chess^Summit on why Pittsburgh was uniquely successful in the PRO Chess League this year.

Next year will be tougher now that all of the other teams will no longer underestimate us. To be competitive, we'll need to recruit new GMs and to do that we can use your help! Tell your friends about the Booster Club and let's get a head start on 2019!

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Check out Beilin's latest report on our draw with Miami!

Wow, this was a tough match, but Pittsburgh fans should be happy - this showed us that the backbone of this team is our depth, and even with a 2379 average rating, the Pawngrabbers are a force to be reckoned with.

Next week is the big one - St Louis Archibishops again for our first ever playoff appearance. Anyone else feeling an upset coming again? Let's go Black and Gold!
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We're in the Playoffs! With a 4th place finish today, the Pittsburgh Pawngrabbers get a much needed win and book our spot in the 2018 PRO Chess League Playoff! Wow - it's incredible how much stronger this team has gotten this year!

If you missed our stream, you can catch it here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/232344143

And if you're in the Knight or King Tier, you should have an email with our exclusive video coverage of the event!
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Hi everyone! Super Saturday is tomorrow, which means we get to watch Awonder dominate teams from Europe and Asia!

To celebrate, we're teaming up with ChessOpeningsExplained.com and GM Eugene Perelshteyn to give out free memberships to members of the Pawngrabbers' Booster Club! Even better, we're opening this promotional event up to all current registered members of the Booster Club :D

Here's how it works:
Knight Tier (or greater): 1 year free membership
$5 contributor : 1 month free membership
$10 contributor: 2 month free membership
$15 contributor: 3 month free membership
(...and so forth)

Anyone who becomes a member of the Booster Club by 11:59PM EST tomorrow night is eligible for these prizes!

Already a donor and want to opt in? Register by emailing pghpawngrabbers@gmail.com to let us know the email you want the account attached to!

I'm looking forward to tomorrow - even if it means waking up early! Catch the stream at 10AM EST on our Twitch channel here: www.twitch.tv/napoleonbonaparteiv
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