Ravens John Urschel To Play Chess Against U.S. Champion

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel is not your average football player. During the offseason, Usrchel has been working on his Ph.D at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spoke at a Penn State commencement, and continuing his mathematical research.

This week he will take on a new challenge. Urschel will compete against U.S champion Fabiano Caruana in a chess match for the Liberty Science Center’s “World Blitz Chess Title Bout.”

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The match is part of the center’s Genius Gala and the competition will give the players just seconds to make moves.

Caruana is the third highest-rated chess player of all time, and is the visiting grandmaster and ambassador for the Liberty Science Center’s Chess Works! program.

Caruana has a U.S. chess rating of 2870. Bobby Fischer’s peak rating was 2785. Urschel has a U.S. chess rating of 1601.

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