At the half-way point in Open Section, the Argyles sit at 4/4 while Tabiya is 3.5/4. They face each other in May. Argyles still projected to win title but a win here would make the league title a wrap. Coral Reef and Kings sit at 3rd and 4th respectively but both teams have not had the seasons they envisioned. Interestingly, two GM’s played this week in DCCL in Michael Brown squeeking out a win over Larry Kaufman. The rest of the field includes the Black Knights, Beardogs, Fury, and Mojo in that order. The Chesapeake Open is next weekend and worth a look. Also, ACC is running lots of events this year too.
The argyles won a tough match versus their rival in the Kings by 4-2. Key wins by Marcelino and rea sealed the deal. Potomac beardogs got their first win of season over fury by slim margin. Beardogs could pile up some more wins as season goes along. Only Tabiya is with a half point of argyles but they face off in March. If argyles win that one, there is scenarios where they officially clinch league title with 2 rounds to spare which is very rare!
It certainly was a cold night for Argyles and Kings as the Argyles won by smallest of margins over Potomac Beardogs who sprung the big upset on board 6. A draw on board 5 was enough for Argyles to clinch the match. For the Kings, they got off to a good start but Tabiya Technologies roared back on boards 2-4 and tied them. The Kings cannot afford a loss in December if they wish to keep the Argyles within distance for a playoff matchup. It is a big match for both squads and feels like we might see some surprise additions roll in.
For GM Michael Brown, he won in under 60 minutes on board 1 which might be some sort of record. Definitely the strongest player overall on any team this year. However, Coral Reef kept their composure to win a close match versus Mojo. Black Knights won over Fury in a 7 on 7 match which is rare. For the Argyles, a win next month will put some serious distance over them and the field. Tabiya Technologies has to be pleased at 1.5/2 with the Kings AND Coral Reef both done. If they can keep similar squad out, a top 3 finish is very likely.
On the night of World Series, the argyles won by 2 points over black knights led by wins from FM Allan savage, NM Geoff McKenna and NM Andy rea. They turn their attention to Potomac Beardogs who did great on top boards but were swept on bottom 3 to lose by a margin of 3 to Kings. Tabiya technology got a key win from Zachary Martin early and hung on to defeat coral reef. Their match with Kings is most significant one in November, Josh hiban got a big win and Tabiya amateur easily won their match to get out to a solid start.
As the autumn leaves begin to fall, one can see the winter season on the horizon. This year, we swap out Ashburn Open for Chesapeake Open. Ashburn’s exit changes the dynamics of the team at the top as Arlington Kings and Tabiya Technology picked up a few additions. Both move comfortably into top half of open section. Among the teams there are three tiers:
Major Contenders: Argyles, Kings, Coral Reef: Lineups are loaded with NM’s, FM’s, IM’s and even GM’s. It is very likely one of these teams win the winter title. Matches against each other surely have been circled on the calendar.
Dark Horse Contenders: Tabiya Technology and Fury: Both teams are capable of beating a major contender on a good day but the overall strength is weaker than top 3 teams.
Rest of Field: Black Knights, Mojo, Chesapeake Beardogs: Teams are more U2100 level players getting good experience and practice. Mojo are most tricky to play of three teams as they do have GM Michael Brown on board.
For round 1: Argyles travel to Black Knights – Argyles go in as favorites but the dreaded road trip could lend itself to a potential upset if things go wrong.
Tabiya face Coral Reef – Coral Reef go in as slight favorites and it figures to be a close match.
Kings face Chesapeake Beardogs while Fury face Mojo – Kings and Fury are favored to land the win.
Biggest match in October is definitely Tabiya versus Coral Reef. A win goes a long way for either team.
Biggest match of season is in December when the Argyles face the Kings. If you want to be a spectator this season, that match is the one to see.
Here are base of players for each team (not in rating order):
IM Enkhbat Tegshsuren
FM Jason Morefield
FM Andy Samuelson
NM William Marcelino
FM Allan Savage
NM Akshay Indusekar
NM Geoff McKenna
NM Narciso Victoria
NM Andy Rea
NM Ken Chieu
NM Frank Gomez
GM Larry Kaufman
NM Mahbub Shahalam
NM David Bennett
NM Robert Cousins
NM Richard Tan
NM Andrew Tichenor
NM Scott Webster
NM Milo Nekvesil
NM Ken John
IM Eugene Meyer
FM John Meyer
NM Greg Acholonu
NM Sal Rosario
NM Leif Karell
FM Larry Gilden
NM Phil Collier
NM Nikolas Theiss
NM Isaac Chiu
NM Daniel Lowinger
NM Rahul Swaminathan
NM Tom Beckman
NM Tim Hamilton
GM Michael Brown
NM Shawn Hoshall
NM Oliver Kayende
NM Daniel Maxwell
Evan ling Paul Yavari Thomas shupe Nicholas Thomas
For September, the Argyles easily won against the Coral Reef thus they the summer season champions. The key guy was FM Andy Samuelson to lead their team to victory throughout the season.
The Kings won a close match against Tabiya Technology to nab 3rd place overall and finish on a strong note.
For Ashburn Open, it was their final match in existence against the Mojo as the team has disbanded effective today. Ashburn won 4 winter titles in 10 tries which is the highest mark for this decade.
The main causes on why the team dissolved were the following:
1) Younger players outgrew DCCL – Some of the younger players had ratings pushing as high as 2500 USCF and numerous ones within the 2250+ range. Three of the Open teams could give the younger players good matches, however the other four teams didn’t match up rating wise with the top juniors so they devoted their time to other events. It is a tough sell for any captain to convince a younger player to play for 4+ hours on Friday evening against someone 300 points below.
2) Older players had personal matters come in the way – Numerous older players had family matters that took away from time in DCCL. The older players did very well from 2010 to 2017 however lives change and take time away from chess. Also, Ashburn had a few adults move away such as FM Dov Gorman and Vinay Doma (who were very critical to Ashburn’s success) and those players were never replaced.
3) Other interests – Some of the other adults simply decided to play in larger events only and thought games went too long. Lower rated players love to play people much higher rated for the challenge but after a while, it can be a chore for their opposition to play them with no financial inventive.
The players from Ashburn will either disperse to other teams or simply focus on larger events. It was a great run by Ashburn Open but all good things must come to an end.
Coral reef and argyles face off in September with coral reef having draw odds to win summer title. Should be an epic match. Kings and tabiya square off to determine 3rd overall. Chesapeake beardogs need only a draw next match. Otherwise there will be a playoff in amateur section. Potomac and Atlantic open in August so check them out!