June Preview

With the open summer season, 8 teams will compete.  4 rounds with one each month.

Here are match-ups and thoughts:

Argyles (Away) – Tabiya (Home)  – Argyles go in as favorites but it is a tricky match-up for them as Gilden is FM capable of beating basically anyone in DCCL and a draw by Collier would go a long way to pulling off the upset.  Victor Guzman on board 3 will be ready to go.

Ashburn (Home) – Black Knights (Away) – Historically, Ashburn has performed below expected level in round 1 of summer.  Perhaps this year the team gets off on right foot with a win here.  Ashburn has all games at ACC this summer.

Kings (Away) – Fury (Home) – This one feels like a coin flip as drew match-up this winter and both teams fairly evenly matched.

Coral Reef (Home) – Mojo (Away) – If Mojo can get a win from David Siamon and Jim Guill shows his magic, the upset is definitely in play.  Winning on board 4 is critical for Coral Reef to win this match.

Several nuggets of information:

  • Black Knights hurt on schedule as round 2 would be at home but all matches at ACC in July. Possible only true home match is in September.
  • Round 1 and 2 are separated by 14 days. You might see teams shelter their top players for the round 2 matches.
  • Round 2 determined by match results and then board points. For example, if CR and Argyles were 3.5/4 and Ashburn was 3 with Kings at 2.5, CR and Argyles would play in round 2 with Ashburn facing next best seed in Kings.
  • Argyles and Kings unlikely to go to DC as matching colors to BK and not as close in pairings.

 

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Summer Schedule

First round of summer season is June 21 and second round is July 12.

Schedule has two scenarios for open:

Scenario A:  Most Likely
Home Away
Tabiya Argyles
Ashburn Black Knights
Fury Kings
Coral Reef Mojo
Scenario B:  If Ninth Team Joins
Home Away
Tabiya Argyles
Ashburn Black Knights
Fury Kings
Coral Reef New Team
Bye:  Mojo
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Off to summer 2019

If things hold for team registrants, round 1 pairings are argyles-tabiya, ashburn-black knights, kings-fury, and coral reef-mojo.  With the matchups ashburn and Kings have toughest road among the favorites.  First round likely June 21!

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Argyles Win Open Section

The Argyles repeated as winter champions  by defeating Ashburn this week.  They are 8 out of 8 heading into May match with Kings.  Ashburn and Kings finish top 3 regardless of May results.  Next leadership meeting is May 17.  The Summer season begins in June and lasts until September.  Summer season has 4 board matches throughout so it helps the lower rated teams a little bit.  The big things to address in meeting are competitive balance in open section and financial matters.

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Arlington Storm Coming Through!

The Arlington Storm secured the Amateur Section title this past week with a round to spare.  The Black Knights Reserve secured the Reserve Section title this past week with a round to spare.  The Amateur and Reserve Section play out the string in April to close the season out.

For the Open Section, the Argyles face Ashburn once again.  Ashburn needs to realistically win to keep hopes of a playoff alive.  If Ashburn wins, they would face the Kings, if the Kings defeat Tabiya Technologies.  The Ashburn and Argyles team then would face one of Tabiya/Kings/Arlington Fury in second swiss round.  Ashburn likely would have draw odds if there is a playoff game in May.  The Kings match in April carries weight as a tougher opponent for Ashburn or Argyles.  Kings would love to face a chief rival in either team.

DCCL Alumni Jennifer Yu won the US Women’s title in convincing fashion!  Well done as reaches 2450+ USCF in process.  Akshita Gorti and Sabina Foiser (DCCL Alumni) also competed in Women’s Section.  For the men’s title, GM Nakamura won the title by a slim margin over GM Dominguez.  The 2020 US Men’s Olympiad team will be loaded with Caruana-Nakamura-So-Dominguez with one of Shankland/Sevian/Xiong as a reserve.  Only a handful of countries would be able to match up against that team.

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Early March Results

The Argyles and Ashburn dominated the matches versus Coral Reef and Black Knights.  Like legendary WWF wrestler King Kong Bundy who passed away this week, these teams could have demanded a 5 count in their matches.  10-0 against the other teams in the league and will face each other in early April.  Ashburn needs to win next match versus Arlington Fury to remain in the hunt for title as going in 1.5 down with 2 rounds left is very tough to overcome.  Tabiya Technologies had a convincing win over Morphy Mojo, whom have had a very rough season.  Perhaps they can turn it around versus Arlington Kings this month.

In Amateur Section, it is truly a four team race as all teams still have mathematical shot at the title with 2 rounds left. VA Open/VA Scholastic Championships is soon and DCCL alumni FM Jennifer Yu and FM Akshita Gorti play in US Women’s Championship too.

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February Results

In open section argyles beat Ashburn in a very close match with FM Allan Savage being the lone victory with all other boards drawn.  Ashburn will definitely be rooting for coral reef in March when they face argyles.  Coral reef and Kings won by good margins versus mojo and black knights.  Tabiya had their best result this season by defeating fury.  With the Swiss rounds ahead argyles have best position right now but a draw or loss next match gives Ashburn window to move into first. Over in amateur, blitzkrieg and storm face off soon with lots at stake.  Next match is in 11 days so teams have to be ready for quick turnarounds!

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