Summer season winding down

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!

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Lots still to settle

Coral reef won over Ashburn this week while argyles and Kings drew.  Coral reef sit at 2-0 but Kings and argyles control own destiny still.  Ashburn and Tabiya still in title contention but need lots of things to go right.  Round 3 should be: coral reef home vs Kings. Argyles home vs Ashburn.  Tabiya home vs Black knights. Mojo home vs fury.  Lots still to settle in amateur as all four teams only separated by one game point.  For the Open, 6 teams are still in it as CR/Kings/Argyles control own destiny.  Ashburn, Black Knights and Tabiya need to win out AND get help to land a playoff.  The 3rd round will knock out at least 2 teams from contention so it is a key one for all parties involved.  Also, the Reserve Section may have a winner by end of round 3 but still lots of chess left.

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Onto July!

On Friday round 1 concluded.  The coral reef won 4-0 versus the mojo while ashburn won by 3 over black knights.  Ashburn wasn’t in terrific shape early on but pulled out the team win.  Argyles won by a small margin vs tabiya while Kings won easily over fury behind GM Larry Kaufman.  Next round coral reef and ashburn face off while Kings face argyles.  All 4 look like contenders and next match is July 12 at ACC.

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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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