DCCL 2016 Mid-season Update

Below is a detailed mid-season update by DCCL long time participant NM Andy Tichenor.

This winter season has been an action packed season for both the open and amateur sections.  Many new faces have entered the league but still the dominant teams remain the traditional teams.

With the open section, Coral Reef are 4-0 and have obtained clutch performances from the lower boards so far.  However, they have a tough road ahead with Sterling, Kings and Argyles among others.

A slip-up makes it a dogfight until the end.  Sterling has been a pleasant surprise as nice start to the season.  Their season will be tested in the next 2 matches against Coral Reef and Argyles.

The Argyles and Kings have little room for error but with very talented rosters, they are capable of beating any team in DCCL.

Rook and Roll has shown they are a force to be reckoned with by pulling off the upset against Ashburn.

For Ashburn, Black Knights, Fury and Mojo, playing the spoiler and having fun are the main goals.

Over in the Amateur section, GMU continues to dominate all competitors by rolling out to a 4-0 start, which is at least 1.5 points ahead of all other teams.  This team is truly the New England Patriots as consistent division winners.

Silver Knights U21 has put together a fine season and still has a say with key match against GMU in February.  The Storm has swept in and putting together a respectable season.

The key matches for winter to determine DCCL champions are:

Sterling vs. Coral Reef Feb 5

Argyles vs. Coral Reef April 8

Kings vs. Coral Reef Feb 19

Kings vs. Argyles March 25

GMU vs. Silver Knights Feb 19

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Also included below is the game Dino Obregon of the Sterling Skewers  vs David Bennett of the Arlington Kings.  The Skewers pulled off the upset and beat the Kings this night 3.5-2.5. I have had the fortune of seeing many of Dino’s games over the years and I think this is one of his very best.  A very high quality game by both participants (Shawn H.)

All notes and comments by Dino Obregon.

DCCL Round 4, Jan 8 2016
[Result “1-0”]
[White Dino Obregon 2010]
[Black David Bennett 2144]
1.e4 d5 { Black seizes the initiative in move one. } 2.exd5 Nf6 { a popular alternative to …Qxd5 } 3.d4 Nxd5 4.Nf3 g6 5.c4 { I like the c & d pawn duo, gaining central space. } 5…Nb6 6.h3 { a key move preventing the annoying bishop pin at g4 } 6…Bg7 7.Nc3 O-O 8.Be3 Nc6 { development of pieces continue } 9.Qd2 e5 { Black pressures the d4 pawn. } 10.d5 { exchanging at e5 doesn’t do anything positive for White } 10…Ne7
dino1 g4
11.g4 { I was familiar with a master game arising from g4.  This gains space on kingside and prevents immediate …Nf5. }
11…f5 12.O-O-O { opposite side castling is fun } 12…fxg4 { clears the f-file } 13.Ng5 { an offensive knight } 13…g3 { Black meets the threat of c5 and Ne6, with g2 resource. } 14.c5 g2 15.Bxg2 { forced } 15…Nc4 16.Qe2 Nxe3 17.fxe3 { The white queen aims to go to c4, at the right time. } 17…Nf5 { with double threat on g3 and g5 }
dino1 h4
18.h4 { Again, I was familiar with a master game featuring a temporary exchange sacrifice after …Ng3.  White goes on to win that game tactically with Qc4, d6, etc. }
18…h6 19.Ne6 Bxe6 { forced } 20.dxe6 Qe7 21.Be4 c6 { …Qxc4 was possible.  …c6 prevents Bd5 tactic after …Qxe6. } 22.Bxf5 gxf5 { prevents knight activity } 23.Rd6 { Rd7 was also fine. } 23…Rf6 { This might have been the first mistake. } 24.Qc4 Re8 { doesn’t accomplish anything;  …Kh8 may have been better but White is in control. } 25.Rg1 { nasty threat now on d7 and g7;  Black can’t take on e6.  Black king is in the light square diagonal. } 25…Qf8 { Black wants to play …Re7.  e7+ does not work yet. } 26.Ne2 { The last piece joins the action.  He is headed towards h5. } 26…Kh8 27.Ng3 Rg6 { Black blunders and flags at his next move. }
dino e7
28.e7 { g6 rook is hanging and Black loses material.  Without …Rg6, Nh5 would also be decisive. }
1-0

 

 

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