It is effectively a two-team race in Open section as Coral Reef got another win and Argyles had the bye. Ashburn’s chances to defend their title are bleak as a draw last match versus Kings coupled with poor tiebreaks puts them in a bad spot. Black Knights routed Sterling and the Lightning got back on track with a win versus Fury. The key match left is Argyles-Coral Reef in April. Argyles likely will have better tiebreaks at end of season which could play a role in potential playoff. Ashburn would need 1) Coral Reef to lose to Sterling 2) Coral Reef beats Argyles 3) Ashburn wins out: for them to have any realistic shot at a playoff. The other teams are playing for pride now.
For Amateur section, it is more complicated as BK/Rockville/Blitzkrieg are all close to each other in the standings. Each team can make a compelling argument they are the team to beat but matches in March and April will go a long way to settling that. For next week, USATE is slated in New Jersey and this month, the GW Open returns for many avid fans of DC area chess. Hoping everyone has a good President’s day weekend.