August 1 Updates

In Wisconsin this week, IM Praveen Balakrishnan repeated as Denker champion while NM Andy Huang won the Barber title.  Both are impressive achievements and the state of Virginia finished with the highest total when you take into account female championship too.  Way to go Virginia!  In DCCL news, Kings won a big match over Argyles propelled by a win by NM David Bennett in a complicated position.  The win puts them in clear first at 2-0 while Coral Reef and Ashburn took care of business to be tied for second now.  The Fury-Black Knights ended in a draw.  The Kings face Coral Reef while Argyles-Ashburn square off.  Kings can afford a draw but the other three are near must win situations with little margin of error.  For Amateur section, two contenders are realistically left in Blitzkrieg and Cereal Killers.  Blitzkrieg has at least a playoff if they win and draw next two rounds.  The Storm match for them is tricky though in August.  The playoff picture will be clearer after August 17.


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