This weekend is Northern Virginia Open nearby which is a solid event worth checking out. Fun will surely be had by all who attend. Next week, we enter week 2 of DCCL as several big matches on horizon. Let’s take a look at keys to match:
- Get IM Meyer out there and obtain at least a draw overall for Coral Reef. IM Meyer is top 5 overall in DCCL but he shifts other players down boards which benefits Coral Reef.
- Take care of business against the 2200 base Coral Reef players for Ashburn. Ashburn goes in as favorites on these boards but needs to take care of business.
- Do not hand away a win on board 6. Lots of times the story of a match is written on board 6. Higher variability in chances for decisive results the lower the ratings are.
- For Kings, win on board 1. Sets tone for match. If Larry Kaufman is in there, will be very tough for Gilden to win as Kaufman always well prepared.
- For Tabiya, get the wins on boards 3 and 4. This area is where Tabiya might out-rate Kings so take advantage of it.
- Do not give away points. Question becomes does anyone get sloppy early and concede defeat on a lower board? If so, changes dynamics as draws might be all one side needs to secure match.
- For Argyles, hold on 1. They have big rating edges on remaining boards that will be harder for Fury to overcome.
- For Fury, do not get into bad positions early. The Argyles play as a team and can sense very well when conservative play is needed to clinch.
- For Fury, get out a strong lineup. Argyles are very good overall and a middle-of-the-road type lineup will at best get a draw.
- For Black Knights, get out to potential early lead. Early victory on a lower board can lead to top boards playing solid to secure win.
- For Mojo, play with aggression. Going in as underdogs, you have to take some chances to win.
- For Mojo, treat this match as must-win. This one is better chance to win than lets say Argyles or Kings down the road. Play with passion and inspiration.