Several DCCL have competed in notable events in July so far and here are accomplishments.
For World Open:
Zachary Martin, Richard Tan and Jason Liang finished top 15 in U2200 section.
Adam Friedman finished top 10 in U1800 section for a nice payment of $800.
Philip Newcomb bought home the cheddar by obtaining 2nd among U1700 participants for a cool $1,000!
For National Events:
Be sure to follow IM Praveen Balakrishnan as he competes in US Junior Championship as it is very tough field. FM Jennifer Yu heads into US Junior Women’s Championship as top seed and a good chance to win the title.
For Local Events:
ACC Saturday Action plus is this weekend with two heavy hitters entered in FM Andy Samuelson and NM Andy Huang so come out and support ACC.
Potomac Open starts next week and is a bit unusual as U2300 and U2100 class sections exist.
Washington International next month will feature a who’s who of US talent so a great spectator event.
In the first round, the Argyles took advantage of big rating edges on boards 3 and 4 and won their match over Fury. Kings managed to squeeze out a win against Black Knights led by heroics of David Slack on board 4. Coral Reef and Sterling had a close match and the draw was a predictable result. Ashburn slipped up with a draw against Mojo after Bill Carroll turned a lost position into a won position. In Amateur section, Blitzkrieg took out the new team Cereal Killers while Kingfishers (missing two boards) still drew the BK Amateur squad. Next round all games will be at ACC.
For second round, here is how things shake down:
Argyles-Kings: Key to this match is availability of Jeremy Kane and Larry Kaufman. If they can play, this affair will be a very tough one for Argyles. However, if both are missing then Argyles have huge edges across the four boards.
Coral Reef-Mojo: In theory, Coral Reef should be big favorites but with a slip up on board 3 or 4, a draw is possible.
Ashburn-Sterling: Ashburn needs to get out its 2200+ base to ensure victory here.
Black Knights-Fury: A side note is Black Knights will be forced to play at ACC in August as one cannot have three of same color consecutively. This pairing twist is a sigh of relief for the ACC based teams.
For Amateur section there is a match set on July 13 for 4 of the 5 teams. Right now, Blitzkrieg appear best of the bunch. Lots of World Open events this week and safe travels this week for all chess players on vacation.
Arlington Fury Arlington Argyles
Coral Reef Sterling Sacs
Black Knights Open Arlington Kings
Ashburn Road To Mastery Morphy’s Mojo
Assuming no extra teams, here would be matchups. Home teams to be determined. Argyles – Fury. Coral reef – Sterling. Kings-Black knights. Ashburn – mojo.