Chud leads after three rounds
Rain in August? It's battered the Blue Glove Open schedule in the first few weeks of the fall season, from which Jeremy Chud has emerged as Group A leader thanks to outstanding play---as well as coaches getting the courts ready after the downpours.
Chud started with two wins in Week 2 and hasn't shied away from doubleheaders, nor challenging opponents. He's dispatched Group A rivals Kaeya Patel and Bora Barclay (the latter in the tightest of matches, 8-7), while falling with no shame (also 8-7) to Vassiliki Margas, who rejoins the BGO this fall and has eyes on the title.
Ray Zhang took advantage of the back-end of Chud's doubleheader Sunday to notch his first win in the BGO, 8-2, and announce his candidacy for the Group A final. Time will tell whether fatigue led to the lopsided polls, and if Zhang will be around in November or bow out in Iowa.
Rumor is that after the fall season, which will be the longest in BGO history and end with November 14 championships, the winter season will move indoors. So the grand slams aren't the only tournaments building roofs to get their play in.
See our Power Rankings and final group standings for the summer below.
BGO Power Rankings - August 31, 2021
Currently registered players among the overall top 50 only.
BGO Group Standings - August 31, 2021
Top two from each group automatically qualify for group final.
Players are ranked by points (three for win, one for draw), then wins, percentage of games won, and games won.