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  • Writer's pictureMichael Augsberger

Finals spots on the line

Updated: Mar 26, 2022

Blue Glove Open: Week 16

David Gong, Tomas Mulita, and Valentine Parrella have prime opportunities to take finals positions this week, with Decision Day sifting the top two in each group from the rest.

Last week, Ariana Ipakchi solidified her lead in Group C and her finals spot by defeating two Group B opponents, on top of additional Travel Team tours of duty. Ipakchi earns Player of the Week honors.

Alvaro Orlove's back injury prevented him from taking multiple wins last weekend, and Yael Lan's 7-6 victory once he did recover places her ahead of Solomon Ravitz for the Group B finals spot. It leaves Orlove in a tie with JT Mathura for second.

Now six players in Group B will contend for that last berth. Parrella plays Bora Barclay, and Mulita has two chances, one against group leader Renata Cavallo, the other against Carter Mills.

Gong will take on Asher Roush, who played him to the final bell last time out, for a date with Ipakchi in the Group C final.

Decision Day scenarios:

Group A: Chud is a shoo-in. Mathura and Orlove will battle it out for more wins on Decision Day, but Orlove would have to do more than just match Mathura, who has a significantly better win percentage.

Group B: Almost anyone’s race. Cavallo extended her lead last week and will meet one of the following: Lan's win over Orlove places her just ahead of a tied Ravitz and Mulita, Ravitz’s better percentage giving him an edge. But Parrella and Kali Mathura have chances with a win this week, and so does Cole Piraino. Lan faces Lukas Nuxoll to seal the deal.

Group C: Ipakchi leads. Gong and Hoffman trail and are tied with 4 wins, but Gong’s draw places him just ahead. Hoffman would need a draw or win to overtake.

Group D: Elina Ipakchi leads. Julia Ross and John Ozenci are in prime position, but Razi, Deniz, Peterson, Asher could all catch a spot. Ozenci may have a stronger CV, but he needs a win or draw to overtake. They just need matches to play—all have only won once.

Join us for our race to Decision Day (March 25-27) and WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND (April 1-3) when the Group Finals will be played. Continue the journey through the winter with our outdoor BGO matches, Bethesda CC indoor training and matches, and our BGO-fueled Travel Team Plus!

BGO Power Rankings - March 25, 2022

Currently registered players among the top 50 overall.

BGO Winter Group Standings - March 25, 2022

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.

Game scores are not included for wins by higher group players against lower group players.

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