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Devil to Play

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On a steamy Tuesday in mid-June, Gabler's team overwhelms a 4.5-level team from Highlands Ranch. With the win, they effectively clinch the league title and earn a spot in the upcoming state championships this August. It is barely halfway into the season.

The win gives Gabler no real pleasure. "If we could get a free pass to the regionals, I'd take it in a minute," he says. "You think we like to go out and kill people one-and-one? No. We would like to play against good players."

"In a way," he adds, "I understand guys like Van De Hey. They don't want to see the same team--my team--going to the nationals every year. Would you want to see the Yankees win every year? So why not just start rating people correctly?

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