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2014 King's Cup Commentary: Round 15

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Round 15 Auto-Commentary

Panupol Sujjayakorn (THA) remains in the lead now for 7 rounds, 12.5-2.5 +1364. Nigel Richards (NZL) is 0.5 games behind at 12-3 +1514, unchanged at #2 for 7 rounds. Komol Panyasophonlert (THA) is 1.5 games behind the leader at 11-4 +961, on a 5-game winning streak, #3 up from #4. Odette Carmina Rio (PHL) is +835, on a 3-game winning streak, #4 rising from #5. Ming Hui Hubert Wee (SGP) is +626, #5 sliding from #3. Worasit Suksansumran (THA) is +454, on a 4-game winning streak, hovering at #6.

High Win: Marlon Prudencio (PHL) 542-300 vs. Sinatarn Pattanasuwa (THA). Low Win: Kedarnath Awati (IND) 361-298 vs. John Barker (AUS). High Loss: Panupol Sujjayakorn (THA) 453-494 vs. Komol Panyasophonlert (THA). Low Loss: Paul Cartman (Eng) 268-484 vs. Sitthichoke Boonsiriphan (THA).

Playing on the giant robot board this round: Somphong Phosai (THA) and Dorai Raja (SGP).

John Barker (AUS) continues to test my improvisatory adjudication skills. Several turns before I came to the board, attracted by a miasma of confusion rather than a formal director's call, an S had apparently fallen off from A1, where it had been part of SOZ. Barker apparently picked it up and put it on his rack. He and Kedarnath Awati (IND) then noticed that OZ* was on the board, and tried to figure out what had happened and what to do. Barker had just played the stray S to make JESS, playing four tiles and drawing the three remaining tiles in the bag, one of which was the blank, in a close game.

I ruled as follows. The stray S returns to its original location. The JES are returned to Barker's possession, but not his rack. The blank that he readily admitted he had just drawn joins the JES in front of him, from which Awati would choose two tiles to return to the bag and two to give to Barker. Barker would then score zero for his illegal play of JESS, and it would be Awati's turn.

A local expat resident comes by to take a look at what we are doing here, playing games in the middle of a shopping mall, after a friend of his saw us yesterday and told him he had to see for himself.

Panupol Sujjayakorn's (THA) 6-game winning streak comes to an end with his second loss of the event, 453-494 to Komol Panyasophonlert (THA).

Thanatchaporn Thiankarojanakul (THA) upset Sanjoy Gupta (IND) in a 440-438 game, overcoming the 942-point rating difference between her 704 rating and his 1646.

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