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2014 King's Cup Commentary: Round 20
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Round 20 Auto-Commentary
Nigel Richards (NZL) seizes the lead, 16-4 +1883, on a 3-game winning streak. Panupol Sujjayakorn (THA) is 0.5 games behind at 15.5-4.5 +1525, #2 down from #1. Komol Panyasophonlert (THA) is 2 games behind the leader at 14-6 +876, on a 3-game winning streak, #3 improving from #4. Akkarapol Khwansak (THA) is +603, on a 5-game winning streak, #4 rising from #5. Worasit Suksansumran (THA) is +278, #5 rising from #7.
In Class S: Bob Jackman (AUS) is the lead, 12-8 +438. Rodney Talbot (AUS) is -3, #19 climbing from #21. Ron Baginski (AUS) is 1 game behind at 11-9 -315, #27 dropping from #22. Tony Sim (SGP) is 2 games behind the leader at 10-10 +585, #28 down from #23. Jin Chor Tan (MYS) is +75, on a 3-game losing streak, #34 dropping from #29. Paul Richards (AUS) is -197, #39 tumbling from #32. Thavatchai Thivavarnvongs (THA) is -270, #40 dropping from #34.
High Win: Nigel Richards (NZL) 551-390 vs. Odette Carmina Rio (PHL). Low Win: Orrakanya Pichairattanapong (THA) 376-309 vs. Maneeda Tanasanvimol (THA). High Loss: Kien Hung Yeo (MYS) 469-502 vs. Puttapong Moonsarn (THA). Low Loss: Paul Cartman (Eng) 284-410 vs. Catherine Tong (SGP).
The FlipTimer in use at the Board 1 game between Komol Panyasophonlert (THA) and Panupol Sujjayakorn (THA) reset itself early in the game. It's not particularly noteworthy, as they tend to do this once in every 100 hours or so of use; we're short clocks right now though because they're being used in student divisions, so we're keeping a close eye on the situation and considering switching to iOS devices.
At Board 19, Thitipol Barameemuang (THA) accidentally spilled the last two tiles out of the bag while counting them on his turn, exposing an I. Since a strict application of WESPA v2 rules in this situation would result in no penalty to him (spilled tiles are deemed to be overdrawn, and the rule would call for them to be viewed and returned) despite the valuable strategic information he gleaned about the bag contents, I instead explained and applied NASPA Rule IV.B.5.c.3 (Late Game Overdrawing), which calls for the two tiles to be placed on opponent Karen Richards's (AUS) rack, and her then returning two of her now nine tiles to the bag without showing them to Thitipol. This penalizes Thitipol for his carelessness by putting worse tiles in the bag for him to draw, and also eliminates the advantage he had of knowing one of the tiles in the bag.
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