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2014 King's Cup Commentary: Round 25
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Round 25 Auto-Commentary
Nigel Richards (NZL) stays in the lead for the 6th consecutive round, 21-4 +2179, on an 8-game winning streak. Worasit Suksansumran (THA) is 3 games behind at 18-7 +505, still at #2 for 3 rounds. Panupol Sujjayakorn (THA) is 3.5 games behind the leader at 17.5-7.5 +1444, unchanged at #3 for 3 rounds.
In Class S: Bob Jackman (AUS) is the lead, 16-9 +865. Karen Richards (AUS) is 3 games behind at 13-12 +635, #25 up from #31. Tony Sim (SGP) is +546, #26 falling from #23. Rodney Talbot (AUS) is -261, #33 down from #28. Ron Baginski (AUS) is -417, #35 down from #29. Jin Chor Tan (MYS) is 4 games behind the leader at 12-13 +297, #37 down from #32. John Barker (AUS) is -310, #43 tumbling from #38.
High Win: Manop Phiphatboonserm (THA) 520-316 vs. Thitipol Barameemuang (THA). Low Win: Siu Hean Cheah (SGP) 330-326 vs. Jessie Lim (SGP). High Loss: Jin Chor Tan (MYS) 423-432 vs. Sanjoy Gupta (IND). Low Loss: Paul Cartman (Eng) 283-371 vs. Amnuay Ploysangngam (THA).
Nigel Richards (NZL) and Worasit Suksansumran (THA) will begin the day by playing two games with each other at Board 1. These two rounds are both Swiss-paired, based on Round 24 standings. Because the top six players are spread out from 20-4 to 15-9, they are effectively already playing King-of-the-Hill.
Nigel opens the game with the self-descriptive PHWOAR, giving Worasit a place to play KEX for a 4-point lead. They trade bingoes: UNPAGED (91) and TEARERS (77); then Nigel plays SNOUTIER (77) for an 87-point lead. Two turns later, Nigel bingoes WAREHOUS (78) from a W - it's the plural of WAREHOU, a type of fish from his native New Zeland, not a truncation of WAREHOUSE. His post-bingo draw though is AEEIIII, while Worasit has a blank and (not surprisingly) six consonants. Nigel dumps, Worasit fishes. Two turns later, Worasit bingoes with DOLLiES and trails by 41. Worasit ends up losing a fairly close game, 444-389, and now has to win at least three of his four remaining games, against tough opposition.
Nigel is almost certain to make it to the finals; Worasit really needs to maintain his amazing performance above rating expectation to qualify - the statistics still favour third-ranked Panupol Sujjayakorn (THA).
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