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2014 King's Cup Commentary: Round 3
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Round 3 Auto-Commentary
Gerald Carter (Eng) stays in the lead, 3-0 +713, on a 3-game winning streak. Nigel Richards (NZL) is +532, on a 3-game winning streak, remaining steady at #2. Puttapong Moonsarn (THA) is +488, on a 3-game winning streak, #3 climbing from #7. Odette Carmina Rio (PHL) is +468, on a 3-game winning streak, #4 climbing from #10. Charae Worapotpisut (THA) is +423, on a 3-game winning streak, #5 falling from #3. Jakkrit Klaphajone (THA) is +358, on a 3-game winning streak, remaining unchanged at #6. Taewan Sutthasin (THA) is +328, on a 3-game winning streak, #7 up from #11. Preedee Khongthanarat (THA) is +276, on a 3-game winning streak, #8 climbing from #9. Rodney Talbot (AUS) is +92, on a 3-game winning streak, #9 rising from #17. Panupol Sujjayakorn (THA) is 0.5 games behind at 2.5-0.5 +307, #10 jumping up from #18.
High Win: Odette Carmina Rio (PHL) 628-325 vs. Bundit Chomkularb (THA). Low Win: Graham Buckingham (Eng) 353-319 vs. Apirat Choomai (THA). High Loss: Kien Hung Yeo (MYS) 433-538 vs. Charnwit Sukhumrattanaporn (THA). Low Loss: Orrakanya Pichairattanapong (THA) 261-504 vs. Gerald Carter (Eng).
I was called over to Board 32 this round for a rules adjudication without parallel in my 16 years of directorial experience. Marut Siriwangso (THA) and Kedarnath Awati (IND) realized about a third of the way through their game that they had been drawing from two identical bags containing identical tiles. I considered briefly telling them that they had to continue doing so for the rest of the game to see if they could fit 200 tiles on the board (not likely); instead, I took all the remaining unplayed tiles in both bags, and returned to them a bag containing only those tiles that would not exceed the standard distribution when combined with the tiles already played.
Gerald Carter (Eng) is probably fine with our having continued the tournament for a third round, his previous round's objections notwithstanding.
During this round, we finally had time to finish setting up the big scoreboard screens and our local area network. That means that we can stop printing up the results and pairings, and I can concentrate on writing and editing while Visan beside me does remote data entry to my laptop.
When the dust of registration has settled, it looks like we have 69 players competing this year; the 6-player Zambian team was a no-show. There are 36 foreigners from 10 different countries playing, in addition to 33 Thai players.
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