2016 Cape Town International Scrabble Tournament

February 3–7, 2016

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Commentary: Round 24

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Round 24 Auto-Commentary

Nigel Richards (NZL) stays in the lead for the 18th consecutive round, 21-3 +2498. Dave Wiegand (USA) is 2 games behind at 19-5 +2312, unchanged at #2 for 7 rounds. David Eldar (AUS) is 3.5 games behind the leader at 17.5-6.5 +722, remaining unchanged at #3.

In Class B: Duncan Keet (ZAF) is the lead, 11.5-12.5 +204. Gerald Davids (ZAF) is 0.5 games behind at 11-13 +317, #29 sliding from #26. Gary Birch (ZAF) is -87, #32 slipping from #28. Moses Kibet (ZAF) is -353, #33 falling from #29. Andrew Goldberg (ZAF) is 2 games behind the leader at 9.5-14.5 -274, on a 3-game losing streak, #35 slipping from #34.

High Win: Wellington Jighere (NGA) 587-396 vs. Bright Idahosa (NGA). Low Win: Howard Rayner (ZAF) 368-348 vs. Gerald Davids (ZAF). High Loss: Komol Panyasophonlert (THA) 431-432 vs. Nigel Richards (NZL). Low Loss: Jackie Nortier (ZAF) 280-577 vs. Debbe Hossy (ZAF).

Komol Panyasophonlert (THA) and Nigel Richards (NZL) had a Board 1 rematch. Komol had beaten Nigel 498-454 here in Round 19, the first of the day, to inflict what was only Nigel's second win. Could he do win again?

It took Komol six turns to claw his way into the lead, only to have it snatched away with 15H SLAcKEST (101). Undaunted, he kept up the pressure on Nigel, to where he trailed by only 13 points going into the endgame.

Unfortunately, he was severely short on time, it what turned out to be a tricky endgame, due to the number of multiple overlap plays that were involved in key sequences. With one second left on his clock, he guessed at the wrong one, and ended up losing by a single point.

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