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Commentary: Round 1
Division B Round 1 Auto-Commentary
Eileen Meghen (IRL) seizes the lead, 1-0 +211. Kevin Pirotta (MLT) is +207. Josephine Mayo (MLT) is +157. Mary Doyle (IRL) is +153. Anna Borg (MLT) is +127. Mario Seychell (MLT) is +78. Miriam Erez (ISR) is +72. Albert Zammit (MLT) is +71. Joe Caruana (MLT) is +63. John Barker (AUS) is +53.
In Class B: Miriam Erez (ISR) is in the lead, 1-0 +72. George Khamis (AUS) is +39. Rose Kingdom (Eng) is 1 game behind at 0-1 -39. Anne Hough (AUS) is -42. Carmen Stafrace (MLT) is -53. Pauline Cilia (MLT) is -63.
High Win: Mary Doyle (IRL) 508-355 vs. Marlene Calleja (MLT). Low Win: George Newman (Eng) 358-316 vs. Anne Hough (AUS). High Loss: Marlene Calleja (MLT) 355-508 vs. Mary Doyle (IRL). Low Loss: Marion Loewenstein (ISR) 228-439 vs. Eileen Meghen (IRL).
Division A Round 1 Auto-Commentary
Theresa Brousson (MLT) takes the lead, 1-0 +276. David Delicata (MLT) is +126. Mario Saliba (MLT) is +120. Cecil Muscat (MLT) is +101. Phil Kelly (Eng) is +87. Colin Northmore (Eng) is +48. Steve Perry (Eng) is +44. Brid Ni Bhriain (IRL) is +35. Debbe Hossy (ZAF) is +29. Ruth MacInerney (Eng) is +23.
High Win: Theresa Brousson (MLT) 539-263 vs. Maria Scicluna (MLT). Low Win: Ruth MacInerney (Eng) 389-366 vs. Bob Violett (Eng). High Loss: Elisabeth Jardine (Eng) 399-447 vs. Colin Northmore (Eng). Low Loss: Maria Scicluna (MLT) 263-539 vs. Theresa Brousson (MLT).
Our start is unavoidably delayed by half an hour due to last-minute cancellations; we'll make up some of the lost time at lunch.
We have 22 players in the upper division, and 24 players in the lower division, competing for a total of €500 in prizes. The players come from eight countries, thanks to Malta's central location, and the reputation of the event's ten-year history.
I think I may not have been the only overseas player who had some difficulty finding flights to this year's event; after flying in from Frankfurt earlier this week in a plane full of EU functionaries, I learned that Malta is currently in a six-month term of presidency of the European Union, resulting in a huge increase in conference travel to this otherwise extremely popular holiday destination.
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