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2011 King's Cup Commentary: Round 23
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Komol Panyasophonlert (THA) starts the round with a two-game lead over Siu Hean Cheah (SGP) and Thacha Koowirat (THA), a three-game lead over Odette Carmina Rio (PHL) and Charnrit Khongthanarat (THA), and a four-game lead over Alastair Richards (AUS), Jakkrit Klaphajone (THA), Nigel Richards (NZL), Russell Honeybun (AUS) and Thanapong Kukiettikulchai (THA) with five games left to play. The last three of those rounds will be KOTH with infinite repeats, so the chances of those last players making it to the two-player finals are slim. If pairings went deeper into the field, they could hope that leaders might lose to players much lower-ranked opponents and slow all the top players down to where they could be overtaken. With KOTH pairings, they'll have a hard time breaking into the lead.
Especially if the leaders keep winning, as they are wont to do. Komol beats Jakkrit 536-390 and Cheah beats Thacha 459-417. So now Komol has a two-game lead over Cheah, three games over Thacha and four games over Alastair, Nigel, Odette and Charnrit with four games left to play.
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