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MISO 2011 Commentary: Round 16
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Evan leads the event on 12½ wins, and is playing tenth-ranked David partly because we're pairing Portland Swiss (based on results from Round 14 to speed up turnaround), and partly because we're at that part of the tournament where Chew pairings give long shot contenders in the top twelve one last chance to bring down the king of the hill. Unfortunately for David, he loses that chance, 460-363. David gets down the first three bingoes, but scores poorly as he tries to balance his rack between them, and when the third one (the phoney anagram of SUIVANTE#, which wouldn't have played itself) comes off the board, he's trailing 304-313. David then loses two more turns desperately playing more phoney bingoes before getting caught with a blank and six letters on his rack at the end.
Evan's lead widens with his win, as Mikki Nicholson (Eng) loses 377-495 to Carmel Dodd (AUS) and Yi En Gan (DEU) loses 375-473] to Chinedu Nosike Okwelogu (NGA). So with one round to go today, Evan is on 13½ wins, Mikki, Yi En and Carmel on 11 wins, and Helen Gipson (Sco), Chinedu and Kevin Synnott (Eng) are on 10 wins.
In Division B, Margaret Armstrong (Eng) beats Linda Barratt (Eng) 406-357 but does not pull further away from Jim Wilkie (Sco), who beats Joe Caruana (MLT) 440-406 to stay three games back. One more game behind are Geoff Cooper (Eng) and Maureen Hoch (ISR); five games off Margaret's pace at 10-6 are Catalin Caba (ROM), Brid Ni Bhriain (IRL), Albert Zammit (MLT) and Jim Lyes (Eng).
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