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MISO 2011 Commentary: Round 19
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In the annotated game at Board 1, it's Evan Cohen (ISR) vs. Yi En Gan (DEU). It's Yi En's first game at Board 1, and I suspect his first time being annotated, but he looks happy and excited rather than nervous. Evan draws a blank and six consonants on his opening rack, is reported by the annotators to have traded seven tiles and drawn two blanks, but I strongly suspect that he kept one blank. His second rack gave him an 80-point bingo, with a 58-point bingo reply from Yi En, and they off to a good start. Evan scored 50 points with the Z and then 60 points with the Q to open up a wide lead, before bingoing AEROSAT late in the game to finish Yi En off 454-318. I hope he'll be back soon.
Evan started the round at 14½-3½, 1½ ahead of Yi En and Carmel Dodd (AUS). Carmel beat top seed Mikki Nicholson (Eng) at Board 2, 469-403, so she doesn't fall further behind. Helen Gipson (Sco) wins an important game 438-412 against Terry Kirk (Eng) to sneak into third place on spread, and Mikki, now on 12-7 is probaby out of the running for first place. There are five games to go, and assuming Evan wins even two of them, Carmel needs to go 4-1, and Helen and Yi En need to win the rest of their games.
In Division B, Margaret Armstrong (Eng) is one round closer to possible Gibsonization. She beats Brid Ni Bhriain (IRL) 475-398 and is 18-1. Jim Wilkie (Sco) follows closer than anyone else now, at 14-5 after beating Geoff Cooper (Eng) 451-346, and could well be Gibsonized into second place. There are five games to go, and the only person who can catch Margaret is Jim, so they will play each other for the rest of the day, or until Margaret clinches first place.
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