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MISO 2011 Commentary: Round 20
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In the annotated game at Board 1, it's Evan Cohen (ISR) vs. Helen Gipson (Sco). The tournament gets more interesting, as Helen beats Evan 469-346, narrowing Evan's lead to 1½ games and only two points of spread.
At Board 3, Mikki Nicholson (Eng) beats Jojo Delia (MLT) 586-274 and is the only person at 13-7. Her +1255 spread is the largest in the division, and gives him about a 1% chance of winning the event: she's not totally out of the running yet, but needs to win all four of his remaining games, and have the other top players all lose to underdogs.
A late correction has been reported and accepted to a game played between Maureen Hoch (ISR) and Pauline Cilia (MLT) in Round 16 yesterday. A ten-point adjustment to the score gives Pauline a one-point win rather than a nine-point loss. Pairings will not be adjusted.
Jim Wilkie (Sco) beats Margaret Armstrong (Eng) to keep his hopes of winning the event alive: Margaret is not yet Gibsonized, so they will keep playing each other. Jim is only the second person (the other was Brid Ni Bhriain (IRL)) to beat Margaret so far; Margaret is 18-2 +1263 to Jim's 15-5 +622 with four rounds to go. Jim needs to win all four of his remaining games to win the division.
Two games behind Jim, and still within reach of him, is Gila Blits (ISR) at 13-7 +729. Behind her at 12-8 are Brid, Maureen, Albert Zammit (MLT), Jim Lyes (Eng), Josephine Mayo (MLT) and Pauline, all of whom are still in contention for third place and conceivably second.
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