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MISO 2011 Commentary: Round 21
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In the annotated game at Board 1, it's Evan Cohen (ISR) vs. Carmel Dodd (AUS). This is the last round before the lunch break, after which we will play three more rounds. Evan has a 1½-game lead over Helen Gipson (Sco), Yi En Gan (DEU) and Carmel, and a 2½-game lead over Mikki Nicholson (Eng). Evan plays Carmel for a second time, and Yi En plays Helen for a second time. Mikki plays Theresa Brousson (MLT), who still may have a remote chance of winning. None of the underdogs win, so after this round, it's Evan 16½, Helen 15, Yi En 14, unchanged in ranking from last round.
In Division B, Margaret Armstrong (Eng) is still playing with Jim Wilkie (Sco) until one of them wins the tournament. With a three-game lead, she only needs to win one game, and she does it this round: she will be Gibsonized after lunch. It was a close game that cost Jim his chance, 410-408, and now he has to fight off contenders for second place. Gila Blits (ISR) is only one game behind him, and two games back are Catalin Caba (ROM), Albert Zammit (MLT) and Pauline Cilia (MLT).
I try to take a break, but get swept into talks about Scrabble politics instead.
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