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MISO 2011 Commentary: Round 3
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We almost made our 55-minute turnaround this round: many players did start playing right at 15:20, but there were still two Division B games in progress at that point.
In the Open Division, Mikki Nicholson (Eng) and Terry Kirk (Eng) are playing in the annotated game at Board 1. Mikki opens with OFLAG# (short for Offizierslager, I learn a new word) keeping AE, draws the Q and has to exchange. Terry makes two ten-point fishing plays, EELIER keeping ET and TURD keeping INST, but it's Mikki that manages to draw IILOT to his second leave of ES, getting down the first bingo, OILIEST, to take an early 107-20 lead. Several turns later, she still has a 45-point lead when Terry draws the first blank and bingoes with it right away, ENDORSeD (82), drawing the other blank to bingo with it two turns later, OUTSwORE (66).
Elsewhere at Board 10, Mihai Pantis (ROM) shows up 20 minutes late for his game against Evan Cohen (ISR), and opts to play. Evan beats him 471-368. This places Evan in second after the initial four-player round robins, one of four undefeated players: Jayne Mackenzie (Eng) 3-0 +225, Evan +176, Pramit Kamath (IND) +133 and Cecil Muscat (MLT) +102. Cecil's last victim was David Delicata (MLT), whose 452 score wasn't enough to beat Cecil's 464. Next round, Jayne will play Cecil and Evan Pramit.
In Division B, there are seven undefeated players: Maureen Hoch (ISR) 3-0 +382, Margaret Armstrong (Eng) +358, Mario Seychell (MLT) +320, Sammy Mangion (MLT) +200, Jim Wilkie (Sco) +194, Pauline Cilia (MLT) +163 and Bronagh Kenny (IRL) +1250. Six of them will play each other next round, reducing their number to no more than four.
Thank you to Bob Jackman, who expedited me the updated full rating list from last week, so that I could load it into this event in progress to better estimate WESPA rating changes. This event, as was the European Open, is dually rated WESPA/ABSP.
Teatime! I'm a little behind due to minor network issues, pairing confusion and new annotator training, but a local player kindly brings me a cup of tea.
The players are crowding too much against the two LCD monitors, so Amy and I carry another table out into the hall to separate them a little further.
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