NSA: Tourneys: 1998: CSC : Monday: Commentary
|CSC98 Commentary: Round 19|
Round 19 Between the workers and the slew of volunteers this round, we began almost on time at 9:07am: Game 1 of the Albert Hahn vs Joel Wapnick championship series Joel is going first in this best of five series. Hugh Currie and Paul Sidsorsky, clad in running shoes, are bringing the racks to Adam and me at the computer desk, and then onto Robin Pollack Daniel in the Lamp Room. She'll be commenting on the racks and discussing play possibilities with members of the press and onlookers. Tim Anglin is on the stage at the big board. To deal with the use of blanks, Tim's been given a giant red magic marker that he uses to encircle letters to be used as blanks. This board, well lit with professional stage lighting, is being filmed and sent to the Lamp Room for Robin to use in her analysis. Adam Logan is volunteering to put the game up live on MarlDOoM. And I'm . . . well, I've lent my phone line to Adam, so I'm typing. Members of the media are slowly trickling in. David Hayes is back for day four and a tv crew from TV Ontario (public broadcasting) is covering the event, seemingly from start to finish. Mad Palazzo (back into her stiletto heels) is annotating Albert and Trevor Sealy (looking smart in a dark blue suit and tie) is annotating Joel. Eight or so plays in, there has been one challenge: REOVIRUS. Albert challenged it, but the play was acceptable, so it stood. This room is so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. Pretty good for a total of 13 people. On MarlDOoM, there are a total of seven people thus far, including Sam Kantimathi and Zev Kesselman of Israel. When Albert played OGRE, he missed STRIGOSE/GORIEST. I forgot one worker, Jeff Parsons is yet another runner, bringing the racks to Tim Anglin at the big board. John Chew is standing at the head of the table, clad in a starched white shirt with a red SCRABBLE tie. Jeff Fleetham stands nearby and both are holding TWLs. I infer that Jeff is on hand to render second opinions. I can see from Adam's computer that Albert holds EUFLST?. I see FLUTErS down the triple creating ZETAS. Let's see if Albert and I are like-minded. Turns out that he saw FLUTES/ZETAS. Almost as good but no banana. To cut Albert some slack here, this is an incredibly pressure-filled experience. Playing in front of cameras (note plural), and having seven people watching every move (five of them standing and watching) can't be easy. Knowing that literally every move they make is being broadcast over television and the Internet must be terrifying. Joel, having been in this situation many times, is clearly at an advantage. Using a sports metaphor, this match-up is a bit like the Montreal Canadiens vs. the Ottawa Senators. Just visited Robin and she explained that Joel missed PENTOSAN earlier on and Albert missed BaLMLIKE for the win. The game ended 464-390 (after a 10-point time penalty). Albert went 16 seconds over and Joel had 4:45 left. Joel was stuck with DINNER on his rack with Albert went out with BaLMLIKE, a great find, that won him the game. The players are off taking a much-needed break and a camera crew is setting up in the balcony to shoot from above. More next round.
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