NSA: Tourneys: 1998: CSC : Sunday: Commentary
|CSC98 Commentary: Round 14|
Round 14 John Chew was jokingly criticized as he read off this round's pairing for being "too slow." Apparently, everyone wanted him to do it without breathing. Though he does all 25 pairings in under 45 seconds (and he only abbreviates the really big names), it just isn't fast enough. He promises to try to go faster next time. It is really amazing how well this system works. At the end he always says, "If you didn't hear your pairing, come ask me and I'll repeat." There are normally only one or two who miss it! He corrects me that he did it in two breaths this time. Linda Espallardo had the highest, hardest, and longest cackle of the games when John announced that she was to play Joel Wapnick at board 1. She is in 12th place and he is our #1 player now. They are both smiling broadly before they begin. John writes for the benefit of any pairing system weenies reading: Libero has a higher SOS than Joel, so was paired first vs Adam, otherwise Joel would have faced Adam this round. (John typed that, I'd never say weenies!) Just in, Andrew Golding beat James Cherry, 414-371. I sauntered over and saw DISTRAIN and PIERROT played by Andrew (Jakob Teitelbaum has never seen that word, he says). James played GrAVEMEN for 102. Kibbitzers later on discover that it is not a good word. He was confusing with GRAVAMEN. In Adam Logan's game with Libero Paolella, Adam drew a challenge with SNICK. The play stayed and Adam ended up winning, 475-365. After Libero's opening play of HOE, Adam bingoed with RETAILS, which then gave Libero the double-double DELAINES. Libero later got down TOREUTIC and Adam played ROWINGS and OUTGIvEn. Adam is certain this last play was the incorrect one, but isn't sure what he should have done. Unfortunately, Libero got stuck with PXVVAJU, giving Adam 58 points! Max Garfinkle played Bernard Gotlieb this game and eked out a 7- point win, 428-421. Max played VEXATiONS and ALIENAGE, which Bernard challenged and won Max the game. Bernard got down SENDERS, which brought him to within striking distance, but in the end, it wasn't to be. At board 1, Linda Espallardo fell to Joel Wapnick, 396-368. Linda was again laughing heartily when she said, "It was an exciting game and I got two blanks." Joel responded, "you were driving me crazy with them." Pointing at the board, he said, " I only got down one pitiful bingo: AVIATION." Linda played DIRTyING and ROADIEs as a double-double. She was most proud of both plays. Joel also said, "Everytime I play Linda I know it will be a tough game and I have to try really hard." She was a bingo up on him when he played PIPET. She lost the challenge and that might have lost her the game. Joel sees Adam Logan on his playing horizon soon. When someone mentioned that it was lunchtime, Joel said, "Oh, I wish we didn't have to stop, I like to keep going when I'm winning." Gene Rawlins has a goal. He says, "I'm aiming for a -1000 cume!" He is now 3-11 -800. He mentioned that he picked the wrong tournament to bomb at. Emma Sharpe, Brenda Megannety's daughter, just asked if she could possibly buy a set of these marvelous Maple Leaf protiles for her Mom. I told her that her mom stood a chance of actually winning a set and she said, "Yeah, I know, but if she doesn't, I want to buy her a set out of my earnings today." Now if that child doesn't have a heart of gold . . . . Fran Silver has just won three games in a row. She is now 8-6 and has redeemed herself marvelously this morning. Christina O'Sullivan is stopping by after lunch. She won two games this morning. She played and was victorious over Lynda Wise and John Dafoe. She fell to Joe Peters in her last game. In that game, Joe bingoed early and with a hefty amount of the "good" tiles, he maintained the lead. Brenda Megannety stopped by, too. She is 6-8 now and happy to be here. She won one game this morning, really tight games. She says she happy to lose a tight game when her opponent has both the blanks and the Ss. Christina, overhearing, agrees with this. We count a small victories in the ways we can.
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