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NSC 2009 Commentary: Round 7
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Our last round today and unfeated players are becoming fewer and fewer. As this round wrapped up, there were only four in the room. Two in division 1: Rafi Stern (Seattle, WA) and Adam Logan (New York, NY); one in division 2: Thomas Reinke (Middleton, WI); and one in division 3: Dave Leonard (Buffalo, NY).
Since the players at table 1 in division 1 are being annotated and thus are perched atop a riser, they get their challenges done for them by division 1 director, Bryan Pepper. This roun, Alex Fiszbein (South Lyon, MI) tried REGAlIAS/pAISANI* and Rafi Stern (Seattle, WA) challenged the play off (it is the second one that is phoney).
Mary Rhoades asked players to volunteer to help clean up the tables after sessions. It was the smartest idea ever. These players, Linda Bianca (Myrtle Beach, SC), Connie Creed (Philadelphia, PA), and others, fill the slip baskets, straighten the table cloths, remove the crumped candy bar wrappers and papers. It makes for a very clean room!
At the end of the last round, Adam Logan (New York, NY) told John Chew that his non- annotated game with Nigel was a good one and might be fun to put up online. John asked Adam to write down his plays, racks, and word on board positions. In about 3 minutes Adam had that done and he gave it to John. This in hand (with 80% of the work already done), John approached Nigel to ask he could recall any of his racks in that game. He said, "Yes, I can remember two of them. In turn 2 when I played SALVOeD, I had SALVO?D on my rack. And in the last round where I played WAD, I had WAD on my rack." The king of dry humor. I see that after Nigel played SALVOeD for 80, Adam got down ROOFLINE through the O from Nigel's play for 72. The game was quite close with Nigel at a slight lead for seven moves. Then Adam inched ahead and was able to maintain enough of a lead for the 378-353 win.
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