August 3–8, 2007
Dayton, OH

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PC 2007 Commentary: Round 13

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This round's annotated game featured: Joe Edley vs. James Leong.

Round 13

Joe Edley (Coram, NY) got a crack at James Leong (Vancouver BC) at table 1 this round. Earlier in the day Joe's folder (complete with his scoring/tracking sheets) disappeared (perhaps one of those lost & found things that stay in Dayton), so he played with a hastily drafted one and his tiles were in the "wrong" place, which led him to do something very un-Joe-like. He mistracked James and due to this, James slapped down BESTeWED to the D down the triple lane. James' win, 403-394. Other plays of note were Joe's HEMPIE for 59, ROULEAuX for 78, and NEVOID to the triple for 42. James' other bingo was INGRATES for 72 and he made a 45-point ZEDS play. James returned to the elevated table after from a walk away from the board and tells us that he chickened out earlier in the game and didn't play ARGUFIER through the F. James modestly confided that he didn't exactly know what was happening with all this board 1 business. I smiled and congratulated him on earning his way there.

At board 2 in div 1, the first Thai player vs. Thai player took place in Dayton. Turns out that this is a matchup of the final game in the recent Thai National Championship. In Thailand it was Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand) who won their faceoff. In Dayton, the winner was Nawapadol Sayavesa (Thailand). A close game throughout, in the endgame, Nav found SPECCING to the G on the triple for 104. Panupol responded with his own bingo, an outbingo, RESLATES for 70, but it wasn't for enough points, and he fell to his friend and countryman.

PERMEAtE to the E for 92, QI for 64, and ATROPINS through the T for 70, were some of the highlights on the road to the 564-422 victory in the Paul Epstein (Keego Harbor, MI) vs. Ted Rosen (Rochester, NY) game. Ted settled for ARANEID for 76. Quick to brush off the loss, Ted reminds me of his winning game last round versus Steve Polatnick (Miami, FL). The 167-point triple-triple, RESUPINE through the first E, was a big part of Ted's 475-446 victory.

An enjoyable game between Robert Kahn (Plantation, FL) and Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR) took place this round. Dave opened with HOTFOOT for 84 and Robert replied with FINAGLE for 78. Dave then put down AMBUSHER through the H. Later bingos: Dave's AsTIGMIA through the G for 70 and Robert's REVOtED. Dave's win, 447-408.

On his way to the water cooler, John Luebkemann (Bear, DE) jokes, "Glad I haven't quit my day job!" I ask him how he's doing and he laughs and says 7-6.

Div 5 has a new leader, Robert Fenske (San Antonio, TX), who has been in the top spot for two rounds now.

Similarly, div 2 has had a new leader these past two rounds: Wallace Schultz (Las Vegas, NM).

A tight race it is proving in div 1 with four players at 10-3: Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand), James Leong (Vancouver BC), Nawapadol Sayavesa (Thailand), and Ron Hoekstra (Kentwood, MI).

This is all so exciting!