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King’s Cup
July 11–14, 2013

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2013 King's Cup Commentary: Round 1

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This round paired the top quarter of the field against the third quarter. The top three are Thacha Koowirat (THA) +236, Kian Boon Liew (SGP) +219 and Siu Hean Cheah (SGP) +213. There's a spread cap of 350 points in effect at this event, and it's usually invoked at least once, but not this round.

Helen Gipson (Sco) and Graham Buckingham (Eng) get off to a slow start, with a 322-305 win for Helen.

The biggest upset this round was by 992-rated Yash Gandhi (PAK), who defeated 1656-rated Thien Termpaisit (THA). Reports from the Penang Open last week are that the Pakistani players have artificially low WESPA ratings; it looks like they will be going home from Asia with a good supply of the region's rating points.

At the end of this round, Charnrit Khongthanarat (THA) joins us as our 99th player. We take a brief break for lunch before we play the remaining seven rounds without interruption.

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