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July 11–14, 2013

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2013 King's Cup Commentary: Round 17

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We moved upstairs to the 130,000 square foot Paragon Hall convention space on the fifth floor of the Siam Paragon complex today, to accommodate the 7,000 students who would be joining us to compete in A-Math (a crossword-like game played with mathematical equations), Kumkom (ditto, using Thai letters), our own game, Sudoku, crossword puzzles and a quiz game.

We played our third day on the same one morning game, seven afternoon game schedule, which can get a little brutal toward the end of the day. Today, the reason for it was so that after the first game of the day, everyone could report for parade drill, followed by the official opening ceremony including the Parade of Nations.

Kristen helped marshal all the international players from all of the events into one parade led by local flagbearers. The ceremony itself was presided over by a representative of our royal patron, emceed by Crossword Transformer (an 8-foot big board with working robot arms, talking head and lights) and a couple of human celebrities, and included a multimedia presentation, a live magic show, and of course the parade. For the parade, each country was introduced by Crossword Transformer, and walked to a tune popular in or associated with that country, as scenes from the country played on the screen.

Things will get a little terse here, as your reporter, in addition to being tournament director, is also helping to run a two-day OSPD tournament for 48 local players, while debugging the wall of monitors that is supposed to display a live scoreboard to entertain the students.

Back to the results. Jakkrit Klaphajone (THA) beats Cameron Farlow (AUS) to stay in the lead 14-3 +561, knocking Cameron down from second to fourth place 12½-4½ +812. Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (THA) beats Leonora Labog (PHL) and climbs to second place, 13-4 +1532 (!) ahead of Siu Hean Cheah (SGP) +607.

In first-round OSPD activity, the marvelously named Intouch starts with the biggest spread, 1-0 +306 ahead of Chollapat +291.

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