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2013 King's Cup Commentary: Round 25
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It's 9:53 local time, and things are finally under control for the first round of the day, which had been scheduled to start in both divisions at 9:00 A.M. The first few results are coming in now, from players who either played very quickly, or were among the first to receive emergency clocks.
Emergency clocks? As of the scheduled start time, all of the critical event equipment, including networking gear, scoreboard laptops, adjudication laptops and clocks were in locked boxes, and the person with the key was stuck in traffic. We had some tools for breaking into locked boxes in an emergency as well; those were safely secured in the locked boxes.
We switched my data entry and commentary machine over to run Zyzzyva for word adjudication, and lent Kristen's iPad running the Zarf app to use as a clock. Nigel Richards (NZL) and Komol Panyasophonlert (THA) then played the first of their two scheduled games this morning with the other 96 players gathered tightly around spectating.
After about 15 minutes, we located a key to one box, which yieled the reserve supply of 5 SamTimers, so we were able to get boards 2 through 6 running. About 10 minutes later, we found another box that had about 10 functioning clocks in it; and finally the big bag of FlipTimers.
As I write this, I still have no idea where the adjudication laptops or networking equipment is; we've switched to using Kristen's annotation laptop for adjudication so that I can post this.
We're ready for our first Thai iced tea of the day, if anyone's reading this and passing by a tea vendor. :)
As of first thing this morning, tournament simulations gave Nigel a 72% chance of making it to the finals in five rounds, Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (THA) 34%, Komol 27, Cameron Farlow (AUS) and Siu Hean Cheah (SGP) each 19% and Jakkrit Klaphajone (THA) 6%.
Now Nigel beats Komol 476-417, Cheah beats Cameron 461-387 while Pakorn loses 426-402 to Kian Boon Liew (SGP). Nigel is one game ahead of Cheah, Cheah one game ahead of Komol, Pakorn, Liew, Marut Siriwangso (THA) and Jakkrit Klaphajone (THA).
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