|For example the following. Until this moment Grandell had
been amazing. He had won this Giant Jackpot last year, not to mention the
World Championship! Perhaps he was remembering the only other time we had
played, the finals of a jackpot in Copenhagen a couple years ago. He won
an 8-cube game, probably thought the match (to 9) was over. At 8-8 he made
his best move, offering to hedge (which I accepted, though I hadn't seen
any reason to). And this time...
R/16 EW-Jerry Grandell
Eleven games in a row. Hmm, must have gotten him mad. No wonder he won
|Then the following match (against perhaps the best Turkish player):
R/8 EW-Ekrem Basdas
His reaction was rather strong at first, but he showed himself to be
a nice fellow as the week went on. But hey, these guys take the game seriously!
|And then the money round (note the revenge factor: I'd lost to him
in the semis in Las Vegas last November!):
R/4 EW-Doug Mayfield