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Four Europeans for three podium spots in New York

Posted by on July 20, 2014

Four Europeans for three podium spots in New York

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Eddy Merckx is samen met Torbjörn Blomdahl leider van de ranglijst.

NEW YORK - The final victory in the Open Verhoeven in New York will go to one of the four European players in the main tournament. Torbjörn Blomdahl and Eddy Merckx are unbeaten on top after four of seven rounds and aiming for overall win. Frédéric Caudron is on the hunt, Dick Jaspers is walking on thin ice and already needs a little miracle to threaten the three leaders.

The Dutchman gets a chance to hit back in the first round of the final day when he meets Blomdahl, but he has to catch up four match points. The two Belgians Eddy Merckx and Frédéric Caudron, who played the final in New York last year, are now facing each other already in the starting round today (10.00 New York time).

The four Europeans dominated the first day and dealt with the Colombians Huberney Catano and Alexander Salazar, the Vietnamese Vinh The Ly and the Egyptian Sameh Sidhom. Three of these four players have one win out of four rounds, Alexander Salazar lost all his matches.

Sameh Sidhom and Huberney Catano were on the hunt for their first win and beat Dick Jaspers: the Egyptian 40-36 in 26, the Colombian 40-33 in 18 with an opening run of fifteen. Vinh The Ly won his only match when he met Frédéric Caudron (40-34 in 20), which he had beaten already in the semi-finals.

Torbjörn Blomdahl leads the tabel with the maximum points after successive wins against Catano (40-27 in 14), Salazar (40-13 in 28), Vinh The Ly (40-27 in 16) and Sidhom (40-34 of 18). Eddy Merckx also ran the entire match points against Salazar (40-14 in 18), Catano (40-16 in 19), Sidhom (40-27 in 21) and Vinh The Ly (40-30 in 28).

Frédéric Caudron lost his only match to Vinh The Ly (40-34 in 20) before he found his rhythm and powered to victory against Sidhom (40-12 in 11), Catano (40-36 in 35) and Salazar (40-20 in 12).

The world champion showed up with the best matches in the finals so far: in 11 and 12 innings. The Belgian also made the highest run (17, against Salazar), followed by Catano 15 (against Jaspers) and Ly 13 (against Jaspers).
Torbjörn Blomdahl has the best average over four matches, 2.105, Caudron 2.000 and Merckx 1.839.

The ranking after four rounds (match points, average, high series):

1 Blomdahl 8-2.105-8
2 Merckx 8-1.839-9
3 Caudron 6-2.000-17
4 Jaspers 4-1.774-8
5 Ly 2-1.530-13
6 Sidhom 2-1.507-7
7 Catano 2-1.400-15
8 Salazar 2-0.810-5

The matches for the first round today, Sunday, 10:00 pm:


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My Comments

tournament rules
the rules of this tournament are ridiculous. one can get to the finals despite losing several games throughout the tournament(ex. Jaspers, Salazar, Ly ..etc) but you can be eliminated and fail to play finals despite losing only ONE game and winning ALL the others (ex. Coklu). How come? The rules MUST be changed and players with better averages should be qualified for the next stages.

Message 1/5 - Publish at July 20, 2014 1:28 PM

Coklu ranks 9th by losing only one game and winning all the other games he played. Is it only me who thinks there's something wrong here?

Message 2/5 - Publish at July 20, 2014 1:32 PM

the tournament format is excellent
I think the tournament format is very fair, considering the time constraints and number of entries, and much better than the typical World Cup where a player can travel thousands of kilometers and only be guaranteed to play two games. Coklu is an excellent player, and he agreed to the format like everyone else before play began. Due an initial random draw and his qualifications finish, Coklu ended up in the same difficult semi-finals flight with Blomdahl, Merckx and Tasdemir. He entered a 3-way tie with Blomdahl and Merckx with 5 wins and 1 loss, but he had the lowest average among the three (1.644 to their 1.884 and 1.953, respectively). He still advanced - just not the same as those that won 1st and 2nd in the semi-finals.

Message 3/5 - Publish at July 20, 2014 6:53 PM

Format is better than single elimination
I agree that the format is much better than single elimination.
Players could display all their abilities. Although Jaspers, Caudron, Mercks and Blomdahl played excellent performances, they might have been eliminated and could not reach the finals because all had were beaten in the group stages. Very unlucky that 4 of the top 20 World ranked players met in the same semifinals group. Other than this, it was an excellent tournament and personally I prefer this format because it is much fair; whoever is good wins it and we could watch lots of world class matches.

Message 4/5 - Publish at July 21, 2014 12:52 AM

1. In my opinion Last inning is unfair.
Because, Opener is not defined by tossing a coin.
You have to win the band shot.
2. No referees: see the 3rd minute of the match between Blomdahl - Merckx.
It is very difficult to see the faul for a referee but Blomdahl called the faul himself and left the table. He deserves all the sportsmanship compliments.
3. Towels ??
4. In almost all the tournament I follow on Kozoom, I hear the music at the background.
I assume that it is intentional. It is almost impossible to provide absolute silence in big saloons hosting multiple tables and the crowd. If it is too silent, then any interference breaks the shot makers concentration. Therefore having a soft, smooth, slow, low volume music is better than full silence.

Message 5/5 - Publish at July 21, 2014 10:31 PM

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