While there were some faster games today, there were still plenty of games going to time, including a 14-11 barn-burner in which Jenkins played Aunt Emma tactics to beat Pailas. Pailas has now beaten the top four seeds in his block but lost to two of the lower-ranked players; he can guarantee a spot in the knockout by winning his final game. A four-way tie for second place remains possible in this block. As does a four-way tie for fourth place. Which could also happen in the other block. The manager rather hopes that none of these scenarios transpires. But it does look highly likely that playoff games will be needed to determine the Elite Eight.
Some key matches for the final block games:
Huneycutt v. Lawrence: Lawrence is already in the KO; Huneycutt needs a win, or a loss from Bast.
Bast v. Osborn: An Osborn win and a Huneycutt loss creates at least a three-way tie for fourth in Block A
Patmore v. Morgan: Morgan is already in; Patmore assures himself a spot by winning
Cumming v. Taylor: Taylor desperately wants a win, although even with a loss he could still make a playoff
Jenkins v. Harshman: Jenkins still has an outside chance to make a playoff with a win; Harshman can guarantee at least a playoff spot with a win