I have a little catching up to do.
As we left things, Yasu had departed the scene on -152/1 and David had broken the year’s best game record and landed in the top spot. Meanwhile, Jaime was busy maintaining a steady upward march as well.
One more game was played in May, on Friday 22nd, and it served to confirm that May was a Golden Month for the foreign party, no doubt helped by the presence of Nobu:
David +25, -11, +40, +3, -7 = +50
Jaime –, +45, -12, -15,* +3 = +21
Hide 0, –, -12, -12, +49 = +25
Noda -5, -3, –, –, — = -8
Nobu -20, -31,** -16, +24, -45 = -88
June saw the fortunes of the foreigners split apart as David went on the defensive while Jaime continued to make progress.
The first game, on Friday 5th June, was recorded on the 3PMJ Results Table and since then the score sheet has gone AWOL.
Friday 12th June saw Noda return to form after a long quiet spell. According to the crumpled score sheets, this is how the game panned out:
Noda +3, +2, +58, +28, — = +91
Jaime -24, +44, -63, -1, +74 = +30
David +46, -1, +22, -95, +7 = -21
Kiyo –, –, –, –, -39 = -39
Hide -25, -45, -17, +68, -42 = -61
According to some appended notes, at some stage during the game, David got hit with Daisangen by Jaime – and it was an OBVIOUS wait as Jaime had Haku and Hatsu open, but David was dozing and threw the Chun – ah, it is all coming back to me now!
Jaime then got hit for double Ron by Noda and David.
Noda left and was replaced at the table by Hide’s younger brother, Kiyo, who started his Cock’s Eye 3PMJ Club year midway through on -39/1.
Moving on to Friday 19th June, we find the longest session coinciding with the longest weekend.
However, the most notable event occurred in the opening hand of the evening, which was abandoned after just a couple of discards when Noda declared he had committed a Chombo by drawing too many tiles!
As is often the case with a marathon session, despite the ups and downs, very little had changed by the end of the night and the gap between the best and worst score was a mere 16 points, with only one winner for the evening!
Jaime -3, +102, -28, -36, -20, +16, -3, -17 = +11
Noda -17,* +8, -13, +19, +1, –, –, — = -2
David -8, -82,** +35, -13, -12, -12, +61, +27 = -4
Hide +28, -28, +6, +30, +31, -4, -58, -10 = -5
There was a break of several weeks before the Cock’s Eye Club reconvened again, on Friday 17th July. David was the only foreigner, but the numbers were augmented by the substantial presence of Yasu, who paid his debt to society and sat in for three games this time, considerably improving his batting average from -152/1 to -179/4.
With defensive June behind him, David made a fine start, but then gave most of it away to Noda as their fortunes reversed through the course of the evening. Noda escaped a Yakitori in the final hand of the second game, but David could not get rid of his Yakitori tessera in the final game of the evening.
The chair David occupied for the first two games also proved lucky for Yasu in the third. When he vacated it, it remained empty and the game shifted in Noda’s favour, although it must be admitted his recovery began in the third.
David managed to stay in the black, but only just. It was enough to put him back over +300 on the Grand Accumulated Results Table, but Noda is now in triple figures as well…
Noda -4, -30, +13, +38, +32 = +49
David +56, +61, -35, -42, -26** = +14
Hide -34, +15, -15, +4, -6 = -36
Yasu -18, -46, +37, –, — = -27
So at present, the GART09 stands as follows: