Top eight – evidence going in

As Rich Hagon has said more than once, even though the Worlds top eight is Standard, the top eight participants may not have had Standard be their best rounds of the event. Is there any predictive value in a player’s Standard record, going into tomorrow? Here’s how each player in the top eight did in the first five (Standard) rounds at Worlds this year:

  • 1. Christoph Huber – 5 wins
  • 2. Gabriel Nassif – 4 wins, 1 loss
  • 3. Yoshitaka Nakano – 5 wins
  • 4. Katsuhiro Mori – 5 wins
  • 5. Uri Peleg – 4 wins, 1 loss
  • 6. Pat Chapin – 4 wins, 1 loss
  • 7. Roel van Heeswijk – 4 wins, 1 loss
  • 8. Koutarou Ootsuka – 4 wins, 1 loss

There’s not a lot of variance there to work with (not really surprisingly). I guess we’ll just wait and see what happens tomorrow.