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Liz Danzico's Layer 9 Commentary

A Write Interrogation

The last serve from Reichenstein. Time to turn the lights down, turn up the music, and grab your favorite drink.

Did you feel like that was a long 15 minutes? Perhaps you're having trouble concentrating. Next time, you might consider taking your clothes off. That's right. This is a family match, I understand. But in fact, there's literary precedent the procrastination striptease:

Victor Hugo would write naked and tell his valet to hide his clothes so that he'd be unable to go outside when he was supposed to be writing.

What does procrastination tell us about ourselves? It's what James Surowiecki asks in his most recent piece for The New Yorker. It's nice to see him breaking out of the whole Wisdom of Crowds thi... But I digress. Back to the match where I have been procrastinating on getting you some feedback.

Reichenstein has done here with #9 a masterful job at bringing together the layers from the odd-numbered serves, from the narrative started in #1 through the cultural references continued throughout. Remember way back in #3 when he foreshadowed the rainbow hues? There may be a bit of that going on here as well. What is he setting Muller up for?

Reichenstein however has still left himself open to considerable risk. While the serenity of a Japanese morning has brought him a somewhat peaceful array of colors and canvas, he has indeed left the cursor in place for our opponent to respond to. He's asking for a response. And there's nowhere to go but forward.

Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Liz Danzico.

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