After eliminating the Stone-Roth combination on Tuesday afternoon, however, it was a somewhat weary Fishbein team that went into the final match on Tuesday night. After 14 straight victories, including their eighth straight in the Vanderbilt at Atlantic City this Spring (SI, April 7), the Fishbein team had been handed its first defeat by Rothlein on Monday night. This left three teams in the tourney, Fishbein, Roth and Rothlein. Each had been defeated once. Under the rules, the team that had beaten the hitherto undefeated outfit got the bye in the following round. So Rothlein rested while Fishbein successfully clawed at Roth, and the Fishbein outfit was handed an even more conclusive thumping in the final than it had received in its first victory.
Purely on results, this makes the Rothlein team the favorites for the October playoff. But in a single long match, the three veterans, Fishbein, Hazen and Fry, plus their brilliant younger pair, present a well-balanced lineup and possess an undoubted edge in experience. Regardless of the outcome, it rates to be a match worthy of the large audience that it will no doubt attract. If arrangements now pending are successful, you may be able to watch it yourself—either on an exhibition board if you attend the match, or on TV if it is carried on a network. In any case you'll be there, for I'll be reporting it in these pages.