In the top-16 round at the Istanbul World Cup I faced a very tough opponent in Pryiemka of Belarus. He defeated me last season in the top-32 round of the Padua World Cup in a close match with him pulling it out at the end. This time, we fenced a very back and forth match again ( it was also a bit contentious). At one point, he made fun of my fencing during the match…Here are the final 3 touches.
12-13: Close distance 5
He had hit me in preparation on the previous touch and so I tried to show him the same start except this time I went for a parry. Was pretty risky at that point, but I had gotten it two times prior and was unsure what else to do since I was struggling to stop his attack and struggling with my own long attack)
13-13 No look Sky Hook
During this point I thought I had hit him and so I turned around and got out of my stance only to see that my light wasn’t on. When I turned back the referee hadn’t said halt and he was charging at me. I back peddalled and then threw out a last minute sky hook to score. He then complained that I stopped fencing!
13-14 Power Preparation
I hadn’t really stopped him on defense the whole match until these last two points. He actually parry’s my preparation cut and I knew I only had one option so I forced my blade against his and managed to reach his mask before he could riposte.
Below is the video of the entire match. At about 1:50 I hit him with a stop cut and you can see him making fun of my fencing. He was up 4-0 then I went on a run. The break was 8-7. I was up 12-9 and then he scored 4 straight before I scored the final 3.
Thanks to Andrew Fischl aka CyrusofChaos for the Videos. You can check out other videos from the Istanbul World Cup at his youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/CyrusofChaos