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Updated: August 11, 2006, 8:09 AM ET
By Andrew Feldman and Steve Rosenbloom

Posted 8:00 ET: Chan comments on his student.

As Gold went through a series of exactly the kind of interviews he wanted to avoid, his teacher was standing proudly nearby.

"I didn't know I was that good a mentor,'' Chan said. "I guess I'm a better teacher than a player.''

Ego, confidence, whatever you want to call it, it's a big part of a great player. Chan, it turns out, had to help Gold's confidence along.

"He called me the second day of the big tournament ...

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