Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Congratulations to Will, Division 2 Winner in Myrtle Beach!

The Crossword Game Players (CGP) group on Yahoo has a post from the tournament directors of this past weekend's Myrtle Beach tournament, reporting that our own Will Scott, won Division 2 there in the main event tourney, with 11 wins and 3 losses, and a spread of +526, for a prize of $400! Great going, Will. We look forward to hearing the details of your win.

NSA's tournament results for Myrtle Beach show Will's new rating as 1300, up from 1227 pre-tourney, a new peak for him and breaking 1300 for the first time!

[April 1, 2009 addition:] And here is the Cross-Tables.com page for the results of Will's division at Myrtle Beach.

6 comments:

tyler said...

Congratulations Will! I was just about to post this this morning after I Checked CGP but John it seems beat me too it. The Lexington Club is moving up!

Steve said...

That's great news Will. Congratulations!

Will Scott said...

Thanks for all the good wishes. I had a blast! I'll post a tourney log late this week. The high point - besides winning the division - was playing the top seed, Marcia Wade, twice. I beat her by three the first time, and in the King of the Hill final game, I bagged her and won by 64. Marcia was extremely gracious and is one of my new favorite opponents.

My low point was throwing away a win with a boneheaded move in Game 10 against the No. 2 seed, Matt Hopkins. It was a mistake that John Spangler, Mr. Latin, would never have made. Late in the game, holding both remaining esses and enough of a lead to win, knowing that Matt's final rack wasn't going to help him, I stuck an ES onto VOX for 24 points. Matt nearly jumped out of his chair: "Challenge!" Realizing my mistake immediatelty, I simply picked up my tiles and gave him the extra turn he needed to pull out a win. Note to self: The plural of VOX is VOCES. Darn Latin words!

Based on the NSA ratings calculator, the difference between going 12-2 against that field as opposed to 11-3 was 40 (!) rating points. Ouch. Still, my new rating is 1300, just enough to qualify for Division 3 at Nationals. Woohoo!

Andy W said...

Wow! Thats' awesome will. So many wins....

John said...

Well, knowing a little Latin never hurts -- over half of English vocabulary is derived from it. But you can't always rely on Latin plurals in Scrabble. A Latinist would assume that LEXES and REXES wouldn't work since the Latin plurals for LEX and REX are LEGES and REGES, but LEXES and REXES work, too, for Scrabble -- LEXES is the plural of LEXIS (the vocabulary of a language, a group, or a subject field) and REXES is the plural of an alternative definition for REX (an animal with a single wavy layer of hair). Too bad VOXES hasn't yet managed to find a place in English, too. Given time, no doubt it will.

Wendy said...

Will - You ROCK!!