I played in Division 3 this year. In 2007 at Dayton, I was in Division 5 of 5; last year in Orlando, I was in Division 4 of 6. Movin' up!
I was seeded 52 out of 128, but I had high aspirations. My rating had climbed significantly in the past year, and my two most frequent opponents, Matthew and Tyler, were both rated 1600, and I usually was competitive in those games. Plus, just before I left for Dayton, Matthew gave me a pep talk that had me thinking I could slay a bear with my hands.
Alas, it was not to be. I had a terrific start; after Game 2, I was in third place by virtue of two blowout wins. The second game was one of my tourney highlights: My opponent drew the bag on me, yet I cruised to victory.
After Day 1, I was 5-2 and in 14th place. After that, though, I went 8-16 for the rest of the tournament to finish at 13-18 and in 102nd place.
There were fun moments. I renewed acquaintances with Scrabble friends and made new ones. Steve and Tyler were terrific travel companions, and as Steve mentioned, our after-hours games of Anagrams were a hoot.
Among my tourney highlights: I played a nine, RECOALING, for the first time that I can remember. Better yet, it withstood a challenge. I played two bingoes – AERONAUT and EATERIES – from my list of five-vowel eights. My high play was ALBEDOS for 95 through a triple-word score, hooking the S to make DEMOTIONS. That play drew a challenge as well. That was the same game in which I plated EATERIES, and it was my high game of the tournament: 503 p0ints. On the low end, I had two sub-300 games. I had a total of 32 bingoes in 31 games, which tells me that either I missed quite a few bingoes or I didn't manage my rack well. Or both. My opponents played 45 bingoes. That's probably my worst ratio ever in a tournament.
Here are some other stats:
My plays challenged – good: DOMICAL, ROOTAGES, STOT, ALBEDOS, ULCERATE, SARDINED, RECOALING,
My plays challenged – no good: EMO, EDEN, OPA, (unrecorded), GREEKS, KINESIA,
Opponents’ plays challenged – good: NIDATING, SYN, KAES, TOPED, OVERSIDE,
Opponents’ plays challenged – no good: MH, SLEDLINE, SANDELS, ELUATED, DONABLE, WADINGS, SIZEY, (unrecorded), JANED, ARELATE,
My unchallenged phoney: DRAGO
Opponents’ unchallenged phoneys: EREPINES, SEMINOLES, WELTY
DOMICAL, AERONAUT, ROOTAGES, LISTENER, AEROSATS, GREETERS, ENCASING, ADORERS, OUTLAST, ENSLAVED, MENACES, PENSIVE, ALBINOS, EATERIES, ALBEDOS, UNCAGES, ULCERATE, ATOMISE, DIABASE, SARDINED, ASSERTS, RECOALING, AGONIES, ANALYST, DARLING, GRIDDLE, CLOVERS, SNOWING, DARESAY, IGNEOUS, RONDELET, STANDER
STRAINED, RELIEVER, ISATINE, SLANDERS, DUMPIER, NIDATING, LOITERS, BEIGNETS, ENCASING, ADORERS, REGRADED, EREPINES*, WAISTERS, LACTONE, SENIORS, PASTIES, SQUAMAE, OVERSIDE, DEMOTION, SLEDDER, REIFIES, TAENIAS, OLEATES, ENTIRES, ENGRAVES, INOSITE, NEGATION, HURLERS, SOLATES, BRACING, FEDERATE, TRITONES, AERATING, TESTERS, ELOIGNED, SEMINOLE*, COMEDIAN, FALTERS, CONSUMES, ORIENTAL, STAMENS, TREHALA, TRAWLER, REISSUE, JAILERS