Thursday, December 29, 2011
I will not make it to club this weekend, but as usual, I hope for a strong turnout. I really look forward to being there the following Sunday under our new format. Plus, my alternating work schedule has me not working on Sundays. See you then.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
W - L
|BLIND(E)D 85 SATIN(E)T 60|
|DI(A)TRON 78 AIRTHED 74|
|EXTERNS 94 URI(N)ATEd 74|
|CANDIED 101 TAILOR(S) 69|
|DETEST(S) 74 MOILIN(G) 67|
|RESTIVE 78 (O)VERMIX 91|
|ESCAPEE 73 MICRO(B)ES 64|
Friday, December 9, 2011
Steve, 3-0, +416, LACTONES 74, FEATLIER 74, CABINET 78, OUTRIDES 77, OGREISM 84, TWANGER 65, NOTARIES 62
Victoria, 2-1, +102, FEsTIvE 74, RETINAL 71, sLIVERS 77, TODDLeS 63
Janny S., 1-2, -152, REELINg 64
Jan H., 1-3, -370, WEANERS 75, ROiLING 72
Will, 0-1, -6, SONSIER 78, WEDGIES 93
Friday, December 2, 2011
Sorry for my frequent absences lately...things have been very busy for me, but I should be able to make it to club this Sunday. As usual, please feel free to post in the comments whether you'll also be able to attend.
I have been mulling over an idea for a change that I'd like to implement, starting with the new year. I would like reduce our frequency of "official" club meetings from the current weekly schedule, down to a monthly frequency; perhaps the first Sunday of the month. However, we would still continue to meet "unofficially" the other Sundays (at the usual time and place).
For most of us, this change won't make any difference, as we'll continue to show up when we can, and play Scrabble. However, it will enable me, as the director, to commit to being present a much higher percentage of the time for "official" meetings. I've also been thinking that for the official meetings, we could play a bit more structured format, perhaps keeping running statistics or maybe even club ratings at some point. I'm thinking that things like this might spur greater attendance at the official meetings, and may help some of our members transition more easily to tournament play if they so desire.
Any thoughts on this? Feel free to post in the comments, or contact me privately by email or at club.
Monday, November 28, 2011
W - L
|TAILORS 73 EN(A)TION 64|
|DREA(D)ING 86 WAGERER(S) 77|
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Steve: 3-1, +155, DITTIEs 82, GENITUrE 68, RECUSANT 74, cURTAINS 64, sTIFLER 92, ENLaRGED 80, EPIDOTE 86
Betty: 3-1, +101, CURTAINS 80, SALTING 71, CENTERed 62, RETILED 69, SEAtING 71
Will: 2-1, +104, LAWINEs 86, ORIENTS 73, AREOLES 76, INVITERS 74
Victoria: 2-2, +194, WEANERs 77, THRONED 91
Janny: 1-2, -238, STILtIN* 65
Andrea: 0-4, -316, UNPLEAT* 63
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Will 2-0, +88 -- RESEASON 62
Betty 3-2, +199 -- EVILEsT, REDnESS, GrOOMED 78, ePIZOAN 90, NOVEnAE 71
Eric 2-1, +4 -- TREATERS 74, NEWToNS 80, INTrUDED 83
Margaret 2-2, +26 -- sTRINGS 73, STANDEE 85, ReFRIED 81, ShOVERS 65
Jan 1-3, -186 -- JuNKIEs 82, gLAZILY 79
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Steve 3-0, +433, GESnERIA, OVERDOSE 66, ASInINE 64, CONtENTED 72, INNAGES 73, BARONIaL 70, CuTTERS 73
Jan H. 2-1, +20, MOANiNgS*
Jan S., 2-1, +7
Victoria, 2-2, -26, SPURNeD 74, DEANeRY 75
Andy, 1-2, -146, REENTERS 77, ENTRIES 78, BAPTIsED 78, ANTBEARs 70, NARDInE 66
Will, 0-1, -100
Cheryl 0-3, -193
Friday, September 30, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
As for my performance, I went into the tournament with a 1530 rating, just under the 1550 cutoff for division 1. I was still hoping Brad might merge divisions 1 and 2, but when it appeared that that wouldn't happen, I decided to play up to Division 1, knowing it would make an even number of players in both divisions. I was actually pretty happy with that arrangement, since I would be playing much tougher players than my previous tourney (I like to play a range of opponent levels anyway).
The action started Friday evening with the early bird. As the bottom seed in the top division against Ryan Fischer (1788), Brian Galebach (1641), and Pete Zeigler (1598), I fully expected to get my clock cleaned. As it turned out, I went 3-1, my only loss being to Ryan, a heartbreaker in game 1 where he bingoed his last 2 turns to steal a 395-384 victory. The next two games weren't as close, game 2 being a blowout against Brian, and game 3 a 387-292 win against Pete Zeigler, a much closer game than the score showed, as he lost 50 points due to going over time. Game 4 came, a rematch against Ryan, and this time it was my turn for the comeback win 369-345, from as much as a 102-pt deficit.
I came out of the early bird feeling great, as it was not only my first Division 1 tourney win (ok, I know it's just an early bird, but I'll take it), I felt I did it with solid play as opposed to having to rely on luck (draws were equitable in 3 of the games, and the fourth game was actually heavily in my opponent's favor).
Next came the main event, where again I was the bottom seed, against 5 others in the top division. Karma compensated my good fortune from the early bird, at least on Day 1. The first game that morning, against top-seeded Ryan Fischer, was one of the most exciting I've ever been involved in. I trailed late 283-370, with an empty bag, ADETNY? on my rack, and AEGIKRV on Ryan's; a bingo would win it for me. There was an open R at the top of the board, but no room for the fairly-common ARoY(N)TED. After racking my brain for several minutes, I suddenly see it, and throw down pEDANT(R)Y for a 376-370 win! Except...I glance over at the clock, and see that I'm over on time, by 2 seconds. Argh! One of my toughest losses ever.
I fared no better in games 2-5 (against Robin Laprelle, Jeff Cook, Brian Galebach, and Pete Zeigler), although all were fairly close. Game 5 was especially tough to swallow, as a misplaced play (playing POISE, hooking the I instead of the S onto BRIG) cost me a turn and maybe the game. Still, in spite of being 0-5 I didn't let myself get discouraged the way I might have in some previous tournaments, and sure enough, I managed wins in games 6 and 7.
Then came game 8 against Brian Galebach, perhaps the most impressive game I've seen from an opponent. He threw down 4 bingoes, including KLEPTHI(C) for 116. His setup for that play was even more impressive in my opinion, hooking COEN onto ZYMES for a 78-point TWS. He had told me previously that he had studied all his 8s and it definitely showed in this game. I lost game 9 to finish the day at 2-7, thoroughly humbled since the previous day's success.
The next day I finished on a high note, matching my early bird success by again going 3-1. The most interesting game was the third one, round 12 against Pete Zeigler. I opened a huge lead, but he clawed back to 396-352. He then played OVoIDS for 28, and I thought I heard him say "and out", so I instinctively said "well, might as well challenge", and of course the play was good. I walk back to the table thinking I've won a close one, only to notice he still has a tile left on his rack. Since I had challenged, it was now his turn, where he went out for real this time, with MOR, for 404-396. However, this time it was my turn to be the beneficiary of an overtime situation, as Pete's clock read -0:07. I surived a recount to eke out a 396-394 win.
Overall, I felt it was a good tournament for me. I was concerned I would significantly regress after my ratings surge from Chicago, but I was actually able to gain 31 points. This was in spite of draws that were actually on the poor side overall. For example, I drew both blanks in only 2 of the 17 games (and I lost one of those). I was also happy that I was able to keep my poise after Saturday's dismal 0-5 start, to win 5 of the last 8 games. There were some other stats that I was happy with, like the following:
- Extended my streak of 300+ scoring games to 38. Still a long way from all-time best of 95, though.
- Played only 1 phoney, the BRIGI* misplacement. Besides that and the OVOIDS challenge at what I thought was the end of the game, I had a 6-3 advantage at the challenge table.
-Opponents played 6 phoneys over 17 games, a much higher figure than I expected to see the top division. I challenged 4 of them off.
It will probably be at least January (Knoxville) before my next tourney. That's ok, as I have lots of studying to do on my 7s and 8s in the meantime!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
All seven Kentucky players (and all are in the Lexington club) brought home rating points, for a total of 223 points.
We kicked butt in the early bird and in the main event. Steve, Will (hello!) and Betty all won their early bird divsions. Steve was 3-1 in Div. 1 (!), Will was 4-0 in Div. 2 and Betty was 4-0 in Div. 6.
In the main event, Steve was fifth in Div. 1 with a 5-8 record against the toughest players (he lost the final game by a few points; had he won it, he would have vaulted to third), Will was second in Div. 2, Andy was third in Div. 3 (as a 12th seed!), and in Div. 4, Victoria was eighth at 7-6, Betty was 10th at 6-7, Janice was 14th at 5-7, and Cheryl was 18th at 4-8. Everyone except will finished above their seed; Will matched his No. 2 seed.
Here is the breakdown of points gained, from before the early bird to the end of the main tourney:
Steve: 33 points
Will 55 points
Andy: 39 points
Betty: 44 points
Victoria: 19 points
Jan: 17 points
I haven't broken it down yet, but even though the tourney was in West Virgina, I think most of the rating points came at the expense of North Carolina.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
W - L
|ORDINEs 68 CAJONES 96|
|CaSHING 72 RE(G)RATES 68|
|DELETInG 59 LOONIEst 61|
|SAFRONS 64 (phoney) GRADERS 84||Jan||
|UnDENTED 70 RETINUE 66|
|ERASIO(N)s 58 DiABASE 72||Andrea||
|UNCITED 66 (phoney) RESHOWN 78||Janny||
|UNPIECED 67 (phoney) ENNO(B)LES 60|
...And next weekend, the Ladies' Scrabble Auxiliary (me, Jan, Betty and Victoria) is off to Charleston WV for their tournament.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The entry fee is $80; for Div. 1, it's $100. The tournament is at the senior center, but the tourney flyer has links to some local motels. To look at the flyer, go to cross-tables.com, scroll down to Asheville, then click on it.
Monday, September 5, 2011
W - L
|Jan H|| |
|SOCIAL(S) 63 HIRINGS 69 (phony)|
|VA(L)INE(S) 82 RETSINA 66|
|AREOLE(S) 75 RELAYI(N)G 71||Cheryl|| |
|DI(A)PERS 70 ANTIQUES 68|
|Janet S|| |
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tyler: 3-1, +486
REHEATED 80, TONNeRS 68, dIPTERAN 72, COUnTIES 86, SATIRES 66, FORECAST 65, COLINEAR 64
Jan H. : 3-1, -122
Steve: 2-1, +32
GIRLIEST 77, SANTERAs 60
Victoria: 3-2, +128
URALiTE 62, GODETIAs 60, ENAMELs 65
Betty: 2-2, +161
BEASTIE 78, EPInAOI 68, RETENES 76
Jan S.: 0-2, -216
Cheryl: 0-4, -439
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
W - L
|BLASTER 77 RESILING 80|
|STE(A)MIER 131 LAN(K)IEST 74|
|TEA(S)ING 80 (S)MARTEN 67|
|(S)EAMING 76 ARO(U)SER 56|
|(S)UNNIER 66 ReRAISED 68|
|ReGALED 65 MILTAGE (phony) 72|
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
W - L
|BOUNTIEs 70 SANDIER 82|
||NOSIEsT 73 OERsTED 75|
|ARENItE 69 rELOANED|
|SCOWLER 69 AREOLES 71|
||INULAsE 70 bELONGS 84|
||CONTROLS 60 DELIVErS 76|
|PIRATED 76 CANInES 76|
|EChELON 64 ORGIAST 76|
|Jan H.|| |
|Jan S.|| |
Betty 3-1 +179 ER(E)CToRs 59 mAMMALS 78 DROL(L)ING 65
Jan H. 3-1 +115 NATIONs 67 RULINGS 66
Victoria 1-3 -79 bATFISH 83 LOANERS 69 HEISTEd 73 PE(R)GOLAE 78 (phony)
Janny 1-3 -215 LENTILS 75, BRAISEs 72
Friday, August 12, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
NAME Win-Loss SPREAD BINGOES
David 3-0 +425 AV(I)ATOR 72 i(N)FLATED CINEAST 77 AR(M)LESS 79 FEARI(N)G 68 INWARDlY 72
Jan 3-0 -71 (S)KATING ENTRIES SNOOK(E)(R)
Betty 2-2 +348 MAFT(I)RS 78 HEARER(S) 69 AU(D)ITEE INFESTED (C)AFTONS (phony)
Victoria 1-2 -184
Tom 1-1 +134 (S)TrEAKER 73
Susanna 1-1 +64 A(N)TSIER 67 ENTESIA (phony) RENTERS 76
Cheryl 1-3 -272 ANILINE(S) 66 RENDERED 61
Parker 0-1 -100
PS: I am tied up this Sunday and working next weekend, so I won't be at club for 2 weeks.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Also, this was Andrea's last club meeting. She is moving away with her family. Come back and visit any time, Andrea! One of us could offer you a place to stay, I bet.
W - L
|RETIREE 72 EqUATES 67|
|FLaNGES 81 tUNNELS 62|
|STrANGE 69 MARTiNS 63|
|BREWSKi 92 sENATOR 75|
|STEA(D)IEd 62 SECRETE 76|
|Jan H|| |
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
NAME W-L SPREAD BINGOES
Mike 4-0 +567 prenamed obeisant groaner deviates subindex
sheened insuree pardons sexpots heroine overdoes
Victoria 2-1 -198 centime
Janney 1 -1 -76 fainted
Will 0-1 -18 savager
Jan 1-2 -41 goatees
Betty 1-3 -67 saviour birling pawners curlings
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
W - L
|Margaret Yoder || |
|HITTIng 83 CRISTAE 77 |
|fONDLER 81 UNLiNKS 76|
|David Brown |
| 2-1 |
|HISTNOE* or HISTONE 68 PORGIES 65|
SERvICE 84 AMNIOtE 66
ERUDITE 74 LARDIER 67
|BERATEd 92 ONSTAGe 63|
|Eric Yoder || |
|-11 ||STRAINED 80 DERIVALS* 76 |
|uRINATED 72 CHESTING* 68 |
|Jan Hatton || |
|KINDLInG 66 |
|Cheryl Coovert|| |
|NEARINg 70 REVIEWER 68|
|Betty King || |
| gRANNIES 67 STEALER 78|
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
W - L
|David Brown|| |
|RETINOL 76 ALIENED 72|
|MORALIZE 107 AGONIST 72|
|VENTuRIS UNSEIZE 105|
|S(O)DOMITE 62 INSOLENT 68|
|Victoria Bledsoe|| |
|INVITED 69 DETOUR(S) 78|
|DIGRESS 78 (A)LIUNDE 74|
|Will Scott|| |
|TANDOoR(I) 82 MINDSET 84|
|SEAMOUNt 89 HOAR(I)ES 73|
|CURATIVE 66 TERpINO(L) 72|
|Betty King|| |
|GUTTE(R)S 68 SORINGS 60|
|Jan Hatton|| |
|Cheryl Coovert|| |
|DOSAGES 79 (D)IARI(E)S 60|
|Janet Scheeline|| |
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I'm a maybe at this point, but should be able to say for sure by Saturday evening.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Betty, 4-0, +501, LEADErS 63, DEvOTEE(S) 76, SENORAS 67, S(N)OTTIER, SQuIRES 86, REtINED*
Steve, 3-0, +218, M(I)NGLERS 63, SEARING 88, rOSEATE 72
David, 3-1, +258, (I)NCENsED 66, FALT(E)RED 61, HALITES 88, DELOUSE 75, REWRItE(S) 66, LEpTONS, AR(R)OgANT 122
Mike 3-2, -63, QUESTOR 106, oVERWET 90, AGENTIA*, CENTERE(D), CRESTAL
Victoria, 2-2, -103, AUGITES 64
Andrea, 1-2, -23, NO(V)ELIST 72, K(E)RNELED 70, (N)OTARIeS 61, TISSUeS
Jan, 1-3, -239, ToADIeS
Cheryl, 0-3, -462
Will, 0-4, -87, ROUsING 73, LAITIES 66, ROSULATe 66, AROUSeD 69, CEDULAs 70, (T)OwERING 77
Callouts to Andrea for a 3-bingo game (all three of them eights!), on consecutive turns(!), and David for high play, AR(R)OgANT, a triple-triple for 122 points! The tough luck prize goes to Will, for going 0-4 in spite of 6 bingoes...ouch!
We also have a nice contingent going to Knoxville next weekend. Good luck to Will, Margaret, Betty, Victoria, Jan, and Cheryl. Bring back the ratings!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I am very grateful to John and Steve for the local club
tournaments. They gave me the confidence to sign up for a 20-game, 3-
encouragement and support I needed.
I decided before I went that I would have a positive attitude and
have a good time no matter how I did. My results were 9-11, +224. I
had a total of 22 bingoes--two of them phoneys.
I was a little nervous when we first started, and I lost round 1 by
50 points (bingo: ABOULIA). I lost round 2 by only 13 points
(KNEELING). I started to relax and my confidence went up. I won
round 3 by 106 points (TREASURE, REALIST).
I started round 4 with SANTERO. My opponent wanted to challenge but
did not. However, when I played YOUS adding an S to SANTERO, she
challenged both words. I won round 4 by 85 points.
In round 5 I was challenged on GENITOR and won by 132 points.
Even with two bingoes I lost round 6 by 72 points (LENDERS, AUXINES*)
Usually by rounds 7 and 8 I'm tired, and I do poorly. Not this
time. I won round 7 by 92 points with 2 bingoes (MUSTANG, DISHERS*).
The 8th and last round on Saturday I won by 32 points, thanks to my
opponent, who challenged NAGGIEST.
On Sunday morning I was feeling quite confident until my opponent's
first play was PREREAD. Then I stumbled to lose by 144 points.
I did not let myself get discouraged, and I won round 10 by 90
In round 11 my opponent and I both had one bingo each (mine:
TINKLER, his: STOGIES), but I still lost by 68 points.
I played BELLIES in round 12, but my favorite nonbingo play was
JAVELINA (only 34 pts) using the V and the L on the board. When I
played FIZ my opponent challenged. Then on his next turn, he played FIZ.
In round 13 I challenged FET and lost by 34 points even with ORDAINS.
Next I had my high game of the tournament--473 points. My opponent
challenged SPINATE. My other bingo was RANDIES, and I won by 192 points.
In round 15 I added an S to CAME to play LADDIES. I knew they were
good, and I was glad when my opponent challenged both. Later I played
ATONIES, but I still lost by 9 points. He asked if I wanted a
recount, and I said no. I heard another player say that she always
asks for a recount if the difference is 10 or fewer. I did not think
a recount was worthwhile.
My opponent for the last round on Sunday was Greg, who would end up
winning first place in our division. I exchanged tiles twice and with
no bingoes, I lost by 29 points.
Monday morning I must have been tired. I lost the first 3 rounds and
came up with only one bingo, IODATES.
Then came the 20th and final round. I was determined that I would
not lose this one. I even played a phoney (RAB*) hoping my opponent
would not notice. He didn't. I was very happy to see my first bingo
(POODLES), and even happier when my opponent challenged my second
bingo (DAMNERS). We each had 5 of the power tiles, so if he had been
alert, he could have beaten me. I won by 36 points--a good ending.
I noticed that players left the challenge slips by the computers. I
took some of them home just to see what kind of words were being
challenged. I wish I had done that all three days in all divisions.
The director and his assistant did an excellent job of running this
tournament. They were well organized, helpful, friendly, even funny.
The trophies certainly were an incentive, even the smallest one. I
could not help but stare at some of the Scrabble celebrities that
were in attendance.
The Oakton Community Center is a beautiful facility with programs
for children, teens,and seniors. It has a huge 2-story indoor
playground similar to those at McDonald's restaurants. It has a large
parking lot, and shops are within walking distance. Unfortunately,
due to a rent increase, the director will have to find another site
for next year. I prefer to have less prize money and stay in the same
location. I certainly would like to participate again next year.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
It was probably my most "successful" tournament, definitely money-wise ($500 winnings), but also in that I finished with a new high NASPA rating (1530). Even beyond that, though, overall I felt mentally sharp and lucid almost the whole time.
It seems there's a growing trend for more and more people to play up to higher divisions, and this tourney was no exception. I played in Division C; the upper cutoff was 1550, and even though my rating was 1463 I was still the #1 seed. There were 6 folks in the low 1500s (and a 1362 and 1450) that played up to Division B, and when I got there, I was actually asked by the director if I wanted to do the same. I briefly considered it, but decided to stick where I was. My general policy with ratings and division placement is to "play it where it lies", and in hindsight I'm glad I did so. :)
-15 wins, 5 losses. I played a total of 33 bingoes to my opponents' 28. Not a huge difference, considering my overall record. I had one game with 4 (which I won) and 2 with none (1-1).
-My results at the challenge table were overall positive (7 "wins" vs 4 "losses"), but there's room for improvement:
2 phoneys by me, allowed (RO*, overlooked by opp, PURAN*, deliberate, second game w/ same opp)
0 phoneys by me, challenged off (yay!)
1 valid by me, challenged (STALKIER)
3 phoneys by opp, allowed (2 inconsequential, OUTAIMS*, UNFACE*, one significant, EMBUE, probably cost game)
4 phoneys by opp, challenged off (ANESTRIS*, UREDIAN*, PAEGANT*, OUTNAG*)
1 valid by opp, challenged (ADIPOSES)
Games of note:
Game 2, vs. Susan Hoehn: It was a wild one; I opened with INDIGOS 72, then fell way behind when she played EMBUE* for 38. I still had some opening jitters, otherwise I like to think I would have challened this obvious phoney. As it were, I let it stand, and in spite of a valiant comeback ended up losing 406-409.
Game 7, vs. Phyllis Koselke: Phyllis opened with GARNETS and then ANATOMY, and I trailed by as much as 130 points early on, but I managed to fight back, to a 371-330 deficit, with AILORS and some other letter on my rack (note to self: write racks more legibly :). No good place to play, so I took a risk and played ORAL for 8, then UP for 4 to open the board, while she made a few 20-30 point plays. My risk paid off, as I was able to bingo outwith TREATIES for 77 to steal a 441-418 win.
Game 15, vs. Cheryl Melvin: Cheryl nearly avenged her Game 1 loss against me in this one, buildinga nice lead with DONATES for 70, then hooking an O on the front of it with ZORIS in the TWS lane, for 80 more. But again, I fought back with several high-scoring 5-letter plays (TWICE 44, SWINK 50). The key play, though, was sneaking in PURAN* for 35 on a board that was pretty closed up at the time, making the game nearly even. I then eked out a narrow 1-point win. It was a tough break for Cheryl, who is something like 1-7 against me overall.
Game 17, vs. Bill Rexhausen: Bill is one of those young players (early 20s maybe) who is steadily climbing the ranks, and whom I considered a dangerous opponent, especially since 1) it was the first of the last 4 games on the morning of Day 3 (and I don't normally play as well in the morning), and 2) he was in position to finish in the money (3rd place at the time, if I recall correctly). So the stakes were high, and he didn't disappoint. He steadily built a 72-point lead early, but I turned it around with HAZER 50,DEVOTING 63, and LEAKER 45 to take a 259-214 lead. Then 2 turns later, he laid down CUISINE for 77, to go up 312-281. At that point I had AGGLONR on my rack with maybe 12 tiles left. It was looking pretty dim, but then I made one of my 2 best plays plays of the tourney, ORGAN(A) in the DWS lane under LEAKER, for a 5-word parallel play and 31 points to tie it up. I wasn't sure it was good at the time, either (turns out it was). After that it was a tight endgame, but I was able to go out with LEM(A)N for the win.
Game 18, vs. Dan Terkell: Dan went up early with DISTEND 77, but I countered with ROOKIES 85 and never looked back. I broke the game open when I had DFIIMS?, and hooked the S onto his DISTEND, making FIDeISM 93 points. It was my other "best play" along with the ORGANA play the previous game.
Overall, I had a blast. It helped that every opponent I played was pleasant, regardless of the game's outcome. And although I had a slight advantage on the bingos, I think the main key to my success was my knowledge of short words, the 4s and 5s. They made a big difference, and time and again helped me overcome bad racks with decent points. The also lend credibility to plausible phoneys (e.g. PURAN) when the need arises. I highly recommend spending time learning them!
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
W - L
|EROSIONs 77 TARGETS 83|
|OUTLETS 60 KATIONS 78
SAILORS 70 HAIRLESS 77
|AUDIENTs 70 GRAVEST 73
|SINKABLe 86 SEIZERS 92
|SALTERN 74 STOURIE 76|
|ABIDERS 70 PERINEA 77
|PUREENS 82 (phony)|
|M(I)NGLES 89 SOARIN(G) 77|
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Five of us were at club, and Mike led the bingo parade as usual: nine in four games. Here are the results:
Will 3-0, +211
Mike 3-1, +443
Jan 1-2, -226
Betty 1-3, -228
Janney 0-2, -200
Mike 9: TR(I)AZOLE 68 POStURE 87, TOWERING 74, GENERIC 77, SELLInG 60, LINTERS 61, TINDERS 75, EXPL(O)RED 69, AROYNTS 93
WILL 6: ANTiTAX 87, BLASTER 86, ADJOINT 97, HERO(i)NES 63, SNORTED 69, (V)IRGiNAL 74
Betty 1: ORiOLES 66
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I know that some of you are already aware of this, but for those that are not, I think an announcement here appropriate.
Our co-director, John Spangler, has taken a haitus from club activities, and it's not clear when he may plan to return. In the meantime, I am acting as sole director. As such, if you have any director-related inquiries, please direct them to me. Cheryl has already updated the club website and blog to reflect this change, and WGPO has done likewise with their website.
Monday, May 23, 2011
I corrected the May meeting dates as well... folks, I *do* make typos, feel free to point them out!
Mike 2-0 +395
Betty 3-1 +257
Jan H 2-2 +90
Victoria 3-3 -285
Janny 0-4 -457
Mike: OrTOLAN 69
2 more that were phoneys
Betty: SNARErS 76
Victoria BOTTLES 71
Jan H BRITTLE 85
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I'm thinking that for future meetings I'll just set up a simple spreadsheet to record the results, so this doesn't happen again (that is, assuming my laptop doesn't suffer the same fate as the scoresheet :-).
Also, who will be at club this Sunday, May 22? I will probably not, and the next weekend (Memorial Day) I'll be in Chicago playing at the Arden Cup tourney there. I hope to be back at club the following Sunday though.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Jan, Betty and Andrea hung around a bit to allow me to play a second game. Thanks!
Betty was the star, going 5-1, and her only loss was by 2 points. Jan took it on the chin, going 1-4, but she's going to Disney World next weekend, so she wasn't too broken up about it. Andrea had the big play of the day: REAlIZES for 98 points.
Here are the results:
Betty: 5-1, +261
Andrea: 2-2, +27
Will: 1-1, +73
Cheryl: 1-1, -26
Victoria: 1-2, -170
Jan: 1-4, -202
Betty: SArONGS 71, DECLINES 74, RELOAnED 59, REAGINS 66, AVIATEd 83, HOISTER 94, EARLIEST 68
Andrea: DOCTRINE 74, TIPLESS 79, REAlIZES 98, CANDOUR 76
Will: TITTERS 66, FROwNERS 72 (missed FRONTeS for 98)
Jan: WAFTInG 70
Friday, May 6, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Name, Wins-Losses, Spread, Bingos (that I know of, with scores and blank indicated, if known):
Andrea, 0-4, -452, STOrIED 68, WHiSPER 91
Betty, 1-3, -173, SILUrID 70 (sorry Betty I know you had more bingoes than that)
Eric, 1-1, -45, DONATES 68, INSERTED 63, DAINTIER 63
Jan, 1-2, +37, bIRLING 77
Kelly, 1-2, +91 (sorry Kelly I didn't get your bingoes)
Margaret, 2-1, +101, DAEMONS, GARBLES, ESTRANGE, COASTED
Steve, 2-1, -11, AUdITEE 70, GREISEn 71, FROSTER* 70
Tom, 2-0, +60, REVALUED 66, LOOTING 64, ORIENTS 71, SERIATE 65
Will, 4-0, +391, sTOOLED 71, AIGLETS 73, SADIRON 73, pLANnING 61, GRADERS 84, CAmBIUM 68, HOLDERS 72
Feel free to post comments with corrections or additional information. Thanks to everyone for participating!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Quick stats: I finished 8-12, with a spread of +256, meaning I had some big wins and relatively close losses. I had 33 bingoes in 20 games, an average of 1.56 a game. I had five three-bingo games, which is a first for me. I averaged 395 points a game, and my opponents averaged 381. Everything except my win-loss record was pretty good. Ah, well. There's always the next tournament. I recommend Knoxville in June.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Kelly is new, she saw the ad Will placed in the Herald-Leader. Good going, Will!
*next time it will be ELASTIC
Friday, April 15, 2011
|Mike Willis||5 - 1||+705|
|Will||3 - 3||-171|
|Betty||3 - 3||-131|
|Victoria||2 - 4||-241|
|Janny||0 - 2||-181|
|Cheryl||0 - 2||-187|
Now for some BINGOES
|Victoria||NONALIEN (phony) 59|
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Club results, reported by Victoria:
We had four people at club today. Jan was back from Arizona. She
sold her house there, so she will now be joining us throughout the year.
Here are the results:
Steve 2-0 +326 RADIALE 79 MOOrIEST 70 OVERTHIN 65
Victoria 2-1 -112 GROSSInG 59
Andrea 2-2 -46 TARRING 64 HeALING 78 BAITING 70
Jan 0-3 -168
Andrea played HeALINGS and was challenged by Jan. We all
learned that it does not take an S.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Mike Willis: 3-1, +133
Victoria: 1-1, +45
Will: 1-2, -42
Janney: 0-1, -136
Mike: MIDWIFES 67, TOLANES 72, BERATED 73, DEVILISH 64, AUREOLAS 59
WILL: REGIONS 68, TORNADIC 62, PUNIEST 89, SEALERS 68, ANNATES 90
VICTORIA: URINATE 64, NULLING 64
Friday, March 25, 2011
Cheryl's post urging us to publicize club got me moving. I ran into a former colleague who plays three-minute games online, and I gave her a copy of the flyer. I also gave one to a co-worker whose 12-year-old daughter is getting into the game (I had earlier given them the cheat sheet).
Also, I put a blurb for our club on the Herald-Leader's online events listing. There's a delay in posting, so once it shows up, I'll repost it here in case anyone wants to make a correction or recommend a wording change.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
I will be out of town also this coming weekend.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Like always, feel free to comment here on whether you'll be attending this weekend's session starting at 3pm. I'll try to post an attendance survey at the appropriate times for the next few weeks' sessions also, subject to when/if I can get to the internet.
Have fun in my absence,
Monday, February 28, 2011
The full results are below. Thanks to everyone for attending!
Steve Bush, Director
Format: Name, W/L, Spread, OldRating, NewRating, Prize
Marc Broering, 5-0, +745 , 1720, 1743, 1st place, $20
Will Scott, 3-2, +110, 1367, 1386, 2nd place, $10
Frank Lee, 1-4, - 403, 1368, 1341, high game (424), $5
Connie Breitbiel, 1-4, - 452, 1288, 1274
Andrea Carman, 4-1, + 109, 554, 662, 1st place, $20
Andy Wade, 2-3, - 4, 1083, 1046, 2nd place, $10
Betty King, 2-3, - 40, 735, 727
Victoria Bledsoe, 2-3, - 65, 483, 498, high game (469), $5
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The tourney format will continue to be a five-round tournament, including a meal break at Perkins, with pairings and prize structure determined by the tournament director on the basis of the number of players participating. WGPO fully rates local club tournaments. Seedings will be determined by players' WGPO ratings, with NASPA ratings used if the player has not yet established a WGPO rating. Entry deadline is 5 p.m., Saturday, February 26, in order to ensure a timely start for the tournament.
To register either leave a comment to this blog entry OR send an e-mail to Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the responses received so far, as of Saturday, February 26, at 4:00 p.m. EST --
9 WILL BE ATTENDING: Andy Wade, Andrea Carman, Marc Broering, Victoria Bledsoe, Betty King, Frank Lee, Connie Breitbiel, Will Scott, Steve Bush (directing)
2 WILL NOT BE ATTENDING: Cheryl Coovert, Janet Scheeline
0 ARE UNSURE ABOUT ATTENDING:
Hope to see you there!
Steve Bush, Tournament Director
Monday, February 14, 2011
Victoria had the bingo of the day, in terms of points, low probability and overall coolness: INFIXeS for 106. She said she had been studying the fives that have X, and it came in handy.
Steve had the second-coolest bingo: the anagram of GONDOLA. He also had high game with 526.
Steve 3-1, +248
Betty 2-2, +190
Victoria 2-2, -86
Will 1-3, -162
Steve 437 LOaFERS 66, HOsTAGE 83
Will 313 LOITERS
Betty 398 STAGIER 83
Victoria 372 MORALEs
Will 357 SARDINE 73
Betty 439 EMERGES 97
Steve 331 DEALERS 73
Will 402 DESTINY 75
Betty 383 TIERING 63, COBbLES 89
Steve 526 INERTIA 84, DONGOLA 85 SOLDIERS 70, GRENADEs 60
Victoria 378 INFIXeS 106
Will 336 DEVIATOR 74
Steve 396 rEVISES 67 STAINER 73
Betty 393 BLENDiNG 86
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
I'm pleased to announce that after a few months' haitus, the Lexington Scrabble Club's Local Club Tournament is back! The date will be Sunday, February 27, at the same locale (Perkin's Restaurant).
As in the past, the following will apply:
-5 game format
-WGPO (not NASPA) fully-rated tournament
-Start time: 3pm
-"Registration" deadline 5pm the day before, i.e. Saturday 2/26
-Visitors from other clubs are welcome.
-Entry fee TBD. Likely $10-15 like in the past.
I will post a more "formal" announcement in the next week, wherein I'll keep a current list of entrants, but I wanted to at least get the news out now so you can be planning for it. Of course, if you are already planning to play, feel free to post a comment here, or email John or me, and I'll add you to the formal announcement when I post it.
Let me know if any questions. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Will 3-0, +435
Betty 2-1, +226
Janny 1-1, -60
Victoria 1-3, -215
Cheryl 1-3, -386
Friday, February 4, 2011
Here is the short form: I was the top seed in Division 2 and finished 8-7, +35, in sixth place. My rating dropped from 1409 to 1375. In three losses, I let go a phoney, and in each case, challenging it off might have changed the outcome. Ah, well. There's always the next tournament.
Here's my full report:
Will Scott's Knoxville Tourney, January 2011
Game 1, vs. David Meredith
Division 2 had 14 players, so the format was a round-robin for the first 13 games, then a king-of-the-hill matchup for each of the final two rounds. As the top seed in my division, I was to play the field in reverse order, from the 14th seed to the second seed. David was the 14th seed. I'd played him before and I knew he would be tough, but he'd had almost no sleep the night before and was visibly bleary. However, he managed to stay awake enough to hand me a loss right away. It didn't help that I missed the bingo MALTOSE. My lone bingo was SLATTED, but he answered with NONARTS, and two turns later he played ZEE/ZA for 63 points, and I couldn't catch him. Will 339, David 410.
Game 2, vs. Jacob Cohen.
Jacob is a very nice guy from
Game 3, vs. Charlie Bond.
Another nice guy, Charlie was a longtime player who quit the game in the 1990s and returned a couple of years ago. I jumped ahead with ARSENAL, but he later played AUGITES to get within 9. From there, he won the battle of four- and five-letter plays, winning 380-311.
Game 4, vs. Margaret Swanson.
The action was in the second half of the game. I had built a nice lead, but on turn 9, Margaret played AGITATE to go ahead by a point. Two turns later I played DRUNKEST for 64, then ZA for 31. I almost blew the game by playing AGITATER*, which she challenged off, but two turns later, after she played SINUATE, I was able to answer with LIBRATE for 71. Finally, a win: 421-353.
Game 5, vs. Frank Schin.
With a rack of CDMNRXV, I opened by exchanging two. By turn four, I had a bingo: IRONERS for 71. Two turns later, holding EGOSTU?, I bingoed again with OUTGaZES for 68. Frank challenged, thinking I was trying a hail-mary because there was nowhere to play OUTAGES, but it came back good, and I built a 115-point lead. Frank kept chipping away and briefly went ahead, but I regained the lead with NICETY for 42. I win, 397-369.
Game 6, vs. Vicki Blizzard.
Vicki iss the co-director of the local club and the tournament, but I cut her no slack. I bingoed with BEACHING on my first turn, and maintained a good lead. On turn 8 I played STEIN through a triple, forming KAYOS, UT and RE for 58 points. Vicki then bingoed with LEDGERS, but I was able to answer with TiNGLES. Another win, 453-344.
Game 7 vs. Bill Snoddy.
Bill is the director of the
Game 8 vs. Yolanda Ushry.
For some reason, I always have a good game against Yolanda. I'm 6-0 against her, with an average victory margin of 106 points. This game was no different. I opened with the fun 6-letter word ZOUNDS (it's good only with the S), and after a 6-point play of UT, I made a string of big-point plays: 32, 35, 27, 26, QUARTO for 50, DUCKIES for 78,
Game 9 vs. Aaron Finkel.
Just as I have Yolanda's number, Aaron has mine. He opened with VEALIER, while I, stuck with two Us, played GURU. Looking at my first rack now AAGHRUU I wonder if I might have been better off playing AARGH, keeping the two Us. A quick analysis by Quackle says AUGUR is the best play. Of course. Late in the game, just as I've clawed back to a three-point gap, Aaron drops SLINGER on me, pluralizing my earlier play of KENDO for 85 points. I finally get a bingo, STINGE(R)s, but it's not enough. Aaron 449, Will 388.
Game 10 vs. Mary Ellen Weisskopf.
In this back-and-forth game, I open with KITHE for 34, but I then get stuck with low-scoring plays, and Mary Ellen takes the lead on turn 4 with RADIANS for 71. I answer and retake the lead with SOUPIER for 89. Two turns later, Mary Ellen goes ahead with RESTABLE for 83, but I take it back with FOCAL for 49. After exchanging two of my three Rs, I find a spot for DRAGNET for 69, followed by ZEE for 49, and I win a high-scoring match, 456 to 403.
Game 11 vs. Gerri Bergeron.
As I played against higher- and higher-rated players in this tournament, I failed to raise the level of my game. After playing off two of my three Is with
Game 12 vs. Reid Warren.
Reid is a tough player, and he was 2-0 against me coming into the tournament. He opens with
Game 13 vs. Tom O'Rourke.
We both struggled to score early, and I burned a lot of time trying to find points in dreadful racks. Tom played MIRZA for 44 on turn 9 to open a 53-point lead, and I distinguished myself by playing five turns with single-digit scores. Still, by the end of turn 13, I was down by only 46. (Hey, it could have been much worse.) Then my luck changed. I drew both blanks, making my rack GINRS??. There was one obvious bingo lane through a double-word score. Tom couldn't capitalize, but he wisely blocked it with TAO for 13. There was one other possibility, however. I had seen it a few turns earlier but couldn't make use of it. There was an H on the board, leaving the possibility of an eight-letter bingo, but it had to end with the H and the seventh letter had to be S, to make
Game 14 vs. Mary Ellen Weisskopf.
In the first of two King-of-the-hill rounds, I was still in the hunt for fourth place, providing I had a blowout win and the fourth-place player lost by about 200. Didn't happen. What did happen was that I opened with OCTANES for 74 and two turns later played PLAISTER for 62, taking a commanding lead, if only temporarily. Mary Ellen played GLISTER for 79 to narrow the gap, I scored a total of 163 points in my next four plays, but then she played (D)eWiNESS to a triple for 83. Fortunately, I drew the better tiles in the final three turns and won, 432-381.
Game 15 vs. Margaret Swanson.
We played about even until she dialed up REDIALS for 77 on turn 7. I was able to stay close and finally got down a bingo, SONATaS, for 70 to take a 34-point lead. From the second A in my bingo, she laid down APOSTLES, but then she picked it up, fearing a strong comeback play to the triple-word score. Instead she played POST for 21. I couldn't close the board, but I refused to open it further, making two- and three-tile plays. It backfired. She bingoed (I forgot to record the word and I can't remember it) and I got stuck with all vowels in my final full rack. Margaret 399, Will 351.
Final notes: I finished 8-7, with a spread of 35 points, and my rating dropped from 1409 to 1375. Ouch. During the tournament, it seemed to me that I was plagued by Is, and I was sure I drew the lion's share of them. According to my tallies, I drew slightly more than half, and I often did have two or more on my rack, but part of the reason for that was my rack management, leaving an I on my rack while making a middling play. I also hurt myself by allowing two phoney bingoes in two straight games. Add it all up and it was a lack of focus overall. I can only hope to be better prepared mentally in my next tournament.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Here is the breakdown (players' seeding in their divisions are in parentheses):
Div. 1 -- Kelly McKenzie (3) and Steve Bush (9)
Div. 2 -- Will Scott (1) and David Meredith (14)
Div. 3 -- Andy Wade (3), Betty King (12) and Andrea Carman (14)
This is Andrea's first venture outside of Lexington, so wish her luck!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Before we go to the results, this disclaimer: I couldn't read my own writing for Janney's and Betty's game, but it looked as if Janney won, 339-336. If this score is incorrect, please let me know and I'll make the necessary changes.
Will: 3-1, +220
Janney: 2-1, -90
Victoria: 2-2, +87
Betty: 0-3, -217
Will: SANTERO 71, COOLEES* 78, rEASONE(D) 60, TE(N)SIBLE 74, ATONABL(E) 68
Victoria: aVOIDE(R)S 78, SALTinE 65, FLEDGEs 70
Janney: OVErUSE 84
Notes: Janney had a great day. She was pretty happy when she beat me in the opener (my shameful phoney of COOLEES fell short), and she had the high play of the day -- OVErUSE for 84 points -- in her second game, a narrow win against Betty.
Betty had a rough day, but she got all of her bad luck out of the way, clearing the way for a strong showing at Knoxville next weekend. Our club will have quite a contingent there: Steve, Andy, me (Will), Andrea and Betty. With Kelly McKenzie, our quasi-club member from Northern Kentucky, six players will represent Kentucky.
Against Betty, I was holding BEEILST. There was an N on the board, and after some shuffling, I came up with a possibility: TENSIBLE. It seemed plausible enough as a word, but would it be -ABLE or -IBLE? What the heck -- down it went. Betty challenged, and I was ready to pick up my tiles when the ruling came back: acceptable. I don't know who was more surprised.
In that same game, I got to play the fun fives INCOG and THRUM. I think that was the first time I'd played either of those words. (the anagram of INCOG is COIGN.)
Friday, January 21, 2011
- 2 WILL BE ATTENDING CLUB on Sunday, January 23 -- Victoria, Will
- 2 WILL NOT BE ATTENDING CLUB on Sunday, January 23 -- John, Steve
- 0 IS UNSURE ABOUT ATTENDING CLUB on Sunday, January 23 --
Monday, January 17, 2011
Steve: 2-0, +67, URALITES 68, InDAGATE 70
Betty: 2-1, -16, FOREIgn 72, OErSTED 71, CAPERING 67
Will: 1-1, +84, TORSADES 67, OLEANDERS, STARING, SEASIDe
John: 1-2, +17, dUALIST 79
Janny: 0-2, -152
Thanks for everyone's attendance. Hope to see you next time!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Also, here's a start to who's coming on Sunday (I (Will) originally posted that I would be there, but I just realized that I have a commitment that takes precedence, so I won't make it):
- 4 WILL BE ATTENDING CLUB on Sunday, January 16, 2011 -- Betty, John, Steve, Will (probably)
- 1 WILL NOT BE ATTENDING CLUB on Sunday, January 16, 2011-- Cheryl
- 0 ARE UNSURE ABOUT ATTENDING CLUB on Sunday, January 16, 2011 --
- Adam -- (S)TALKERS 62
- Andy -- PRESAGE 89, GRATEFUL 80, BINDE(R)S 78, VASTIER 78, CREATION 74, INANEST 70, REI(G)(N)ITE 64, DO(R)MANTS* 63
- Betty -- RESHAVE 73, UTI(L)ISED 62
- David -- DRAUGH(T) 82, SEATING 76, CORSETS 75, OUTDREW 68, UNIDEAED 62
- John -- OVE(R)TO(N)E 77, GRA(M)PIES* 64, (N)ATURES 64
- Steve -- DIPT(E)RAN 80, DRAINAGE 68, LATHERE(D) 63, OTALG(I)A 62
Thursday, January 6, 2011
- 5 WILL BE ATTENDING CLUB on Sunday, January 9, 2011 -- Adam, Andrea, Betty, John, Steve
- 1 WILL NOT BE ATTENDING CLUB on Sunday, January 9, 2011 -- Victoria
- 0 IS UNSURE ABOUT ATTENDING CLUB on Sunday, January 9, 2011 --