A good day in Mill Valley

From Director Rick Wong:

Irene Averell

Irene Averell won her first five games, including a victory over top-seeded Cesar Del Solar, and nearly pulled off a huge tournament win, but succumbed to Bruce Ward in the final game and finished in Second Place, with more than double her expected wins total.

Complete results will be posted soon.

Decorah Dazzles

From Mike Johnson:

We had a total of 14 people over to our home to compete in a series of three one-day events. On Friday, 10 players played in a single division that included some nice upsets (Trish Coriden over MIke Johnson AND Carl Voss; Mary Krizan over Jason Vaysburg; and Carol Dustin over Lynda Finn) and some fun words. I still remember Lynda Finn’s incredible reaction when Jason extended YARDS to BEEYARDS for 42 points. Pictured below are Friday‘s winners including Jason Vaysburg (1st), Carl Voss (2nd), Trish Coriden/Mary Krizan (Tied for Best Over Seed) and Carol Dustin (center) for remaining Best Upset by Seed.


Word Cup V Coming Soon – Donations Welcome

Quilt Front

Quilt Front

Helen Flores is organizing a raffle and silent auction to take place at the Word Cup in Portland Oregon, September 5 thru 9.  She has made the quilt shown here, and some clocks from fold-up boards as well.  Others are contributing items, too.  We encourage your participation as a donor and/or a purchaser.


Here’s Helen’s request:

Dear Scrabblers,
Please help raise $$ for WGPO, clean out closets and recycle at the same time.
We will hold an auction/raffle at the Portland Word Cup with all proceeds applied to tournament expenses. We hope to retain the highest possible percentage of entry fees for player prize money. This is your cause!
Please bring any and all of the following new or used (in good condition) items with you or send donations to Portland:
* Scrabble or word-related materials, books, clothing, jewelry or other items
* Funky stuff that nerds might appreciate.
* Local or regional specialty items from your area.
* White elephants and fabulous doodads of all kinds.
If you don’t want to feel left out, cash or checks also welcome!

Contact Helen Flores with questions.helencflores@gmail.com

Outdoors in spite of the rain

Lake Oswego had its first measurable rain in weeks, but Elizabeth Wood played outdoors anyway.  Here she is (back to camera) with host and Division B second-place finisher Scott Smith and with first-place finisher Joanne Manson.  Elizabeth finished third.

Scott and Elizabeth

Joanne and Elizabeth


Alice Van Leunen opted to play indoors and won Division A.


We love Wisconsin

Lynda Finn organized a delightful tournament, providing a great excuse to spend time in the Upper Midwest.  Summer is beautiful there this year – not too hot, and the cornfields look fantastic.  Sorry, I neglected to take a picture of the corn growing, but here are some other photos.

Full results are at http://wordgameplayers.org/ratings/index.php?c=pu&a=tr&tournamentID=373&ratingType=Standard

Lisa Odom (center front) breezed to a Division 1 win. Carol Dustin, Thomas Reinke, Ian Weinstein, and Charles Reinke also won money, as did Lynda Finn, who was too busy to pose.

Sue Hoehn won Division 2.

Sue Hoehn won Division 2. Other winners were Cheryl Melvin, Mary Krizan, Julia Swaney, Melissa Brown, Diana Ittner, and Barbara Besadny. James Nalepka missed the photo op.


Madison Ball Game

Some of us enjoyed an exciting Madison Mallards baseball game before heading home.

Good friends, good times in Reno

The Reno GangThe summer tournament was shorter this year, but we packed a lot of good games into it.  Rick Wong kept it all running smoothly, while winning .95 games over his expected rating.  Kevin Fraley was the big winner in Division 1 with a 13 – 3 record.  Allen Bennett won Division 2, also 13 – 3.  Complete results are at http://wordgameplayers.org/ratings/index.php?c=pu&a=tr&tournamentID=391&ratingType=Standard.

We missed the usual attendees who couldn’t make it this year, but enjoyed the company of those who could.  The next WGPO Reno tournament is scheduled for January 16 – 17, 2016.  Mark your calendars.

Division 1 winners

Division 1 winners

Division 2 winners

Division 2 winners