WGPO wants nominations

WGPO is now soliciting nominations for two-year terms for two of the three slots on the Executive Committee (positions currently held by Stephanie Steele and Larry Rand) and three of the five slots on the Board of Player Representatives (positions currently held by Rick Wong, Steve Pellinen, and Ruth Hamilton).

As stated in WGPO bylaws:

The management of the WGPO shall be vested in an Executive Committee, made up of three WGPO members elected by the WGPO membership. The Executive Committee is empowered to act for the WGPO with respect to the business of the organization. It shall supervise, administer, direct, and control the operational affairs of the WGPO.

An elected Board of Player Representatives shall act for the membership as a body in making those policy decisions that are not decided by a vote of the total membership.

Any member of the WGPO who is in good standing and who is 18 years of age or older when his or her term of office would commence is eligible for election to these positions. Any member may nominate another member or himself or herself for a position being filled.  The nomination shall include the nominee’s name, an e-mail or mailing address, or both, if known, and the position for which the member is being nominated.

Nominations will be open until the end of November. Nominees will be expected to provide a brief statement of their interest and eligibility which will be available to all members prior to voting.  Voting will be conducted online (with provision made for an alternate method) during the first two weeks of December.

Nominations should be sent to members of the Nominations and Elections Committee, Susan Beard (susanbeard49@q.com and Diane Weinerman (dweinerman@gmail.com).

SuperScrabble® gets serious

Maliha Mahmood with SuperScrabble®

Maliha Mahmood with SuperScrabble

The Super Scrabble® players in California have declared themselves ready for serious competition.  They’ve organized a rated tournament to be held January 16 and 17, 2016, in Laguna Woods.  See the flyer for details.

For those not in the know:  The game is played with 200 tiles on a 21 by 21 grid.  There are premium squares aplenty, and 800+ scores in a two-person game are not uncommon.  For more information, visit the club web site, https://superscrabble.wordpress.com/.


We Have Clubs

Our club directory shows a number of playing locations in North America.  If you’re looking for a game, check it out.  If there’s nothing near you, why not start a group?

Phoenix club members Jeff Kastner, Sarah King, Barbara VanAlenPhoenix Scrabble Club certificate winners for 2015 (missing- Patrick Hodges, runner-up). Jeff Kastner, Satya Mahapatra, and Martin Janowski receive 2015 award certificates

Phoenix club members Jeff Kastner, Sarah King, Barbara VanAlen, Satya Mahapatra, and Martin Janowski receive 2015 award certificates

Please let me know if you want directory additions, changes, or deletions.

Denise Mahnken

Denise Mahnken on the Pacific Ocean, April, 2014

Denise Mahnken on the Pacific Ocean, April, 2014

We lost one of our stellar players Thursday.  Denise Mahnken succumbed to Kreutzfeldt-Jakob disease.  Those of us who encountered her at tournaments remember her for her friendly and fun-loving spirit.

Denise began her tournament career in 2001 in New York, and plunged in enthusiastically.  All told, she played 4,210 rated games (NSA, NASPA, and WGPO), winning about half of them.   Her final tournament was in Cabo San Lucas in December of last year, ending with a rating of 1178.


She won a prize

These pictures are from VanRand archives.


Wisconsin Dells – Cold Outside, Hot (and Cold) Inside

From Steve Pellinen:

IMG_0843Wisconsin Dells is hone to no Scrabble® clubs or tournament players, yet every year it is home to one of the longest running tournaments in North America.  Some great players have made their debuts at the Dells (John O’Laughlin, Rob Robinsky, et al), and many of us have fond memories of our experiences at this event started by Dan and Robin Proud back in the early 1980s.

It can’t be said that the thirty-second annual Wisconsin Dells tournament went off without a hitch. We were moved to a new room in Chula Vista Resort this year, and it wasn’t an upgrade. Mountains are several states to the west or east, and our Sierra Vista room would more aptly be called the Parking Lot Vista (Estacionamiento Vista?).  However, given the too hot, too cold, rarely just right temps forced on us by a very maladjusted HVAC system, Carol Gibbs came up with the best name for our new digs – the Menopausal Room.

Despite the thermodynamic challenges, a lot of Scrabble® did get played.  Two Early Bird divisions were won by Mike Johnson and Julia Bogle. This was Mike’s first Division 1 win. The four division winners in the WJ2 Main Event were Jason Vaysberg, also his first Division 1 win; Steve Hartsman Division 2; Julia Bogle Division 3; and Linda Stratton Division 4.  The Collins Event was won by Rob Robinsky, who won his last five games to close it out.IMG_0842

Three players made their tournament debuts this year – John Pellegrini, Pat Yovonovitz and Chris Palahniuk (all from the Twin Cities), with John winning a performance prize for his sixth place finish in a 14 player field. There were also two obvious stars over the weekend. Julia couldn’t have done much better, winning both of her events, and Jason’s 11-2 record was four games better than his nearest competition in Division 1. Very impressive results.

October in Phoenix – What better time and place for a one-day tournament?

Director Larry Rand posted these comments:

The Phoenix One Day results, prizes and ratings are now available at the Word Game Player’s website, http://wordgameplayers.org/ratings/index.php?c=pu&a=tr&tournamentID=394&ratingType=Standard

Congrats to all players who attended.  Daniel Ahrens, Norine Ahrens and David Weiss, from Albuquerque, played in their first Phoenix One Day event.  : )
Special thanks to the club members who brought all of the delicious food and beverages for our lunch break.
Two fun prizes were conducted for the morning and afternoon sessions.  In the morning, Martin Janowski and Laurie Cohen played the highest scoring plays “beginning with O,” “outages” and “orrises,”  respectively.  In the afternoon, the fun prize was “ends with an r.”  Zach Simon played “equator” (130), and Laurie recored “negator.”
He didn’t mention the colorful shirt contest, which must have occurred if the SmugMug pictures reproduced here are accurate.