If it’s Labor Day, it must be Portland

Actually, we’ve been playing in Clackamas for three years now.  As far as I could tell, everyone had a good time.  Some players would have liked to have won more games, but they’re probably already looking forward to the next tournament, anyway.  The hotel treated us well (Scott Smith made the arrangements), Rich Moyer did a stellar job of directing, and we had lots of help from the players.  Peter Armstrong placed first in Collins,  Details: LDW Collins   Jon Shreve won in TWL Division 1, Bennett Jacobstein was the Division 2 winner, and Anne Newberry topped Division 3. Details: LDW TWL

Scott Smith took these photos

Collins Division Winners

Collins Division Winners

Div1

Division 1 winners with Rich Moyer

Div2

Division 2 winners with Rich

Division 3 winners with Rich

Division 3 winners with Rich

Last Tuesday in Minnesota

From Steve Pellinen:

AndreaCarl082917 We’ve been doing rated Last Tuesday Tourneys for six months now, with anywhere from eight to 24 players showing up for five games on our regular club night, a change of pace from our usual four game club sessions.  The first four rounds are NAST-paired (equal strength field for all players) with 20 minute clocks.  The final round is king-of-hill with 25 minute clocks, and we’re done at about the same time as a regular club session.

If at least 16 players show up, we go with multiple divisions.  A 10-dollar entry fee covers our venue rental ($3.50 per player), a few place and performance prizes and numerous small five dollar prizes for various categories.  On August 29, San Francisco visitor Andrea Michaels, seeded seventh out of 12 players, finished a perfect 5 – 0 for top honors.  Here she’s shown in her final round matchup for all the marbles with Carl Voss, interesting because they are fellow Harvard grads, middle of the field seeds, and both masters of crossword puzzles – she at creating them, he at solving them.  Andrea won by six points.

Alaska Cruise in progress

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Hubbard Glacier

There’s no word on the tournament, which is taking place this week.  It appears that the cruisers are busy seeing the sights.  Scott Smith sent these photos.IMG_1801IMG_1884IMG_1872IMG_1810

 

The Grand Canyon – Memory Lane

Players Gregg and Elizabeth Wood and Elizabeth Hamilton

Gregg and Elizabeth Wood and Elizabeth Hamilton

We have a 35-year history at the Grand Canyon.  It’s a magical place.  Please join us there this year and experience it for yourself.  Details:  Grand Canyon Flyer

Mike Baron and the late Stan Rubinsky organized the first tournaments there.  Here are some pictures from Elizabeth Wood’s archives:

 

Mike Baron and Stan Rubinsky

Mike Baron and Stan Rubinsky

Stan and Joe

Joe Edley

Stan and Stu

Stu Goldman

 

Helaine and Polly in the Mazwick bar

Helaine and Polly in the Mazwick bar

We missed you, Nancy

From Keith Hagel:

As many of you may know, Nancy McCarroll has been battling a serious health
problem, which prevented her from playing in this year’s Word Cup. To let
her know she was in our thoughts, many of the players signed a Scrabble®
board, donated by Larry Rand and Barbara Van Alen, for her, which we sent
to her home in Grand Junction, Colo., along with a shirt from the event.

This was Nancy’s response:
What a thoughtful thing to send the Scrabble® board and Word Cup T-shirt! I
love it! Thank you, thank you!

Appleton, Wisconsin

From Lynda Finn:

18 players gathered on Saturday August 12 for the first ever tournament in Appleton WI at the home of Janet and John Griesel. Congrats to Bryan Benwitz who was undefeated and to all the other winners and players.  Results: Appleton Stats

Host Janet Griesel with top finisher Brian Benwitz

Host Janet Griesel with top finisher Brian Benwitz

Vicky Holmes, Darcy Davis, and Warren Bergmann

Vicky Holmes, Darcy Davis, and Warren Bergmann

Three rows of tables in the dining room along with a table in the living room

Three rows of tables in the dining room along with a table in the living room