See you at Word Cup VI

DoubleTree Phoenix-Tempe

DoubleTree Phoenix-Tempe

The forecast is for high temperatures throughout most of the USA.  Why not spend July 30 through August 3 where you know the air conditioning will handle it?  We’ll be in the ballroom of the Doubletree in Tempe, Arizona. In addition to playing plenty of games and having the opportunity to win lots of prize money, we’ll be enjoying a reception, a trivia night, and a Diamondbacks game.  During the tournament, we’ll have a raffle and a silent auction.  Fun for all!  See you there.

Socks to be auctioned

Socks to be auctioned

Details:  Word Cup 2016

Farewell to Reno?

The happy players. Photo courtesy Zana Anderson

The happy players. Photo courtesy Zana Anderson

Twenty two of us gathered in Reno, as usual, for the Fourth of July tournament.  As per tradition, it was well-organized and superbly directed by Rick Wong.  Also per tradition, Kenji Matsumoto finished in first place.  The players were all there to have fun, and we did.  Reno 16

Outside the nightclub entrance

Outside the nightclub entrance

The Grand Sierra Resort (originally the MGM Grand, then the Hilton) has transformed itself.  Gone are the horses that greeted the arrivals outside the main entrance.  In their place is a massive planter burgeoning with lush plastic representations of flora (I didn’t get a decent picture).  The MGM lion no longer graces the elevator doors.  Perhaps it’s fitting that we may no longer grace the premises either.  There are currently no plans for a future tournament.

For final standings, see Reno Results.

Maine at its finest

From Andrea Hatch:

Maine bills itself as Vacationland, but in mid-June in the tiny coastal town of Castine, it became Scrabble Vacationland during Andrea Hatch’s 16-round, all-women’s tournament, impeccably directed by Steve Pellinen.

Coming from as far west as New Mexico and Colorado, and as far south as Florida, 16 women competed intensely but in gentlewomanly fashion, savored lobster, and libations, enjoyed boat cruises and trips to Acadia, and thoroughly reveled in five days of picture-perfect weather that likely would be the nicest stretch of the summer.
Play in progress at Markel's in Castine

Play in progress at Markel’s in Castine

Top seed Lisa Odom won the tournament with a sparkling 14-2, +1771 spread. But the unquestioned star of the event was Anne McCarthy. Seeded seventh and saying she was rusty after a long hiatus from tournament Scrabble, she started 2-2, but then ran the tables the rest of the way, reeling off a sensational 12 straight wins, including 2 over Lisa, to finish a clear second, 14-2, +754 spread. So much for rust! The dominance of Lisa and Anne resulted in an unusual double Gibsonization before the last round. Complete results:  Castine results.
The tournament received fine media coverage, not only from the local weekly, but also from Maine’s second-largest paper, the Bangor Daily news.
The visiting players have left. But the glow remains, not only for them, but also for the local merchants and the residents of Castine, where the tournament and Scrabble are still the talk of the town. A win-win all the way around!

Sunset

Sunset_sail

Sunset Sail

Link to article in Bangor Daily News…..a very nice scrabble article.

 

Ah, Wisconsin

As expected, the drive from St. Paul to Madison was a lovely one.  The countryside was beautiful.  The tournament was fun, too.

Here are some snaps:

Thomas Reinke, Division 1 Winner, with Director Lynda Finn

Thomas Reinke, Division 1 Winner, with Director Lynda Finn

Rob Robinsky, Collins winner

Rob Robinsky, Collins winner

Joe Roberdeau, Division 2 winner, with Lynda

Joe Roberdeau, Division 2 winner, with Lynda

Mary Becker, Division 3 Winner, and Lynda

Mary Becker, Division 3 Winner, and Lynda

Complete results:  Madison Divisions 1 – 3

Madison Collins

More fun in Monrovia

Maddy Kamen sent these pictures of the division winners in today’s tournament, posing with director Mike Johnson and organizers Maddy and Roy Kamen.

Division 1

Division 1

Division 2

Division 2

Division 3

Division 3

Division 4

Division 4

Division 5

Division 5

Dave Postal and Mike Johnson directed

Dave Postal and Mike Johnson directed

Games in Paradise

Club news from Luise Shafritz:

PastedGraphic-2We play at the Paradise Recreation Center hence the name, PARADISE SCRABBLE, and the graphics of clouds, angels, lightning bolts, etc.  We usually start playing before 9:00 am and go until 4:00 pm (brining potluck to share for lunch) so some people play 10 or more games while others opt to stay for only 3 or 4.  Makes for a trickier spreadsheet but quite doable.

 ZOD is the name of a character from the Superman trilogy — the all powerful alien that wants to dominate the universe. One of our players started claiming that he was ZOD — that no one could defeat him — that he would be scrabble-dominant. This activated our collective competitive spirit and soon everyone was trying to be ZOD (dominant) for the week. 
The IBZ or (I Beat ZOD) cloud salutes the one person (if any) who was able to defeat that week’s Zod.

We try to highlight as many different accomplishments as we can think of and have fun categorizing the bingos played by color coding — see key below. I offer some legit anagrams for phoneys that were played.  We also try to keep track of blanks and esses to see if there’s any correlation between number of blanks to number of wins and bingos. Obviously they make things easier but are not always a guarantee.

Miriam Green is the club director.  For details on this and other clubs, see the Club DirectoryPastedGraphic-3