Winter Wonderland of Words

From Dave Postal:

36 brave souls weathered through the chilly 65 degree partly cloudy Southern California December afternoon to toss the tiles at our Winter Wonderland of Words Tournament in Long Beach on Sunday, December 8.   No frostbite was recorded and the tiles were hot, hot, hot for division winners Jem Burch (div 1), undefeated Ken Louie (div 2), Kevin Belinkoff (div 3) and Karen Sturm (also undefeated) in division 4.
Paul Rickhoff once again assisted me in running the tournament (an invaluably organized and low key person that fits in perfectly with all our oversized Scrabble personalities) and Joanie Scafuto provided photography of our winners.

Div A (Jem Burch 1st place high win, Yuki Loritz 2nd place high word - the phony PESCADOR), Joel Elkins (3rd place), Amnon Myers (high loss losing 483-481).

Div A (Jem Burch 1st place high win, Yuki Loritz 2nd place high word – the phony PESCADOR), Joel Elkins (3rd place), Amnon Myers (high loss losing 483-481).

 

Div B Ken Louie 1st place, Billy Nakamura 2nd place and high word with the phony BEFORES - showing that  even among the highest division players, it pays to take risks sometimes), Andrea Ross Greene with high loss and Ken taking high game.

Div B Ken Louie 1st place, Billy Nakamura 2nd place and high word with the phony BEFORES – showing that  even among the highest division players, it pays to take risks sometimes), Andrea Ross Greene with high loss and Ken taking high game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Div C Kevin Belinkoff took 1st place with Ben Ansell taking 2nd and high game. Harry Chan took high loss and high word honors.

Div C Kevin Belinkoff took 1st place with Ben Ansell taking 2nd and high game. Harry Chan took high loss and high word honors.

Div D: Karen Sturm was undefeated and in first place with Keith Forman taking 2nd and Paul Rickhoff notching third. Deborah Komatsu played the high word of the tournament TRAINERS for 122 and Karen took the high win while Maxine Marcus recorded the high loss.

Div D: Karen Sturm was undefeated and in first place with Keith Forman taking 2nd and Paul Rickhoff notching third. Deborah Komatsu played the high word of the tournament TRAINERS for 122 and Karen took the high win while Maxine Marcus recorded the high loss.

Scrabblers were notified that tournament co-director Dave Postal has moved
to Palm Springs but will continue running tournaments in the LA area (for
now), but you can also expect a multi-day tournament out in Palm Springs
during the non-triple digit temperature months of the year (there aren’t
that many).
Happy holidays to all from our competitive Scrabblers here in Southern California.IMG_5981