Author: Ruth Hamilton

Plan Ahead – Enjoy Summer in the Midwest

What could be a better summer experience than Wisconsin in July and Iowa in August?  The sunshine, the lush fields, the cattle and hogs!  You’re too late for Madison, Wisconsin,  but you can still sign up for a great time in…

Super Scrabble® – More can be better

Super Scrabble®, manufactured by Winning Moves Games, is a big hit in Tustin, California.  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…

Albuquerque Scores a First

Little did Nancee Mancel know when she agreed to direct last weekend’s tournament in Alburquerque that she’d be the first to submit results using the new WGPO rating system.  This presented some unexpected challenges, but with help from Marc Levesque and…

Tournament Listings and Ratings have a new look

Announcement from Larry Rand of the WGPO Executive Committee: WGPO is delighted to announce its new, improved system for rating tournaments. The method of calculating ratings has not changed since Brian Galebach (thank you, Brian) first designed the system.  But…

Portlanders enjoy za with the new lexicon

Sunday, April 12, we loaded the “Custom” lexicon into the challenge machine and enjoyed six games along with our pizza.  Gary Waltuch won all six of his games to take first place in Division B.  Charley Kaplan was first in…

New Words – They love them in Wisconsin and Iowa

From Mike Johnson: Thanks to everyone for making the New Words Tournaments this weekend such a great success.  Here are the results. La Crosse: Div A  1st: Joe Gaspard, 2nd: Jason Vaysberg, 1st Performance Prize: Lynda Finn, 2nd Performance Prize: Mike Johnson, Best Upset:…

It’s Springtime In Tigard

It was warm and sunny outdoors, but a bit chilly inside.  Nonetheless, we toughed it out.  Einstein looked on as a dozen of us faced off for six games.  Dave Johnson won Division A, Chris Mazucca won Division B.  Players…

Bingos aplenty, and a lovely beach, but few blankets

Mid-March was sunny and warm in Indiatlantic, Florida.  This was much appreciated by those from Northern climes.  While not sunning or beach walking, twenty-five of us competed in the 16-round Great-Grandson of a Beach Blanket Bingo tournament directed by Susi Tiekert.  Ian…

Minutes – Executive Committee and Board of Player Representatives Meeting February 15, 2015

WGPO Meeting Sunday, February 15, 2015, 1 pm, Raintree Room @ Doubletree by Hilton, Tempe, Arizona  Attending: Executive Committee – Stephanie Steele, Keith Hagel, Larry Rand Board of Player Representatives – Ruth Hamilton, Steve Pellinen Committee members − Dominick Mancine (via Google Hangouts) Guests − Maliha Mahmood,…

We had fun – and some of us won – at Phoenix 31

The sun shone outdoors and some of us shone indoors.  Some of us didn’t, but we enjoyed the good company.  After 19 rounds, Maddy Kamen and Lisa Odom had 14 wins each and faced each other in the final game.…