Author: Ruth Hamilton

Minutes from the WGPO Executive Committee – Board of Player Representatives Meeting September 8, 2015

Clackamas, Oregon Attendees: Executive Committee: Keith Hagel. Larry Rand Stephanie Steele (unable to attend) Board of Player Representatives: Ruth Hamilton, Bennett Jacobstein, Steve Pellinen, Susi Tiekert, Rick Wong Treasurer: Janice Kaye (unable to attend) Member Liaison: Melissa Brown Guests: Maliha Mahmood, Mike Johnson, Winter ————– The Meeting…

A history lesson

The Word Cup Talent Show included a variety of acts, including a Scrabble® history lesson from Jack Eichenbaum.  He subsequently sent this note: If anyone is coming to NYC, I am happy to suggest tourism beyond the obvious and how to…

Word Cup V – one big happy family

September 9 saw the conclusion of another successful Word Cup.  The players were terrific:  pleasant and easy-going, ready to enjoy the tournament and absorb the local culture.  Local player Carl Johnson took home the first place trophy in Division 1,…

Early Birds get the prizes

Word Cup V kicked off today with a coast excursion and an Early Bird tournament.  23 people rode saw the sights on a day that was about perfect for such an excursion.  28 players stayed behind and played eight games.…

A good day in Mill Valley

From Director Rick Wong: Irene Averell won her first five games, including a victory over top-seeded Cesar Del Solar, and nearly pulled off a huge tournament win, but succumbed to Bruce Ward in the final game and finished in Second…

Decorah Dazzles

From Mike Johnson: We had a total of 14 people over to our home to compete in a series of three one-day events. On Friday, 10 players played in a single division that included some nice upsets (Trish Coriden over…

Outdoors in spite of the rain

Lake Oswego had its first measurable rain in weeks, but Elizabeth Wood played outdoors anyway.  Here she is (back to camera) with host and Division B second-place finisher Scott Smith and with first-place finisher Joanne Manson.  Elizabeth finished third.  …

We love Wisconsin

Lynda Finn organized a delightful tournament, providing a great excuse to spend time in the Upper Midwest.  Summer is beautiful there this year – not too hot, and the cornfields look fantastic.  Sorry, I neglected to take a picture of…

Good friends, good times in Reno

The summer tournament was shorter this year, but we packed a lot of good games into it.  Rick Wong kept it all running smoothly, while winning .95 games over his expected rating.  Kevin Fraley was the big winner in Division…

Tempe Players unfazed by haboob

Director Laurie Cohen reports: A few highlights…we welcomed three players who were either new to tournament play or hadn’t played in a decade or two.  Welcome to Joann Friedman, Kathleen Kelly, and Jun Escota who was visiting from Las Vegas.  In…