Author: Ruth Hamilton

WGPO 2016 Election

The election was open between December 1 and 14.  Here are the nominees: For Executive Committee (unopposed):  Keith Hagel.   For Board of Player Representatives (2 positions, 3 candidates):  Bennett Jacobstein, Susi Tiekert, Winter. Susi’s candidate statement: Once again I would…

Laguna Woods Commemorates Veterans’ Day

From Gary Moss: Twenty scrabble enthusiasts,rated 000 – 1700+  gathered on Veterans Day in Laguna Woods Village, CA for a full day Competition & Pot Luck.  How lucky we are to live in a country where we are free to…

Madison Marvels

 From Lynda Finn: On November 12, 14 players gathered for a small tournament in Madison WI. The tournament had a small fee for room rental and a few fun prizes, but all the place prizes were opt in. The A…

Ah, Albuquerque!

It may look like the usual tournament playing area, but this was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last weekend.  Lovely setting, great weather.  We didn’t spend all of our time indoors.  Nancee Mancel and David Weiss organized and ran a tournament…

GRITS takes up painting

From Melissa Brown: GRITS just gets better and better every year! Congratulations to top players Janice Kaye, Steph Steele, Angela Dancho, and Andrea Hatch. Peggy Grant and her sister Sue provided amazing Southern Hospitality. Full results are to be found on the Director! site: GRITSVII  

From Europe to Canada, Word Game Players compete

From Larry Rand: Azamara Quest Transatlantic Scrabble™ cruise We survived four days at sea between Cork, Ireland and St. John’s, Newfoundland. The captain of the vessel adeptly avoided the brunt of the remnants of a downgraded hurricane. Undaunted, we got…

Van Rand hosts Phoenix players

From Larry Rand: We moved the tournament to our home and had 10 players attend with a wonderful selection of pot luck dishes.  Thanks to everyone for their participation.  Special thanks to Barbara for the data entry and kitchen organization.…

Happy Winners in Monrovia

From Maddy Kamen: We had 44 players – payouts were 112% of entry fees due to a generous donation. Dave Postal debuted as director. First place winners were Maddy Kamen, Brian Nelson, Cooper Komatsu, Dave Baran, and Ben Ansell. Prizes…

Labor Day Weekend in Portland, Oregon – the usual

The tournament was abbreviated – only 16 games over 2 days.  We all had a good time and look forward to resting from our labors on Labor Day.  Nigel Peltier had 13 wins, overpowering Division 1.  6th-seeded Gary Waltuch led…

Helaine Garren March 22, 1944 – August 24, 2016

Helaine played her first tournament game January 17, 1987, under the auspices of NSA, and her last one September 9, 2015 at the WGPO Word Cup.  She played a total of 1,353 tournament games with a peak rating of 1868…