Category: General

We bid farewell to September

It was cool and somewhat rainy, but that didn’t stop Steven Alexander from bicycling to the tournament at Betty Cornelison’s house in Portland.  The rest of us drove there. Betty treated us to a generous array of sandwich fixings.  No…

Long Beach in Late Summer – A Classic

From Dave Postal: It is a testament to the universal popularity of Scrabble® when, at the Long Beach Late Summer Classic held yesterday, September 8, 10-year old Jude “Camden” Sermona squared off against 98-year old Desiree Engel (pictured here).  They…

It Helps to Draw Blanks!!!

From Bennett Jacobstein: A study was done at the 2019 Word Cup to determine what percentage of games were won by a player who drew both blanks. Contestants were asked when filling out their tally slips to indicate which player…

We had FUN and games in Portland

We celebrated our 30th annual tournament with a cake. There were three of us present who were at the first tournament. Polly Moyer and Ruth Hamilton did not play that weekend, but assisted director Karen Merrill.  Keith Valentine did play…

Portland’s 30th annual off to a good start

Twenty players participated in an 8-game warm-up today. The big tournament starts tomorrow. In Division A, 3 players won 6 games, but “Saint” Vesdapunt had the best spread.  Steven Alexander was second, barely ahead of the seemingly ubiquitous Gunther Jacobi.…

Gunther does it again

Fresh from his first-place finish at the 100 games tournament in Santa Fe, Gunther Jacobi beat out Dave Johnson for the win in Happy Valley, Oregon. Dave and Howard hosted, providing plenty of delicious sustenance to see us through the…

100 games in 9 days – we did it!

And we all survived.  Congratulations to Gunther Jacobi for the win:  67-33, +4490.  Winter was second, with 65-35 +4381, and David Brown was third with 63.5 wins, raising his rating by 104 points.  Emily Brodeur, seeded 18th, had an impressive…

The insanity begins!

Players have started gathering in Sante Fe for the Hundred Games! You can follow along at Live Coverage To get all 100 games in, some games might be played out of order. You can find round-by-round standings posted after each…

Hallelujah! A parody

This was sung at the Word Cup by a chorus of talented players WGPO Anthem: Hallelujah! Scrabble®   with apologies to Leonard Cohen                      1 They added some 5,000 words To challenge…