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 one left hungry.  Rich Moyer directed.

Sorry, no pictures.  Our photographer left before the awards were distributed.

Both divisions saw big winners with 5-0 records:  Dave Johnson in Division 1 and Bennett Jacobstein in Division 2.  Bennett joined us after cheering Stanford on to a last-second victory over Oregon State the day before.  That’s two wins in two days for California.  Just wait till next time.

Long Beach in Late Summer – A Classic

From Dave Postal:

IMG_9222It 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 split their two game series.

Division A: Paul (director), Zach (perf. !), Dave (director). Elizabeth (1st), David (Perf 2), Judy (2nd)

Division A: Paul (director), Zach, Dave (director). Elizabeth (1st), David, Judy (2nd)

Division B: Paul (D), Lynn, Dave (D), Stefan (1st), Ken (2nd), Naurlene, Brian

Division B: Paul (D), Lynn, Dave (D), Stefan (1st), Ken (2nd), Naurlene, Brian

 

Division C: Paul, Inae (2nd), Andrea (1st), Alan, Dave, Billy

Division C: Paul, Inae (2nd), Andrea (1st), Alan, Dave, Billy

Division D: Paul, Harry, T. C., (2nd), Dave. David (1st), Esther

Division D: Paul, Harry, T. C., (2nd), Dave. David (1st), Esther

Division E:

Division E: Paul, Keith (2nd), Maxine, Marty (1st), Dave

Division F

Division F:  Paul, Camden, Rick (1st), Frank (2nd), Dave

In overall competition, Elizabeth Ralston won the early-bird entry prize and then proceeded to dominate her competition going 6-1 +314 in Division A, which concluded with a four-way tie for second, emphasizing how important spread points can play a role in tournament outcomes.   Top seeded competitors in Division B and C prevailed with victor Stefan Kac turning in a 6-1 +253 performance and Andrea Ross-Greene steamrolling her way to a tournament best 6-0-1 +335 record in their divisions, respectively.  Spread points meant everything in Division D with David Baran eking  out a 20-spread point advantage over TC Houlgate-West in the most tightly contested division in the tournament.  Marty Sturgeon “fished” out victory in Division E while first time tournament player Rick Duncan turned in a divine inaugural performance with a 6-1 +653 effort in Division F.

 

Special thanks to our co-directors for this tournament Paul Rickhoff and Bennett Jacobstein.   As well as Joanie Scafuto and Deborah Komatsu for providing photography.

Jude, Cooper, Zach

Camden, Cooper, Zach

 

 

On a personal note I want to add that our tournaments have the continued honor to host school Scrabble® champions Zach Ansell and Cooper Komatsu (pictured here with Camden Sermona) as well as Jem Burch and Leo McKenna.  We know that college and career and family may take them away from the Scrabble® nest at some point in the future, but it is delightful having these mature, competitive, intelligent gentlemen among us at each tournament.  Viva La Scrabble®!

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 received each blank.  The results were compiled and tally slips that showed each player drew one blank were eliminated.  Also eliminated were tally slips where the requested information was not completed.
When a player drew both blanks, they won the game 72.7% of the time.  The results were very similar among all divisions.  The table below shows the detailed results.
Division Winner drawing both blanks Percentage Loser drawing both blanks Percentage
All Divisions 531 72.7% 199 27.3%
A 148 71.2% 60 28.8%
B 130 69.5% 57 30.5%
C 163 77.3% 48 22.7%
Collins 90 72.6% 34 27.4%

 

We had FUN and games in Portland

Siri missed our first tournament, but hasn't missed since. Ruth and Polly were in at the beginning.

Siri missed our first tournament, but hasn’t missed since. Ruth and Polly were in at the beginning.

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 then. He finished 6-5 in Division 3 with a new rating of 1275. Last weekend, he played in Division 1, winning 11 of 20 games, improving his rating to 1644.  This year, Polly and Ruth did data entry, while Rich Moyer directed and Scott Smith did everything else.

Photos by Saint Vesdapunt, Jeannie Wilson, and Scott Smith

Several players took Jesse out to dinner Sunday night to celebrate his recent significant birthday.

Several players took Jesse out to dinner Sunday night to celebrate his recent significant birthday.

Collins winners

Collins winners Ruth, Betty, Paula (3rd), Mary (2nd), Walker (1st)

Division 1 winners; Noah (1st), Steven (3nd), Gunther, Saint (2nd)

Division 1 winners; Noah (1st), Steven (3nd), Gunther, Saint (2nd)

Division 2 winners: Charley, Tracy (1st), Robin (3rd), Mark (2nd)

Division 2 winners: Charley, Tracy (1st), Robin (3rd), Mark (2nd)

Division 3 winners: Gary (1st), Gladys (2nd), June (3rd), Margaret

Division 3 winners: Gary (1st), Gladys (2nd), June (3rd), Margaret

Scott Smith, organizer and MC

Scott Smith, organizer and MC

Portland’s 30th annual off to a good start

Twenty players participated in an 8-game warm-up today. The big tournament starts tomorrow.

Steven, Saint, Gunther

Steven, Saint, Gunther

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.

Mary Logullo had a narrow win over Tom Campbell in Division B.  Both won 5 games, with Mary ahead by a few spread points.  Jesse Wornum was third, Deborah Baggett won the best-over-expectation prize, with John Aitken right behind her.

Photos by Scott Smith

Tom, John, Deborah, Jesse. Mary

Tom, John, Deborah, Jesse. Mary