Winners Jackson Smylie (Second overall), David Whitley (First overall), Steve Pellinen (Collins #1), Lisa Odom (TWL #1)
WGPO’s first hybrid tournament was a resounding success. There were twenty players, several of whom had never played in a Collins tournament. We all had a good time and made new friends. The tournament format dictated that the player going second chose the lexicon for the game. Most games were played with the Collins lexicon. Kudos to Winter for a well-organized and well-run tournament. We hope that other directors will take up this format.
Results:United We Scrabbled Results
The computer array on the breakfast bar
CSW and TWL players are reunited this weekend for an experimental WGPO tournament event in Orlando, FL. In a single open division, players will do battle in both lexicons with the player going second choosing which dictionary will rule for that game. Many thanks to Winter for organizing this one-of-a-kind event! Generous prizes will be awarded to the overall winner, as well as top finishers from each lexicon. Follow the results live at
United We Scrabble Live Results
From Dave Postal:
Division A: David Pearl (2nd place), Paul Rickhoff (co-director), Yuki Loritz (1st place)Richard Stein (high play), Dave Postal (co-director)
Our Los Angeles Winter Games Tournament is in the books, although it was not without its complications (mudslides, road closures, flu, computer malfunctions) 38 players managed to have a competition filled day at the Westside Pavilion in West Los Angeles. Having to escape the beautiful 80 degree weather outside was a sacrifice the players had to make but everyone was in good spirits when we returned 100% of the entry fee (after room expenses). Other notable events of the day included Terry Veevers playing the high play of the day VANISHES for 174 points and then vanishing before he collected his prize and Marlene Cain, at her very first tournament, capturing the “E” division victory.
Division B: Cooper Komatsu (1st place) Pete Skaggs (2nd place)
Many thanks to Paul Rickhoff for co-directing and Mike Johnson for helping with pairings after a computer malfunction caused the program to re-pair everyone after round 1 including making duplicates!
Division C: Jackie Heller (high loss), Dave Baran (1st place)
There will be one more event in Southern California before Word Cup 8 in Burbank and that will be at the Long Beach Bridge Club, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 15.
Div D winners (l to r) Inae Bloom (2nd), Ben Ainsell (1st), Diane Kerner (high game), Harry Chan (high word), Dani Roter (high loss)
Division E winners: Deborah Komatsu (2nd), Lois Oda (high play), Marlene Cain (1st)
From Mike Johnson:
2018 is here, and 17 players braved the frigid cold in La Crosse, Wisconsin for 6 exciting games. Over lunch, we shared a tasty potluck which included cake to celebrate two birthdays from that week. In one big open division, we piloted the use of the 5 point challenge rule (for TWL), which was well received by many players. Congrats to all our prize winners:
1st: Mike Johnson (IA), 2nd: Namoli Brennet (IA), 3rd: Steve Hartsman (WI), 4th: Carol Dustin (MN)
Class Prizes: Helen Flores (WI), Terry Hope (WI) and Sue Hoehn (MN)
Many thanks to Ron Malzer and Lynn Wolter for help host the event, and to Dianne Bone for helping volunteer with data entry.
Larry and Barbara have posted photos from their latest cruise / tournament. The players managed to work in twenty games and tour Puerto Rico, Barbados, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts, and Martinique while traveling on the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas. The ship itself appears to have lots of options for burning off all the calories consumed while traveling. A climbing wall?
Tournament results: Southern Caribbean.
More pictures: vanrandtravel1.smugmug.com.