Word Cup 9 – It’s over. We’re all looking forward to Word Cup 10

It was another fun-filled 31-game event.  Those of us who don’t think 31 games is enough played in a 7-game early bird as well.  In our spare time, we basked in the South Florida sunshine (and occasional rain) and enjoyed beautiful Coral Gables.  As usual, we had evening events attended by most players and some additional guests.  These included a reception, two trivia nights, and an open membership meeting.

As the dust was settling in the main tournament, David Gibson in Division A was Gibsonized (appropriately) after 28 games.  Winter was declared the Collins Division winner after 28 rounds, but rounds 29 and 30 were the conclusion of a round robin, so he wasn’t Gibsonized until the final round.

At the finish, Ben Lam was the Division B winner and Billy Nakamura won the cup in Division C. See http://wordgameplayers.org/ratings/index.php?c=pu&a=pt for complete results.

A lot of volunteer effort went into organizing and running the tournament.  Maddy and Roy Kamen and Steve Pellinen were the main organizers and directors.  Larry Rand volunteered to do data entry.  Helen Flores organized the silent auction.  Peggy Grant sold raffle tickets.  I think at least half of the attendees helped out in one way or another – many of them financially.  Gene Tsyzka and Mike Stevens couldn’t join us, but they donated boards for the raffle.  I’ve probably left out some important contributors, but my point is that our tournaments are a group effort and a labor of love.  When we get together, we enjoy each other’s company while doing our best to trounce our opponents.

Photos by Gary Smart

Division A category prize winners. Lisa Odom's was exceptional - high game of 786

Division A category prize winners. Lisa Odom’s was exceptional – high game of 786

Division A place prize winners

Division A place prize winners

Collins winners

Collins winners

Division B category prize winners

Division B category prize winners

Division B place prize winners

Division B place prize winners

Division C category winners

Division C category winners

Division C place winners

Division C place winners

Players with biggest ratings gains won game boards donated by Gene Tyszka.

Players with biggest ratings gains won game boards donated by Gene Tyszka.

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We’re Word Cup Early Birds

34 of us made it to Coral Gables, Florida, in time to participate in a 7-round Early Bird tournament.  David Gibson won in Division 1, Sue Hoehn in Division 2, and Susan Blanchard in Division 3.  Director Steve Pellinen was the only Collins player who could get the better of Rasheed Balogun.  I tried twice and failed.

I took pictures of all the non-Collins winners, but I did as poorly with my picture taking as I did in my play against Rasheed.  Jane Geary did a fine job of photographing the Collins winners, however.  See below.  The real fun starts tomorrow – 31 games in 5 days.

Rasheed Balogun, John  Bulten, Ruth Hamilton

Rasheed Balogun, John Bulten, Ruth Hamilton, with director Maddy Kamen

They came to play

Twelve WGPO members showed up at my doorstep yesterday.  What could I do but let them in?  They left peacefully after 5 rounds.  Dave Johnson won Division 1, with Rich Moyer second, Gunther Jacobi third.  Joanna Manson won Division 2, followed by Alan Meyer and Scott Smith.

Winners:  Rich, Gunther, Joanna, Dave, Scott.

Winners: Rich, Gunther, Joanna, Dave, Scott.

Word Cup 9 – Shop while you play

From Helen Flores:
IMG_1521In addition to Scrabble®, Word Cup 9 will include opportunities to shop in air-conditioned comfort. These and more beach/tote bags will be available for sale, with proceeds helping to defray expenses.

 

 

Quilt Tropical punch

Raffle items in Coral Gables at Word Cup 9 will include this one-off-kind quilt. All cotton fabrics include recycled scraps from Hawaiian shirts, lightweight cotton batting, and tropical print batik fabric on the back.

Close up

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Many other great items will be featured in our silent auction.

Socks for the silent auction

Socks for the silent auction

A lovely day in Lake Oswego

Twelve of us enjoyed a mostly-sunny day while playing our favorite game.  Some of us even played outdoors on or near Scott’s newly-refinished deck.  There was a nice array of food to keep us going.  What could be better?

Photo by Scott Smith.

Winners

Winners