Word Cup VIII in pictures

We all had a great time. Peggy Grant provided these photos:

We took a tour of Hollywood and environs.   Peggy and Sue Grant graciously accepted an Oscar.

We took a tour of Hollywood and environs.
Peggy and Sue Grant graciously accepted an Oscar.

It was HOT

It was HOT

After-hours fun.  Tiles double as poker chips.

After-hours fun. Tiles double as poker chips.

Mike Stevens and Gene Tyszka donated boards for a raffle.  Winners were Chani Katz, Julia Swaney, and David Baran.  Left to right:  Chani, Mike, Julia, Gene, David.

Mike Stevens and Gene Tyszka donated boards for a raffle. Winners were Chani Katz, Julia Swaney, and David Baran. Left to right: Chani, Mike, Julia, Gene, David. Not pictured: Via proxy Keith Hagel, Andrea Hatch won the afghan raffle.

 

Collins division winners flanked by directors Bennett Jacobstein and Dave Postal.  Steve Pellinen had high game, Mary Stevens had high loss, Rasheed Balogun won the cup, Gene Tyszka won best performance, Winter came in second.

Collins division winners flanked by directors Bennett Jacobstein and Dave Postal. Steve Pellinen had high game, Mary Stevens had high loss, Rasheed Balogun won the cup, Gene Tyszka won best performance, Winter came in second.

Naurlene Canterman won the Stu Goldman Geezer prize

Naurlene Canterman won the Stu Goldman Geezer prize

Division 3 winners with Bennett and Dave.   Tony Melucci won the cup, Betty Collins placed second, Whitney Gould was fifth, Aron Smith was fourth, Janice Konkol won the top performance prize, Deborah Baggett had second-best performance.  Not shown:  Leo McKenna finished third.

Division 3 winners with Bennett and Dave. Tony Melucci won the cup, Betty Collins placed second, Whitney Gould was fifth, Aron Smith was fourth, Janice Konkol won the top performance prize, Deborah Baggett had second-best performance. Not shown: Leo McKenna finished third.

Bennett and Dave with the Divsion 2 winners:  Jem Burch first, Cooper Komatsu second, Stefan Kac sixth, Naurlene Canterman third, Benjamin Ansell best performance, Cynthia Seales fourth, and Gary Smart fifth.  Not pictured:  Marilyn Pomeroy second-best performance.

Bennett and Dave with the Divsion 2 winners: Jem Burch first, Cooper Komatsu second, Stefan Kac sixth, Naurlene Canterman third, Benjamin Ansell best performance, Cynthia Seales fourth, and Gary Smart fifth. Not pictured: Marilyn Pomeroy second-best performance.

Gene Tyszka donated a board to the player with the greatest ratings gain.  Cooper Komatsu won it, gaining 160 ratings points.

Gene Tyszka donated a board to the player with the greatest ratings gain. Cooper Komatsu won it, gaining 160 ratings points.

Division 1 winners posed with Bennett and Dave.   Kevin Fraley won 23 games and the cup (was Gibsonized in the last round), Joe Gaspard was second, Jon Shreve third (and had high game with a 707), Yukiko Loritz had high loss, David Goldberg was fourth, Maddy Kamen sixth, James Davis won second-place performance prize, Keith Hagel had the best ratings performance, Ron Tiekert finished fifth.

Division 1 winners posed with Bennett and Dave. Kevin Fraley won 23 games and the cup (was Gibsonized in the last round), Joe Gaspard was second, Jon Shreve third (and had high game with a 707), Yukiko Loritz had high loss, David Goldberg was fourth, Maddy Kamen sixth, James Davis won second-place performance prize, Keith Hagel had the best ratings performance, Ron Tiekert finished fifth.

Word Cup VIII – a record

From Susi Tiekert:

For the first time EVER in history, there were zero requests for the director to make the room cooler/warmer!
[in 1902 Willis Carrier was granted a patent for his invention of a/c]

See you at Word Cup VIII

Word Cup VIIIBurbank, California, is the place to be July 6 as we gather for the 5-day, 31-game, Word Cup tournament. We’ll greet old friends, meet some new ones, and play lots of competitive Scrabble®. Extra activities include a tour of the area, a trivia contest, raffles for a Mike Stevens board and a commemorative afghan, a silent auction, and more.

Castine, Maine

WGPO tournament goers last weekend could choose between California wine (see next item) or Maine lobster.  Wow!  Peggy Grant shared these photos of the Maine experience.

Lobster night at Andrea’s house

A view of Bagaduce River...Mike in kayak!

A view of Bagaduce River…Mike in kayak!

Tourney Winners: 1) Mike Johnson, 2) Andrea Hatch, 3) Keith Hagel, 4) Best Words) Jeryl Schriever

Tourney Winners: 1) Mike Johnson, 2) Andrea Hatch, 3) Keith Hagel, 4) Best Words) Jeryl Schriever

The group dinner at The Wharf...Peggy, Andrea, Keith, Sue, Julia, Mike, and Keith

The group dinner at The Wharf…Peggy, Andrea, Keith, Sue, Julia, Mike, and Keith

Words in Wine Country

From Deborah Baggett:

Santa Rosa, CA

IMG_2758With two small TWL and a Collins division, the inaugural WIWC tournament had plenty of excitement.  Irene Averell dominated Division 1, proving that last seed has plenty of game!  She was Gibsonized, leaving Jon Demeter and Bennett Jacobstein to duke it out for second.  Bennett, who was in last place after six rounds, prevailed in a hard fought final round.  In fact, there were three players with identical win/loss records in the running for second place and, of the three, only Bennett had a positive cumulative total. 

Deborah, Bennett, Irene

Deborah, Bennett, Irene

Aron, Whitney, Tom

Aron, Whitney, Tom

Meanwhile, in Division 2, everything came down to the final game.  Again, three players with identical win/loss records jockeyed for first, second and third places.  Tom Tremont prevailed as winner, closely followed by Whitney Gould and Aron Smith.  First time tournament player, Charlotte Jenkins managed to beat the #1 seed in Round 1.  Again, last seed has plenty of game!

No less drama surrounded the small, but mighty, Collins division.  Although Bruce Ward dominated (undefeated, + 1122, Gibsonized), Mary Stevens and Paula Catanese battled all day for second place honors.  In the end, Paula was the victor.

Paula, Bruce

Paula, Bruce

Paula also won the first door prize, what else but a nice bottle of wine?  Second door prize, won by Evan Koch, was a lovely Helen Flores tile bag.  This was especially appropriate, in that Evan lost all his belongings in the tragic October fires.  In addition, Director Deborah Baggett gifted each participant with a handcrafted pair of Scrabble tile wine glass charms.  Winners ALL!  IMG_2752