The Word Cup Talent Show included a variety of acts, including a Scrabble® history lesson from Jack Eichenbaum. He subsequently sent this note:
September 9 saw the conclusion of another successful Word Cup. The players were terrific: pleasant and easy-going, ready to enjoy the tournament and absorb the local culture. Local player Carl Johnson took home the first place trophy in Division 1, Iowan Mike Johnson won Division 2, and Minnesotan Bobbi Hendrickson won division 3. Other money winners are listed at http://wordgameplayers.org/ratings/index.php?c=pu&a=tr&tournamentID=318&ratingType=Standard, but we were all winners, enjoying good times with good company. Here are a few photos.
Word Cup V kicked off today with a coast excursion and an Early Bird tournament. 23 people rode saw the sights on a day that was about perfect for such an excursion. 28 players stayed behind and played eight games. I stayed behind, so here are some pictures from the tournament.
From Director Rick Wong:
Irene Averell won her first five games, including a victory over top-seeded Cesar Del Solar, and nearly pulled off a huge tournament win, but succumbed to Bruce Ward in the final game and finished in Second Place, with more than double her expected wins total.
From Mike Johnson:
We had a total of 14 people over to our home to compete in a series of three one-day events. On Friday, 10 players played in a single division that included some nice upsets (Trish Coriden over MIke Johnson AND Carl Voss; Mary Krizan over Jason Vaysburg; and Carol Dustin over Lynda Finn) and some fun words. I still remember Lynda Finn’s incredible reaction when Jason extended YARDS to BEEYARDS for 42 points. Pictured below are Friday‘s winners including Jason Vaysburg (1st), Carl Voss (2nd), Trish Coriden/Mary Krizan (Tied for Best Over Seed) and Carol Dustin (center) for remaining Best Upset by Seed.
Lake Oswego had its first measurable rain in weeks, but Elizabeth Wood played outdoors anyway. Here she is (back to camera) with host and Division B second-place finisher Scott Smith and with first-place finisher Joanne Manson. Elizabeth finished third.
Alice Van Leunen opted to play indoors and won Division A.