Yet another Lake Oswego tournament

LOACC 516We met at the local Adult Community Center this time for a quick five-game tournament.  Gunther Jacobi was the Division 1 winner, Kathy Sutrov was second, Keith Valentine third, Joanne Manson took the honors in Division 2, with Elizabeth Wood capturing second place.

Plan Ahead – Enjoy Summer in the Midwest

Madison Mallards mascot

Madison Mallards mascot

What could be a better summer experience than Wisconsin in July and Iowa in August?  The sunshine, the lush fields, the cattle and hogs!  You’re too late for Madison, Wisconsin,  but you can still sign up for a great time in Decorah, Iowa.  There are three one-day tournaments running from August 14 thru 16.  Details are here.

Super Scrabble® – More can be better

Maliha Mahmood with SuperScrabble

Maliha Mahmood with SuperScrabble board

Super Scrabble®, manufactured by Winning Moves Games, is a big hit in Tustin, California.  The game is played with 200 tiles on a 21 by 21 grid.  There are premium squares aplenty, and 800+ scores in a two-person game are not uncommon.

Maliha Mahmood, author of Word Judge, directs the Tustin club and welcomes visitors.  For more information, visit her web site,

Albuquerque Scores a First

Nancee Mancel

Nancee Mancel

Little did Nancee Mancel know when she agreed to direct last weekend’s tournament in Alburquerque that she’d be the first to submit results using the new WGPO rating system.  This presented some unexpected challenges, but with help from Marc Levesque and Larry Rand, she was successful at getting the tournament rated in a timely fashion.  The system worked as expected, and Marc and Larry, as well as Nancee, learned a few things in the process.

It appears that I”ll be the next to submit results here (for the May 16 Lake Oswego, Oregon, tournament).  I especially appreciate the pioneering effort.  Thank you, Nancee, Marc, and Larry.

By the way, in the tournament Wally Schultz was first with 11 wins, Keith Hagel second with 10, and Nancee came in third.  See complete results under “Past Tournaments”.

Tournament Listings and Ratings have a new look

Announcement from Larry Rand of the WGPO Executive Committee:
WGPO is delighted to announce its new, improved system for rating tournaments. The method of calculating ratings has not changed since Brian Galebach (thank you, Brian) first designed the system.  But now, the process for submitting and reporting results has been simplified.
Marc Levesque

Marc Levesque

Since early March, Marc Levesque has been designing this new system in conjunction with Dominick Mancine, ratings chairman; Henry Yeung, technology chairman; Dave Wood, tournament director; and Winter, a member of the ratings committee.  Ruth Hamilton, a member of the Board of Player Representatives, and I have been a part of the process and provided feedback as the program was being developed and tested.  A new member of the ratings committee, Mike Johnson, provided additional feedback during the testing period.

A “Director User’s Guide” is available upon request for all WGPO directors.  Please send your request to  for a copy of the new guide.  We welcome your comments.
We want to thank the players who competed in WGPO tournaments during February, March and April for their patience.  The new system will allow our ratings committee members to provide you with results and stats in a timely manner.
WGPO is an all-volunteer organization.  We want to thank Marc for his time, dedication and expertise.  He did all this work without a stipend from WGPO.
Marc is also the designer of the Director! tournament pairings program.  We would encourage all directors who are using Director!, to consider sending a monetary gift to Marc after the completion of their tournaments.
Play often, play fair, and have fun!

Portlanders enjoy za with the new lexicon

Portland PizzaSunday, April 12, we loaded the “Custom” lexicon into the challenge machine and enjoyed six games along with our pizza.  Gary Waltuch won all six of his games to take first place in Division B.  Charley Kaplan was first in Division A, winning 5 games.

Zyzzyva 2014