Today the dunes, tomorrow the barn

From Mike Johnson:

No BarnFive of us gathered today for the first Scrabble® in the Barn Tourney in Benzonia, Michigan.  After spending the day at theSleeping Bear Dunes National Park, tonight we will have a bonfire to celebrate tomorrow’s games.  We’ll be playing a triple round robin over the weekend.  Thanks to Jeff Clark for hosting this great destination event.  Standing reports can be found online at for those who are interested.Four players


Pellinen/Odom top Madison tourney, Wade conquers Division 2

From Lynda Finn:

Madison 17 Div 1

Division 1 winners

Minneapolis power Scrabble couple, Steve Pellinen and Lisa Odom top the Madison Summer Tournament. Thomas Reinke finishes third. These three, along with Charles Reinke, dominated the tournament to such an extent that after the first 11 game round robin, they played between the four of them exclusively for the next 7 rounds. That means that each pair faced each other 3 or 4 times. What a tough line-up they had on the path to victory.

Performance prize went to Leslie Millard. Fun prizes went to Steve Pellinen, Thomas Reinke, Jason Vaysberg, Michael David, Samuel H Smith, Leslie Millard, James Frankki and Lynda Finn

Madison 17 Div 2

Division 2 winners

Marcia Wade was the gibsonized winner of Division B. Dennis Lloyd came in second, Fran Galt finished third, and Vicki Zimny finished fourth. The performance prizes went to James Nalepka and Helen Flores. Fun prizes went to Susan Hoehn, Vicki Zimny, Gail Salm, Diane L. Weinerman, Fran Galt, and David John Carlson.

Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to everyone for making this such a fun tournament. Thanks to Emily Jones, Jason Vaysberg, and David John Carlson for your help during the tournament. Thanks to the Madison Scrabble Club, Bennett Jacobstein and Leslie Millard for your generous contributions to the prize fund. Thanks to Helen Flores for the Rack Sack prizes.

Madison 17 Fun

Fun Prize Winners

Results:  Madison 6 17

Hard at play

Hard at play


Tough rack?

Excitement is building – Don’t miss out

Word Cup VII is six weeks away, July 29 – August 2.  If you haven’t done so, now’s the time to make arrangements to be in Springfield, Massachusetts, for the occasion.  We’ll have lots of fun while playing some serious games.

Peggys quiltPeggy Grant and her sister Sue have made this stunning quilt for the occasion.  Buy a raffle ticket, and it could be yours.

Tournament details:  Word Cup VII

Springfield Coming Up

Word Cup VII is two months away, and it’s shaping up to be our biggest yet.  There will be plenty of good competition if you prefer to play using the North American word list, but this time, we’ll also have a viable Collins division.  So far, there are 91 in the North American dictionary group, and thirteen people have indicated they’ll play Collins.

Socks for the silent auction

Socks for the silent auction

Not only will there be the excitement of good, competitive play, but there will be after-hours activities:  A catered reception, a trivia contest hosted by Bennett Jacobstein, a town-hall meeting, and a game night.  Helen Flores is organizing a silent auction with many unique items.

For details click here:  Word Cup VII

Springfield, Massachusetts, is a handy location for Easterners.  We hope to see a lot of you there.

Merry May in West Linn

The calendar said May, but the showers felt more like April.  Twelve of us spent the afternoon in a windowless room, so we didn’t care.  Results:  Merry May Standings

div 1

Division 1 winners: Ruth (3rd), Mitch (2nd), Dave (1st)

Division 2 winners

Division 2 winners:  Lou (3rd), Jesse (2nd), Leesa (1st)

A Memorable Tournament


Our Esteemed Director

For several years, there’s been a tournament at the Pruneyard in Campbell, California, over Memorial Weekend.  This year, the 4th annual Lester Schonbrun Memorial Tournament occurred May 6 and 7.  The change in schedule did not lessen its memorability.  Bennett Jacobstein did his usual fine job of organizing and directing.

We had our usual dinner at Buca Di Beppo (sorry, no photos).

We also had our share of happy winners.  Details:  Schonbrun IV results.

Division 1 prize winners

Division 1 prize winners     Photo by N. Vesdapunt

Div 2

Division 2 prize winners

Prize winners for Division 3

Prize winners for Division 3