Phoenix XXXIV – Minimal Sunbathing but Great Games

Mike Johnson's 600-point game. About 1/4 of the points came from QUIXOTIC, with -AL added later.

Mike Johnson’s 600-point Collins game. About 1/4 of the points came from QUIXOTIC, plus -AL.

There was some sun, but also clouds and wind.  It felt better to be indoors.  Good thing there was an opportunity for serious competition!

The tournament ran smoothly, as we’ve come to expect from Larry and Barbara.  Here are Larry’s comments:

“In February, 2015, the Phoenix Scrabble tournament moved to the DoubleTree by Hilton in Phoenix/Tempe.  This year, we had our largest turnout for the Main Event; 80 players in the TWL event, and 8 players in CWS.  

A record eight players attended from the Salt Lake City, UT Scrabble Club.

We have been doing “fun” prizes for at least the past ten years.  This year we went to memorial prizes and honored Ellis Wyer, John C. Green, Jr, Nancy Thurson and Steve Polatnick.  All of them passed away within the last two months.  A short obituary was read for each player.  Four prizes per division were distributed for Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon sessions.,The  four memorial prizes were your play contains EW, JG, NT and SP.

Collins division winners

Collins division winners

RIn addition to 97% of all entry fees ($10,090) being returned as cash prizes, WGPO received $550 in donations, and Word Cup received $1,000.  The monies over and above the entry fees were raised by two raffles, auction bid items, and for sale items contributed by the players, the Phoenix Scrabble Club, and partnership companies.  We appreciate everyone’s support of the Phoenix 2018 tournament.”

Division 1 winners

Division 1 winners

Div 2

Division 2 winners

Div 3

Division 3 winners

Division 4 winners

Division 4 winners

Results are under Past Tournaments

Photos are from

United We Scrabbled!

Winners Jackson Smylie (Second overall), David Whitley (First overall), Steve Pellinen (Collins #1), Lisa Odom (TWL #1)

WGPO’s first hybrid tournament was a resounding success.  There were twenty players, several of whom had never played in a Collins tournament.  We all had a good time and made new friends.  The tournament format dictated that the player going second chose the lexicon for the game.  Most games were played with the Collins lexicon.  Kudos to Winter for a well-organized and well-run tournament.  We hope that other directors will take up this format.

Results:United We Scrabbled Results

The computer array on the breakfast bar

The computer array on the breakfast bar


United We Scrabble!

CSW and TWL players are reunited this weekend for an experimental WGPO tournament event in Orlando, FL. In a single open division, players will do battle in both lexicons with the player going second choosing which dictionary will rule for that game. Many thanks to Winter for organizing this one-of-a-kind event! Generous prizes will be awarded to the overall winner, as well as top finishers from each lexicon. Follow the results live at

United We Scrabble Live Results

A Sunny Day in L. A.

From Dave Postal:

Div A

Division A: David Pearl (2nd place), Paul Rickhoff (co-director), Yuki Loritz (1st place)Richard Stein (high play), Dave Postal (co-director)

Our Los Angeles Winter Games Tournament is in the books, although it was not without its complications  (mudslides, road closures, flu, computer malfunctions) 38 players managed to have a competition filled day at the Westside Pavilion in West Los Angeles.  Having to escape the beautiful 80 degree weather outside was a sacrifice the players had to make but everyone was in good spirits when we returned 100% of the entry fee (after room expenses).  Other notable events of the day included Terry Veevers playing the high play of the day VANISHES for 174 points and then vanishing before he collected his prize and Marlene Cain, at her very first tournament, capturing the “E” division victory.

Div B

Division B: Cooper Komatsu (1st place) Pete Skaggs (2nd place)

Many thanks to Paul Rickhoff for co-directing and Mike Johnson for helping with pairings after a computer malfunction caused the program to re-pair everyone after round 1 including making duplicates!




Div C

Division C:  Jackie Heller (high loss), Dave Baran (1st place)

There will be one more event in Southern California before Word Cup 8 in Burbank and that will be at the Long Beach Bridge Club, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 15.




Div D

Div D winners (l to r) Inae Bloom (2nd), Ben Ainsell (1st), Diane Kerner (high game), Harry Chan (high word), Dani Roter (high loss)

Division E winners: Deborah Komatsu (2nd), Lois Oda (high play), Marlene Cain (1st)

Division E winners: Deborah Komatsu (2nd), Lois Oda (high play), Marlene Cain (1st)


2018 Spells WGPO Excitement!

From Mike Johnson:

Birthday2018 is here, and 17 players braved the frigid cold in La Crosse, Wisconsin for 6 exciting games. Over lunch, we shared a tasty potluck which included cake to celebrate two birthdays from that week. In one big open division, we piloted the use of the 5 point challenge rule (for TWL), which was well received by many players. Congrats to all our prize winners:

1st: Mike Johnson (IA), 2nd: Namoli Brennet (IA), 3rd: Steve Hartsman (WI), 4th: Carol Dustin (MN)

Class Prizes: Helen Flores (WI), Terry Hope (WI) and Sue Hoehn (MN)
Many thanks to Ron Malzer and Lynn Wolter for help host the event, and to Dianne Bone for helping volunteer with data entry.



An Amazing Ship

Tournament Competitors

Tournament Competitors

Larry and Barbara have posted photos from their latest cruise / tournament.  The players managed to work in twenty games and tour Puerto Rico, Barbados, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts, and Martinique while traveling on the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas.  The ship itself appears to have lots of options for burning off all the calories consumed while traveling.  A climbing wall? RCCL Climbing Wall



Tournament results:  Southern Caribbean.

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