Mill Valley Players celebrate an early Thanksgiving

From Deborah Baggett:
 IMG_3153   The Mill Valley home of Betty Toole was the setting for a “Thanksgiving Bash” with non-traditional food offerings and (eventually) a lovely view of the Bay.  Oh, and lots of Scrabble® fun!  Over the course of the day, five of the sixteen players achieved a 500+ score, at least one from each division.  Bennett Jacobstein played SPLITTER, which in addition to being a triple-triple, contained four letters from the word PILGRIM, earning him the fun prize in his division.
Evan, Deborah, Cynthia

Evan, Deborah, Cynthia

Cynthia Pughsley won 7 of 8 games to take first prize in Division A.  Evan Koch placed second after a hard fought final game against Cynthia.

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Tom, Deborah, Sandy

In Division B, Sandy Parry took first place with Tom Tremont coming in 2nd.  But for a tied game, Tom may have prevailed.  What a difference one more point can make!

In the Collins group, Isaac Apindi also won 7 of 8 games.  Paula Catanese and Mary Stevens each had four wins going into the final game . . . Paula pulled off the win for second place, possibly due to the loving motivation from her personal mascot and 4-legged canine friend, Mac A. Roni.  Heaven help us if Mary brings her cat along next time.
Deborah, Isaac, Paula

Deborah, Isaac, Paula

   Thus, we coast through the end of 2018 with fond memories of stellar plays made, phonies discovered, and friendships nurtured through Scrabble®.  May you all enjoy a moment to reflect on the blessings in your life.  May the blanks be with you!

Monumental Weekend

From Mary Parrish:

Friday evening dinner with Wally, Susan, Peter, David, Kirsten, Maurice and Mary

Friday evening dinner with Wally, Susan, Peter, David, Kirsten, Maurice and Mary

Despite the predicted icy weather, twenty-four Scrabble® players traveled to Monument, Colorado about an hour south of Denver, for the Third Annual MONUMENTAL SCRABBLE® Tournament and Thanksgiving Luncheon. Out of state players Maurice Ross, Kirsten Gwilliam, Wally Schultz, David Biswell, and Susan Beard (with husband Peter) arrived Friday night for dinner and pre-tournament games, and all helped with the set up for Saturday.

Saturday‘s tournament included prizes for Best Autumn/Thanksgiving word in each division: AXMEN by Wally Schultz (NM), VITTLE by Diane Waldman (CO), and YAM by Kirsten Gwilliam (UT). Another prize in each division was for most letters used from PAM and CINDIE (a,c,d,e,i,i,m,n,p), in honor of members of the Colorado Springs Scrabble Club, Pam Clausen and Cindie McGinnis, who passed away in the last 18 months. Mary Parrish’s KERAMICS and Steve Braun’s DECLINES both used 5 of the letters, while Jim Sherrill’s PLICATED used six letters.
DIv B: Angela Dancho and Julia Swaney, L-R, front. Diane Walkman and Ronnie Thomas, L-R, background.

DIv B: Angela Dancho and Julia Swaney, L-R, front.
Diane Walkman and Ronnie Thomas, L-R, background.

Jon Shreve and Keith Pries, Laura Scheimberg and Jim Sherrill

Jon Shreve and Keith Pries, Laura Scheimberg and Jim Sherrill

Div C: Maurice Ross and Kirsten Gwilliam

Div C: Maurice Ross and Kirsten Gwilliam

Winners David Biswell, Diane Waldman, Steve Braun, Laura Scheimberg, Angela Dancho, Mary Parrish, Jon Shreve, JimSherrill, Barbara Peterson, Susan Beard, Maurice Ross, and Kirsten Gwilliam (missing Wally Schultz).

Winners David Biswell, Diane Waldman, Steve Braun, Laura Scheimberg, Angela Dancho, Mary Parrish, Jon Shreve, Jim Sherrill, Barbara Peterson, Susan Beard, Maurice Ross, and Kirsten Gwilliam (missing Wally Schultz).

In the end both Jon Shreve and Susan Beard were Gibsonized in Div A and B respectively, and Steve Braun continued to hold the lead for Div C. Final reults: Div A First place, Jon Shreve (CO), then Jim Sherrill (CO), and Laura Scheimberg (CO) in second and third place. Div B winners were Susan Beard (NM), Angela Dancho (CO), David Biswell (NM), and Diane Waldman (CO). Div C winners were Steve Braun (CO), Maurice Ross (NM) and Barbara Peterson (WY).

A special thanks to Mem Mormon who made the name tags for the tournament and delivered them even though she was sick and could not play, and to Gage Parrish who was volunteered to do the data entry and spent hours deicing the driveway with salt and walking people to their cars.
Hope to see you all next year. Mary Parrish

 

WGPO Call for Nominations

WGPO Nominations are currently open for the following officer positions:

  • Executive Committeeone seat, 2 year position for calendar years 2019 – 2020

The three-member Executive Committee directs and administers WGPO operational affairs, creates standing and ad hoc committees and delegates responsibilities as needed.

  • Board of Player Representatives – two seats, 2 year positions 2019 -2020

The five-member Board of Player Representatives represents the membership as a body for policy making and is the final arbiter for disciplinary actions or appeals.

Any WGPO member may nominate another member or submit his or her own nomination in writing to the email address listed below. Nominee information shall include:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Email or mailing address or both
  • Position for which the member is being nominated

Nominees shall verify willingness to serve and provide a brief statement of interest to the Nominations and Elections Committee.

The Nominations and Elections Committee (Lynda Finn and Winter) will receive nominations until November 28 at elections@wordgameplayers.org

Lynda and Winter are seeking one more WGPO member to serve on this Committee. The person shall NOT be a candidate running for office in this election. Contact Lynda and Winter at elections@wordgameplayers.org if interested.

 

Dells Spell – It wouldn’t be October without it

From Steve Pellinen:

Div A winners Steve Pellinen, Thomas Reinke, Lisa Odom

Div A winners Steve Pellinen, Thomas Reinke, Lisa Odom

October 12 – 14 saw 30 players gathered for the 35th annual Wisconsin Dells tournament, held again in Middleton, Wisconsin.  The Friday night early bird consisted of three divisions of four players and one division of six players, with half of the players winning place prizes.  First place inners were Pat Yovonovitz, Jesse Wornum, Carol Dustin and Mike Johnson.

Div B winners John Wiley, Diane Weinerman (missing Harriette Lakernick & Nola Hembrook)

Div B winners John Wiley, Diane Weinerman (missing Harriette Lakernick & Nola Hembrook)

The three divisions of the main event were won by Linda Stratton 10 – 3 +879, Diane Weinerman 11 – 2 +866 and Steve Pellinen 11 – 2 +832. In Division C, Linda had to win the final game to overcome a phenomenal performance by bottom seed Terry Hope, who gained an amazing 243 rating points by finishing second. Diane dominated Division B and was gibsonized with two rounds to go, as was Steve in Division A with one round to play. Diane and Steve both gained over 100 rating points by outperforming in tough fields.

Div C winners Brian Asuma, Linda Stratton, Terry Hope

Div C winners Brian Asuma, Linda Stratton, Terry Hope

 

Most tournaments with Jeff Clark in attendance see after hours Texas Hold ‘Em action. Bennett Jacobstein came away the winner this time, outlasting a field of nine scrabblers and one interested hotel guest known as “Sweaty Guy” (due to his recent exercise) until we learned his real name.

All in all, a good time at this long-running event. Maybe we’ll see you next year around this time?

Photos by Lynda Finn

Open Letter Regarding NASC and Word Cup Scheduling Conflict

Dear Members of the Executive Committee of NASPA,

We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news that NASC has been scheduled at the same time as WGPO’s Word Cup. Over the past 8 years, NASC and Word Cup have coexisted, choosing separate dates that have allowed players each year to attend both events, until this year.  Many players are understandably upset, disappointed and confused by yesterday’s announcement. This year’s scheduling conflict does not serve either of our organizations nor help grow tournament Scrabble.

Out of respect for NASC and our joint players, WGPO has routinely worked to avoid scheduling conflicts between NASC and Word Cup, often waiting to finalize our dates until after dates for NASC have been announced. Given the complexity of organizing week-long events of this size during the summer months, finding a suitable deal often requires making advance commitments. Because of this year’s late announcement of dates for NASC, we reached out this summer to try to coordinate our plans.

Given the size and importance of NASC to the Scrabble community, we tried to make clear that WGPO is willing to defer to NASPA’s choice of dates, given a reasonable time frame. We also openly communicated our potential dates for the Word Cup, timeline for required decisions, and strong desire to work together on scheduling before setting our dates.

We hope to avoid future conflicts by better coordinating and cooperating in scheduling future NASC’s and Word Cups. Given that there are around 4-6 prime weeks in the summer, there should be enough space for both NASC and Word Cup to coexist. But this will require some minimal joint planning and commitment on both sides. WGPO would like to work with the NASPA Executive Committee to make this happen. Will you join us?

Members of the WGPO Executive Committee: ec@wordgameplayers.org
Keith Hagel
Mike Johnson
Steve Pellinen

Members of the WGPO Board of Players’ Representatives: bpr@wordgameplayers.org

Laurie Cohen
Helen Flores
Bennett Jacobstein
Maurice Ross
Susi Tiekert