Gunther does it again

Happy Valley winners:  Mary Logullo (2nd Div 2), Scott Smith (1st Div 2), Gunther Jacobi (1st Div 1), Dave Johnson (2nd Div 1).  Photo by Howard Neal

Happy Valley winners: Mary Logullo (2nd Div 2), Scott Smith (1st Div 2), Gunther Jacobi (1st Div 1), Dave Johnson (2nd Div 1). Photo by Howard Neal

Fresh from his first-place finish at the 100 games tournament in Santa Fe, Gunther Jacobi beat out Dave Johnson for the win in Happy Valley, Oregon.

Dave and Howard hosted, providing plenty of delicious sustenance to see us through the six-game tourney.

100 games in 9 days – we did it!

The Winners - Gunther on top, then Winter, David B, Mike, Vicki, Dave P, Lilla, Eric, Cheryl.  Emily left early.  Photo by Nancee.

The Winners – Gunther on top, then Winter, David B, Mike, Vicki, Dave P, Lilla, Eric, Cheryl, Naurlene. Emily left early. Photo by Nancee.

And we all survived.  Congratulations to Gunther Jacobi for the win:  67-33, +4490.  Winter was second, with 65-35 +4381, and David Brown was third with 63.5 wins, raising his rating by 104 points.  Emily Brodeur, seeded 18th, had an impressive 50.5 wins, raising her rating by 232 points.  Final results are at 100 games results.

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The insanity begins!

Players have started gathering in Sante Fe for the Hundred Games! You can follow along at

Live Coverage

To get all 100 games in, some games might be played out of order. You can find round-by-round standings posted after each round is complete, or you can find the live current standings (including all completed games) for each player on the scoreboard.

Games start tomorrow after lunch. Here’s hoping we all survive!


Hallelujah! A parody

This was sung at the Word Cup by a chorus of talented players

WGPO Anthem: Hallelujah! Scrabble®  

with apologies to Leonard Cohen


They added some 5,000 words

To challenge all us Scrabble® nerds

But you don’t really care what they mean, do ya?

Now “judgy” “nutjob” “truther” work

“Wuddy” “yuked” “unsaw” and “twerk”

We’re Scrabble nuts. We’re really not peculiar.” 

Hallelujah, Not peculiar.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah 


So now we play without a qualm

“Airballs” “loogies” “mux” “capcom”

Study these. There’s more than just a few – yeah!

We play for fun, and we play fair.

Don’t throw the tiles, try not to swear.

And never let a phony new one fool ya. 

Hallelujah, Never fool ya

Hallelujah, Hallelujah


But, Baby, I’ve been here before.

I’ve got some points, still need some more.

You know I played this game before I knew ya.

Sometimes you win through luck and art.

But lose with grace – now that takes heart.

It’s still a cause to sing out Hallelujah. 

Hallelujah, What’s it to ya?

Hallelujah, Hallelujah


When we first played we didn’t know

Two letter words: “da” “te” “gi” “po”

And now we get to play “ok” and “ew” – yeah

“Bazoom” “jooks” “owly” “goji” “foo”

“Antifas” “whirra” – they’re good too.

Did ya know that this verse rhymes with Julia? 

Hallelujah, Rhymes with Julia

Hallelujah, Hallelujah


I’ll start your clock if you are late

And I won’t ever hesitate

To play a phony bingo word right through ya.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose

But them’s the breaks, it isn’t news

You played it well, I’ll have to say that to ya.

Hallelujah, Say that to ya.

Hallellujah, Hallelujah


At times these words are not enough,

So play in Collins – prove you’re tough

Most any word you play –well, that’ll do- yeah

“Arsey” “milko” “zoot” “yunx” ”mizz”

“Vajazzle” “zulu” also “squiz”

Most Collins two’s, they really are peculiar.

 Hallelujah, Yes, peculiar.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah


If there are tile gods above

Don’t count upon their constant love.

Oh, looky there, the other guy outdrew ya.

Don’t whine about your Scrabble® plight

You still could win, keep up the fight.

Uh oh! I see they chose this time to screw ya.

 Hallelujah, Time to screw ya.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah


And now we’ll sing another verse.

We’re almost done, it could be worse

It’s past time for this song to just be through, yeah

But we must have a final say

Then you all can go back and play

The word game we all love, you know it’s true, yeah

Hallelujah, Not peculiar.

Hallelujah, Never fool ya

Hallelujah, What’s it to ya?

Hallelujah, Rhymes with Julia

Hallelujah, Time to screw ya

Hallelujah, yes, peculiar.

WGPO Member Meeting Summary – July 22, 2019

Player Room Hyatt Regency Hotel, Coral Gables FL

Laurie Cohen called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. She welcomed players and introduced members of the Executive Committee (EC): Deborah Baggett, Mike Johnson, Steve Pellinen and the Board of Player Representatives (BPR): Laurie, Helen Flores, Bennett Jacobstein, Maurice Ross and Suzi Tiekert.

In addition to officers listed above, approximately 40 players attended.  In response to Laurie’s question, 10 – 12 indicated that they were attending a WGPO tournament for the first time. The purposes of the meeting were: to introduce the organization and describe what WGPO members have been doing; outline upcoming work and projects; and ask for input and suggestions from those attending.

Recent Accomplishments

  • WGPO Tournament Expectations: In March 2019 this short document explaining conduct and standards of conduct was approved after several drafts and extensive review and comment from members. It can be downloaded from the WGPO website.
  • WGPO Rules: The committee has drafted our own version of player rules. WGPO rules will not differ drastically from those of other organizations including NASPA and WESPA. The committee goal is to provide simplified, easily-digestible playing rules.  Rules are currently in draft form and have had limited review and comment.  A future version will be made available to the full membership for feedback.

Projects and Plans

  • Update Technology: Mike Johnson, currently Chair of the Ratings Committee, is leading the effort to address several technological concerns. Explore ways to increase player interaction capabilities with the website
  • Player/Membership Directories: Old technology used for this data is no longer supported.  Currently adding members and updating data is time-consuming and complicated, and they are two separate databases that don’t share data efficiently. Having members and non-members significantly increases workload in our volunteer organization.
  • Membership Requirement:  Players should expect that proposals to streamline processes and be more efficient will include a proposal requiring that all who play in WGPO tournaments need to become WGPO members.  Current bylaws say directors of WGPO tournaments may or may not require WGPO membership.  WGPO membership currently requires providing contact data but no dues or other requirements.

Extensive discussion followed at the member meeting. Many attending had assumed that all who registered to play automatically became members. Current members asked that when required membership is implemented, existing memberships be recognized and that the process be streamlined. There was strong support to requiring membership for participation in all tournaments, and no objections were voiced.

  • Elections: WGPO officers serve staggered 2-year terms of office, and elections are held in December with nominations due in the fall. At the end of this year the following terms of office will expire. Executive Board position: Steve Pellinen; Board of Player Representative positions: Laurie Cohen, Helen Flores, Maurice Ross.  Discussion followed.  Officers do not represent regions. Current officers cover a broad area including Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, Iowa, Florida and California. Laurie encouraged those attending to consider running for office, and other officers suggested that WGPO also needs volunteers to work on committees or to help out on an ad hoc basis. We run on tremendous support from our volunteers. The voting process is basically done by email, and only members are eligible to vote.
  • Word Cup 10 – Chicago Area: Mike Johnson provided information about the July 4, 2020 weekend WGPO Word Cup to be held in Naperville Illinois. Why that weekend?  We selected a date that provided the best hotel rates and worked hard to avoid scheduling when other annual tournaments are regularly held. Because of the Democratic Convention we ruled out Milwaukee and dates near then. The Chicago area was a very attractive option, so plan to attend!

Member Input/Suggestions

  • WGPO Directors: Zana Anderson and others at the meeting asked about becoming a WGPO Director. The process is outlined on the WGPO website. Directors who are certified by other organizations may become WGPO Directors. Janice Kaye administers the test and certifies others. Mike Johnson noted that WGPO Directors are provided with lots of training.  Mike and others will help directors learn to navigate the Rating system. Several attendees were interested in pursuing this further.
  • Director! Computer Application: A player expressed concern about the long-term viability of this important application working as operating systems change or the application is no longer supported. Discussion followed. This issue applies to computer applications generally.
  • WGPO Comments: Several of those attending provided positive comments about the Word Cup and the WGPO organization including Word Cup 9 costs, facilities, directors, organizers, fun events, friendliness and more. John Aiken noted that he had looked back at the history and determined that since its inception, WGPO tournaments have included 71,000 games.

Submitted by Helen Flores

WGPO Board Meeting Minutes – July 22, 2019

The meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency. Coral Gables FL.   Attendees were:  Executive Committee: Deborah Baggett, Mike Johnson, Steve Pellinen; and BPR members: Laurie Cohen, Helen Flores, Bennett Jacobstein, Maurice Ross, Susi Tiekert.

Committee Reports/Accomplishments:

  • Membership Liaison Position: Deborah served as acting Member Liaison since July 2017. Susi Tiekert agreed to officially assume Membership duties and is currently in training.
  • Elections: Lynda Finn has managed the elections process and program in the past. She will be asked to do so again.  Position terms expiring are: Steve Pellinen, EC: Laurie Cohen, Helen Flores and Maurice Ross, BPR.  All agreed that we need to solicit nominees and get announcements out in a timely manner.
  • WGPO Tournament Expectations document, outlining conduct and behavior concerns, was approved after extensive review and comment from members and finalized in March 2019.  It is available on the WGPO website.
  • Rules: Laurie Cohen, Mike Johnson and Steve Pellinen developed draft WGPO playing rules that will be compatible with other Scrabble® organizations. Subsequent drafts will undergo additional review, including the full membership.  Work is ongoing.

Issues and Projects:

  • Member Survey: Laurie Cohen’s follow-up survey for Word Cup 8 provided valuable information and suggestions for attendees. She agreed to develop a Word Cup 9 survey. Laurie will include topics that may be suggested at the evening member meeting as well as EC and BPR additions. She plans to get the survey out as soon as possible.
  • Technology Projects: Mike emphasized the need to investigate tools and upgrade capabilities. New system versions do not adequately support the old membership database effectively or provide sufficient capabilities. The Web site provides valuable information, and we need to make sure that version changes or upgrades will continue to support it. Technology initiatives are very high priority for the organization that need to be addressed to accomplish other goals.
  • Social Media/Publicity/Outreach: Since WGPO tournaments aren’t on Cross Tables, game players may miss opportunities to participate. Group discussed several ideas to pursue to increase awareness of WGPO organization, clubs and tournaments. Attendees lauded Dave Postal’s work including Facebook WGPO pages. Action: Explore opportunities for greater communications and interaction with members and the community at large.
  • Required WGPO Membership: Bylaws currently allow Directors of tournaments to require membership or not.  Extensive discussion followed covering
    •  incentives offered to encourage players to become members,
    • labor intensity and technological complexity to administer tournaments, maintain data, ratings and performance information about 2 groups: members and non-members
    • need to enhance the ability to filter information and administer data
    • need to communicate more effectively and interact with players/members.

Following discussion, BPR members unanimously agreed that all WGPO players need to become WGPO members. They further agreed that the requirement should apply to all WGPO-sponsored tournaments in addition to Word Cups.

The group set the agenda for the Evening Player meeting and determined that Laurie Cohen would again chair the meeting. Topics shall include

WGPO accomplishments to date

Ongoing and Future Projects and

Questions and answers from those attending the meeting.

The Board meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.

Submitted by Helen Flores