Seattle vs Vancouver
Nov 11, '06 1st Annual Border Battle Report
Mark P's Trip Report
First Annual? That's the Plan. Rebecca gets to be Director of next year's.
We met half-way in Bellingham. Tourney started half hour late due to the
canucks having 1/2 hour extra delay at the border crossing. The
other first-family of Scrabble, the Saldanha family showed up
even later, the dad and three kids had to take a loss their
first game they were so late.
Big room, double-wide tables, coffee and water and muffins,
pleasant set-up. Thanks to Val Gallant and two other ladies I'm sorry I didn't meet them
and I don't know their names for running a smooth tournament.
Nigel, me and Rafi carpooled up 8:15- 9:35.
Rafi was ranked 5th highest of the Seattle players, division 1.
Nigel was ranked third highest of the Seattle contingent, also
Mark was middle of the division Three. 6 players in each of
the five divisions from each city.
Seattle ended up winning the Overall in this first meeting of
the clubs, 103.5 wins to 89.5. The Vancouver club director, Val
Gallant had made up a nice metal trophy, a brass scepter with a
hundred or so wooden scrab tiles filling the cup on the top,
glued in. There's also a wooden serving tray about a foot square
with "Vancouver Seattle Border Battle Champions" spelled out in
wooden scrabble tiles. I can describe this hardware so well
because they're sitting here on my desk. Why so? Read on.
[ I'll bring them to Club Tuesday.]
In this tourney's format, the six players from each city play
each of the other city's player once, then game 7 is
"king-of-the-hill" by record. 5 divisions of 12 players.
Rafi went 2 wins, 4 losses and 1 bye from a Saldanha in round 1.
Not real happy, lotsa bum racks to deal with, less than a bingo
per game average, and he figures to have lost about 20 ratings
The Peltiers had quite a different day. Both Nigel & Mark
started out 3-0 before the lunch break. Game 4 for Nigel was
vs. the top Vancouver player and he was down over 100 near the
end when Nigel came up with the bingo BRUXITE. Nigel still lost this
game by 13, but he was pretty excited about the comeback & he
was able to preserve his 300+ pt spread. Oh - wait- do you know
Hold or don't bother cuz it's good? challenge or let it play cuz
yer not sure - whaddya think? Call it Question#1.
(By the way- you got 20 sec to decide, your clock is winding
down to penalty time) Answer(s) to pop quizzes at the end.
Mark's game 4 was another Win: vs the top rated opp from BC.
I'll do some more detail on my games after the main story. The
+43 spread in this game was my closest game - there's the hint.
OK, need a word quiz from my game 4?
? = the blank. oh sure - make it a G, well that won't play on
the board. Blank needs to be an S to find a home on this
Games 5 & 6: Both Nigel and Mark win both games (!) Mark: 6-0
with an impressive +822 pt delta spread. Nigel is 5-1, +381.
Game 7: For Mark, the Best player on Vancouver is 4-2, same guy
from game 4, their highest rated player in Div 3. I played my
lowest scoring game, but still won by 49. 7-0 record, +871 !!
I didn't need to win Game 7 to win the division, but I did anyways,
kinda lucky: I got away with an accidental 2 ltr phoney "TE". I
needed a little time and had to sing the alphabet song to find
this bingo to cinch the Win:
Q#3: ?EGIINR -
I need it to end in ER for a fine board placement. I just ran
the anagrammer and there are 7 words, 7 different letters the
blank could be. I only found the one I played, but 3 of them I
shoulda known, so that's your assignment for Q#3.
Game 7 for Nigel is also vs that top rated player he played in
game 4. This also was Nigel's lowest scoring game, but he also
won. So Nigel wins division 1 (!!). Woo Woo. Both Pa & Sonny
slappin the high fives like some juco B-ball playahs.
Oh yeah - The cash: $60 in an envelope. One for Nigel. One for
me. Entry fee was $15. Not bad at all. Seattle players won
Division 2 (Geoff Tongue 7-0) and Division 4 (Karen Powell ).
Nigel started the day at 1661, a website calculator reads
1716 after this tourney. First time over 1700 (!!) Next
Tournament is Jan 12-15 in Reno. Nigel HAS to play in that
tournament's division one now!
Mark was 1139, calc says.... 1245 now (!!) first time over
1200. Safely ensconced in division 3 for Reno.
Why do we have the trophies - Rebecca said to take them and
hold onto them. I think we had the most wins per household.
Definitely jumped ahead of them there Saldanhas today.
Oh and Rebecca started out 1.5 wins- 1.5 losses before lunch. SHe won the remaining 4
games for a good tournament: 5.5-1.5. Division 2, in the top 3 for $$.
My game summaries:
Game 1: 433 -353 over Tony Verma. I played
Q#4: OUTBRIBE one B was a blank. Q#4: Good?
How sure are you? Hold & let it go, challenge or don't even
hold. Feelin lucky, punk?
Tony challenged. Anagrammer tells me TUBEROID would have been
good (?= D). Tony later bingos SEATERS and phonies an S on the end of
my opening word YONDER, I let it go, I had OUTBRI?E on my mind.
Tony challenged LIEN and EKES toward game end when I also made
OKE on the same "chimney" play. All 3 are - G00d!
Game 2: 400-346 over Judy Smith. She opens with a Bingo FRILLED-
I hold.... you like it? No quiz - I let it go which was the
correct play. The F is on the Dbl Ltr spot.
Find my best play of my tournament from my rack: word #2, my
first play of the game: (? = blank) Hint: ? = A ( or O works
also, for the same score)
Q#5 EIMOTZ? [ can use a letter from the board: FRILLED ]
So at this point, I really started to feel the juju. Kinda like
gimmie any 7 letters, and also my opponents seemed to be
following my script - they didn't have bingo tiles for key
openings and their desperation at having to catch up 32 pts
after 3 words ea., 55 after 6 and an average of 100 after 9
words (full tourney stat avgs).
No more bingos nor big plays in game 2.
Now Game 3. vs. Val Gallant. Val's had
some back surgery and this is her first tourney in a while. She
trades in after I start, then her 2nd play she bingos INGRESS.
I like the G that's exposed and, with J on Dbl Ltr, and making
my blank an E, I splash across JIGGLERS for 100.
Q#6: Any reason to doubt JIGGLERS?
For the rest of the game, Val trades in 4 MORE times, finds one
more bingo EARNEST for 69, but nothing else over 21. Her total
score 245. I did better.
After 3 words: 131
After 6: 193
After 9: 277 you like the word BARTOP?
After 12: 352. Val's 12th word was EARNEST, she's at 191.
My 12th word was ROUX , alongside the Right outside lane. My
next word: along ROUX is: TUCKING, bingo with a blank = G. T to make
UT and U to make XU. K on dbl ltr. G (blank) on the Trpl Word
lower right corner. = 112 pts. Nice.
Val trades in 5. the E from EARNEST is at C1 near top left. I
draw a CHZ for CHEZ for 84. I finish up with word 17 OAR for 3
to hit 600, collect her two single pointers for 4 more = 604.
I think this is my first 600 pt game. Like Ever. Pretty sure.
Spread =359 pts. Oh yeah. 604 was high score in my division,
worth $5 prize. And, it was the high score for all 192 games played
Saturday. Which was worth $0 additional. - bragging rights
Game 4 vs Joe Barton. Joe's good. He opens ZOEAS for 48, I
opened/bingoed with LEAFING for 70. If I hadn't found the bingo
from Quiz Q#2 late in this close game, I might've lost it. Joe
played a nice GOTH near game end for 60, but had to spend his
blank. Mark Wins, 405-362. Took this win and fled.
Game 5 was against John Aitken. He & I go WAY back - a very good
rivalry of 6 tourney games. This time it was 30 pts per word
avg for me , in a 13 word game. I had two bingos CRITICAL and
INTERNS, John had none. 399-310. good one.
Game 6 was against Evan Kramer, his teammates says he's been
playing tourneys and at club for only a year or so. Smart guy,
but not used to losing, I could tell. I open it with HOOPS 28,
Evan- HOKEY for 30. I find IDEALIZE (blank=L) for 84, and he
doesn't like it. ! ? Challenge! It's good, and he's WAY behind. He
plays BRUIN +
(Q#7:) IDEALIZER. Is it good?
I challenge it.
My next play JUTES for 82. J at D1 , S on H1, middle top Trpl
Word. J doubled then tripled, then doubled again for JO.
Schweet. Evan makes DIVES + IDEALIZERS for 60. Ooops there's
the Q#7 answer. Still, it's word #7 of the game and he's down by 74.
The S from my opening play HOOPS is still sitting open all the
way Left to the trpl word. Help me out here. And GOOD LUCK. I
bet maybe ONE other person of the 60 at the tourney today could
find this word. It's my Best Find of the Tourney.
Q#8: EINPTTYS must end in S
Evan later plays a desperate "VERSAGE" which I challenge off, and
I cream him 513- 316.
Game 7: Nigel says to wrap up this report. OK, the One Bingo in
this game is in Q#3. I learn ROTL and RENVOI from Opponent Joe
as I win 334-285.
7-0. Yay. My average: 441 pts. Opps: 317
Me with 11 bingos, opps only 4 (!)
Nigel average 431 pts, Opps 374
Nigel 17 bingos first quick count.
Thanx for reading.
What, you want ANSWERS? cheater.
Q#1: phoney as hell. BRUX is a new 4. Opp let it go as clock was
nearly out and opp still had a lead he was able to protect.
Q#2 ?=S for ASPIRIN
Q#3 ? = D,L,M,W, Z + INGIER; also ?= T for IGNITER and ? =N
Q#4 OUTBRIBE is g00d! I was about 50/50 on it, took me a few
minutes to play it
Q#5 AMORTIZE and MOTORIZE thru the R, Dbl Dbl word for 122 pts.
Q#6 JIGGLERS is a phoney (!), opp didn't hold, nor would anyone
else I asked. I'll take the 100 pts.
Q#7 IDEALIZER is g00d! I lost my turn to find out.
Q#8 TINTYPES - I must've learnt it when I learned photography in
high school. It's not really a compound word you'd even try.
Opp challenged, lost, he had to. Woo.