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Commentary: Round 1
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While I was doing an interview with InnerSPACE's Teddy about the net coverage, Chris Lipe is combing the playing room. He comes back a few minutes into the round and says, "I thin I have the whole room's opening bingo plays!" He was smiling and foot tappingly excited.
A fantastic matchup between former School SCRABBLE players! Jackson Smylie (Toronto ON) vs. Morris Greenberg (Brookline, MA). The game at about the 75% complete point. I see Morris' IONISiNG and RETICULA. Jackson has played PILFERING and in front of me puts down DISTOME for 90. Both players are being super careful, using almost every second of their clock. They both were waiting for the second blank to drop and it didn't come until the very end of the game. It ended with Marris shaking his head as he made his outplay. A 457-452 win for Jackson who offered to recount. Morris took him up on it and I left to let them at it. Jackson's final rack: EEE?
Jason Broersma (Caledon ON) vs. Sinna Vijayakumar (Mississauga ON). I can see the SPACE camera into their game. I wonder how much of it had to do with Jason's tattoo sleeve! The game started out a barn burner: Sinna opened with JOULE and Jason played CUSHIONS. Then Sinna played jESUITS and Jason replied with FALtERED. It was Jason's game, 465-337.
James Leong (Vancouver BC) wins the "best T-shirt contest." It says pentagon with that shape above it, then Hexagon with that shape above it, then Oregon with that shape above it. :) He is in what looks to be a great game with John Robertson (Cambridge ON), who I later hear say it was a 12-point difference until the end. I see NAEVOI, GADJO, ThWARTED, UPRATInG, HURRIES, and GULLIES.
Robin Pollock Daniel (Toronto ON) vs. Roger Cullman (Toronto ON). I see cOGNOVIT and CAmISAS, both by Robin. Roger admitted to not knowing either of them. Toward the end of the game he played PUDGE. She held him. Then on his next turn, TOXIFY* came down, she called it off. At the end of the game he told me he was "detoxified" by Robin. Her win.
Our wondrous Chris Lipe writes:
Lots of players opening the tournament in style -- Heather McCall (Toronto ON) has the first bingo of the tournament, opening with AnGORAS against Max Panitch (Toronto ON) as most other players are picking up their tiles. Other opening rack bingos are Shan Abbasi (Mississauga ON) with JETFOiL, Lilla Sinanan (Stoney Creek ON) with MILKERs at Board One against Adam Logan (Ottawa ON), Jeremy Hildebrand (Ottawa ON) with STALLeD, and Ross Brown (Ottawa ON) opening with NOTABlE (notable, blank L). This last one is curious -- he opens with the N on the star, instead of a safer play like BOATmEN, but it pays off as a few turns later Ross hits NOTABLES / SOX for 51.
Jason Broersma (Caledon ON) and Sinna Vijayakumar (Mississauga ON) are having a heckuva game - Sinna opened with JOULE, and Jason bingoed immediately with CUSHIONS through it. Sinna has jESUITS next, and not to be outdone, Jason has the other blank and plays FALtERED.
First challenges of the tournament! Jesse Matthews (Kelowna BC) challenges Sue Tremblay (Carlsbad Springs ON) after she plays TEHEE*, but Joel Wapnick and Josh Castellano get to the challenge computer first. The first adjudication of the tournament, Josh's play of TIERCED, is acceptable. (Sherrie adds: Josh went on to win this game! Way to go, Josh!)
Jackson Smylie (Toronto ON) has got down PIL(FE)RING against Morris Greenberg (Brookline, MA). Nice play! A couple turns later, Jackson plays POOP and Morris comes back with GRAY / POOPY*, which is not challenged.
It's eight minutes into the game between Priya Fernando (Mississauga ON) and Lou Cornelis (Stoney Creek ON) and they only have four tiles on the board -- an opening play of OE and an underlap of EN. This looks like a barn burner!
Christopher Sykes (Cambridge ON) has ELNUWY? as his last rack, which looks like one of those "Blank Bingo" quizzes on Aerolith. There are three eights there in TWL and one seven and one more eight in CSW. The board is pretty blocked so he gets down Wa(V)Y for 48. (2)
Dielle's rack is BEEEEFP. It looks like a long dial tone. Also on this set of tiles, there is no number on the corner of the F.
Jackson and Morris have ZOON on their board five spaces to the right of the TWS. There are two OWL extensions, and two more in CSW. (3)
I asked Ross on the way out about his opening bingo choice. He said he wanted to play a little more dangerously and make his opponent sweat a little. It worked out for him, and he recounted a game that Sue Tremblay played at the Ottawa club last week -- opening with DENIZEN for the maximum score, and after her opponent exchanged, she drew and S and immediately hit JEEPS / DENIZENS for 120. Nice!
(1) COGNOVIT (2) UNWELDY# , UNWARELY#, UNWIELDY, UNWISELY, UNWIFELY (3) PROTOZOON, SPOROZOON, DIPLOZOON#, HYDROZOON#
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