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June 21–24, 2013

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Commentary: Round 6

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Round 6

Tea is done and the catering crew is busy cleaning everything away since it is time for lunch in one round!

As John Chew said earlier, "today we are going at a leisurely pace."

Vince Castellano has arrived and is hanging out in the foyer as his son battles it out in the playing room.

Last round, Lilla Sinanan (Stoney Creek ON) squared off against her husband, Lou Cornelis (Stoney Creek ON). During the tea break, Lou lamented (just a bit) to John Robertson (Cambridge ON) about the bad luck he's had with Lilla. This is the fourth time in seven tournament games against one another that she's been the victor. You go Lilla!

This round Jim Nanavati (Burlington ON) got a crack at Adam Logan (Ottawa ON) at table 1. A bit later I saw Adam scurry the result slip in.

Robin Pollock Daniel (Toronto ON) defeated Gabriel Gauthier-Shalom (Montreal QC) by a mere 3 points this round. She opened with AUREOlE (that is an L). I tried to watch a bit around the edges, but they were bent forward, behind a pillar, and things were pretty banal for a bit. Just after it ended, the board was afire with stuff: DISTRAIN, ENAMELED, CARLInES, and GAVELING. The board was a bit of a mess, they were moments from starting a recount. Gabriel looked up at me and said, "I had SLA, VYPQNR was in the bag. I played 4 and what did I get? VYPQ. This made me lose by 3. This win, which she retained, put her in 2nd place, just behind Adam Logan (Ottawa ON). She gets him next round!

Allen Pengelly (Waterloo ON) vs. Joel Wapnick (Montreal QC): FeVERED, ROBUSTER, BRIEFEST, are on the board and Alan has L?TOFEA on his rack. A few turns later TONALiTY is on the board and his blank is gone.

I take a long time watching Sue Tremblay (Carlsbad Springs ON) vs. Tony Leah (Ajax ON). I see her early MEDIATES and GuEsTED. Tony plays BANDEROL through the D and BEVELERS for 80 (she holds him, but lets it go). Late in the game, he gets down INGESTA, but loses, 518-420. That is 2 bingos to 4 for those counting. She must have been masterful everywhere else. Good job, Sue!

I see a Craig Rowland (Mississauga ON) vs. John Robertson (Cambridge ON) board that is all about Craig. I see his MONOCLe for 73, and the bingo bango of PAROLING for 65 and ISOBARE for 79.

Jackson Smylie (Toronto ON) is done his game and he wanders over to check out the Morris Greenberg (Brookline, MA) vs. Jason Ubeika (Mississauga ON) board. Morris won, 425-327, and is up to 4 wins now (so is Jackson). I see Morris' early RIcOTTA and VAUnTIE and later SNORTER.

I watch Lou Cornelis (Stoney Creek ON) vs. Andrew Golding (Verdun QC) for a bit. Lou figures out various spots to play and you can almost read his lips and he counts silently. I see ALEURONE on their board and both of them has a blank on his rack. Too much intrigue, I have to walk away. I later see DIStENDS on the board and no blank on Lou's rack. Andrew's search continues....

Barbara Bultz (Dollard-des-Ormeaux QC) vs. Yvonne Lobo (Mississauga ON). All I can see is CALIPTER* (Chris tells me it is CALYPTER).

Sinna Vijayakumar (Mississauga ON) vs. Jeremy Hildebrand (Ottawa ON) is wrapping up in front of me. I say to Jeremy, "Why do you have Vijay written down on your sheet?" He said as kindly as he could, "because it is his name?...." Vijay explains that Sinna is his father and he is Vijay. How many times has he had to have THAT conversation, I wonder? Anyway, this game was ALL Vijay! "He killed me," said Jeremy. I see a 76-point opening CINDERS, then play 2 he got down ABALONEs. Later on it was a bingo bang: mESTIZAS for 84 and TSAREVNA for 63. This led to the 469-309 clobbering that was. Good job Vijay. :)

Later, outside the playing room, Jeremy admitted he was contemplating DayQuil since he isn't feeling very good. Being one who likes those type things, Chris Lipe said, "Do it, you won't regret it. It is awesome stuff."

Andy Saunders (Guelph ON) is elated! He just won a game! woo hoo! His unlucky opponent: Mike Ebanks (Calgary AB).

Chris Williams (Vancouver BC) vs. Dielle Saldanha (Richmond BC). Well, well, well. Miss Dielle had herself a good time of phoning this round. :) I see Chris' DElOUSER and GLEAMING. She got down DEJEcTOR*, OUTWEARS, ENCASING, and REEFAGE*. Chris Lipe walks by and tut-tuts her OUTWEARS. Seems she could have played OUTSWEAR to the triple. She admitted to not being 100% certain so she played it safe. She told me not to report this, but I think that we are all human and miss stuff. It makes the rest of us seem more human that she does it too :). Her win, 448-375. Now, about those phonies....

Eric Tran (Calgary AB) vs. Jesse Matthews (Kelowna BC): TORMENTS, SCUBAING, OvERWEAR, and I see Eric's opening FELLOE. Not your everyday opening play!

A gorgeous game between two pretty gorgeous men: Juraj Pivovarov (Calgary AB) vs. Jesse Matthews (Kelowna BC). Juraj opened with REDOX and a couple turns later Jesse dumped a few tiles, keeping AAO, not at all a synergistic leave and picked into AUTOCADE playing through the C he'd just played off. Then Juraj played BADINaGE through the D, which drew a challenge from Jesse. Jesse got down PECTInS, but only because a small play from Juraj blocked TEICLaSP through the L. Nice find that never went down! Jesse wins, 431-427.

Lunch is here and we are all delighted to be eating again! Sandwiches, salads, hummus, various cookies, crudite, etc. As promised, Andy Saunders (Guelph ON) brought in a copy of Judy Cole's stint on Jeopardy! last night. John Chew let him connect his laptop to one of the standings projectors and about 30 of us crowded in to watch Judy on the show. We were cheering her on, even though some of us knew the result beforehand. A wonderfully fun community event celebrating our NASPA sister. You made us proud, Judy! Or should we call you "boop boop de boop!"

Chris Lipe writes:

Tea is over; crumpets are finished, and everyone's fully-extended pinkies have been retracted into their normal tile-grabbing fists. Round Six is a go! (Sherrie adds: there were no crumpets.)

Shan Abbasi (Mississauga ON) and Ross Brown (Ottawa ON) have a quick start -- I see ASSI?IA and LEASINGS as their first two plays.

That moment your opponent puts something into the 3x3 lane and you have exactly the wrong rack to deal with it. Andy Saunders (Guelph ON) has played OOLITE dropping the O in the second position of the triple lane, and Mike Ebanks (Calgary AB) has the blank...... and lots of vowels to go with it. AEEENT? to be exact. He plays TOEA to take out the danger spot.

Allen Pengelly (Waterloo ON) and Joel Wapnick (Montreal QC) have started a barn burner too -- FaVORED and ROBUSTER for Joel and BRIEFEST for Allen to start. Allen has GHILOZ?, which doesn't bingo.

Jason Broersma (Caledon ON) is dropping bingoes on Max Panitch (Toronto ON) like it's going out of style -- ROOFLESS and LINEAGE bingo-bango. Max gets FERRIERS* a couple turns later, which stays.

Lots of potential 3x3s here -- one player is opening up the line while the other holds a blank. Geoffrey Newman (Brampton ON) plays MANGROVE, dangling an E in 4th position, and Jackson Smylie (Toronto ON) is holding AEEMNN?. There's no 3x3 there, though -- Jackson plays MANNERED through the R in MANGROVE. Geoff's next rack isn't a threat to 3x3, either -- ADHOSVY, he plays HAYED through that E for 42.

Jesse Matthews (Kelowna BC) hit AUTOCADE, putting the E in 4th position of a 3x3 lane, and Juraj Pivovarov (Calgary AB) is holding ABEGIN?. It takes me a moment but I spotted the 3x3, but this does Juraj no good -- it's Collins-only. (1). He plays BADINAGE through the D in AUTOCADE.

Lou Cornelis (Stoney Creek ON) has played BANDEROL putting an L in 5th position.; unfortunately for Sue Tremblay (Carlsbad Springs ON), she is holding complete dreck: HHIMUUY.

Christopher Sykes (Cambridge ON) played TWILIT putting the T in 5th position while John Stardom (Ottawa ON) was holding ADEFNR? -- too many consonants, nothing there, John plays FRIEND N10 for 36.

Oh, Jason Broersma is staring at AHLOOTV. He pushes LOOTV off to one side of his rack and ponders the wide-open S staring at him on the lower right side of the board. When I wander back, I see that firstly, he resisted the temptation to play VOLOST in an annotated game (it would have been the wrong play) and second, he got down WRESTLE / FERRIERS* and that stayed too. And he's holding the second blank -- ACNUVY?, which doesn't make any awesome eights or anything, sadly.

Dielle Saldanha (Richmond BC) has totally gotten away with DEJECTOR.

Ross and Shan make their way purposefully and businesslike to the challenge computer. There, Zyzzyva dutifully tells them, that no, TODD* is not acceptable.

Broersma and Max are recounting. Looks like the B-man man has narrowly pulled out the win. It was 412-410 before the recount.

Now it is lunch. Lunch, there is no sweeter word in the English language. Well, "breakfast," "second breakfast," "brunch," "afternoon tea," "dinner," "supper," "dessert," and "fourthmeal" are close contenders.


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