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NSC 2014 Commentary: Round 6

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Round 6

Kate has gone off for a 20-minute nap, so we’ll have to do with me for now.

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Aaron Finkel (Fairview, NC) is walking on a cloud. Playing Bob Krause (Maspeth, NY) this round, he watched Bob work with a two-blank bingo. At first, Bob put SUB?R?S on board, then switched the tiles around to make SU??RBS, and wrote down that blank 1 was U and blank 2 was B, making SUubRBS. Aaron held and accepted the play because it hung the S into the triple lane and he could reply with YEASTIER through that S for a 158-point triple-triple! Needless to say, this helped earn Aaron the win and reminds us all to look before we leap and challenge. Sometimes a bad word is actually good!

Jeff Fiszbein (South Lyon, MI) has the look of a kicked dog as he comes to get me. It wasn’t his win he says, but he has to let me know about his opponent’s great game. I get to the board and a smiling Paul Epstein (Ann Arbor, MI) is finishing the endgame paperwork. Jeff points out the games 7 bingos: six by Paul. HONOReR, MISDEAL, TRIENNIAL, TETANISE, PARRELs, and ELEGIST for Paul (wow!) and LIMNERS for Jeff. 601-346 for Paul.

A crowd is forming a distance from board 2 in division 1. Mack Meller (Bedford, NY) is squaring off against Darrell Day (Richardson, TX). I see Darrell’s DURNDEST for 70 and Mack’s BOOSTERS for 62 and CITOLAS for 76. In the very endgame, each has a blank on his rack (they got them quite late). Darrell is down on time and I don’t want to add to the game stress so I walk off. I learn later that Mack won, 385-365, and he remains undefeated. He is in second place behind Nigel Peltier (Portland, OR). Both are 6-0, but Nigel has about 212 points in spread on Mack.

Evan Berofsky (Oxford, MI) walks up and deadpans, “You know, it is tough to win a game when your opponent gets 4 bingos in the first 5 turns. It is even worse when that opponent is Adam Logan (Ottawa ON).” I snicker and walk over to see the game. All picked up, of course. Adam writes down said bingos for me: BEANIES, STROAMED#, OVATORS#, and INSETTER. Enough said.

At the nearby table 1 in Collins, John OLaughlin (San Francisco, CA) defeats Chris Lipe (Rome, NY). I see John’s REMIGiAL, ANTiCKE, and MoRENDO. This means John and Adam are the only undefeateds at 6-0 with John up 70 points in spread.

Shan Abbasi (Mississauga ON) is happy. He just won a game, making him 3-3, by extending ABS to ABSTAINER for 36 points. Style galore!

Jackson Smylie (Toronto ON) is now 4-2 and grinning ear to ear (well, for a quiet, shy kid, but I can see the grin under there!). He just won a game he was not seeing as a possibility. He was down by 3 bingos against Jim Kramer (Roseville, MN) when he “lucked” into ZILL for 69 (I asked him to spell it. He said, “ZED, I, L, L.” He saw me hesitating as I did the Americun conversion thing and he sweetly said, “I mean, ZEE, I, L, L.” What a kid.). Then he got down FRETSAW for 92 and TOESHOE for 87. Jackson won by a mere 5 points!

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