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NASC 2015 Commentary: Round 1

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Round 1

Okay, the only player who has not yet made it for game play today is Will Anderson (Croton, NY). He has just landed at the Reno airport and will be added to the round 3 pairings! Let’s hope his cab is quick!

The first game to wrap up this round is between Michael Early (Fort Worth, TX) vs Joey Krafchick (Richardson, TX). I hear that WhEEZILY went down for 110, which probably let to Joey’s 512-335 win. Both of them make their way toward my table and Mike mutters how Joey is is “SCRABBLE daddy, with a 6-0 record against him.”

Matthew O'Connor (DeWitt, NY) vs. Mohammad Sulaiman (United Arab Emirates). I see PENTOSANS, AGRESTIC, and MEMOIRs on their board.

Paul Richards (Australia) and John O'Laughlin (San Francisco, CA) are at the challenge computer and NOWY# is ruled acceptable in their CSW game. I wander back with them and see LEOTARD, SECRETES, and POLARONS are on their in-progress board.

Table 2 in division 1 features Thomas Reinke (Middleton, WI) vs. Alec Sjoholm (Lynnwood, WA). I see DUSTIER, ROsEATE, and rEDARGUE on their board. Thomas tried MANGERS/PUGHS*, but Alec called it off. A few minutes later I saw Alec standing by board 1 in division 1. Ah, a fun next game for him!

Ian Weinstein (Coral Springs, FL) vs. Scott McManus (Seattle, WA): SILENcER, DANDIER, and SeNORIA. I think I spot THEREAS* but figure I must have written it down wrong.

Gunther Jacobi (Portland, OR) vs. Brian Nelson (Los Angeles, CA) at table 1 in division 2. SLOPINg, pOUTINE, BRAVOED, RERAISE, and ETESIAN are on their board.

Looking like a million bucks, as always, Mad Palazzo (Richmond Hill ON) had a good game with Daniel Knag (Bronx, NY) this round. I see STILBINE, WORMIeST, PANDIT, sEAWAYS, and REAsONED on their board. Her win, 486-335.

Stefan Rau (Hudson, NY) vs. Ben Berger (Germany, Federal Republic of): ABATURE#, REtINAE, and ENACTOR are on their board. I heard Stefan say, “Sometimes the tiles decide it.” I look down on his sheet, 581-255, his win. Ouch for Ben.

Board 1 in CSW. I walk up and just then Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR) bingoed out in front of me: rEEDITs. I also see CRYOLITES, GAROUPA#, and OBVIOUS. Dave won big, 486-211. Lisa Kessler, who annotated Liz Jackman (Australia), said that she had just dreadful racks. Check out her racks and this big win for Dave in the annotated games section of the web site!

And kudos to Tom Bond (Everett, WA) for his round 1 win against Kenji Matsumoto (Berkeley, CA) at the annotated board 1 in division 1, 424-400. I see SEEDIER, MANURES, TOWBOAT, CONDOnE, and HEEDING on their board. Check out this close game in the annotated game section!

Division 1 Round 1 Auto-Commentary

Kate Fukawa-Connelly (Lawrenceville, NJ) claims the lead, 1-0 +217. Joey Krafchick (Richardson, TX) is +177. Joel Elkins (West Hollywood, CA) is +168. Rafi Stern (Seattle, WA) is +167. Avery Mojica (Overland Park, KS) is +162. Joel Sherman (Bronx, NY) is +138. David Whitley (Monrovia, CA) is +126. Norases Vesdapunt (Stanford, CA) is +116. Jeff Fiszbein (South Lyon, MI) is +108. Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC) is +69.

In Class B: Kate Fukawa-Connelly (Lawrenceville, NJ) is the lead, 1-0 +217. Avery Mojica (Overland Park, KS) is +162. David Whitley (Monrovia, CA) is +126. Norases Vesdapunt (Stanford, CA) is +116. Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC) is +69. Thomas Reinke (Middleton, WI) is +66. Charles Reinke (Middleton, WI) is +63. Jeremy Hall (New York, NY) is +62. Manop Phiphatboonserm (Thailand) is +55. Sal Piro (New York, NY) is +35.

In Class C: Joel Elkins (West Hollywood, CA) is the lead, 1-0 +168. Jeff Fiszbein (South Lyon, MI) is +108. Tasha Asberry (Cordova, TN) is +52. Asif Ali (Norman, OK) is +50. Betty Cornelison (Portland, OR) is +44. Terry Kang Rau (Hudson, NY) is +41. Tom Bond (Everett, WA) is +24. Greg Heidler (Waialua, HI) is +18. Marlene Milkent (Hattiesburg, MS) is +14. Mark Miller (Radnor, PA) is +7.

High Win: Rafi Stern (Seattle, WA) 605-438 vs. Amnuay Ploysangngam (Thailand). Low Win: Kolton Koehler (Portland, OR) 371-365 vs. David Pearl (Long Beach, CA). High Loss: Amnuay Ploysangngam (Thailand) 438-605 vs. Rafi Stern (Seattle, WA). Low Loss: Steve Bush (Richmond, KY) 306-523 vs. Kate Fukawa-Connelly (Lawrenceville, NJ).

Division 2 Round 1 Auto-Commentary

James Porter (Cleveland Heights, OH) claims the lead, 1-0 +287. Charlie Southwell (Arlington, VA) is +207. Kevin Fraley (San Jose, CA) is +185. Matthew Ridout (Lexington, KY) is +178. Edward Gowash (Fort Worth, TX) is +171. Chris Schneider (Chicago, IL) is +166. Vera Bigall (Toronto ON) is +164. Ruchi Gupta (Knoxville, TN) is +159. Carlene Wallis (Sparks, NV) is +142. Martin Weisskopf (Huntsville, AL) is +142.

In Class : In Class B: James Porter (Cleveland Heights, OH) is the lead, 1-0 +287. Vera Bigall (Toronto ON) is +164. Martin Weisskopf (Huntsville, AL) is +142. Amnon Igra (Sacramento, CA) is +131. Ryan Chepita (Ottawa ON) is +94. Connie Creed (Philadelphia, PA) is +92. Mark Peltier (Seattle, WA) is +90. Curtis Lee (Jacksonville, FL) is +86. Edwin Roth (Philadelphia, PA) is +75. Stephen Sneed (Fort Worth, TX) is +48.

In Class C: Edward Gowash (Fort Worth, TX) is the lead, 1-0 +171. Paula Catanese (Mountain View, CA) is +56. Brian Nelson (Los Angeles, CA) is +51. Elizabeth Ralston (Los Angeles, CA) is +50. Kristy Zurbrick (Dublin, OH) is +47. Cynthia Pughsley (Oakland, CA) is +41. Bruce Shuman (Wilmington, NC) is +33. Katya Lezin (Charlotte, NC) is +8. Kent Croswell (Hot Springs Village, AR) is +5. Gwen Stewart (Ellicott City, MD) is +5.

High Win: James Porter (Cleveland Heights, OH) 577-290 vs. Carl Davis (Riverdale, GA). Low Win: Kent Croswell (Hot Springs Village, AR) 363-358 vs. David Engelhardt (Baltimore, MD). High Loss: Martin Gold (Arlington, VA) 454-508 vs. Howard Pistol (Oakland Park, FL). Low Loss: Charlene White (Kearny, NJ) 277-419 vs. Carlene Wallis (Sparks, NV).

Division 3 Round 1 Auto-Commentary

Rhonda Roederer (New Orleans, LA) claims the lead, 1-0 +245. Whitney Gould (Berkeley, CA) is +187. Claudia Finn (Seattle, WA) is +166. Richard Strick (Santa Monica, CA) is +164. Mad Palazzo (Richmond Hill ON) is +151. Joey Gordon (Fort Worth, TX) is +142. Ani Migirdicyan (North York ON) is +124. Charles Dupont (Seattle, WA) is +122. Erik Krasner (Oakland, CA) is +111. Chloe Fatsis (Washington, DC) is +110.

In Class B: Whitney Gould (Berkeley, CA) is the lead, 1-0 +187. Claudia Finn (Seattle, WA) is +166. Margo Kuno (Philadelphia, PA) is +100. Dave Krook (Mississauga ON) is +90. Michael Bassett (Port Clinton, OH) is +62. Julie Ellen Maria (Oxnard, CA) is +61. Zachary Ansell (Los Angeles, CA) is +61. Maureen Morris (Calgary AB) is +58. Josephine Flowers (West Memphis, AR) is +53. Betsey Wood (Concord, MA) is +35.

In Class C: Joey Gordon (Fort Worth, TX) is the lead, 1-0 +142. Ani Migirdicyan (North York ON) is +124. Chloe Fatsis (Washington, DC) is +110. Cathy Poole (Winston-Salem, NC) is +97. Nancy Hanley (Wilmington, DE) is +64. Ruth Brower (Hockessin, DE) is +56. Sander Post (Ottawa ON) is +53. Lee Brooks (Arlington, TX) is +50. Nandini Dickens (Bethesola, MD) is +46. Gloria Miller (Santa Monica, CA) is +30.

High Win: Mad Palazzo (Richmond Hill ON) 486-335 vs. Daniel Knag (Bronx, NY). Low Win: Paul Hagelstein (Waco, TX) 333-307 vs. Cooper Komatsu (Los Angeles, CA). High Loss: Mary Pastore (Pearland, TX) 393-398 vs. Hannah Lieberman (Charlotte, NC). Low Loss: Noah Kalus (New Paltz, NY) 207-371 vs. Richard Strick (Santa Monica, CA).

Division 4 Round 1 Auto-Commentary

Diana Bowen (Charlottesville, VA) claims the lead, 1-0 +215. Jean Wolin (Toronto ON) is +203. Hannah Rozear (Durham, NC) is +128. John Green (Lealman, FL) is +128. Marvin Kraus (Newton, MA) is +127. Jennifer DeWaelsche (San Antonio, TX) is +116. Jamie De Jong (Ottawa ON) is +108. Evan McCarthy (Windham, NH) is +104. Ron Barker (Boise, ID) is +85. Constance J Creech (Metamora, MI) is +78.

In Class B: Diana Bowen (Charlottesville, VA) is the lead, 1-0 +215. Jennifer DeWaelsche (San Antonio, TX) is +116. Jamie De Jong (Ottawa ON) is +108. Richard Banker (Ankeny, IA) is +69. Rachel Gillette (Lafayette, CO) is +63. Jim Laris (Altadena, CA) is +31. Paul Rickhoff (Saugus, CA) is +15.

In Class C: Dawn Mennear (Des Moines, IA) is the lead, 1-0 +55. Dustin Brown (Fairfield, CT) is +41. Pamela Pudelka (Corpus Christi, TX) is +25. Keith Forman (El Cajon, CA) is +22. Jennifer Hay (Portland, TX) is +18. Chandra Hebert (Lafayette, LA) is +4. Sheng Guo (Amawalk, NY) is 1 game behind at 0-1 -4. Desiree Engel (Anaheim, CA) is -67.

High Win: Jean Wolin (Toronto ON) 466-263 vs. Annie Adkins (Waukomis, OK). Low Win: Richard Banker (Ankeny, IA) 329-260 vs. Deborah Komatsu (Los Angeles, CA). High Loss: Gladys Burritt (Eureka, CA) 399-403 vs. Chandra Hebert (Lafayette, LA). Low Loss: Laurie Holz (Los Angeles, CA) 247-462 vs. Diana Bowen (Charlottesville, VA).

Division CSW Round 1 Auto-Commentary

Stefan Rau (Hudson, NY) takes the lead, 1-0 +326. Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR) is +275. Robert Linn (Potomac, MD) is +274. Tony Leah (Ajax ON) is +270. Bob Jackman (Australia) is +258. Evans Clinchy (Boston, MA) is +244. Geoffrey Newman (Brampton ON) is +225. Peter Armstrong (Oakland, CA) is +221. John O'Laughlin (San Francisco, CA) is +203. Nick Ball (San Bruno, CA) is +191.

High Win: Tony Leah (Ajax ON) 612-342 vs. Sharon Sorensen (Australia). Low Win: Betty Eriksen (New Zealand) 413-394 vs. Tim Weiss (Jersey City, NJ). High Loss: Caroline Polak Scowcroft (Australia) 451-472 vs. Bradley Whitmarsh (Attleboro, MA). Low Loss: Liz Jackman (Australia) 211-486 vs. Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR).

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