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NASC 2015 Commentary: Round 12

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Round 12

Over lunch I sat at my desk and finished round 11 commentary. Four division 4 players had quick lunches and came into the quiet room to study. All four of them have some sort of dictionary (whether paper or digital) open and they are busy cramming. One player even has the Mike Baron “Cheat Sheet” out, bound into a three ring binder of other study sheets. Patty Hocker got a photo of him: Keith Forman (El Cajon, CA). Keep up the good work!

The man with the headband, Kolton Koehler (Portland, OR), played Kenji Matsumoto (Berkeley, CA) this round. It was a bingofest with Kolton getting down VAGINATE, SAVORIER, HALOGENS, and ViLLEINS. Kenji played OpEROSE and DISTORT, but generally had a hard game. He admits that he played much better yesterday. And, he could maybe make some headway if he could pick better, but that just isn’t happening. Two games left to turn things around! A 565-342 win for the headband!

Matt Canik (Austin, TX) played Alec Sjoholm (Lynnwood, WA) this round and it was a pretty close game. Early on I see Alec’s FROSTIER for 62 and DARNDEST for 74. Matt had down MINGLERS for 72. But this was all about the endgame (how often is this the case?). Matt was sweating it out, there was one blank left out and he was sure Alec had it. He drew the very last tile from the bag and there it was, the blank. So, he was able to put down EPAULEt to win the game by just two points! Way to go Matt!

Manop Phiphatboonserm (Thailand) had a strong game against Cesar Del Solar (Albany, CA) this round. I see Manop’s COLEAdER and Cesar’s YOUNGStER early on. Then the pretty nonbingo OLIVINE went down (don’t know by whom). Things picked up later on when Manop got down LINNIES and then TESTICLE through the first E. His win, 431-330.

He’s not sure when he’s done it last, if ever, but Evans Clinchy (Boston, MA) just had a six-bingo game this round, against John O'Laughlin (San Francisco, CA), no less. The board was gorgeous and spidery. John got down ORCHATS# and ERODENT. Evans played OVERGONe#, AIRDATE, OLEINES, SITELLA#, PERAEONS#, and FeDARIES#. What a monster game! 598-385, Evans’ big win!

Doug Brockmeier (San Francisco, CA) defeated Tasha Asberry (Cordova, TN) this round, 464-356. I see her CENTERS and RAINER and his GENISTA and HANkIES.

Since the top two boards in Division 1 and Collins are annotated, I don’t venture in there too often, but something was calling me toward the Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR) vs. Austin Shin (United Kingdom) board. When I got there, Lisa Kessler, on annotation, waved me over. As cool as a cucumber, so as not to let on to the players, she wrote in my notebook: “6 bingos in 8 turns! 3 each! Plus Austin just played WHAMO for 78!!” I later saw him walk the slip up, so I guess he won that game! Good for you, Austin!

So, I’m confused. I spot Marty Gabriel (Charleston, IL) playing someone. I see the hat pulled down over dark hair and can eke out the Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC) name badge. And I think to myself, wow, Josh is sure slumped over there. I take notes on the game, seeing YEALING, OUTrAGE, CLAVIER, and RETAINED. When I walk around the board, I realize that it is NOT Joshua! I have no idea who it is. I walk around until someone tells who it is: Chris Tallman (Vancouver BC). I get the joke (Joshua is about 6’6”?), but it took me too long to figure it out!

A pretty game is unfolding between Terry Kang Rau (Hudson, NY) and Reid Hattaway (Moscow, ID). I see COLEADER, OESTRIN, SEXTAINS, MOREENs, and MAIDANs.

Michael Early (Fort Worth, TX) tells me that he just had five bingos in his game with Judy Newhouse (Houston, TX). He says that the best was FOVEOLAE to the final E for 82. Then he walks off and doesn’t tell me the rest of them!

Matt Canik (Austin, TX) wants credit for a play made earlier in the tournament. He played the new word GRRRL through the first R for 12 points, keeping JNT on his rack.

Nigel Peltier (Portland, OR) vs. Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand). They are both just focused in tightly, scoresheets hidden (or in Panupol’s case, written in 4-point font into a 2 inch by 3 inch notebook on his lap), so I can glean little. Fun words: WITTERED, MORAINE, NEUTRINO, LENITIES, and cOCoONER (a new TWL word!). I saw Panupol walk the slip up a few minutes later.

Dan Stock calls me over to his division. He tells me that he isn’t just calling me because she is wearing purple (but I am not so sure!): Lila Crotty (Metairie, LA) just bingoed out to win her game with Edward Gowash (Fort Worth, TX). He had just bingoed with SINCEReR and she was losing. Out of desperation, she tried HIGhTOP on the triple for 106, hooking to make OS/PI. She had no idea if it was good, and Edward challenged. They both learned it was good! Because he had PWTTODR on his rack, she won the game by two points! What a way to win! Go Lila!

I hear folks joking with Jerry Lerman (Foster City, CA) and I ask them to explain the story. It is one from a tournament four years ago and it focuses on perseverance. The word VENATION was on the board and Jerry took 6 turns of fishing to get just the letters he needed to play REJUVENATION for 69 points.

Jesse Matthews writes:

VIDIOT+, a new TWL15 word added this year, means “a habitual, undiscriminating view of television.” I’d argue we have some habitually DIScriminating Div 2 players this year, because I’ve seen this word so many times today!

Troy Millington (Calgary AB) grins mischievously at me after making his opening play. I see POOED on the board as his opening play! I couldn’t see the rest of his letters, but I’d safely wager that he made a crappy play...

Shelley Kirk (Wyoming, OH) and Nicole Kazarian (Worcester, MA) are about halfway through their game. One of them has made a fantastic find of THEORIsT. Nicole has HOARSEN lined up on her rack but pauses briefly to examine the board. Finding her spot, she plays HOARSEN and AVOS, hooking AVO with the S. Shelley holds the play and challenges, but the play is ruled acceptable.

As I walk by Charles Dupont (Seattle, WA) and Tapani Lindgren (Roseville, CA) I see NEOLITHs on their board. Not an easy spot by any means!

Sometimes the more common words can be the hardest ones to find, so I appreciate when good players find them. BEDPoSTS is one such example that I see on the board in the matchup between Yukiko Loritz (Anaheim, CA) and John Dalton (Dallas, TX). I also see FUGGED was the opening play in the match. In my terrible Italian voice inside my head I caught myself saying, “fuggedaboutit”. Perhaps I’m the VIDIOT+ in the room =)

Carl Warner (Renton, WA) plays the lovely PISmIRE against Sonia Wilmot (Littleton, CO). She seems uncertain of the validity of the word, but she doesn’t hold.

Zachary Ansell (Los Angeles, CA) and Cooper Komatsu (Los Angeles, CA) are two promising young players at the top tables in Division 3, and this round they faced off against each other. Cooper won a high scoring match, 442-413. Early on Zach played NOTARISE and STERNER, while Cooper got down SNIPERS and a high-scoring underlap play of DORK. The scores were close up until the very end, when Zach played INCURRAL*. Cooper didn’t challenge and responded with UTILISE. Noticing that there was a Q unseen, Cooper placed his bingo to avoid giving Zach points in case Zach has the Q. It turns out that Zach indeed had the Q, and Cooper’s placement of his bingo prevented Zach from stealing the game. Zach had a clunky final rack of ABEGMQY while Cooper had ABIT. Zach declutters slightly with QuEY, but Cooper goes out with a high-scoring parallel play of BAIT and wins in the endgame. Well done to both rising stars!

As I walk through Division 1 I see Joey Krafchick (Richardson, TX) and Ian Weinstein (Coral Springs, FL) midgame. GRaCIOSO has been played, and so has the nice INTERVALE through AL!

Conrad Bassett-Bouchard (Piedmont, CA) shakes his head as I come over to look at his latest game. You’d think he’d lost! He explains to me that Norases Vesdapunt (Stanford, CA) made a fishing play to open up the board and distract Conrad from an open triple-triple line. Granted, the triple-triple would have to be a nine-letter word, but Norases had the blank and Conrad had already deduced that. Conrad blocked the new opening that Norases made, but Norases responded with INtONATED through ON to triple-triple for 140! Despite the triple-triple and the leftover letters gained from Conrad, Norases still comes up short. Other high scoring plays included DETOX, an extension to DETOXING, ATOPIES, DEMISTER, SEAFOOD, and QUEER.

Kolton Koehler (Portland, OR) has just had a big win. He opened his game against Kenji Matsumoto (Berkeley, CA) with VILLEIN, to which Kenji responded with OPEROSE. Kenji soon after attempted VIBEY#, which Kolton successfully challenged off. Kolton continued to score with big plays like SAVORIER and VAGINATE. Kenji had DISTORT to get somewhat within range again, but Kolton consistently scored high with additional plays of HALOGENS, ANTICK and TOQUE. Kolton’s win, 565-342.

Robin Pollock Daniel writes:

In the CSW division, an eight-bingo game between John O'Laughlin (San Francisco, CA) and Evans Clinchy (Boston, MA), with six of them played by Evans: SITELLA# (71); AIRDATE (74); OLEINES (78); OVERGONe (89); PERAEON# (76); and FeDARIES# for 70. John got down ERODENT for 72 and ORCHATS# for 88. It was an Evans evisceration, with a final score of 598 to 385 in his favour. (I am keeping that U in FAVOUR to see if Sherrie’s text editor will explode.)

Jason Li (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux QC) had a high-scoring slugfest again Charles Reinke (Middleton, WI), triumphing 474-443. Jason managed GOATeES for 82 and EXULTED for 76, while Charles got down aMORINI (79), RECASTS (82), and the double-double FLUORIN for 40. They traded high J-word points, JUICE (49) for Charles and JOKIER (51) for Jason.

It’s only fitting that I report on Charles’s twin brother, Thomas Reinke (Middleton, WI) in the slot right next to his. I’ll have to ask who was born first so I know what order to do this in next time. Thomas took on fellow Montrealer Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC), out-bingoing him 4-1, and out-bingoing him with non-phonies 4-0. Thomas played RELIqUE for 64, the double-double ABALoNES for 86, FARTHEST for 82, and UNBOILED for 80. Josh took a chance on DIGISTAT*, which nonetheless stayed on the board. It is a brand of thermostat, but still on copyright, so not legal in current play.

Rafi Stern (Seattle, WA) and Matthew Tunnicliffe (Ottawa ON) had a 1000+ game that bears perusing. Matthew opened the game with VaRMINT (80); Rafi responded with LOUVERED (74), and then bingoed again straight out of the bag with ApANAGE (69). Undaunted, Matthew silently thanked Rafi for one of those three As and slapped down APHANITE (69), followed on his next turn with AXILE for 60. He also got down TUBEROID for 80. Ravi managed EERIEST for 76 and later hooked a front B onto it to make BARN and BEERIEST, but it was too little too late as Matthew triumphed 544-463.

Over in CSW, Steve Polatnick (Miami, FL) extended ZO, which then became ZOO, and ultimately finished as ZOOLATERS for 57 in his game with Martin DeMello (San Francisco, CA). Martin’s PERCENTS (82) proved too much for Steve’s vERItES, giving him the 415-353 victory.

A beautiful 9-letter find for Jason Ubeika (Mississauga ON) against Geoffrey Newman (Brampton ON). Although Geoffrey had things well in hand going into the endgame and could withstand a late bingo by Jason, he nonetheless made a blocking play that created the word OP. With a rack of ELNORT?, Jason found a gorgeous 72-point 9-letter word. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to find that word. And, before you pat yourself on the back, find its anagram. Both are acceptable in both dictionaries.*


Division 1 Round 12 Auto-Commentary

Orry Swift (Houston, TX) remains in the lead for the 4th consecutive round, 10-2 +667. Jason Li (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux QC) is +485, on a 4-game winning streak, steady at #2. Joey Krafchick (Richardson, TX) is 1 game behind at 9-3 +831, unchanged at #3. Joe Edley (Port Jefferson, NY) is +546, #4 climbing from #6. Jesse Day (Berkeley, CA) is +201, #5 rising from #9. Ian Weinstein (Coral Springs, FL) is 2 games behind the leader at 8-4 +721, #6 sliding from #4. Thomas Reinke (Middleton, WI) is +716, on a 3-game winning streak, #7 leaping up from #12. Will Anderson (Croton, NY) is +656, on a 5-game winning streak, #8 improving from #10. Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand) is +623, on a 3-game winning streak, #9 leaping up from #15. Charles Reinke (Middleton, WI) is +589, #10 dropping from #5.

In Class B: Thomas Reinke (Middleton, WI) is the lead, 8-4 +716, on a 3-game winning streak. Charles Reinke (Middleton, WI) is +589, #10 tumbling from #5. Chris Cree (Dallas, TX) is +496, #11 climbing from #13. Darrell Day (Richardson, TX) is +322, #14 down from #7. Sal Piro (New York, NY) is +244, #15 rising from #17. Kate Fukawa-Connelly (Lawrenceville, NJ) is 1 game behind at 7-5 +587, #17 rising from #24. Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC) is +433, #18 jumping down from #11. Leesa Berahovich (Berkeley, CA) is +261, #21 climbing from #30. Patricia Barrett (Houston, TX) is +135, #24 rising from #33. Steve Bush (Richmond, KY) is -29, #26 leaping up from #34.

In Class C: Tom Bond (Everett, WA) is the lead, 6-6 +239. Jeff Fiszbein (South Lyon, MI) is +100, #35 jumping down from #29. Terry Kang Rau (Hudson, NY) is -80, #37 jumping up from #45. Greg Heidler (Waialua, HI) is -126, #39 improving from #43. Tasha Asberry (Cordova, TN) is -291, #43 dropping from #35. Alec Sjoholm (Lynnwood, WA) is 1 game behind at 5-7 +124, #44 jumping down from #37. Reid Hattaway (Moscow, ID) is -63, #45 tumbling from #38. Ross Brown (Ottawa ON) is -151, #47 up from #51. Siri Tillekeratne (Calgary AB) is -200, on a 4-game winning streak, #49 up from #53. Marlene Milkent (Hattiesburg, MS) is -332, #51 up from #60.

High Win: Kolton Koehler (Portland, OR) 565-342 vs. Kenji Matsumoto (Berkeley, CA). Low Win: Siri Tillekeratne (Calgary AB) 313-282 vs. Robert Kahn (Plantation, FL). High Loss: Laurie Cohen (Tempe, AZ) 495-497 vs. Sal Piro (New York, NY). Low Loss: Robert Kahn (Plantation, FL) 282-313 vs. Siri Tillekeratne (Calgary AB).

Division 2 Round 12 Auto-Commentary

Chris Williams (Vancouver BC) stays in the lead for the 6th consecutive round, 11-1 +1055, on a 9-game winning streak. Howard Pistol (Oakland Park, FL) is 1 game behind at 10-2 +768, on a 4-game winning streak, still at #2 for 3 rounds. Jeff Martin (Albuquerque, NM) is 2 games behind the leader at 9-3 +643, on a 3-game winning streak, #3 rising from #5. Carlene Wallis (Sparks, NV) is +391, #4 rising from #8. Mark Peltier (Seattle, WA) is -34, on a 3-game winning streak, #5 leaping up from #11.

In Class : In Class B: Jeff Martin (Albuquerque, NM) is the lead, 9-3 +643, on a 3-game winning streak. Mark Peltier (Seattle, WA) is -34, on a 3-game winning streak, #5 up from #11. Martin Weisskopf (Huntsville, AL) is 1 game behind at 8-4 +475, #10 falling from #6. Tod Taylor (Seattle, WA) is +146, on a 4-game winning streak, #15 improving from #19. James Porter (Cleveland Heights, OH) is 2 games behind the leader at 7-5 +252, #24 jumping down from #15. Kit Morehead (Berkley, MI) is +214, #25 rising from #31. Sam Masling (Washington, DC) is -73, #28 soaring from #39. Ken Smith (Pukalani, HI) is -86, #29 tumbling from #22. Guy Ingram (Ellenwood, GA) is -230, on a 3-game losing streak, #31 tumbling from #21.

In Class C: Carolyn Easter (Birmingham, MI) is the lead, 8-4 +180, on a 4-game winning streak. Gwen Stewart (Ellicott City, MD) is +137, on a 4-game winning streak, #16 up from #20. Elizabeth Ralston (Los Angeles, CA) is +41, on a 3-game losing streak, #17 jumping down from #10. Paula Catanese (Mountain View, CA) is 1 game behind at 7-5 +325, on a 3-game winning streak, #21 climbing from #24. Carol McDonald (Northboro, MA) is +70, #26 climbing from #33. Diana Grosman (Reisterstown, MD) is -275, #32 leaping up from #41. Katya Lezin (Charlotte, NC) is 2 games behind the leader at 6-6 +203, #36 zooming up from #48. Edward Gowash (Fort Worth, TX) is +153, #37 collapsing from #27. Carole Denton (New Carrollton, MD) is +117, #40 rising from #49. Cynthia Pughsley (Oakland, CA) is -106, #48 collapsing from #34.

High Win: Matthew Ridout (Lexington, KY) 564-348 vs. Guy Ingram (Ellenwood, GA). Low Win: Gerry Greenside (Las Vegas, NV) 336-300 vs. Kristy Zurbrick (Dublin, OH). High Loss: Harriette Lakernick (Chicago, IL) 444-470 vs. Edward Stewart (Elicott City, MD). Low Loss: Kay Patterson (Fair Oaks, CA) 275-446 vs. Dave Leifer (Alpharetta, GA).

Division 3 Round 12 Auto-Commentary

Bill Ewing (Missoula, MT) stays in the lead for the 5th consecutive round, 12-0 +813, on a 12-game winning streak. Charles Dupont (Seattle, WA) is 3 games behind at 9-3 +627, #2 up from #5. Dave Lockrem (Blaine, MN) is +527, #3 up from #7. Paul Hagelstein (Waco, TX) is +452, on a 4-game winning streak, #4 rising from #6. Lynda Wise (Toronto ON) is +373, on a 3-game winning streak, #5 rising from #8. Tapani Lindgren (Roseville, CA) is +336, #6 down from #2. April McCarley (Austin, TX) is +306, #7 rising from #11. Ben Greenwood (Florence, MA) is 4 games behind the leader at 8-4 +863, on a 3-game losing streak, #8 dropping from #3. Daniel Novinson (San Francisco, CA) is +590, #9 tumbling from #4. Cooper Komatsu (Los Angeles, CA) is +556, #10 up from #14.

In Class B: Carol Tillson (Silver Spring, MD) is the lead, 8-4 +437. Zachary Ansell (Los Angeles, CA) is +153, #16 slipping from #13. Margo Kuno (Philadelphia, PA) is +78, #18 tumbling from #10. Lindsey Dimmick (Baton Rouge, LA) is 1 game behind at 7-5 +349, #21 soaring from #31. Sonia Wilmot (Littleton, CO) is +185, #25 tumbling from #18. Claudia Finn (Seattle, WA) is +47, #27 dropping from #21. Rhonda Morris (Oklahoma City, OK) is +14, #28 down from #19. Kay Adam (Volin, SD) is -155, on a 3-game winning streak, #30 rising from #39. Mary Ellen Weisskopf (Huntsville, AL) is -188, #31 tumbling from #23. Meredith Leigh (Des Moines, IA) is 1.5 games behind the leader at 6.5-5.5 +93, on a 3-game winning streak, #33 leaping up from #41.

In Class C: Cooper Komatsu (Los Angeles, CA) is the lead, 8-4 +556. Chloe Fatsis (Washington, DC) is +182, #15 sliding from #12. Joey Gordon (Fort Worth, TX) is +114, #17 improving from #20. Sander Post (Ottawa ON) is 1 game behind at 7-5 +246, on a 3-game winning streak, #23 leaping up from #30. Noah Kalus (New Paltz, NY) is -266, on a 4-game winning streak, #32 climbing from #40. Dani Roter (Valley Village, CA) is 1.5 games behind the leader at 6.5-5.5 -61, #35 collapsing from #25.

High Win: Dave Lockrem (Blaine, MN) 511-323 vs. Margo Kuno (Philadelphia, PA). Low Win: Dan Horowitz (Wilmington, DE) 329-278 vs. Mary Pastore (Pearland, TX). High Loss: Richard Strick (Santa Monica, CA) 439-450 vs. Dave Krook (Mississauga ON). Low Loss: Betsey Wood (Concord, MA) 255-354 vs. Yolanda Ushry (Fort Smith, AR).

Division 4 Round 12 Auto-Commentary

Jennifer DeWaelsche (San Antonio, TX) stays in the lead, 10-2 +711, on a 3-game winning streak. Jim Laris (Altadena, CA) is +292, #2 improving from #3. Hannah Rozear (Durham, NC) is 1 game behind at 9-3 +573, #3 falling from #2. Rachel Gillette (Lafayette, CO) is 2 games behind the leader at 8-4 +488, steady at #4. Richard Banker (Ankeny, IA) is +474, #5 up from #9. Jack Peters (Nantucket, MA) is +461, still at #6. Dustin Brown (Fairfield, CT) is +435, on a 4-game winning streak, remaining steady at #7. Peter Hopkins (Toronto ON) is +264, #8 dropping from #5.

In Class B: Jennifer DeWaelsche (San Antonio, TX) is the lead, 10-2 +711, on a 3-game winning streak. Jim Laris (Altadena, CA) is +292, #2 climbing from #3. Rachel Gillette (Lafayette, CO) is 2 games behind at 8-4 +488, unchanged at #4. Richard Banker (Ankeny, IA) is +474, #5 up from #9. Laurie Holz (Los Angeles, CA) is 3 games behind the leader at 7-5 +153, #12 dropping from #10. Jamie De Jong (Ottawa ON) is -17, on a 4-game winning streak, #15 rising from #22. Sandra Finley (Blue Diamond, NV) is -156, #17 up from #24.

In Class C: Jack Peters (Nantucket, MA) is the lead, 8-4 +461. Dustin Brown (Fairfield, CT) is +435, on a 4-game winning streak, remaining unchanged at #7. Jennifer Hay (Portland, TX) is 1 game behind at 7-5 -87, #16 up from #23. Donna Leigh (Menomonee Falls, WI) is 2 games behind the leader at 6-6 +241, #21 up from #29. Keith Forman (El Cajon, CA) is -75, #26 jumping down from #17. Sheng Guo (Amawalk, NY) is -217, #29 dropping from #21. Annie Adkins (Waukomis, OK) is -388, on a 3-game winning streak, #30 leaping up from #35.

High Win: Annie Adkins (Waukomis, OK) 473-361 vs. Ron Barker (Boise, ID). Low Win: Karen Kaminski (Demotte, IN) 301-296 vs. Janice Konkol (Amherst, WI). High Loss: Deborah Komatsu (Los Angeles, CA) 422-432 vs. Diana Bowen (Charlottesville, VA). Low Loss: Gil Baker (Chicago, IL) 272-404 vs. Arthur van Tol (Grandville, MI).

Division CSW Round 12 Auto-Commentary

Becky Dyer (Austin, TX) claims the lead, 10-2 +891. Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR) is +844, #2 sliding from #1. Austin Shin (United Kingdom) is +569, on a 6-game winning streak, remaining unchanged at #3. Evans Clinchy (Boston, MA) is 1 game behind at 9-3 +652, on a 4-game winning streak, #4 climbing from #5. Amit Chakrabarti (Hanover, NH) is +322, #5 up from #6. Peter Armstrong (Oakland, CA) is 2 games behind the leader at 8-4 +406, #6 dropping from #4. Steve Polatnick (Miami, FL) is +266, #7 up from #10. Jason Broersma (Caledon ON) is +204, on a 4-game winning streak, #8 climbing from #11.

High Win: Evans Clinchy (Boston, MA) 598-385 vs. John O'Laughlin (San Francisco, CA). Low Win: Paul Richards (Australia) 370-349 vs. Shauna Petrie (Mississauga ON). High Loss: Matthew O'Connor (DeWitt, NY) 452-457 vs. Joanne Craig (Australia). Low Loss: Michael Gincel (Lakewood, NJ) 251-480 vs. Betty Eriksen (New Zealand).

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