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May 13–16, 2016

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Commentary: Round 15

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Round 15 Auto-Commentary

Adam Logan (Ottawa ON) remains in the lead for the 5th consecutive round, 12-3 +1048. James Leong (Vancouver BC) is +901, steady at #2 for 5 rounds. Eric Tran (Calgary AB) is 1 game behind at 11-4 +1376, on a 3-game winning streak, unchanged at #3 for 3 rounds. Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC) is +547, on a 3-game winning streak, steady at #4. Matthew Tunnicliffe (Ottawa ON) is 2 games behind the leader at 10-5 +779, steady at #5. Ross Brown (Ottawa ON) is +744, on a 4-game winning streak, remaining unchanged at #6. John Stardom (Ottawa ON) is +350, #7 rising from #11.

High Win: Christopher Sykes (Cambridge ON) 565-319 vs. Craig Rowland (Mississauga ON). Low Win: Carl Madden (Brantford ON) 379-364 vs. Ryan Chepita (Ottawa ON). High Loss: Allen Pengelly (Waterloo ON) 436-494 vs. Barbara Bultz (Dollard-des-Ormeaux QC). Low Loss: Dean Saldanha (Richmond BC) 310-546 vs. Eric Tran (Calgary AB).

Round 15

Allen Pengelly (Waterloo ON) wins a prize for always mentioning his opponents' great plays. This round, Barbara Bultz (Dollard-des-Ormeaux QC) triple-tripled with CHEAPENs through the P for 176 points. She won, 494-436.

So, poor Dean Saldanha (Richmond BC), I think all he did was keep score and count up his opponent's great plays. A 546-310 win for Eric Tran (Calgary AB) based in part on these beauties: OUTGNaWS, TOADLES, DURABLEs, and GYRATES.

Matthew Tunnicliffe (Ottawa ON) and Shan Abbasi (Mississauga ON) has a pretty board. Slip long ago handed in, I see DIOPTASE, ACETONE, MERgINg, and FORMULAE. I noted two fun nonbingo words and they turned into stories. Matt played NIKAH and that drew a challenge from Shan. And, the other short word played into Matt's best play of the game (tongue in cheek). He points out VIFF and said, "My best play this game was to put V and the F on either end of IF for this word, because I picked two blanks out of the bag on that turn." Interesting strategy, but statistically unlikely on a regular basis! Shan's best play was a hail mary that didn't go. Holding LORTANG, he played off a G in the hopes he could pick and play into ANTIROYAL through a YA on the board. Didn't happen, but nice preparing for all opportunities! A 466-397 win for Matt.

We are pairing after all the game results are handed in this afternoon, so there is a bit more time for players to hang out. His game long ended and picked up, Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC) talk me about his two-phooey win. He played STOUTED* (he reminds me that TESTUDO is the only word in that) and INDULTED* (both INDULT and INDULTS are good). Joshua's win against Jesse Matthews (Kelowna BC).

Adam Logan (Ottawa ON) lost to John Stardom (Ottawa ON) this game at the annotated board 1 and John confessed he has a 2-1 record against Adam at the Nationals. I envision Adam planning on evening that up very soon. All eyes on what was happening with board 2, James Leong (Vancouver BC) vs. Jason Li (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux QC). As it wrapped up, Jason said, "I think James won, but we are going to do a recount." The win held.

Steve Ozorio (Mississauga ON) vs. Michael Fagen (Montreal QC): The phoney SETI* is pointed out to me by Michael. I say, "Hey, search for extra terrestrial intelligence, right?" Though Michael got down DEALIGNS and RETIRANT, Steve's AVErAGE, SENARII, and OUTRIdES won him the game, 444-371.

The afternoon Starbucks run is here and the pairings just went un!

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