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May 13–16, 2016

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Commentary: Round 17

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Round 17 Auto-Commentary

Adam Logan (Ottawa ON) stays in the lead for the 7th consecutive round, 14-3 +1298. James Leong (Vancouver BC) is +980, on a 3-game winning streak, unchanged at #2 for 7 rounds. Eric Tran (Calgary AB) is 3 games behind at 11-6 +1314, hovering at #3 for 5 rounds. Matthew Tunnicliffe (Ottawa ON) is +790, unchanged at #4. Christopher Sykes (Cambridge ON) is +694, on a 9-game winning streak, #5 rising from #7. Max Panitch (Toronto ON) is +625, on a 3-game winning streak, #6 rising from #9. Steve Ozorio (Mississauga ON) is +547, on an 8-game winning streak, #7 up from #8. Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC) is +501, #8 down from #5. John Stardom (Ottawa ON) is +372, #9 rising from #11. Michael Fagen (Montreal QC) is 4 games behind the leader at 10-7 +749, #10 improving from #13.

High Win: Mike Ebanks (Calgary AB) 578-257 vs. Barbara Bultz (Dollard-des-Ormeaux QC). Low Win: James Leong (Vancouver BC) 375-349 vs. Eric Tran (Calgary AB). High Loss: Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC) 422-426 vs. Steve Ozorio (Mississauga ON). Low Loss: Miriam Gregory (Vancouver BC) 243-488 vs. Sam Hollington (St. Catharines ON).

Round 17

Max Panitch (Toronto ON) had a 442-354 win against Dean Saldanha (Richmond BC). The later played UPDATERS for 65 and Max got down PREANAL (blank L) for 62 and LOGIC'S for 84. I see the pretty, nonbingo BEPAINTS.

Of his game with Christopher Sykes (Cambridge ON), Ross Brown (Ottawa ON) said "there were a lot of parallel plays." I have to agree. I saw Ross' ROUTINES for 59 and watched him play mODISTE, which hooked to make XENIAS for 81. He explained he wanted to open two triples with the play in the hopes of using one of the openings. Chris played XENIA and the awesome WEREGILD for 79. Chris' win, 452-360.

On the same page of my note pad, another winning Chris, this time Chris Williams (Vancouver BC) against Shan Abbasi (Mississauga ON). And though VARIATE and NATUREs went down for Shan, it was pretty much all Chris. He opened with WONKY for 38 and then kept going: HETAERAS, VAGARIES, DONaTION, and LAICIZED. "It was over before it even started," Shan admitted. A 561-376 win for Chris.

FIREDOGS and CHIFFON are on Jason Ubeika (Mississauga ON) vs. Michael Fagen (Montreal QC) board. At this point, it looks like Jason's game since they are his, but later Michael came up with DELETiON from the D ad CODEInS. A 457-384 win for Michael.

Steve Ozorio (Mississauga ON) vs. Joshua Sokol (Montreal QC): OUTRAGE, EXAMINED, ANNULOSE (blank L), INJERA, UVEAL, PONGIEST, and sCORNED. Game in progress.

Craig Rowland (Mississauga ON) vs. Andrew Golding (Montreal QC): SAXAtILE, vINIEST, IGNORED, and CONVENT.

I overheard Dean Porporo (Nepean ON) in the foyer saying of his game with round against Chuck Abbate (Quispamsis NB), "It was not even close. I was not in it."

All smiles and a few laughs in a John Stardom (Ottawa ON) vs. Jason Li (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux QC) game. I see sONANCE, VENERIES, and the fun BHAJI. John explains that he sort of fell into the win by way of cluelessness. He had played HAJI one short of the left triple lane, completely spacing on the front B hook. On his next turn, he entertained playing in several spots and sort of casually picked one that wasn't a terrific play, but it just happened, by chance, to block a monster bingo down the left triple lane that hooked in front of HAJI. So, he played great board defense sort of by dumb luck. When Jason made a small play anyway, to use the spot, it became clear how much he'd dodged a bullet. A 451-307 win for John.

In his game with Deen Hergott (Ottawa ON) this round, Roger Cullman (Toronto ON) played a fun 9 through disconnected tiles: XANTHATe (through the H and second T). A 153-point nonbingo triple-triple! And it drew a challenge, no shock. At one point, they realized that Deen had played MARtENS and Roger had played SMARTEN elsewhere on the board (they are anagrams of each other). Deen was able to keep the score closer than it might have been with plays like ZOOEY for 59 and AJI for 40. A 519-367 win for Roger.

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