The National Scrabble Championships took place at the end of May. Richard was our sole participant - and here is his report as to how he fared :

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I attended this year's National Scrabble Championship (23 games over 3 days in Coventry) during the last weekend in May. I was the only East Berks player attending.
 
In the main division there were 50 players. It was a strong field as usual and I was at the  bottom end ranked 37 of the 50.
 
I had a good start winning the first game with bonuses of BENITIER and TYLOSIN giving a win by 450-412. Then came 3 games against high rated players which I lost. Gambled on ZARECHS in one of those but wasn't good. Should gave played ZAS for 47 keeping CHE? which given I lost by 31 could have changed the result. However won games 5 and 6 and finished day 1 on 3 wins.
 
Then had the first of 2 bad spells losing 5 straight including the first 4 on day 2. 4 of those were lost  by over 80. I did win a close game in game 12 by 460-442 and then game 13 but in game 14 got hit with a 149 point 9 timer of PEARLITE after playing a bonus.
 
Did manage to get back on track with a few more wins to get me to 8 wins but didn't feel I got the breaks at the end where opponents drew better tiles. I did lose two close games by 9 and 3 towards the end though so with better play might have added to my tally.
 
However, enjoyed the challenge and will enter again in the future. There was a quiz after day 2 which was fun.
 
Bonus highlights were as follows;
 
Played by me - Benitier, Tylosin, Eventide, Adnation, Imposted, Uralite, Entoptic, Agrates, Minivets, Sorbitol, Outrance, Spiering
Played by opponents - Voidance, Cornute, Capriole, Whoopers, Pearlite 9x
 
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Thanks Richard for the report - you had some tough games and some fantastic words played in your games.
 
Here is one of Richard's boards :
 
 

Richard recently played in a tournament in Broadstairs. Here is his report :

 

There are several events held at Broadstairs during the year including one and two day tournaments with two one day events planned in August. I entered a two day event over the weekend of 20-21st April -the theme was Saucy Seaside Special and some of the players came in fancy dress outfits.
 
It was the first time I'd attended and as well as Broadstairs there are nearby seaside towns in Margate and Ramsgate within a few miles of the venue. 
 
 The event (held next to Crampton Tower museum) was split into 3 divisions of similar rated players with 43 players after one late dropout. I was the one East Berks player involved and played in Division B (The Randy Ruperts Division) in a round robin format.
 
On day one I split the first 4 games but after drawing game 5 lost the last three so not the best of starts.  
 
Day two was better winning 4 out of 7 and finishing with 6 and a half from 15.  
 
A selection of my favourite words/bonuses played by me and against me are as follows;
 
Me - ANNOYERS, SPIERED, QUINZE (non bonus), FRIEZED (non bonus), TAILGATE, VOTARIES, RARENESS, ENPRINTS, AIERIES, RAUCLEST, ATTRITS, FILCHER
 
Opponents- SAPROBE, GNOCCHI, PENTOSAN, PANTHEON, SLEEVING
 

Best improver for this quarter is Charles Parker, ahead of Fiona Titcombe and Martin Stephens/Wanda de Poitiers, tied in third place.

 

 

High-scoring words:

·       149       CALIBERS                    Richard (9-timer)

·       140       DELOUSER                  Graham

·       125       REQUITED                   Richard

·       106       EXTENDS                     Wanda

·       106       SEXPOTS                     Deborah

·       102       DORKIEST                   Richard

·       102       MOUNTED                   Wanda

·       101       ZETA                            Wanda

·       100       ZINCITE                       Helen

·       98        DELIVERS                    Martin (4-timer)

·       96        COALING                     Charles

·       95        THRIVES                      Mary

·       94        HAMSTER                    Maire

·       94        ZEAL                            Graham

·       93        MOISTER                     Graham

·       93        PAINTED                      Fiona

·       92        SHAKERS                     Michael

·       92        TOFFEES                     Hepzi

·       91        FAINTED                      Graham

·       90        REBATES                     Graham

·       90        RECLAIM                     Fiona

·       90        SCARING                     Graham

·       89        SEALING                      Michael

·       88        THREADY                     Martin

·       87        WINTERY                     Michael

·       85        ANSATED                     Fiona

·       84        CHAPTERS                  Maire

·       84        HARPIES                      Maire

·       83        DISCRETE                    Joy

·       83        KEENEST                     Deborah

·       83        PARTISAN                    Deborah

·       83        PORTIERE                   Helen

·       82        BLADDER                     Michael

·       82        MINSTER                     Maire

·       81        DARNEST                     Maire

·       81        TRAINEE                      Maire

·       80        ADJURES                     Charles

·       80        EXERCISE                    Keith

·       80        TESTERS                     Maire

·       80        WEDGIES                    Maire

·       Other words: 79 STREAMS Charles, 77 SPINDLE Charles, 77 SWATTED Maire, 77 TERRIES Maire, 77 TRAWLER Maire, 76 TINDERS Maire, 75 COSHING Charles, 74 MARINER Keith, 74 PLUNGES Maire, 74 SWAGGER Maire,73 DIRTIER Keith, 73 SERVING Charles, 72 BOATERS Maire, 72 LAIRING Maire, 72 SAGGIER Maire, 71 RANTER Maire, 71 SALTIER Keith, 70 FORAGER Keith, 70 TWANGERS Maire, 69 ANTLERS Maire, 69 ROASTER Maire, 68 STAIDER Maire, 67 EQUALISE Joy, 67 STATUES Keith, 67 TEASERS Maire, 66 DISTAIN Keith, 66 INVESTOR Charles, 65 COATING Maire, 65 MAX Maire, 64 TAINTED Keith, 61 RETAINS Maire, 57 LINSEED Keith, 57 UTENSIL Maire, 54 VIOLINS/SCANT Charles

 

Many bonuses or high-scoring moves by one player in a game:

·       DORKIEST 102 GANNETS 69 DERISION 68 GENTILIC 74 BRAIDERS 64  Richard

·       ATONIES 74 SLEIGHT 83 SOLATION 70 STOOLIE 70                                       Helen

·       DEARIES 74 MACERATE 86 BANTERS 74 EPERIAS 93                                    Richard

·       FROISES 80 SENATOR 78 TANGERS 89 RETINUE 88                                     Wanda

·       HELIAST 78 EXPORTED 69 RECITALS 73 CRISPER 84                                    Helen

·       JANITOR 88 GLISTEN 82 PERINEA 73 EROTISED 80                                       Wanda

·       MOLINETS 61 PANTIES 74 STONERN 72 SAVOURS 82                                   Wanda

·       PROMOTER 95 CRUISES 68 STARTING 82 SALTIER 78                                  Joy

·       RATEENS 71 INLIERS 73 PRETEND 77 EBONIST 77                                        Graham

·       RETINAS 74 HEMLINES 66 NUTRIA 70 OXO 53                                                Helen

·       TAENIAE 66 READING 74 RATOONS 67 PUTZ 70                                            Wanda

·       ACROSTIC 76 AGNISED 88 ISOLATE 63                                                          Helen

·       DEMOTES 79 ENGAOLS 84 MOUNTED 102                                                     Wanda

·       FANZINE 92 RATINGS 73 TRAINEE 63                                                             Helen

·       IGUANAS 74 NAIADES 81 EXTENDS 106                                                         Wanda

·       NARDINE 71 OVERDOSE 70 TELFORDS 65                                                     Richard

·       VOLLEYS 70 REMAINED 70 REHIRES 72 ZETA 101                                         Wanda

·       FERRETS 75 PARDINE 73 BLURTING 70                                                         Fiona

·       MASONITE SPLATTED 86 MINIVERS 98                                                          Helen

·       MATTERS 75 WEARIES 92 EDENTATE 72                                                       Wanda

·       PAINTIER 64 FIREDOGS 67 SNORERS 80                                                       Helen

·       SEXPERT 93 OVERSAD 85 DEVIANTS 89                                                        Helen

·       SNEAKED 84 OVERNETS 64 DEMENTED 66                                                    Helen

·       THRONES 78 COINTER 92 ATTUNED 88                                                         Wanda

·       TOREDOS 70 SOBRIETY 82 TRAIPSE 70                                                         Richard

·       UTILISE 74 OTARINE 76 UNITIES 74                                                                Wanda

·       VALETING 89 CELLIST 87 REZERO 75                                                             Wanda

·       WAISTED 84 HUNTERS 73 MONSTERA 83                                                      Helen

·       SHITTER 75 RENTALS 81                                                                                Maire

There’s something of a theme in this quarter’s words:  DEVIANTS DIRTIER EROTISED PANTIES SEXPERT SEXPOTS WEDGIES, among others : was there something on people’s minds?

Other things:

·       New personal bests:      Jim 478, Maire 498, Wanda 598

·       10-letter word:               EXPOUNDERS 60 Michael 

Name

Old rating

New rating

Rating change

P

W

D

L

Average

Highest score

Highest ever

Charles Parker

98

113

15

30

14

2

14

338.3

459

509

Fiona Titcombe

134

148

14

23

18

0

5

421.4

550

551

Martin Stephens

101

109

8

27

11

1

15

334.3

442

477

Wanda de Poitiers

156

164

8

39

29

0

10

440.1

598

598

Graham Harding

175

180

5

47

38

0

9

439.0

595

661

Deborah Porter

133

137

4

33

16

1

16

355.6

485

542

Michael Spencer

77

80

3

34

8

0

26

303.6

424

502

Jim Macey

124

126

2

20

9

1

10

351.2

478

478

Helen Harding

188

190

2

43

36

0

7

432.3

557

597

Mary Twomey

99

99

0

17

7

0

10

318.5

396

430

Richard Spencer

186

185

-1

35

28

0

7

434.8

619

625

Hepzi Rodrigues

133

129

-4

27

14

0

13

370.5

498

554

Pat Llanwarne

134

130

-4

14

7

0

7

347.1

415

516

Sharon Hewitt

137

131

-6

14

6

0

8

342.5

436

548

Keith Radbourn

91

82

-9

27

5

1

21

290.5

372

418

Amanda Lowe

92

80

-12

29

4

0

25

290.9

383

392

Maire Bennett

74

61

-13

33

2

0

31

294.0

498

498

Joy Wade

120

106

-14

25

6

0

19

335.6

449

484

Insufficient games – a previous quarter’s results, or 13 games in a quarter, needed to qualify

Jen Brennan

50

49

-1

8

1

0

7

287.6

344

436

Maureen Barlow

122

 

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

528

 

Every Easter there are two tournaments run by the Association of British Scrabble Players.

The first is a 10 game tournament starting on Good Friday, and finishing Saturday lunchtime. There is then a larger event consisting of 23 games, starting on  Saturday afternoon and continuing until late Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

This year, three East Berks Scrabble players attended the warm-up event playing in Division A. It should have been a 10 player round-robin for 9 rounds (followed by one duplicate pairing). However the numbers attending were not divisible by 10 and Division A consisted of 18 players.

Richard, Helen and Graham finished midway in the Division, with Richard and Helen winning 5 out of 10 games, and Graham 4. Surprisingly there was only one round when EBSC players played against each other, and here is a photo of Richard and Helen and their completed board.

 

Richard started well winning 4 of his first 5 games (scoring over 500 in two of those games) but then had to play the top 3 players which halted his progress to the prizes.

 

Helen’s highlight occurred in game 2 when she played the runner-up in last year’s world championships and won with a score of 496! 

 

Graham started off the tournament with several high scoring losses, but as the tournament progressed, his scores improved and managed a 9-timer dRAISENE for 122 in his penultimate game.

Some of the more unusual words laid in EBSC member games included :

COONTIE. CANTARS, ELINT, WINDAGE, TITMOUSE, VELARISE,RANZEL, JEELIE, YNAMBU, MANTOES.

 

A very enjoyable tournament!

 

PS : If you want to know what an YNAMBU is.... here is a picture!

The Winter League reached its conclusion in early February. Here are the divisional tables  - well done to Richard, Deborah and Charles for winning their respective divisions. (Minimum of 17 games).

 

2023-2024 WINTER LEAGUE

 

                            Played       Won       Lost      Draw      Win-Bon     AvgBon         Total        AVERAGE

Division A

 

Richard

 

27

24

3

0

0

17

325

12.04

Graham

 

27

23

4

0

0

17

315

11.67

Helen

 

27

23

4

0

0

15

305

11.30

Wanda

 

25

16

9

0

0

14

230

9.20

Fiona

 

20

11

9

0

0

9

155

7.75

Pat

 

20

10

10

0

0

7

135

6.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Division B

 

Mary

 

3

3

0

0

0

3

45

15.00

Deborah

 

28

16

12

0

1

17

255

9.11

Sharon

 

10

6

4

0

1

4

90

9.00

Hepzi

 

22

12

10

0

1

12

190

8.64

Joy

 

23

11

12

0

1

12

180

7.83

Martin

 

23

9

14

0

1

15

175

7.61

Maureen

 

6

2

4

0

1

2

40

6.67

 

Division C

 

Charles

 

23

8

15

0

2

13

165

7.17

Keith

 

23

8

15

0

1

14

160

6.96

Amanda

 

20

5

15

0

2

12

130

6.50

Maire

 

31

4

27

0

3

18

160

5.16

Michael

 

32

6

26

0

2

13

145

4.53

Jen

 

4

0

4

0

0

2

10

2.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the season (up to the end of January, subject to bad weather etc), every player will have fixtures rearranged, broadly a range of different players each week. You may play some people more than once.                    A WIN is worth 10 points, a DRAW 5 points. Sadly nothing for a LOSS.

 

If you beat a player one Division above you, you get a 10 point bonus (WIN-BON). If you have beat a player 2 divisions above you get a 20 point bonus.

 

If anyone, winner or loser, in any division,  exceeds their average score they will accrue a 5 point bonus. (AVG-BON).

It doesn’t matter if you can’t play every week, as the total scores are averaged by the number of games played to see who won the league.

 

 Promotion /  relegation for those that play more 17+ games.

 

 

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