Saturday, July 19, 2014

Scrabble Nationals (Day One)

This year's Nationals is held at SCAPE. I was early and helped to arrange the tables with Shahrul, Leon and Li Wei before the actual registration. There were 16 players in division A and 8 players in division B. I saw a mix of familiar and unfamiliar faces in division B.

Game 1: vs Valli
My previous encounter with Valli was at the 2011 Nationals which I lost. This time round, my bingos of HUNTERS(83) and NASTIER(73) against her LUSTIEST(75) plus a couple of high scoring moves helped me to beat her by close to 200 points.

New words learnt: -
My Bingos: HUNTERS(83), NASTIER(73) Opp Bingos: LUSTIEST(75)
My Phoneys: - Opp Phoneys: -
My High Moves: WAW(38), AY(39), QUIN(33) Opp High Moves: -
W 493-318, +175. 1W 0L (Accum spread +175).

Game 2: vs Nicholas
My next opponent was a young boy from Maris Stella. We had one bingo each, I had STAINER(75) and he had TENAILS(62). Defeated him by about 100 points with my other high scoring moves.

New words learnt: -
My Bingos: STAINER(75) Opp Bingos: TENAILS(62)
My Phoneys: Opp Phoneys: -
My High Moves: JINGO(42), QUEST(45), DOTED(44), ZO(35), FIRE(31) Opp High Moves: KAE(31), COURS(30)
W 427-324, +103. 2W 0L (Accum spread +278).

Game 3: vs Shantikumar
My previous encounter with Shantikumar was at the Dec 2013 WYSC Benefits tournament which I won. Had a shaky start as I phonied twice with PoDIEST* and PaSTIED* but finally got a bingo down with PoSITED(74). I had two other bingos later with LITTERS(69) and AUNTIES(62) against his MANDATES(74) and beat him easily.

New words learnt: -
My Bingos: POSITED(74), LITTERS(69), AUNTIES(62) Opp Bingos: MANDATES(74)
My Phoneys: PODIEST*, PASTIED* Opp Phoneys: -
My High Moves: JA(52), FELONS(35), BRIG(38), KEY(34) Opp High Moves: SHUNT(48), LUX(36), QAT(37)
W 504-379, +125. 3W 0L (Accum spread +403).

Game 4: vs Kumraj
Kumraj is a young man from Nepal who works in MHA. Was defeated soundly by him as he had three bingos: INDORSE(84), GLANDERS(88) and UNITING(77) against my WRESTING(63).

New words learnt: -
My Bingos: WRESTING(63) Opp Bingos: INDORSE(84), GLANDERS(88), UNITING(77)
My Phoneys: - Opp Phoneys: -
My High Moves: CHIEF(34), QIS(37), VIVE(30) Opp High Moves: FEZ(44), AHEAD(31), WE(30)
L 357-475, -118. 3W 1L (Accum spread +285).

I went to lunch with Kumraj and his friend Shukra at the Orchard Cineleisure food court. Saw a few division A players eating there too.

Game 5: vs Shahrul
My previous encounter with Shahrul was at the 2012 Oktobertile fest where we won one game each. This was a close game where we had one bingo each. I had SARDINES(70) and he had BROMATES(74). Lost narrowly despite getting away with a phoney TRINK*.

New words learnt: -
My Bingos: SARDINES(70) Opp Bingos: BROMATES(74)
My Phoneys: TRINK* Opp Phoneys: -
My High Moves: JARL(34), TRINK*(58) Opp High Moves: REZ(43), OXO(41)
L 362-390, -28. 3W 2L (Accum spread +257).

Game 6: vs Ameen
My next opponent was a humorous Indian guy. Lost as I phonied twice with FINERIE* and TRIT* while he bingoed twice with ADVICES(83) and STUNNED(76).

New words learnt: -
My Bingos: Opp Bingos: ADVICES(83), STUNNED(76)
My Phoneys: FINERIE*, TRIT* Opp Phoneys: -
My High Moves: JIVED(48), CRAWL(33), LARKS(34), YETI(34) Opp High Moves: EX(36), SOZ(30)
L 353-436, -83. 3W 3L (Accum spread +174).

Game 7: vs Shukra
My last opponent in our first round robin was Kumraj's friend. Lost as I phonied with BERIEST* while he bingoed with SETTING(79).

New words learnt: -
My Bingos: - Opp Bingos: SETTING(79)
My Phoneys: BERIEST* Opp Phoneys: -
My High Moves: NOX(44), LOY(30), QUAI(31) Opp High Moves: JOBE(40) GAZE(37)
L 319-410, -91. 3W 4L (Accum spread +83).

Game 8: vs Ameen
I played with Ameen again for our first king of the hill game. I bingoed with APPLIED(73) while he had SHAKIER(76) and SMUTTIER(83). Could have another bingo for a win with a ADEERRS rack that needed the S to be in the 4th to 6th position but just could not think of the anagram. Phonied with REARSED* in the end and lost.

New words learnt: -
My Bingos: APPLIED(73) Opp Bingos: SHAKIER(76), SMUTTIER(83)
My Phoneys: REARSED* Opp Phoneys: -
My High Moves: WOE(32), HEW(32), VIA(33), READS(30) Opp High Moves: XI(30)
L 360-431, -71. 3W 5L (Accum spread +12).

Finished day 1 with 3 wins and 5 losses.

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