Tourney on Sunday was really not much of a tournament, given the number of games and the field – but not much of a surprise considering that the organisers (People’s Association) didn’t know much about the game (and that 6 games is hardly enough to separate the players in any way – 4 players ended up with 5/6 wins, the only differential being the spread). This didn’t exactly affect the mood of the tournament though – players were mostly as serious as ever, possibly because of the prize at stake!
I was pretty delighted to average 450 this tournament, especially because I didn’t think I played that well at all (obviously the luck factor snuck in quite a few times, e.g. against JP where I didn’t deserve what I got at all). Perhaps a lack of word study is to blame for this – I struggled with many high probability racks and was unsure of some hooks, bingos etc (which resulted in some of my absurd phonies). Beyond that it was foolish of me not to bring a jacket – temperature there was a little too cold for my liking, and the shivers presumably affected the play a little.
I’ll probably be studying even less (not like I really did anything since the last JG mini) Scrabble this year because of the A-level examinations, but I’ll see if I can sneak in a GM title before I have no time to play in tournaments. What I’m trying to do is to play a consistent game (like I try to do on ISC), playing my best for all the words I can see, which probably will account for 60-70% of the moves played.
May post some positions soon, depending on how much time I can squeeze in. But for now, back to work (yes life is more important than Scrabble), and I’ll see how this Sunday goes.
Random question: My SamBoard is slightly damaged (I don’t know to describe it, one part of the plastic-thing-which-keeps-your-tiles-fixed-on-their-positions is broken off), how can it be repaired/ replaced?
One for all, All for one, Venturez’ 06