Bingos: 100 (average 2.22)
Phonies played: 6 (4 challenged, 2 unchallenged)
Unchallenged phonies played against me: 3 (I trust the Thais too much!)
Average score: 439.56
Average opponent score: 392.33
UNREINED, PISCINE, DELTOID, VIRAGOES, PROSIER, RENAGUE, HOTELIER, PROTIST, ATAXIES, SANDIER, SUNWARD, TOOARTS, NARDINE, TUATERA, MISSCORE*, GASOLINE, ARTSIER, STRINGY, BEASTIE, THERIAN, MIGRATES, CHOPINE, STEAMER, LATHIEST, STELLAR, EVICTORS, CABILDO, REDLINED, EXISTED, TRAILERS, DUALISTS, NOBILITY, IMPRINTS, ALTERING, EROSIBLE, BLASTIE, MARTINS, BOSQUES, PINGOES, IDEATES, ROOTLED, OUTDOERS, SANTIMI, VOLUTION, MOLDIEST, DINITRO, ALLEGED, MAUBIES, ANOESTRA, APOCOPE, DIOPTRES, DEUTERON, URINALS, HACIENDA, SENIORS, ABOLISH, SARTORIAL, PETANQUE, LOUDENED, MOUSERS, LOVINGS, LOGLINE, DEJEUNES, AGONIES, CANTREF, MEDIATOR, POTAGERS, TAUREAN, SEALINES, INTWINED, HINDERER, OUTSTAY, GARIGUE, SPINATE, DRANTED, AOUDADS, GOATEED, TIMEOUTS, SIDERITE, PANNIERS, RITUALS, DEVOTES, EPILOGS, HASTATE, WARBIER, MELODICA, TARTARES, HORNLET, SAGENITE, CLASSING, SANDIER, ENTREES, BLASTIES, GEMINATE, ENRACES, DOMINION, SHINIER, ADRENAL, CUTLINES, EELPOUT
Against (74) – with probably many better words than the ones I played:
WARIEST, GIMLETED, OUTLAYS, ERASION, AMOEBAS, PAINTERS, TEASING, LOANERS, PUDGIEST, LOBSTER, MEGATON, TELLARED, TABEFIED, FAMINES, VARTABED, RIGORIST, TARTANES, LIVENING, SAINTLY, UNDERLIE, UNLISTED, DRAFTIER, COUNTER, FEASTING, RENEWAL, SANDLOT, ARSENATE, INEARTH, OERSTED, HAURIENT, RAGTIMER, TSARINA, DISSECT, DETOXING, KNOTTIER, BITTERLY, IGNATIA, LIAISON, EATERIE, TATOUAYS, ARSENAL, ERASABLE, SHIRTING, PATOOTIE, WANNEST, BONUSES, GELATING, RIDDLERS, STONIED, LEAKAGES, RETARDER, VETTERS, OPALINE, OESTRIOL, CONTRAIR, BINARIES, LAIRIEST, HETAIRAI, TAXIING, ETESIAN, TEOPANS, WEIRDIE, READMIT, INVITEES, UNGARBED, ENERGID, TUTANIA, EURIPUS, SHORING, IRATEST, CORRIDAS, ISOBASIC*, KYANITE, INTERNEE
The tourney was generally enjoyable and I did get to meet many players whom I would like to meet again in the future, though there are some I had unpleasant experiences with. My play was very bad on the first day (I suspect I was not warm enough after doing quite a bit of word study the days before the tourney, but it might have been the drowsy medicine) but it generally improved later on. My weak endgame was punished many times and I suspect I dropped about 3-4 games because of misplayed endgames. I was down with several illnesses throughout the tournament but they did not affect my play much, I think – one of my big problems instead was time management. I had a couple of games I’m pretty proud of so I’ll be Quackling them soon and maybe put them on crosstables – and then pack for Manila…
Thacha IMO really deserved the victory this time – I suspect his word knowledge is not the most fantastic in the field, but his endgame and time management puts my play to shame. I think he has quite a bright future in Scrabble, judging by his playing style. Anyway this is the third or fourth tourney where we have crossed paths – he still remembers the first time we played in the WYSC when I won because he did not challenge ATTS* (in free challenge)! I will probably get to see him again in KL for the NST-ASCI Scrabble tourney early next year.
I think Michael did a commendable job directing the tournament though I do sense that he would really love to PLAY in it – I hope he finds his sacrifice meaningful and rewarding. This year’s website is splendid – many kudos to Barry Harridge. There are a few bad eggs in the pool of annotated games this year (some of the players were not playing their A game, I suspect) but some of the games were played excellently. Will probably spend a lot of time poring over the games (and the Tournament of Champions ones) when I come back.