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June 17th, 2009

Pittsburgh tourney report @ 01:41 pm

Current Location: my office
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Sleater-Kinney - All Hands on the Bad One

Haven't done one of these in a while. Here goes. Also, if I played you and you're out there reading this, feel free to send me your racks and I'll add them to the Quackle files, if you so desire.

I had a relaxing afternoon on Friday after teaching in the morning. I sat around and read for a while and worked on some classwork (crosswalk), then eventually cleaned up my place and took a quick nap. jigsawn arrived around 7 pm and we headed down the street for some pizza and beer with my roommate, Chris. The bar was already quite crowded with rabid Penguins fans, except for the one guy walking down the street in a Red Wings jersey (who was heckled from all sides), so we got our pizza to go. We rushed back to my place so I could let in all of my friends who had showed up to watch the game. The hockey went pretty well, I daresay, as did most of the "that's what she said" jokes that came up (that's what she said). A good time was had by all, and we eventually settled in sometime past midnight with high hopes for the next day's Scrabbling.


Round 1 vs Jason Idalski a.k.a. ididjonassalk
Play the game!
W 389 – 343
Mine: GALlOPs 77 ; JK?? ; 54 tiles
Theirs: AERATES 70 ; QXZSSSS ; 46 tiles
Missed bingos: MA(X)IMALs 70
1 – 0 + 46

Round 2 vs Dave Koenig a.k.a. jigsawn
Play the game!
L 357 - 534
Mine: DEIStIC 94, FISH(N)ETS 80 ; JQZSSS? ; 46 tiles
Theirs: RO(M)ANCER 72, gRI(N)DERY 72, LANTERN 66, BOBWH(I)TE 98 ; KX? ; 54 tiles
Missed bingos: none
1 – 1 - 131

Round 3 vs Paul Epstein
Play the game!
L 362 – 435
Mine: ApIA(R)IST 57, TEENIER 72 ; ZS? ; 51 tiles
Theirs: ANNATEs 67 ; JKQXSSS? ; 49 tiles
Missed bingos: S(AN)ITArIA 68,
1 – 2 - 204

Round 4 vs Rebecca Lambert a.k.a. etotheipi
Play the game!
W 508 – 382
Mine: ATONIES 66, REAsON(E)R 68, StILBI(N)E* 85 ; QZSSS?? ; 52 tiles
Theirs: DA(N)EWORT 74, ERGA(T)IVE 64 ; JKXS ; 48 tiles
Missed bingos: (A)uROREAN 74, zIBELI(NE)S 70 / LIBE(L)ISt 67 / fILIBE(G)S 61
2 – 2 - 78
Rebecca and I are still yet to have an evenly-drawn tournament game!

Lunch break: We didn't have much time, but Rebecca and I were eager to introduce Dave to Primanti's, so we got directions to the nearest one from the hotel front desk and went our merry way. Service was prompt and we scarfed down our delicious slaw-and-fry-laden sandwiches and made it back to the tourney in time.

Round 5 vs Wallace Schultz
Play the game!
W 487 - 403
Mine: (LI)NEARItY 86, BOSCAGe 77, PAN(T)OFLE 65, SIERRAN 73 ; SSS?? ; 55 tiles
Theirs: PONGIDS 78, ORIENT(E)D 60 ; JKQXZS ; 45 tiles
Missed bingos: INlAYER 100
3 – 2 + 6

Round 6 vs Steve Grob a.k.a. baxwest
Play the game!
L 391 - 450
Mine: UNEQUAl 80, A(L)IGHTED 84, FIRELIT 69 ; QS? ; 48 tiles
Theirs: SPINATE 78, ELEGIS(E)S 68 ; JKXZSSS? ; 52 tiles
Missed bingos: none
3 – 3 -53

Round 7 vs Mark Edelson
Play the game!
L 397 - 458
Mine: AzOTiSE 73, SPEARIN(G) 74 ; QXZSSS?? ; 49 tiles
Theirs: NEGATR(O)N 61, GLORIED 68, TILLING 73 ; JK ; 51 tiles
Missed bingos: SAURELS 72 / RE(F)USALS 63
3 – 4 - 114

It wasn't the opening day I was hoping for. In our carpool, Rebecca and Dave and I combined for 9 wins. Before the tourney started, I was thinking about going to the Warhol Museum to catch a concert by Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips, and after our disheartening peformance we were looking for a good time to take our minds off of the Scrabble so we decided to go. First, we stopped at my place for a drink and some anagrams. Some cool steals that I can remember included Dave's VERBOSITY + DII = BIODIVERSITY and SOFTWARE + DR = AFTERWORDS, and my FORWENT + ART = WATERFRONT. We then headed to Mad Mex in Oakland where I had the Angry Hippie burrito, heh. We made it to the Warhol a little after 10 and got to see Dean & Britta strum their guitars and sing while, as Dave already pointed ut, all of us white people tried to look not uncool. It was a good show, and having listened to Luna and Galaxie 500 and their duet stuff a lot recently I was quite happy to catch them in person.

I was a bit groggy on Sunday morning, but the coffee and omelette definitely helped. My goal for the day was to salvage a decent tournament and gain some rating points, if possible.

Round 8 vs Dan Stock
Play the game!
L 401 - 416
Mine: (E)NLARGEd 77, ASTATIC 94 ; JKZS? ; 46 tiles
Theirs: bONUSES 64, REDLINE(D) 77, OPERATE 64 ; QXSSS? ; 54 tiles
Missed bingos: LA(Y)ERiNG 94 / LAR(Y)NGEs 94
3 – 5 - 129

Round 9 vs Gary Perman
Play the game!
L 392 - 446
Mine: BIGOTEd 76, WRI(S)TLET 76, REVISAL 79 ; KQS? ; 48 tiles
Theirs: StRIDES 68, PIN(I)ONED 61 ; JXZSSS? ; 52 tiles
Missed bingos: GOB(S)hITE 82
3 – 6 - 183

Round 10 vs Karen Smith
Play the game!
W 480 - 390
Mine: yODELER 68, CITOLAS 86, HUELESS 74; SSSS?? ; 59 tiles
Theirs: E(N)TRANCe 77 ; JKQXZ ; 41 tiles
Missed bingos: MIR(L)ITON 64, GESSOED 69
4 – 6 - 93

Round 11 vs Carolyn Easter
Play the game!
W 496 - 400
Mine: ACEROSE 85, MELaNIZ(E) 90, SLAINTE 85 ; QZSS? ; 53 tiles
Theirs: NITRIDS 82, PONGEEs 75 ; JKXSS? ; 47 tiles
Missed bingos: none
5 – 6 + 3

We had an even shorter lunch break this time, so we just drove around the corner to a Subway at a shopping center. We think we interrupted the employees' make out session in the back.

Round 12 vs Travis Green
Play the game!
W 496 - 368
Mine: bIOLOGY 78, ARISTAE 77 ; KQSS? ; 55 tiles
Theirs: DEVIsES 69 ; JXZSS? ; 45 tiles
Missed bingos: none
6 – 6 + 131

Round 13 vs Steve Grob a.k.a. baxwest
Play the game!
W 388 - 375
Mine: pAVISSE 93 ; JZSS? ; 49 tiles
Theirs: Q(U)AINtER 70, RUTILES 61 ; KQXSS? ; 51 tiles
Missed bingos: SEISING 86, pAVISES 95
Final result: 7 – 6 + 144, 11th place out of 25, rating +14 to 1642


So a winning record after all that. Looking back, I'm fairly pleased with how I played. I need to review a lot of words and solidify what I "know" already, I need to drastically improve my board vision (identifying hot spots and finding candidate plays), and I need to practice working out endgame sequences. Ultimately, I think I just need to play more, both in person and online.

Some more stats that you can't possibly care about:
Average score: 426 – 415
My bingos (31 = 2.4/game)
GALLOPS, DEISTIC, FISHNETS, APIRAIST, TEENIER, ATONIES, REASONER, STILBINE*, LINEARITY, BOSCAGE, PANTOFLE, SIERRAN, UNEQUAL, ALIGHTED, FIRELIT, AZOTISE, SPEARING, ENLARGED, ASTATIC, BIGOTED, WRISTLET, REVISAL, YODELER, CITOLAS, HUELESS, ACEROSE, MELANIZE, SLAINTE, BIOLOGY, ARISTAE, PAVISSE
Their bingos (26 = 2/game)
AERATES, ROMANCER, GRINDERY, LANTERN, BOBWHITE, ANNATES, DANEWORT, ERGATIVE, PONGIDS, ORIENTED, SPINATE, ELEGISES, NEGATRON, GLORIED, TILLING, BONUSES, REDLINED, OPERATE, STRIDES, PINIONED, ENTRANCE, NITRIDS, PONGEES, DEVISES, QUAINTER, RUTILES
Note: Each side had at least one bingo in every game!
Missed bingos (16 = 1.2/game)
MAXIMALS, SANITARIA, AUROREAN, ZIBELINES, LIBELIST, FILIBEGS, INLAYER, SAURELS, REFUSALS, LAYERING, LARYNGES, GOBSHITE, MIRLITON, GESSOED, SEISING, PAVISES
Average 51.2 tiles per game
J: 4/13 = 31%
K: 4/13 = 31%
Q: 7/13 = 54%
X: 1/13 = 8% !!!
Z: 7/13 = 54%
S: 28/42 = 67%
?: 17/26 = 65%
Total: 68/143 = 48%

 Valid, challengedPhoney, unchallengedPhoney, challenged
My Plays(none)STILBINE*
DAUTY*
BEGLOW*
TYPER*
STILBINES*
DROSERAN*
STREAMILY*
Their PlaysDEISTICALDEROBE(none)

This chart was generated by cross-tables.com
 
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From:jigsawn
Date:June 18th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
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I had a great with you and your gang over the weekend, even when the Scrabble was going meh. By the way, it was VERBOSITY -> BIODIVERSITY. I thought your LAMENTABLY was a nice play too, though I forget which word you stole.
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From:endbrain
Date:June 18th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, duh, VERBOSITY. And I think it was MENTALLY --> LAMENTABLY, since we mentioned TALLYMEN.
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From:ididjonassalk
Date:June 18th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
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My racks, if you're interested:

AEEOPQT
CEEIOOP (Duck likes COOPE(D) instead of COOEE(D); meh)
EHIIOPT (knew I was missing better stuff ... POTICHE and OPHITIC, neither of which I knew)
EHIILSS (probably needlessly gutsy; close call)
EILSSUY (horrible play; blanked on the six or seven plays from the B (like BUSILY) ... 30-some point equity hit, arguably my losing play)
GILSTUX
IRSTTUX
RSTTUVZ
AERSTUV
AERSSTU (couldn't afford to miss my fish, but did)
AAEERST
AEEFINT (can't remember if CP liked EF or not)
AEINORT (lucked into the right endgame; knew I needed a four-tile overlap to block all your outs, assumed I didn't have one, quite happy to see it)

FWIW, I think you're a solid 1700 player ... hopefully the tiles cooperate more the next time around for you.

Jason

P.S. You forgot to include your bingo miss from our game ... perhaps because it shouldn't be a word. :)
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From:endbrain
Date:June 19th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
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Hey thanks! And I updated the .gcg file. Tough draws through the middle there...
I still don't believe MAXIMALS, heh.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 13th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)

Hoping to make a contribution

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Hi - I am really delighted to find this. Good job!

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