NSA: Tourneys: 1998: CSC : Friday: Commentary
|CSC98 Round 2 Commentary|
I'll say one thing: 50 players are a whole lot quieter than 550! You could hear a pin drop in this room! Ian Bell is playing Joe Peters right in front of me. I see the lovely FIQUE and Ian just cleaned up his rack with a play of COCKED through an open K. Tim Anglin, victorious last round against a Torontonian female, is playing Lynda Wise this time. I see INSURER, HOTTEST, and LIQUIDY on their board. Adam Logan came back with a vengeance this time with a win over Sary Karanofsky, 578-303. Guess we know who got the power tiles in that game! Just in from the underdogs can win department, James Cherry defeated Joel Wapnick, 483-358, and David Boys fell to Linda Espallardo, 413-322. On David and Linda's board, I see REInVITE by Linda and WInDIEST by David. He said, while looking over the board, "Every single turn, she played in my spot!" Robin Pollock Daniel walked by and told him she saw PINGERS on Linda's rack at one point, but it never made its way onto the board. Table 2, where Joel and James played, was still set up and James pointed out the better plays. Joel played MAILLEs and FATIDIC, the latter James didn't know, but wasn't sure enough to challenge (It's good, meaning "pertaining to prophecy"). James played RADULAS, INGENUES (which he points out anagrams to UNSEEING), STrAYING, and two high-point non-bingos of JUBA (50) and BRONZE (43). Joel's outplay was a nice find, said James, of SKERRY (21). Shaun Goatcher just pulled me over to explain his last game's glory. He held ED and fished for IG, which he picked. He then played EXUDING for 82 points. He played only E, D, I, and G, and made RE, JADED, and EXUDING on a double double! Amazing! Lisa Kessler won over Randall Thomas, 362-334. They both tried phonies that came off. Lisa's was RAILTIES and Randall's was RECUING. He said it was one of those two-blank affairs and he couldn't find anything good. Those are the most frustrating games. Christina O'Sullivan just edged out Michael Krepakevich, 394-356. At the next table, Zev Kaufman is now 2-0, having just defeated Glenn Dunlop, 334-306. Zev, observing his sabbath rules, is playing his opponents on a flat SCRABBLE board, keeping score with a bookmark in a book, and having someone else - tonight Ron Manson - operate his clock and fill out paperwork for him. Jim Nanavati is charged up. He is 2-0, having just defeated Shaun Goatcher. The game was decided, Jim says, by Shaun's challenge of BEAKY. In his first game against Ian Bell, he got down 4 natural bingos: TANYARD, SEDGIER, POETISE, and LIONISER. Jamie Craig, looking smart in a banded collar white shirt, is a bit glum. He is 0-2, having just lost to fellow Vancouverite, Don Malcolm. Don is 1-1.
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