NSA: Tourneys: 1998: CSC : Monday: Commentary
|CSC98 Commentary: Round 21|
Round 21 Before the start of this round, I met the following Hasbro Canada execs: Michel Dupuis, Marketing Director for Hasbro Sales, Inc.; Jeff O'Brien, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Hasbro Sales; and Rick Winslow, National Accounts Manager. I also spy Mark Morris from Hasbro, Inc. The media has, for the most part, cleared out of the great hall and we are back to a skeletal crew. Handshakes over, the game begins. Joel played first this game with MOW with an opening rack of WOODRMI. Albert's first rack was YBIIUKA. Joel's new rack: EIODGRS Albert played KAY, hooking onto the M in MOW. His new rack is BAUXIIE. Joel plays DOGIE/OKAY and picks AEGNRRS. Albert plays GAB underneath OKAY and picks IEXUITN. The score is 45-53, in Albert's favor. Joel plays GARNERS/MOWS and draws AEEOCHT. Albert plays EXIT/ID/TOKAY, parallel to DOGIE and picked ?UINULI. Joel turns over five tiles for TEACH parallel to the E in EXIT for a bunch of points (49)! He then replenishes with EOBFSSY. The score is now 167-89, Joel's lead. Two blanks out and three Ss, there is a lot of game to come. As more and more media arrive, the murmurs of voices in the hall become a bit louder. Thankfully for the players, the heavy velvet curtain blocks out a majority of the sound. Albert exchanges three tiles and now has ERPNIL?. Joel plays FORBY through the R in GARNERS and draws EEOGSST. Adam suggests PILsNER at 13A for Albert. He is taking a very long time with this rack and the time is now 19:12 for Joel and 7:14 for Albert. A lot of game to go with only 7 minutes left. Albert plays LIP down the triple, parallel to TEACH and draws ERNAEL?. Joel plays SEGO/SHE, down the triple lane, off of HE and draws AEIODST. Albert plays REcLEAN/FORBYE and draws OFRNMNU. Joel bingos with TOADIES/TA/ON parallel to the AN in REcLEAN and draws OUUCHLZ. Albert's next play, KAF/IF and he draws EMOURNN. Time 16:38- 3:10 in Joel's favor. Joel plays OUZEL through the E in TOADIES and picks AIIUCHR. The score is now: 325-220, Joel's lead. Albert plays BUM/NU/EM, parallel to GARNERS and draws NONERTE. Joel plays down from the middle triple, CHUFA. He draws QIIDRTW. Albert plays TENONER/OR, hooking onto the O in OUZEL and he picks ARUSVJN. Joel responds with WRIT, under that play, using he triple, and picks EQIDVPO. Albert plays JARS/OUZELS and draws AED?NUV. Joel plays VIDEO/JO down the triple, drawing IIIPQLN, his final rack. Albert's next play is DEV. Joel played PI. Albert played UNTACk for an outplay catching Joel with IILNQ. Final score: 453-394. Joel's win. We are 2-1, Joel's lead. Joel is off, taking a much needed 10-minute break and Zev has come over to discuss the board with Jeff Parsons.
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