NSA: Tourneys: 1998: CSC : Saturday: Commentary
|CSC98 Commentary: Round 9|
Round 9 Fern Lindzon just had a great game against Albert Hahn, 458-369, at table 1. She played MOZETTA for 101, which he challenged (the play stayed down), UNEASILY, and FeLLOWs. She also played the lovely TUFA for 32 points. Albert played ERASIONS, DEMERITS, and the phoney DOILIE, which Fern let go. She is now 7-2 +399 and probably on top of the world. Shaun Goatcher just won this last game against Craig Rowland, 409- 332. Craig played UvEITIC and Shaun instantly responded with SHMALTZy. David Boys came back this round with a win over Don Malcolm, 448-336. I see on their board, NEARSIDE (looks to be a triple- triple), GUNITES, CONVENTS, OUTLIER, and DILiGENT. At table 2, James Cherry lost to Jim Nanavati. James played ISOMETRIC and THESPIAN and Jim got down MOUSSEs and STRIVeN. Fran Silver tells me she is now up to 3-6 -78. She is looking for a change of fortune in the worst way. In the game between Joe Peters and Randall Thomas, Joe lost, 347- 387. Randall, getting the better tiles this time, plopped down SCRiVEN and SpOTTED. He tried OVERSCaN, but Joe called it off. Joe tells me of an earlier game against Jeff Fleetham where he opened with COlYZAS. That is a phoney. But if he'd made the blank an R, it would have been good. Jeff didn't challenge and Joe won, 369-330. Christina O'Sulllivan just had the kind of game she flew across the country to have. Against Steve MacNeil, she got a 548 to his 301. She opened with DITZ and on her second play added MANY to create DITZY. From then on out, she was sailing. She got down a triple-triple of WINGiEST for 167 and SCRIpTS for 88. Steve played TRAINEES with what were his only decent tiles of the game. Christina admits she had the lion's share of preminum tiles. Christina is now 4-5 and she says, "it's nice to have an actual win." Marilyn Murray, overhearing our conversation stopped by to say that her luck hadn't changed yet and that she'd just been "trounced" by Paul Sidorsky. Not privy to the behind-the-scenes banter behind the head table last night, Siri Tillekeratne, tried BEESTING in his game against Steve Ozorio. When it came back unacceptable, Siri asked for a second opinion. The word was still not good. John Chew says, "That word is only acceptable in the plural form. It means something like 'bovine colostrum.'" Jakob Teitelbaum just had a heartbreaking game against Glenn Dunlop, 381-372. When the game was over, Jakob thought he had won, but in a recount, he actually lost. We've been taking a short break for tea, coffee, and fresh air. Though the break hasn't been all that long, everyone seems a bit more energized. Lynda Wise is feeding me tasty candies. She is 6-3. I think it is her table. She's been playing in almost the same spot for all the games this tournament. She just won in her last game against Sary Karanofsky. She is playing Glenn Mosher next round, who is also 6-3 after winning his last 3 games in a row. He told me that he had wanted to win at least five during the tournament. Already he is ahead of his goal!
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