NSA: Tourneys: 1998: CSC : Sunday: Commentary
|CSC98 Commentary: Round 15|
Peter Robertson, an employee at the Ars & Letters Club, tells us that he heard mention of this event twice this morning on 680 News radio. He remembers them mentioning that the defending champion had better watch out for Jim Nanavati! How true! Mike Krepakevich lost to Jakob Teitelbaum, 464-333. Jakob opened with PROMiSE and Michael later got down SEEPInG. Board 1 just had a dynamite game between Joel Wapnick and Adam Logan, with Adam pulling out the win 421-413. Joel played OUTDATES, ZINCITES, and TeLFORD. Adam opened with NOWAY and then played EUGENICS, DONATiVE, and BEWRAY. Both annotators were blown away by the game. Sophia Ozorio, annotating Joel said, " The score qas 361-374, Joel's lead, and Adam spent nearly 5 minutes studying the board before he played MOS for 31 points. Joel responded with DINGE for 27 and then Adam played out with FANEGA for 36 points for the win." Sary Karanofsky had a great game against John Dafoe, 541-259. Sary played eMACIATES, BArONET, and she opened with URITIC. She challenged off two bingo attempts by John: ELUTIANS and LUNATES. She says, "I knew they weren't good because I had just studied." Quietly off in the corner of the room, Albert Hahn pulled out a win over Linda Espallardo, 349-332. Albert played the natural HAIRLINE and didn't much care for my joke about his. He called it a "defensive struggle from the beginning." Jim Nanavati won a beautiful game against Joe Peters, 455-376. Joe played EtESIAN and Jim responded with ANDEsITE to the first E in Joe's bingo. Later on Jim got down BONEMEAL and SIX for 45. Jim says he lost 3 games today, and he is at 10-5. I would have asked Joe about how he's doing but he vanished for some air. Zev Kaufman just won a game against Christina O'Sullivan, 412-367. At board 2, Andrew Golding won the game against Shaun Goatcher, 413-312. In order to achieve this win, Andrew said he passed twice with five tiles in the bag, because whoever drew the Q was going to get stuck with it. Shaun ended up picking it. This win gives Andrew a spread of +871. Shaun good naturedly said, "I sure hope I get a few blanks in the last few games." Andrew explained to me he played VALIENT through an I, saving R, but opening up the top left triple and the top middle triple. Shawn played AVOW for 42, but with total luck, Andrew picked ??OAIR and he played OuRARIs for 70 something (he almost played it for more, but realized OT wasn't a word). Andrew later played SPACIEST through an I and he would have played SPICATES against many people, aiming to draw a challenge, but he knew he wouldn't draw a challenge with Shaun, so he played the more normal word, SPACIEST. Ron Hoekstra, overhearing us, informs us both SPICATES is a phoney, just SPICATED. David Hayes is visiting with us again. He brought me a photocopy of his November 1987 Saturday Night article on Joel Wapnick. The piece, medium in length is good, but my favorite part is the large photo of Joel with an array of blonde SCRABBLE tiles arranged across the left side of the image and across the right side of Joel's face.
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