Team USA: Next player, Previous player.
Brian Cappelletto, a 30-year-old options trader from Chicago, is the
reigning North American champion. He placed 10th at the 1997 WSC
in Washington, D.C.
Cappelletto plays Andrew Fisher of Great Britain. In 1997,
Cappelletto beat Fisher 452-356.
Cappelletto lost to Fisher 317-513, and is now in 93rd place, 0-1 -196.
Cappelletto loses again, to Australia's John Holgate, 415-428. Brian should have challenged John's TETANOUS*. He moves up though to 92nd place (it was a close loss), and is now 0-2 -209.
His opponent writes:
By a twist of fate Cappelletto (USA's top rated player and national
champion) had also lost by 198 (to Andrew Fisher).
Brian started off with two bonus words - MELANGE and SUITCASE -
and a 40-point X play. By midgame I was 142 behind on a tight board.
Then I found ANGINOSE around an I and 72 for JIZ. I was still 70 behind
with a few tiles left and TETANUS on my rack. I laid down TETANOUS*
around an O for 60 something. Strangely Brian didn't challenge.
Was he thinking of TETANOID or TITANOUS? I scraped home by 13 points.
Such was my surpise I nearly challenged his out play of LENS -
surely LEN (like KEV* and DES*) is spelt with a capital...
Cappelletto loses his third straight game, to Selwyn Lobo of the U.A.E, 404-557. Brian was out-bingoed PRESIDER (158), ATINGLE, DEBATING, OREGANO to his ECURIES.
He's now in 97th place, 0-3 -362.
Cappelletto wins his first game, 502-249 vs. Romania's Caitlin-Eugen Caba. He climbs to 79th place, 1-3 -109.
Round 5. Cappelletto wins again, 513-355 against Ricardo Gonzalez of Saudi Arabia. His spread is now positive, and he's in 58th place, 2-3 +49.
Round 6. Cappelletto continues his comeback, beating Sri Lankan Naween Fernando 392-315, and is now in 42nd place, 3-3 +126.
An onlooker reports the late game:
At this moment, 2 points separate Brian
Cappelletto (US) and Naween Fernando
(Sri Lanka) on Table 30. Two tiles (E & S)
left in the bag. Brian plays off a single W
and next turn plays out on the bottom row
Round 7. Cappelletto wins a 4th consecutive game against Howard Warner of New Zealand, 454-405. He's back up to 29th place, 4-3 +75.
Round 8. Cappelletto ends his day on a 5-game winning streak, with a 454-331 win against fellow countryman Bob Lipton. This brings him up to 19th place, 5-3 +298.
Cappelletto lost to Femi Awowade (NI) 479-493. Cappelletto is now #31, with a record of 5-4 +284.
Cappelletto won against Alec Webb (UK) 441-301. Cappelletto is now #20, with a record of 6-4 +424.
Cappelletto won against Joe Edley (US) 417-319. Cappelletto is now #13, with a record of 7-4 +522.
Cappelletto won against Ron Tiekert (US) 449-422. Cappelletto is now #9, with a record of 8-4 +549.
Cappelletto lost to Adam Logan (CA) 389-460. Cappelletto is now #15, with a record of 8-5 +478.
Cappelletto won against Trevor Hovelmeier (ZA) 426-401. Cappelletto is now #13, with a record of 9-5 +503. Hovelmeier was happy to play non-bingo CORNFED$.
Cappelletto won against Odette Rio (PH) 428-399. Cappelletto is now #11, with a record of 10-5 +532.
Cappelletto won against David Boys (CA) 456-342. Cappelletto is now #6, with a record of 11-5 +646. Cappelletto bingo-ed BROMIZE.
Cappelletto won against Adam Logan (CA) 415-353. Cappelletto is now #3, with a record of 12-5 +708.
Cappelletto won against John Luebkemann (US) 438-345. Cappelletto is now #2, with a record of 13-5 +801.
Round 19. Cappelletto won against Mark Nyman (UK) 456-403. Cappelletto is now #1, with a record of 14-5 +854. Nyman played CATHOOD#, which does mean "the state of being a cat or having the nature of a cat."
Round 20. Cappelletto lost to Joel Wapnick (CA) 379-474. Cappelletto is now #3, with a record of 14-6 +759. Here's the game.
At Table 1, Joel Wapnick (Canada) has won
over Brian Cappelletto (United States):
BC: AGOIKT? 8G KO 12 12
JW: BONNYP? 9F BONY 23 23
BC: AGITOR? 10I ARGOTIc 66 78
JW: PN?LOTX 11K OX 33 56
BC: DODIIYO 12I DIDY 49 127
JW: PN?LTZP exch PLTPZ 0 56
BC: IOOVAET 10B VITAE 24 151
JW: N?TEEEA 06 ANTECEdE 68 124
BC: OOTREAI N2 OORIE 19 169
JW: AEEUSZT M3 ZEA 50 174
BC: TAPPTCW 1L WATT 39 208
JW: EUSTFMS 14 FUMETS 45 219
BC: PPCSUNR 4I CUPPER 24 232
JW: SAEAILS 15G ALIASES 88 307
BC: SNREIFA D6 FAINTERS 74 306
JW: OCHDGLR 8A LOGIC 24 331
BC: MBQRWJN 11C NEW 24 330
JW: HDRRULI M7 HURT 12 343
BC: QRJMBEH J3 JUBE 15 345
JW: DRLIING C1 RIDGLING 82 425
BC: HMRQLEV 2B QI 22 367
JW: UADNEIO K3 OPINED 35 460
BC: HMRLEV 13A HEMS 18 385
JW: UA 4C GAU 8 468
JW: +VRL +6 474
BC: -VRL -6 379
Round 21. Cappelletto lost to Nigel Richards (NZ) 344-441. Cappelletto is now #6, with a record of 14-7 +662.
Round 22. Cappelletto won against John Holgate (AU) 492-379. Cappelletto is now #3, with a record of 15-7 +775. Brian needs to win both of his remaining games to have a good chance of getting into the finals. Nice play this round: TRISTEZA$.
Brian Cappelletto wwas my opponent in Round 22. Three wins
could still get mne into the final. However, Brian played
an early bonus with TRISTEZA. I played REVISOR underneath
exposing a DWS. He relied with 72 for REVISORY and YUNX.
Ouch. I drew a P for PREVISORY* but Brian played TAWPIE/
PREVISORY* for 52. Amazed that he also had a P I failed to challenge!.
My Round Two TETANOUS* had come back to haunt me. Cappelletto
found the brilliant DATELINED through a separate A and I
then played RIALTOS. I replied with CONTROLE for 72
but still lost by 113. Now my fate was sealed.
Round 23. Cappelletto lost to Andrew Fisher (UK) 361-366. Cappelletto is now #8, with a record of 15-8 +770. He's out of the running for the finals.
Round 24. Cappelletto lost to Andrew Cook (UK) 350-409. Cappelletto finishes #11, with a record of 15-9 +711.
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