I played in the tenth Canadian National Scrabble Championship this past weekend. I open my house to visiting players and hosted the Vancouver Chrises, Chris Williams (who stayed with me during CNSC IX in 2016) and Chris Tallman. My goals were to finish with a positive win-loss record and if possible up my rating to 1800 again. Out of eighteen games I finished with a 10-8 record yet with a negative spread of -21. My final three games were all major losses and I rapidly descended from a +399 spread to negativ(e)land. My rating increased from 1772 to 1804. I had not been in the eighteen hundreds since January, 2008. A decade ago I told myself that I would not look at my personal player page at Cross-tables.com until I had reattained an 1800 rating. Now I have looked at my player history for the first time in ten years.
I have included my bingo count for each round. My bingos are listed first, separated from my opponents’ by a virgule. My score is listed first followed by my opponent during that round.
01 HaLFPIPE  JOUSTER ESQuIRED SANTERIA / none 522-322 Ryan Chepita
02 none / SERRIEs UNStEEL  342-360 Philip Waldron
03 DEPILATe ANEROID / SARSNET COESITES 451-344 Jason Li
04 AnOPIAS / ORDUREs 404-330 Eric Tran
05 RESTORE / PANOCHA  GLADIER MUSCleD  343-501 Fern Lindzon
06 TREFOIlS  STADIAL# LINTERS / REUNITeR 530-302 Vera Bigall
07 OZONATED ARBUTES SONICATE / LENITION TrOLANdS  487-387 Jared Cappel
08 EASIEsT / AErADIOS 335-440 Tony Leah
09 DRAGNET TONEARm LaUREATE / RACEWAY 419-408 John Stardom
10 SNARLeR GESTURE ANOOpSIA  / none 398-352 Adam Logan
11 none / DAMIanAS 354-323 Mark Edelson
12 RATTINg VITRINES / RECLUsE 409-350 Dean Saldanha
13 CENTNERS / FAIREST UMPTIER 357-381 Jackson Smylie
14 none / FREAKIER IMITAtOR OPEReTTA WALLOPS DISCRETE 364-523 Chris Tallman
15 DuNGEONS / NAIVETY SILICONE PRErIOT  452-445 Matthew Tunnicliffe
16 REsTING / FEINTED REVIsOR 330-499 Chris Tallman
17 SNOTTIER EULOGIAS  / GASALIeR GuNNERA SORDINE 373-482 Josh Sokol
18 POTAToES / UNSEXED TEARING 325-467 Michael Fagen
 Not bad for my first bingo of the tournament if I do say so myself. My rack was EHILPP? and I played it through the F of my previous move, the opening play of FAENA.
 My opponent’s surname is an anagram of mine.
 A fabulous game-opener from Fern. It was the opening play and I didn’t know it, so I challenged it, unsuccessfully.
 If Fern had played this bingo without the blanks, it would have been MUSCLED.
 If I had played this bingo without a blank, it would have been TREFOILS.
 This bingo is well-known to me. My “Scrabble name” is scraigh troland.
 This was my play immediately after GESTURE. My draw was the horrid AAINOO? and I bingo-ed through the S in GESTURE. This word is a variant of AnOPIAS, which I played in game four.
 My score was enhanced by two bingo-like scores. I managed to play QAT for 65 and HEX for 54. I still only won by seven.
 This was my play immediately after SNOTTIER. My draw was the horrid AEILOSU and I needed a C, G or J. Josh gave me one of them with a bingo of his own, GuNNERA.
29 for me / 32 for my opponents
Playing Adam in game 10.
Playing Josh in game 17.
Photos by John Chew