CNSC X

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.

01 HaLFPIPE [1] JOUSTER ESQuIRED SANTERIA / none 522-322
02 none / SERRIEs UNStEEL [2] 342-360
03 DEPILATe ANEROID / SARSNET COESITES 451-344
04 AnOPIAS / ORDUREs 404-330
05 RESTORE / PANOCHA [3] GLADIER MUSCleD [4] 343-501
06 TREFOIlS [5] STADIAL# LINTERS / REUNITeR 530-302
07 OZONATED ARBUTES SONICATE / LENITION TrOLANdS [6] 487-387
08 EASIEsT / AErADIOS 335-440
09 DRAGNET TONEARm LaUREATE / RACEWAY 419-408
10 SNARLeR GESTURE ANOOpSIA [7] / none 398-352
11 none / DAMIanAS 354-323
12 RATTINg VITRINES / RECLUsE 409-350
13 CENTNERS / FAIREST UMPTIER 357-381
14 none / FREAKIER IMITAtOR OPEReTTA WALLOPS DISCRETE 364-523
15 DuNGEONS / NAIVETY SILICONE PRErIOT [8] 452-445
16 REsTING / FEINTED REVIsOR 330-499
17 SNOTTIER EULOGIAS [9] / GASALIeR GuNNERA SORDINE 373-482
18 POTAToES / UNSEXED TEARING 325-467

[1] 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.

[2] My opponent was Philip Waldron, whose surname is an anagram of mine.

[3] A fabulous game-opener from Fern. It was the opening play and I didn’t know it, so I challenged it, unsuccessfully.

[4] If Fern had played this bingo without the blanks, it would have been MUSCLED.

[5] If I had played this bingo without a blank, it would have been TREFOILS.

[6] This bingo is well-known to me. My “Scrabble name” is scraigh troland.

[7] 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.

[8] 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.

[9] 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

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