Monday, November 21, 2005

Mistakes at the WSC

After following the online games the the World Scrabble Championship I noticed a few mistakes and people told me about some. These are listed here. Our Australian team did very well and I congratulate them on their effort. The games annotated are those on the top table so obviously they are making less mistakes than everyone else. Feel free to comment and let me know of other interesting games/missed words.

Game 1

David plays NATTERS instead of TRANECTS. He also plays HOED instead of OHED. He also misses TROPARIA and plays PARVO.

Game 6

Naween plays JAG letting Adam go out on his next turn with REFINE.

Game 7

Gerald plays ARISEN opening a closed board and making a spot for Adam’s bingo.

Game 8

Paul plays SEG, allowing Adam to later play VASA on the triple.

Game 10

Andrew plays QAID instead of QADI, giving his opponent the Q in the triple lane, although he bingos on the triple on his next move.

Adam misses EUTECTIC.

Game 11

Paul plays ECU, although this isn’t that badder move he could have played CUTIE to go for tile turnover and block the triple lane. If his opponent bingos it would then be in a more open spot making it easier for him to come back.

Game 12

Andrew plays HYP instead of TRYP although HYP scored more. Andrew also plays DOU* instead of DUO.

Game 13

Ganesh plays the phony theorism*. Jerry plays FLEW setting up for FLEWS.

Game 14a

Adam misses ENDOSTEA!

Game 16
Peter plays the phony DANE and Asirvatham doesn’t challenge!!!

Game 17

Tim plays MILO for 20 and leaves the S in the triple lane for Adam to bingo. Maven suggests playing MOR for 24 which would block the triple lane, or MORICHES threw CHE to score 30.

Tim also plays the very open move of FINS, when he could have played FOSSIL for 26 and had more chance at picking up the remaining blank.

Game 18

Phil Appleby plays DELE which sets Adam up for WIPE.

Game 19

John misses QIS and plays QI, then Adam bingos in a spot that could have been blocked.

Game 22

In a very interesting game Adam has both blanks and Naween has two spots to block and blocks the wrong one. It was difficult to know which one to block.

Instead of playing ALURE, Naween could have played LUD to make the spot unplayable.

Game 23

Pakorn plays CLIT and Naween doesn’t challenge! What were they thinking about! :)

Game 24

Gareth misses AUGURIES and changes UU!

Finals Game 1

Pakorn plays VOGUE and doesn’t block the S in the dangerous triple lane. He then blocks the M instead of the S!

Well played generally I think by Parkorn and Adam.

1 comment:

zuzu said...

I can only bet that Naween confused CLIT* with CUM. You know Scrabble players are notoriously undersexed so have these words on the brain :)

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