A visit to the Calgary Scrabble Club [2012-02-09]
February 12, 2012 3 Comments
Having a rare evening to spend in Calgary, I decided to visit the Calgary Scrabble Club and enjoy some games. I showed up a bit early and was warmly greeted by several members, including Siri Tillekeratne. He introduced me to Randall (who is apparently the club director) and we had a friendly game before the evening started.
Friendly game vs. Randall
This was a good game that we never had a chance to finish. He played a phoney against me that I thought was 50/50.
Final Score: 325 – 285 (incomplete – my turn to play)
Bingos: Me – COTERIE, (S)POoNING; Randall – (W)OODLICe*, VARLETS
Game #1 vs. Dorothy
Not much to say about this game. Dorothy played a relatively conservative game while I tried my best to keep it open given some of the challenging tiles I have.
Final Score: 379 – 326 (win)
Bingos: Me – ResTAGE(D); Dorothy – none
Game #2 vs. Wendy
This was a very low scoring game. I struggled with tiles all game and felt hesitant and anxious. I think it’s a sign of how rusty I am from not having played in quite some time. I accepted NOILE(D)* – ugh. Here’s the final situation that I spent several minutes evaluating before making my final play. I have the following tiles: ILOPSTY and the score is 280-257. The bag is empty and your opponent has ACIOR. Given the board position, what would you play?
I ended-up playing STYL(I) at 8A for 27 points. Doh! Gave her an out play.
Final Score: 299-284 (loss – ugh)
Bingos: Me – RINg(L)ETS; Wendy – none
Game #3 vs. Noella
Another game when my rustiness did me in. This game was close all throughout. I had six vowels on my rack for the last four turns and that pretty much did me in. Also, Noella plays very quickly and not having played in a while, that unnerved me and got me distracted.
Final Score: 406-385 (loss)
Bingos: Me – (T)ITRATES; Noella – cREDITs
I had an enjoyable night. Definitely showed me that I have to work to get in shape for the Nationals in August.