2014 European Open Scrabble Championship: May 22–25, Malta

May 22–25, 2014

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Commentary: Round 1

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Round 1 Auto-Commentary

High Win: Helen Gipson (Sco) 717--48 vs. Okey Okoro (NGA). Low Win: Nuala O'Rourke (NIr) 362-317 vs. Nicky Vella-Laurenti (MLT). High Loss: Chris Lipe (USA) 433-507 vs. Theresa Brousson (MLT). Low Loss: Okey Okoro (NGA) -48-717 vs. Helen Gipson (Sco).

We begin a 27-round round robin with a record-setting result. Helen Gipson (Sco), facing first-time player Okey Okoro (NGA), defeated him by a score of 717 to -48, resulting in the highest spread ever recorded in a competitive game.

Okey's positive turn scores were 6, 14, 6, 17, 3 and 6, with the rest being 0. Helen's were 74, 12, 80, 19, 40, 75, 36, 35, 44, 80, 31+5, 0, 22, 77, 27, 27 and 33. We do not unfortunately have a photo of the final position. Helen recollects that she opened with 8D BONSELA, then played I5 VOULU and K4 REPOSED. Later, she played GARBLESS, JING* and her 22-point play was likely CAVORT played through the C in CZAR and a V already on the board. She says that she will try to reconstruct the game over the course of the rest of the day's play.

After round then, Helen has a 642-point spread lead over second-place Mary Doyle (IRL) +123, who is ahead of Alfred Xuereb (MLT) +97, Howard Warner (NZL) +92 and Ebikeme Adowei (NGA) +88.

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