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

May 22–25, 2014

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Commentary: Round 15

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As long as no one calls my phone during the next 45 minutes or so, we'll have live video for this round, where Helen Gipson (Sco) plays [error: no such id: Nicky] in the last of nine rounds today. Of Helen's nine opponents, only three have been men; I cannot help but think of the other six as Hels' belles.

I've also posted Helen's game with Nicky in the annotated games section. It went well for Nicky for most of the game, with the players tied at 284 after two moves apiece. Helen then bingoed with the second blank while closing down the board; Nicky did a good job of trying to open it up, but didn't get the right tiles to make a catch-up bingo.

At the end of the day, it's Howard Warner (NZL) still in the lead on 14-1 +1885, then Theresa Brousson (MLT) 13-2 +2064 (the highest spread now), Helen Gipson (Sco) +1857; then two games back are John Barker (AUS) 11-4 +1215, Cecil Muscat (MLT) +1074 and Nicky Huitson (Eng) +517.

Round 15 Auto-Commentary

High Win: Theresa Brousson (MLT) 599-263 vs. Mbeleokpo Mathew Aganaba (NGA). Low Win: Nuala O'Rourke (NIr) 361-338 vs. Albert Zammit (MLT). High Loss: Pauline Cilia (MLT) 413-445 vs. Cecil Muscat (MLT). Low Loss: Alfred Xuereb (MLT) 257-477 vs. Mihai Pantis (ROM).

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