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

May 22–25, 2014

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Commentary: Round 25

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Round 25 Auto-Commentary

Theresa Brousson (MLT) remains in the lead, 22-3 +3447. Howard Warner (NZL) is +3108, steady at #2. Helen Gipson (Sco) is +2339, still at #3. Chris Lipe (USA) is 4 games behind at 18-7 +1899, #4 improving from #5. Simon Gillam (Sco) is +1460, #5 down from #4. Cecil Muscat (MLT) is 5 games behind the leader at 17-8 +1582, #6 up from #7. John Barker (AUS) is +1119, #7 rising from #8. Kate Sweetlove (Eng) is +1072, on a 4-game winning streak, #8 up from #9. Nuala O'Rourke (NIr) is +594, #9 down from #6.

High Win: Helen Gipson (Sco) 496-318 vs. Simon Gillam (Sco). Low Win: Albert Zammit (MLT) 335-290 vs. Marion Loewenstein (ISR). High Loss: Nuala O'Rourke (NIr) 407-411 vs. Josephine Mayo (MLT). Low Loss: Marion Loewenstein (ISR) 290-335 vs. Albert Zammit (MLT).

First round of the last day, eight games to play. Simon Gillam (Sco) vs. Helen Gipson (Sco) at Board 1, streaming video and data feeds.

Game highlights:

  • Gipson opens with a 40-point phoney, which Gillam accepts.
  • Gillam makes a double double through a P in the third position from MACHINE, but misses the 8.
  • Gipson makes the theme play of the event: mALTESE (82).
  • Gillam makes a 31-point play keeping NNN and draws a fourth N. He plays off one N, and draws another. He plays that off and ends up with the rack DNNNQSW before exchanging DNNQW to get AEGNSUU. He'll redraw the Q three turns later.
  • Gipson misses a 90-point natural bingo with AIISTVZ in favour of a mere 68-point play (she did think of it when she drew the rack, but the E wasn't available until Gillam played, by which point she had misremembered which tile she was waiting for).

First result in: Cecil Muscat (MLT) 453 Daniel Milton (USA) 346. Cecil says he had 19 minutes left on his clock.

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