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

May 22–25, 2014

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Commentary: Round 32

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Round 32 Auto-Commentary

Howard Warner (NZL) stays in the lead, 28-4 +3679. Helen Gipson (Sco) is 2 games behind at 26-6 +2732, steady at #2. Theresa Brousson (MLT) is 3 games behind the leader at 24-7 +3198, still at #3.

High Win: Mihai Pantis (ROM) 575-360 vs. Graham Bonham (Eng). Low Win: Mary Doyle (IRL) 359-325 vs. Pawlu Frendo (MLT). High Loss: John Barker (AUS) 398-527 vs. Nuala O'Rourke (NIr). Low Loss: Pauline Cilia (MLT) 259-412 vs. Josephine Mayo (MLT).

The live board features the battle for second and third between Helen Gipson (Sco) and Theresa Brousson (MLT). Game highlights:

  • Brousson opens 8D BOOGIE keeping T. Gipson replies hooking the -S to bingo TiTTIES.
  • Brousson replies with YOLKIEST (80), then Gipson double-double non-bingo UNWROTE (45, including challenge). 115-104 for Gipson.
  • Two turns later, Gipson natural APTERAL (72), leads 225-164.
  • On turn 7, Brousson plays CLAVI, setting up an -E or -S hook that it looks like neither player is sure of. Gipson passes up a chance to bingo DINNLES/LINDENS across it; Brousson then follows by not playing ROADEOS across it.
  • On turn 9, Gipson plays EXPOSE (76) to lead 407-293.

First game: Nuala O'Rourke (NIr) 527, John Barker (AUS) 398.

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