2015 Malta International Scrabble Open: One-Day

May 1, 2015

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Commentary: Round 1

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Division A Round 1 Auto-Commentary

Simon Gillam (Sco) claims the lead, 1-0 +112. Nicky Vella-Laurenti (MLT) is +90. Theresa Brousson (MLT) is +89. Ray Tate (Sco) is +89. John Barker (AUS) is +46. Phil Kelly (Eng) is +43. Mario Saliba (MLT) is +33.

High Win: Nicky Vella-Laurenti (MLT) 534-444 vs. Cecil Muscat (MLT). Low Win: Mario Saliba (MLT) 417-384 vs. Vincent Boyle (Sco). High Loss: Cecil Muscat (MLT) 444-534 vs. Nicky Vella-Laurenti (MLT). Low Loss: Pauline Russell (IRL) 332-421 vs. Ray Tate (Sco).

Austin Shin (Eng) vs. John Barker (AUS) at Board 1 in the upper division sees Shin reply COWRItER to Barker's opening VEX. Subsequent bingoes: BARMIEST UNIRONED ALERTING SHORTEN; SHORTEN hooked a phoney -S on ALERTING.

At Board 2, I see that Simon Gillam (Sco) has played a word that requires a blank (BACCHIc) against Bob Violett (Eng), as well as a play that scores substantially less than its face value (EIGHTY). BACCHIC is in the bottom 0.2% of 7-letter words by probability.

I see VULVA on Board 6 and VOLVA on Board 17, and wonder what the average number of two-V plays is that one should see per board in a tournament.

Division B Round 1 Auto-Commentary

Brid Ni Bhriain (IRL) claims the lead, 1-0 +214. Eileen Meghen (IRL) is +162. Josephine Mayo (MLT) is +136. Anne Creaven (IRL) is +136. Dominic Borg (MLT) is +108. Mario Seychell (MLT) is +55. Anna Borg (MLT) is +53. Joe Caruana (MLT) is +39. Mary Doyle (IRL) is +28. Albert Zammit (MLT) is +19.

High Win: Brid Ni Bhriain (IRL) 514-300 vs. Marion Loewenstein (ISR). Low Win: Paul Mifsud (MLT) 367-356 vs. Bryan Priest (Eng). High Loss: Mario Camilleri (MLT) 385-390 vs. Kevin Pirotta (MLT). Low Loss: Ruth Turner (Eng) 299-461 vs. Eileen Meghen (IRL).

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