2016 Cape Town International Scrabble Tournament

February 3–7, 2016

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Commentary: Round 17

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Round 17 Auto-Commentary

Nigel Richards (NZL) stays in the lead for the 11th consecutive round, 16-1 +2377, on a 4-game winning streak. David Eldar (AUS) is 2 games behind at 14-3 +746, on a 3-game winning streak, #2 rising from #3. Dave Wiegand (USA) is 3 games behind the leader at 13-4 +1411, #3 falling from #2. Nsikan Solomon Etim (NGA) is +908, hovering at #4. Chinedu Okwelogu (NGA) is +674, still at #5.

In Class B: Ashley Willenberg (ZAF) is the lead, 10-7 +126. Raymond Gbaraba (NGA) is +59, on a 4-game losing streak, #16 falling from #14. Howard Rayner (ZAF) is +26, on a 3-game winning streak, #17 climbing from #18. Gerald Davids (ZAF) is 1 game behind at 9-8 +352, on a 3-game winning streak, #19 rising from #24. Fern Wheelwright (ZAF) is -248, #22 down from #19. Andrew Goldberg (ZAF) is 1.5 games behind the leader at 8.5-8.5 -81, #23 sliding from #20.

High Win: Nigel Richards (NZL) 530-379 vs. Wellington Jighere (NGA). Low Win: Susan Ensor (AUS) 357-334 vs. Jackie Nortier (ZAF). High Loss: Debbe Hossy (ZAF) 430-481 vs. Dylan Early (ZAF). Low Loss: Kathy Cameron (ZAF) 287-459 vs. Gerald Davids (ZAF).

Two World SCRABBLE Champions met at Board 1 this round, giving the live video stream a bump in viewership. Or as Nigel Richards (NZL) modestly put it, "They just want to watch Wellington".

Wellington Jighere (NGA) started with 8E JIAO (22) from ?AEEIJO, E8 JEUNE (24) from ?EEEENU, then finally C8 PREMIERs from ?EEMPRR, to lead 120-87 after three turns apiece. His post-bingo draw was EELOOQV, all but an E of which went back into the bag while Nigel was laying down his first bingo, BANDITO (83).

As is his habit, Nigel drew a second bingo right away, hooking it COUGANS (95) on BANDITO-S, so it turned out that he was playing BANDITO not only for the score, but as a setup play. He then bingoed twice more with GEEGAWS and HESITATE to cruise to a 530-379 win.

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