2016 Cape Town International Scrabble Tournament

February 3–7, 2016

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Commentary: Round 18

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Round 18 Auto-Commentary

Nigel Richards (NZL) remains in the lead for the 12th consecutive round, 17-1 +2468, on a 5-game winning streak. Dave Wiegand (USA) is 3 games behind at 14-4 +1581, #2 rising from #3. Chinedu Okwelogu (NGA) is +679, #3 climbing from #5. David Eldar (AUS) is +576, #4 sliding from #2. Rex Ogbakpa (NGA) is 4 games behind the leader at 13-5 +1196, on a 3-game winning streak, #5 up from #7. Nsikan Solomon Etim (NGA) is +817, #6 falling from #4.

In Class B: Ashley Willenberg (ZAF) is the lead, 11-7 +293, on a 3-game winning streak. Raymond Gbaraba (NGA) is 1 game behind at 10-8 +18, on a 5-game losing streak, #18 sliding from #16. Howard Rayner (ZAF) is -141, #19 dropping from #17. Gerald Davids (ZAF) is 2 games behind the leader at 9-9 +158, #22 down from #19. Ralph Owusu (GHA) is -57, #24 climbing from #28. Fern Wheelwright (ZAF) is -366, on a 3-game losing streak, #25 dropping from #22.

High Win: Denise Le Bron (ZAF) 619-271 vs. Kay Faust (USA). Low Win: Chinedu Okwelogu (NGA) 328-323 vs. Komol Panyasophonlert (THA). High Loss: Sulaiman Gora Garba (NGA) 443-452 vs. Chrys Placca (GHA). Low Loss: Kay Faust (USA) 271-619 vs. Denise Le Bron (ZAF).

Last game of Day 2.

At Board 1, Nigel Richards (NZL) faces Nsikan Solomon Etim (NGA). Nigel takes a long time to choose to open with ORThIAN, possibly wondering thinking about the earlier ORTHIANS* play. On his next turn, he sacrifices a point or so of equity to play three vowels parallel to the opening play, on average closing the board a little. In this case though, it would have Nsikan h8 ROTUNDITY, but he only spotted it in postmortem.

Then Nigel bingoed again with EGGERIEs, Nsikan caught up most of the way with TENSILE, Nigel bingoed again with ACENTRIC on his way to a 93-point win.

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