2016 Cape Town International Scrabble Tournament

February 3–7, 2016

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Commentary: Round 28

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Round 28 Auto-Commentary

Nigel Richards (NZL) stays in the lead for the 22nd consecutive round, 25-3 +3139, on a 6-game winning streak. Dave Wiegand (USA) is 3 games behind at 22-6 +2719, on a 3-game winning streak, still at #2 for 11 rounds. Rex Ogbakpa (NGA) is 4.5 games behind the leader at 20.5-7.5 +1912, on a 4-game winning streak, hovering at #3 for 4 rounds.

In Class B: Duncan Keet (ZAF) is the lead, 14.5-13.5 +324. Gerald Davids (ZAF) is 0.5 games behind at 14-14 +448, #29 climbing from #30. Gary Birch (ZAF) is 1.5 games behind the leader at 13-15 -174, hovering at #32 for 5 rounds.

High Win: Dave Wiegand (USA) 664-311 vs. Jesse Day (USA). Low Win: Carol Parker (ZAF) 370-345 vs. Olobatoke Aka (NGA). High Loss: Mary Botha (ZAF) 431-445 vs. Mwenya Munkonge (ZMB). Low Loss: Ata Sonday (ZAF) 283-508 vs. Anthony Ikolo (NGA).

Play is delayed slightly this morning, not because we had to move upstairs to the second floor last night to make room for another group (the actual move was completed quickly and efficiently), nor because we had erroneously told the players we would be on the fourth floor. No, play was delayed because of intermittent power outages over the course of 15 minutes, which happily resolved themselves without further incident.

At Board 1, Nigel Richards (NZL) plays Phillip Edwin-Mugisha (UGA). Early play was confined to the left triangle of the board, between the two main diagonals. It was only on the 17th play that the top opened slightly, and on the 19th that they finally broke into the right and bottom. At that point, Phillip trailed by only 300-310, but of course Nigel had just drawn the blank and came back with TITTiSH (73+5). Phillip would have caught back up with EQUALI (48) and JAY (51), but Nigel had one more bingo in him, GLaDIOLE (72).

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