2016 Cape Town International Scrabble Tournament

February 3–7, 2016

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Commentary: Round 36

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Round 36 Auto-Commentary

Nigel Richards (NZL) remains in the lead for the 30th consecutive round, 32-4 +3597, on a 7-game winning streak. David Eldar (AUS) is 5.5 games behind at 26.5-9.5 +1226, hovering at #2. Rex Ogbakpa (NGA) is 6.5 games behind the leader at 25.5-10.5 +2236, on a 3-game winning streak, #3 up from #4.

In Class B: Gerald Davids (ZAF) is the lead, 19-17 +431. Andrew Goldberg (ZAF) is 1.5 games behind at 17.5-18.5 +97, unchanged at #30 for 3 rounds. Duncan Keet (ZAF) is 2.5 games behind the leader at 16.5-19.5 +165, #32 slipping from #31.

High Win: Jesse Day (USA) 519-318 vs. Llewellin Jegels (ZAF). Low Win: Raymond Gbaraba (NGA) 362-358 vs. Piotr Andronowski (Sco). High Loss: Bright Idahosa (NGA) 439-451 vs. Nsikan Solomon Etim (NGA). Low Loss: Llewellin Jegels (ZAF) 318-519 vs. Jesse Day (USA).

Winning the virtual award for "Happiest Submission of Game Results" is Solomon Lephoto (ZAF), with his 439-374 win over World Champion Wellington Jighere (NGA).

At Board 1, it's Dave Wiegand (USA) vs. Nigel Richards (NZL). Dave bingoes early with natural KNEECAP to open up a lead, then Nigel catches up with ZEE (50). Then Nigel SWOLLEN (80) and Dave AJEE (61) leaves Nigel up 215-208. Nigel RAMILIe (79), Dave IGNITES (79) and one other play each, and Nigel is up 339-322 with 25 in the bag on a board that isn't too open.

Nigel plays 8j DRYISH (50), and Dave holds him for a few seconds, because all he has to come back with is OX (35). Nigel coasts to a 484-416 win.

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At the end of the penultimate day of play, Nigel has a 5.5-game lead with 6 rounds to go. He will face second-ranked David Eldar (AUS) all day tomorrow, until he manages to win or tie a game.

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