2016 Malta International Scrabble Open: One-Day

April 29, 2016

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Commentary: Round 1

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Division B Round 1 Auto-Commentary

Mario Seychell (MLT) claims the lead, 1-0 +321. Kunihiko Kuroda (JPN) is +213. Mary Doyle (IRL) is +157. Moses Azzopardi (MLT) is +149. Carmen Stafrace (MLT) is +95. Peter Bauer (AUS) is +89. Sammy Mangion (MLT) is +84. Pawlu Frendo (MLT) is +71. Reno Zammit (MLT) is +43. Anna Borg (MLT) is +23.

In Class B: Moses Azzopardi (MLT) is the lead, 1-0 +149. Carmen Stafrace (MLT) is +95. Pawlu Frendo (MLT) is +71. Reno Zammit (MLT) is +43. Bryan Priest (Eng) is +10. Mary Morgan (IRL) is 1 game behind at 0-1 -1. Philip Turner (Eng) is -4.

High Win: Mario Seychell (MLT) 578-257 vs. Joanne Manson (USA). Low Win: Bryan Priest (Eng) 351-341 vs. Brid Ni Bhriain (IRL). High Loss: Mary Morgan (IRL) 399-400 vs. Dominic Borg (MLT). Low Loss: Kevin Pirotta (MLT) 222-435 vs. Kunihiko Kuroda (JPN).

Division A Round 1 Auto-Commentary

John Barker (AUS) takes the lead, 1-0 +178. Simon Gillam (Sco) is +127. Phil Kelly (Eng) is +123. David Delicata (MLT) is +117. Bob Violett (Eng) is +103. Heather Long (AUS) is +69. Nicky Huitson (Eng) is +42. Paul Richards (AUS) is +16. Joe Caruana (MLT) is +15. Jayne Mackenzie (NIr) is +14.

In Class B: John Barker (AUS) is the lead, 1-0 +178. Phil Kelly (Eng) is +123. Nicky Huitson (Eng) is +42. Paul Richards (AUS) is +16. Joe Caruana (MLT) is +15. Mario Saliba (MLT) is 1 game behind at 0-1 -8.

High Win: John Barker (AUS) 504-326 vs. Alec Webb (Eng). Low Win: Jayne Mackenzie (NIr) 385-371 vs. Kevin Synnott (Eng). High Loss: Rafal Dominiczak (POL) 452-468 vs. Paul Richards (AUS). Low Loss: Moira Fenech (MLT) 303-420 vs. David Delicata (MLT).

There was one clock failure in Round 1: unusually, it was an old analog (windup) clock, which looks like it may have been wound a little too tightly.

First game to finish was a 445-403 win for Nicky Huitson (Eng) over Karen Richards (AUS). One trick for playing quickly is to keep playing all seven tiles at once: HAIRNETS EVIRATE EDITING LONICERA; I didn't see who played which.

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