TAS: Martin, Susan, Khen
VIC: Lois, Norma, Heather
NSW: Michael, Superman, Tony
SA: Tony, Adam, Heather
QLD: Jane, Helen, Quentin
WA: Sally, Chris, Robin
ACT: John, Caroline, John
Getting startedHere we are at a new venue, the Deakin University Burwood Campus. All present and accounted for. We have 20 Masters players and 21 State Challenge players ready to pit wits against each other. Carryover champion and host, Andrew Fisher, welcomed players. We all sang Happy Birthday to Edward Okulicz prior to his first round bout versus Andrew Fisher. Will Andrew be kind to Edward? We'll see, we have annotators recording their moves for your later delectation. Helen Maurus announced a special prize award for the UR word, the most pleasing word containing UR, as judged by Edward the Confessurr. The tournament director is Wilma Vialle.
The winner of the Masters section of this tournament will qualify as the first chosen team member of the Australian team for the 2011 World Scrabble Championship (subject only to playing 90 games during the qualifying period). Glenys Lawrie, president of CASPA (the Council of the Australian Scrabble Players Association), announced a further clause. If Joanne Craig wins, and if she elects to play for New Zealand, the runner up will represent Australia.
A few last minute glitches. Wendy, our caterer, had a nasty fall and is unavailable. Marj Miller and Norma Fisher have had to work out alternative arrangements. And the toilets have had a water crisis. Life wasn't meant to be easy.
Round 1Edward got his birthday present, a 600 win against Andrew Fisher. Follow the game at Crosstables game 7153. Watch out for how Andrew uses his rack of BBGMIRZ to make a setup for the Z the next turn. The 5 point penalty for Andrew's incorrect challenge of VARIOLAS gave Edward an extra 5 points. Edward's rack of PIHYAXS looked so much like ASPHYXIA that he overlooked (for one turn) the play of APEX. Edward's WEANIES was played as WENA, as he wanted to retain the S in case Andrew set up a hook (there was a blank still out). The slightly different final scores are due to Quackle not using plus and minus for the unused tiles at the end. Many thanks to Denis Visentin and Michael McKenna for annotating the game, and Carol Johnsen for Quackling it. And thanks also to the Crosstables website for accepting and displaying the data.
Round 2Esther Perrins got her unbirthday present, an opportunity with two blanks and picking up the Q to get a triple triple of QUEASIER for 194. Glenys Lawrie gave Andrew Fisher a good run, but his THUMBING gave her the finger, so he won by 33. It could have been a THUMPING, but Glenys had done quite well, and if only she had been able to use her Q more profitably at the end she might have won. An enjoyable game. A game to play through is Joanne Craig v Trevor Halsall, Crosstables game 7108
Round 3The Annotated game this round is Esther Perrins and Alastair Richards Crosstables game 7105, a very open game with some brilliant plays.
Round 4Mark Smith had a wonderful game against John Hamilton. He got PRINTOUT (64), SAUCIER (72), BAWLING (99), KAZOO (78), SHEEREST(86), EX(35) and TAINTED(79) to contribute to his final score of 608. John Hamilton had one bonus word REDEPLOY (88). And have a look at Naween Fernando playing Peter Kougi, Crosstables game 7106
LunchLunch was a well appreciated spread of zeps and biscuits from Subway.
Round 5An annotated game from the State Challenge, Adam Kretschmer(SA) versus Lois Binnie (VIC) Crosstables game 7112
Round 6An annotated game Andrew Fisher v Rod Talbot Crosstables game 7113
The urtextAt this stage, we have NEURINES, AMOUR, FENURON, ENSURERS, TOURNEY, BISTOURY, DETOURS, STOURIE, BURIAL, IURE, REPURING, POSTURER, INSUREDS
DinnerThe tournament dinner was held nearby. Jeremy Richards again tortured the guests with anagrams based on their names.
Day TwoDenis Visentin from Tasmania has been doing a great job in preparing the annotated games (although the site is closed for maintenance today). He and Edward were discussing whether there were distinctive personality types associated with top Scrabbblers. They agreed that the room contained remarkably normal players. As for ourselves, Denis remarked, we're not eccentric just Tasmanians.
Round 11Geoff Wright failed to appear, so his game against Andrew Fisher was forfeited. For subsequent games today, Marj Miller will take his place as standby player.
LunchTournament director Wilma Vialle hosted a lunchtime session of Letters and Numbers, The letter selections were JAATLERDE and NRNRAEOAB and LHRSNEOIE and EEIOSTFSC and DRGIIOOVE and STHAAEYSX. Denis wanted to have HASTYSEX but Wilma wouldn't allow it. The longest words, including one nine, were all found of course.
A new high word scoreWINDSOCK through the S earned Edward a whopping 212 points.
An impressive start to a gameBob Jackman got four bingos in his first four moves, playing against Marj Miller, AUGITIC(71), WINTERLY(80), MUSKIER(78) and ENCAENIA(77). Very impressive, as Marj was the first to acknowledge.
Surprise visitorsSeveral Scrabblers have come along to watch the games, and sometimes help with annotations. Julian McKail has been watching with interest. But midway through Sunday afternoon we had a visit from the Letters and Numbers team, Richard Morecroft, David Astle and Lily Serna. They took the opportunity to chat to some of the people who have appeared on the show, and other fans of the show and of DA's crosswords. They observed a few games with great interest, and they were delighted to see how well Edward Okulicz was going, since he acts as a reesearcher for the TV show.
Annotated gamesThanks to a dedicated team of annotators, including Denis, Marj, Carol, Cheryle and Michael, there are quite a few games that you can follow move by move on the Crosstables website. Inevitably there may be the odd error, and anyone who detects an error and knows how to edit a GCG file can fix it and let Barry know.
|Andrew Fisher||Edward Okulicz||Game 7153|
|Joanne Craig||Trevor Halsall||Game 7108|
|Alastair Richards||Esther Perrins||Game 7105|
|Naween Fernando||Peter Kougi||Game 7106|
|Andrew Fisher||Rod Talbot||Game 7113|
|Anne Drew||Naween Fernando||Game 7114|
|John Holgate||Peter Kougi||Game 7116|
|Esther Perrins||Joanne Craig||Game 7129|
|Edward Okulicz||Trevor Halsall||Game 7131|
|Naween Fernando||Richard Jeremy||Game 7128|
|Alastair Richards||Joanne Craig||Game 7127|
|Naween Fernando||Rod Talbot||Game 7125|
|Edward Okulicz||Rod Talbot||Game 7124|
|Alastair Richards||Naween Fernando||Game 7130|
|Adam Kretschmer||Lois Binnie||Game 7112|
|Michael McKenna||Susannah Torcasio||Game 7121|
|John Spaan||Lois Binnie||Game 7123|
|Andrew Fisher||Naween Fernando||Game 7132|
The finishThe winner of the Australian Masters for 2010 is Peter Kougi, a young player from Victoria. He only claimed the title in a nailbiting last round, when the heretofore leader, Edward Okulicz last his final game when Alastair Richards got a triple triple. Edward almost caught up despite this, and had had an outstanding run averaging almost 500 points per game.
The individual winner of the State Championship is Michael McKenna, a fifteen year old whiz from New South Wales.
The state that did best in the State Championship was New South Wales by a long shot. Have a look at the archived results and also check out the awesome Stats on the Stats tab, as superbly programmed by Edward.