Congratulations to Maureen and Wanda who both won their respective divisions at Newport (Essex) on 9 December 2017.

 

Maureen won her division winning all 8 games, Wanda had to win her last game to ensure her Divisional victory (which she did by 16 points)

 

Here are Maureen, organiser James Burley, and Wanda.

 

Richard Porter (who hosts our website) wins the best improver award for 2016-2017, with Martin Stephens and Jan Bailey in second and third places.  Results are below in rating change order. 

The quarterly improver prizes went to Richard Porter, Catriona Jones, Patrick Beatty, and Catriona Jones again. 

League Division 1 was won by Andy Becher, and Division 2 by Deborah Porter.  The All-play-All was won by Helen Harding and the Handicap was won by Evelyn Wansbrough. 

Highest game scores of the year were 616, 608, 605, and 596 from Graham Harding, 571 and 561 from Helen Harding, 560 from Wanda de Poitiers, and 553 from Andy Becher. 

The highest single moves were ACQUIRE (143) from Graham Harding, AGITATES and BREEDERS (131) from Helen Harding, EQUATES (127) from Maureen Barlow, WRYNECK (125) from Graham Harding, STONINGS (122) from Richard Spencer, JAZZ (118) from Graham Harding, OXIDISER (114) from Wanda de Poitiers, and TONELESS (113) from Deborah Porter.

 

Name

Old Rating

New Rating

Rating Change

P

W

D

L

Average

Highest score

Richard Porter

113

167

54

63

32

0

31

360.9

489

Martin Stephens

62

95

33

114

29

1

84

314.9

434

Jan Bailey

126

144

18

120

71

0

49

373.9

494

Charles Parker

55

68

13

110

18

0

92

299.0

420

Catriona Jones

136

148

12

134

65

0

69

363.9

493

Hepzi Rodrigues

133

142

9

118

62

0

56

369.9

546

Julie Wise

112

118

6

96

39

0

57

338.9

459

Maire Bennett

50

56

6

127

17

0

110

261.9

406

Evelyn Wansbrough

129

134

5

118

57

1

60

360.8

487

Deborah Porter

129

133

4

119

60

0

59

359.3

510

Wanda de Poitiers

174

172

-2

148

108

1

39

411.6

560

Maureen Barlow

134

131

-3

149

80

1

68

362.6

505

Graham Harding

175

168

-7

166

131

1

34

422.9

616

Tricia Walker

145

135

-10

108

55

1

52

360.5

498

Helen Harding

192

160

-32

158

124

2

32

416.4

571

Guests, new members without a previous year’s playing record, and people playing less than 52 games

Tricia Cooper

134

181

47

9

6

0

3

359.8

429

Andy Becher

197

196

-1

25

22

0

3

453.6

553

Lynn Giles

118

117

-1

9

3

0

6

336.2

422

John Elton

95

74

-21

33

3

0

30

285.0

364

Ron Dobree

87

60

-27

2

0

0

2

308.0

309

Hannah Corbett

156

109

-47

47

24

0

23

346.7

490

Richard Spencer

 

156

 

77

47

0

30

386.8

512

Liz Maxted

 

107

 

3

1

0

2

291.7

325

Frank Charlesworth

 

94

 

6

2

0

4

291.8

361

Patrick Beatty

 

84

 

51

11

0

40

308.7

431

Andy Maxted

 

82

 

3

0

0

3

263.0

295

Siegrun O'Sullivan

 

79

 

18

1

0

17

248.8

290

Graham Wilton

 

49

 

9

0

0

9

243.6

273

 

 

Best improver for the 4th quarter of the year is Catriona Jones, with Richard Spencer and Martin Stephens in second and third places.  Welcome back to Ron Dobree for one week only, to new member Frank Charlesworth, and to Andy and Liz Maxted.  Also, a sudden, unexpected final goodbye from Catriona Jones.  

High-scoring words:

·        ·         131       BREEDERS                  Helen    (a 9-timer)
·         122       STONINGS                    Richard (a 9-timer)
·         104       INDOORS/TWITS          Deborah
·         103       IODATES                      Graham       
·         102       TORCHED                    Tricia  
·         102       PICRATE                      Wanda         
Also     DARKEST 99 Hepzi, UNTOWARD 98 Graham, MEDICAL 95 Wanda, SYRINGE 92 Maire, SOLUBLE 92 Helen, TRIZONE 92 Richard, HEAPING 92 Tricia, ESQUIRE 90 Jan, HOARSENS 90 Helen, STERILE 90 Hepzi, RESPRAY 90 Richard, UPSIDES 88 Patrick, SADDLER 86 Patrick, BEDDINGS 80 Charles

Many bonuses in a game by one player: 
·         SINISTER 77 QUEASILY 88 DEFEATED 78 MALTIER 82           Graham
·         DOGEARED 86 SOSATIE 68 TESTING 75 TRIZONE 73            Richard
·         RETILES 70 EARFULS 76 OARIEST 68 BREEDING 80              Wanda
·         DETRAIN 76 EARLIER 79 RATIONS 73 SPONGED 85               Wanda
·         TUGGERS 68 PRELATE 76 INTERNES 78 ATONERS 66          Tricia
·         GUNNERS 63 RAGBOLTS 74 STRAINER 68 BLOATER 87        Wanda
·         MANKIER 77 GOATIER 80 WAVERING 79                                Deborah
·         DARKEST 99 STAMENS 66 BANANAS 70                                 Hepzi
·         BOTTLES MAILERS OUTLIERS                                                 Maureen
·         ANTEATER 66 TAWNIES 76 TALONED 62                                Richard

 Other things of note:
·         Wanda won all her games in September
·         Graham and Tricia played two 9-letter words in one game, MUTTERING 24 and LINGERIES 50

Name

Old Rating

New

Rating

Rating Change

P

W

D

L

Average

Highest score

Catriona Jones

130

148

18

24

17

0

7

381.3

492

Richard Spencer

140

156

16

33

23

0

10

402.5

496

Martin Stephens

83

95

12

27

9

1

17

326.6

399

Julie Wise

110

118

8

27

12

0

15

337.4

414

Wanda de Poitiers

164

172

8

34

27

1

6

431.9

560

Charles Parker

61

68

7

28

6

0

22

294.6

414

Tricia Walker

130

135

5

29

13

0

16

361.6

498

Evelyn Wansbrough

132

134

2

29

14

0

15

356.3

427

Hepzi Rodrigues

140

142

2

32

21

0

11

377.2

497

Patrick Beatty

87

84

-3

24

3

0

21

312.3

431

Jan Bailey

147

144

-3

36

21

0

15

379.1

449

Deborah Porter

137

133

-4

33

16

0

17

371.6

508

Graham Harding

172

168

-4

39

30

0

9

428.1

605

Maire Bennett

63

56

-7

33

1

0

32

261.9

372

Maureen Barlow

141

131

-10

39

18

1

20

350.9

446

Helen Harding

182

160

-22

38

24

1

13

407.2

532

Insufficient games – a previous quarter’s results, or 13 games this quarter, needed to qualify

 

Siegrun O'Sullivan

79

            79

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

 

Hannah Corbett

129

109

-20

3

1

0

2

299.3

354

 

Ron Dobree

87

60

-27

2

0

0

2

308.0

309

 

Frank Charlesworth

94

 

4

6

2

0

4

291.8

361

 

Andy Maxted

82

 

-5

3

0

0

3

263.0

295

 

Liz Maxted

107

 

6

3

1

0

2

291.7

325

                     

 

 

Well done to Maureen on coming second in the C division at a recent, well attended, event in Swindon. 

 

Congratulations also to Hepzi who finished 6th in the same division and won a ratings prize.

 

Not much difference between second and sixth, just one big win as both Maureen and Hepzi finished on 6 wins (out of 7), but Maureen had a spread of +285, Hepzi +81.

 

 

 

Over the weekend of 22/23rd July several East Berks Scrabble Club members made the long trip to Hertfordshire/Essex to play in 2 tournaments over the weekend.

 

Saturday's tournament, a multi-division tournament saw Wanda play in a very tough A division, including several World Championship players. Wanda's vocabulary was a definite match for them in some games, but overall lady luck deserted her and she finished on 2 wins.

 

Our other players were battling it out in Division C, and here Richard Spencer finished third and winning a ratings prize in the process. Well done Richard.

 

 

Sunday was a single division tournament comprising an amalgam of all the divisions from the previous day. This meant many of our players were at the 'wrong end of the division', the sole prize winner from East Berks Scrabble Club on Day 2 was Tricia Walker who won the prize for causing the biggest upset (beating a lady rated 56 points above her). Well done Tricia!