Over the weekend of 9/10 November two one day tournaments were held in Grantham run and hosted by Nuala O'Rourke in memory of her late husband, Mike.

Tricia Walker from East Berks travelled to the event and competed in the Warm-Up on the Saturday and the Main Event on the Sunday.

She finished third in her division on the Saturday, just missing out on a prize. On the Sunday, Tricia performed even better winning 6 out of 8 games and finished second.

Well done Tricia on your performances of the weekend.

(Photo courtesy of Nicky Deco).

 

 

 

Congratulations to Richard Spencer, who wins the best improver award for 2018-2019.  Results are below in rating change order.  The quarterly improver prizes went to Joy Wade, Frank Charlesworth, Graham Harding, and Sharon Hewitt.  

 

League Division 1 was won by Wanda de Poitiers, Division 2 by Tricia Walker, and Division 3 by Joy Wade.  The All-play-All was won by Graham Harding and Deborah Porter won the Handicap.

 Highest game scores of the year were:

 

           625       Richard Spencer

           597       Helen Harding

           582       Graham Harding

           570       Graham Harding

           568       Richard Spencer

           565       Graham Harding

           562       Graham Harding

           562       Richard Spencer

           556       Richard Spencer

           555       Evelyn Wansbrough

           551       Wanda de Poitiers

 

The highest single moves were:

           158       MEDIATES       Graham

           131       SQUARES        Laura

           131       SENATORS      Graham

           125       HUNKERS        Maire

           124       REQUITAL        Julie

           124       RAZORED        Joy

           122       RESONATE      Helen

           122       TREATERS       Maire

           113       CHUGGER        Helen

           112       WOOTZES        Graham

           110       QUERIES          Wanda

           109       PACKETS         Wanda

           108       JILTING             Michael

           108       RAVINES          Graham

           107       MAJESTY         Helen

           105       EXARATE         Richard

           104       SEXTAIN          Helen

           102       FRAGMENT      Graham

 

 

 

Name

Old Rating

New Rating

Rating Change

P

W

D

L

Average

Highest score

Richard Spencer

156

178

22

130

102

1

27

427.4

625

Frank Charlesworth

85

105

20

52

21

0

31

314.7

431

Hannah Corbett

112

130

18

83

44

1

38

355.1

455

Keith Radbourn

50

65

15

134

26

0

108

271.9

370

Martin Stephens

101

114

13

103

42

1

60

328.6

469

Tricia Walker

139

149

10

108

74

0

34

378.5

515

Maire Bennett

68

77

9

123

32

0

91

282.8

448

Hepzi Rodrigues

141

148

7

75

44

0

31

371.9

508

Deborah Porter

130

136

6

65

33

1

31

349.9

499

Charles Parker

98

103

5

105

37

0

68

306.5

455

Helen Harding

169

174

5

143

117

1

25

425.5

597

Joy Wade

94

97

3

72

28

0

44

324.2

440

Evelyn Wansbrough

128

131

3

109

63

1

45

367.1

555

Julie Wise

120

120

0

104

51

0

53

347.8

474

Jan Bailey

135

135

0

92

47

0

45

354.0

479

Maureen Barlow

140

137

-3

148

87

0

61

357.9

528

Wanda de Poitiers

174

169

-5

134

104

0

30

425.1

551

Graham Harding

179

174

-5

159

126

1

32

423.9

582

Harminder Rahanu

64

56

-8

80

6

0

74

247.6

353

Sharon Hewitt

168

152

-16

73

40

0

33

360.4

501

Michael Spencer

98

66

-32

123

19

0

104

276.8

381

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

Patrick Beatty

98

112

14

23

10

0

13

347.0

423

Laura Sheridan

76

81

5

25

7

0

18

296.8

371

Joyce Charlesworth

65

68

3

42

7

1

34

284.0

380

Sue Ashwell

50

48

-2

35

10

1

24

285.6

349

Kathy Smith

92

89

-3

51

16

1

34

285.6

359

Stephen McDonald

50

44

-6

5

0

0

5

112.6

186

Tricia Cooper

178

168

-10

3

2

0

1

356.0

377

Paul Steadman

 

175

 

6

4

0

2

402.7

472

Anne Connolly

 

123

 

2

1

0

1

405.5

424

Sheila Stears

 

107

 

3

1

0

2

271.0

343

Mithi Ravindran

 

74

 

3

1

0

2

264.3

277

Fay Hanniker

 

45

 

1

0

0

1

265.0

265

Over the weekend of 4-5 October two East Berks Scrabble Players took part in the National Scrabble Championships. 

A World Class field assembled in Warrington (players flew in from America and Sweden to participate) and lots of tough high scoring games took place. Over the weekend Wanda won 6 out of 16 and Helen won 5 out of 16. To give some idea of how high the standard was - twice Wanda had 6 (SIX) bonus words laid against her in a single game, and Helen lost one game having scored 472 points ! Phew!

Wanda and Helen prepare for battle in Round 4 of the National Scrabble Championships 2019

 

In the Plate competition (for those players that hadn't qualified for the NSC Final), Graham finished fourth, again in a tough division. Had he won his last game (instead of a 250 point loss), he would have finished second.

 

Graham thinking hard near the end of a game 

A thoroughly enjoyable weekend even though the results didn't quite go East Berks players way.

 

Best improver for the 4th quarter of the year is Sharon Hewitt, ahead of Maire Bennett and Richard Spencer.  Welcome to visitors Fay Hanniker.and to Paul Steadman from Milton Keynes, who was working in this area for a few weeks.

High-scoring words:

·         158       MEDIATES                   Graham             (a 9-timer)

·         122       TREATERS                   Maire                (a 9-timer)

·         112       WOOTZES                    Graham

·         108       RAVINES                      Graham

·         97         CURLIES                      Maureen

·         93         DEASILS                      Helen

·         92         BERATED                     Graham

·         92         NARTJIE                       Graham

·         92         QUACKERS                  Julie

·         91         NAMESAKE                  Joyce

·         91         PIECING                       Jan

·         91         JUGGLED                     Graham

·         91         FIXABLE                       Graham

·         90         ROLLIES                       Graham

Also: BUNNIES 89 Kathy, GRANGES 89 Michael, RELATES 85 Maire, CLANSMAN 84 Helen, INVITES 84 Michael, SOLSTICE 83 Charles, EARNEST 82 Maire, JAILER 80 Wanda, OLIVERS 80 Michael, SATSUMA 79 Frank, SPEARED 77 Keith, STABBER 77 Maire, TRIPLES 75 Maire, GUILDER 74 Kathy, FINESSES 74 Julie, RELAXES 73 Keith, MANURES 73 Maire, UNSTARCH 72 Charles, QUEP 69 Julie, UMIAQ 48 Helen

 

Many bonuses or high-scoring moves by one player in a game:

·         HOBNAIL 80 TENNERS 76 REMINTED 86 MEDIATES 158                    Graham

·         WOOTZES 112 AMITROLE 70 SEXTANT 84 ORDINAL 70                     Graham

·         YERSINIA 65 AMBLING 74 OURALIS 73 TASTING 68                           Helen

·         SWIRLED 85 INERTIA 66 THATCHED 78 EATERIES 70                        Helen

·         AUDIENT 65 PENTAGON 64 SEMINAL 76 VIBRATOS 72                      Richard

·         HEADIER 80 ETHIONS 80 FLUSTER 88 TINCALS 98                            Richard

·         DOGLEGS 67 AVENIRS 78 GESTANT 80 STRAWEN 88                        Richard

·         TINNERS 60 UNSTINTED 69 PLAITED 77 TERRAIN 64                         Helen

·         FIXABLE 91 ATTAINER 66 DILLIES 74 AMNESIA 82                             Graham

·         DEMERIT 65 BALMIEST 82 DISTUNE 82 JEDI 60                                  Helen

·         ROTTING 68 RESITES 68 WRESTED 77 OLIVETS 74                           Richard

·         BLEACHER 72 ESTRONE 80 DECEASE 79 GIRLIEST 72                      Richard

·         LIONISE 73 STARVED 70 CENTRAL 73 PIOLETS 74                             Richard

·         CURLIES 97 SALTING 68 READING 73                                                 Maureen

·         VENTURED 72 READIEST 70 SILAGED 85                                           Tricia

·         DARLING 78 HEDONIST 84 ERODENT 73                                            Richard

·         DIORITE 69 RAISONNE 62 CAPELINS 76                                             Richard

·         HURLING 73 VOX 56 LAZING 78 (consecutive moves)                           Helen

·         RATTIEST 82 ANSATED 68 OLEINES 70                                              Graham

·         ROLLIES 90 TALCIER 73 SATINET 79                                                  Graham

·         AGRISED 75 CORONETS 61 INTITLE 65                                              Richard

·         ELUDING 68 WREATHED 74 DOSSIER 76                                            Helen

·         GODLIEST 83 ORIENTAL 66 BREWING 78                                           Helen

·         LOITERED 66 ALIENATE 68 FERRATE 86                                            Richard

·         FIERCER 80 SCENARII 79 SMOKERS 72                                              Richard

·         DOILTER 77 REVISIT 87 BRIDGES 79                                                  Richard

 

Other things:

·         9-letter words: UNSTINTED 69 Helen, REPAINTED 36 Charles, REPEATING Helen 

Name

Old Rating

New

Rating

Rating Change

P

W

D

L

Average

Highest score

Sharon Hewitt

133

152

19

15

11

0

4

367.6

430

Maire Bennett

68

77

9

32

10

0

22

287.9

398

Richard Spencer

169

178

9

35

29

0

6

435.5

625

Charles Parker

97

103

6

32

12

0

20

302.2

396

Michael Spencer

62

66

4

35

9

0

26

289.5

381

Martin Stephens

110

114

4

21

8

0

13

325.0

402

Julie Wise

116

120

4

27

15

0

12

341.0

417

Tricia Walker

145

149

4

26

17

0

9

371.5

480

Wanda de Poitiers

165

169

4

38

31

0

7

419.8

541

Keith Radbourn

67

65

-2

36

5

0

31

272.1

336

Helen Harding

176

174

-2

38

28

1

9

419.7

536

Jan Bailey

139

135

-4

24

8

0

16

348.4

454

Kathy Smith

94

89

-5

18

2

1

15

279.5

349

Graham Harding

181

174

-7

40

30

1

9

428.3

582

Hannah Corbett

138

130

-8

15

7

0

8

368.5

445

Evelyn Wansbrough

139

131

-8

32

15

1

16

354.2

538

Maureen Barlow

145

137

-8

44

24

0

20

358.7

474

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

 

Joyce Charlesworth

54

68

14

8

2

1

5

304.1

329

 

Frank Charlesworth

96

105

9

8

3

0

5

316.9

402

 

Hepzi Rodrigues

144

148

4

9

5

0

4

347.8

461

 

Laura Sheridan

78

81

3

11

3

0

8

293.1

359

 

Harminder Rahanu

56

 

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

Patrick Beatty

112

 

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

Paul Steadman

 

175

0

6

4

0

2

402.7

472

 

Fay Hanniker

50

45

-5

1

0

0

1

265.0

265

 

Deborah Porter

142

136

-6

12

5

0

7

339.5

466

 

Joy Wade

107

97

-10

10

2

0

8

322.3

369

 

Tricia Cooper

178

168

-10

3

2

0

1

356.0

377

 

Sue Ashwell

72

48

-24

4

0

1

3

316.8

349

Best improver for the 3rd quarter of the year is Graham Harding, ahead of Kathy Smith, Deborah Porter and Maureen Barlow.  Welcome to new member Laura Sheridan.  

 

 

High-scoring words:

·         131       SQUARES                    Laura (her highest single move score ever)

·         131       SENATORS                  Graham (nine-timer)

·         125       HUNKERS                    Maire

·         122       RESONATE                  Helen (nine-timer)

·         113       CHUGGER                    Helen

·         110       QUERIES                      Wanda

·         109       PACKETS                     Wanda

·         108       JILTING                         Michael

·         107       MAJESTY                     Helen

·         105       EXARATE                     Richard

·         102       FRAGMENT                  Graham

·         98         RANKLES                     Tricia

·         98         WOODHEN                   Graham

·         95         DELAYING                    Jan

·         95         OVERSEAS                  Graham

Also:    TARNISH 94 Helen, REPLIES 91 Helen, OTARINE 91 Joy, LEADIEST 91 Jan, SWOONED 91 Helen, FAVOURS 83 Keith, MONSTERS 83 Maire, DERAILS 83 Keith, UNVEILS 82 Maire, WAITERS 80 Keith, ENTRAIN 80 Maire, TEENIES 80 Maire, ARISING 73 Kathy, FESTOON 73 Charles, LITTERS 66 Harminder, COARSEN Sharon, ROZETS 30 Keith

 

Many bonuses or high-scoring moves by one player in a game:

·         AERADIOS 60 OTARIES 75 ETESIANS 68 DIDDIER 87             Wanda

·         GORIEST 75 THINNERS 72 RELINED 74 OLESTRA 78             Richard

·         MUCILAGE 76 SKITTED 73 BORROWED 72 SWOONED 91      Helen

·         SENORAS 70 MANSION 74 STEALING 70 DETAINS 80            Wanda

·         TURNCOAT 70 GODLIER 79 TREEING 67 BANNERED 70        Graham

·         GRAKLES 79 STARRING 74 PRIMATES 76 JIVED 70                Helen

·         COTERIE 66 LEANEST 77 DESIRES 84                                    Deborah

·         ENSUING 66 HAIRLINE 80 RAGWEED 81                                 Helen

·         STEERED 86 ISOLATE 79 TINNIES 62                                      Richard

·         EXARATE 105 STEADILY 84 NURTURE 61                               Richard

·         ROMANTIC 83 ARGALIS 65 DOCTORS 66                                Richard

·         STRIATE 66 AILERON 75 DRANTING 62                                   Tricia

·         RANKLES 98 NEGATION 61 VATTERS 76                                Tricia

·         GNASHES 78 NORTENAS 62 DISARMED 64                            Helen

·         ANTLIAE 69 ONEROUS 68 UNFETTER 86                                Helen

·         EARRINGS 82 SENTRIES 66 SNOWIER 72                               Helen

·         PALLIDER 80 RUINATES 82 FONDLES 71                                Richard

·         DASYURE 77 ANTHERS 72 SATANIC 78                                  Richard

·         IODINES 74 STEELED 65 MARKING 67                                    Charles

·         DUNITES 72 OARIEST 77 VASTIER 82                                     Richard

 

Other things:

·         REINTERRED - 10-letter word                                                   Helen

·         PARTNERED - 9-letter word                                                      Helen

·         TOKENISMS - 9-letter word                                                       Helen v Wanda

·         ELECTIONS 41 - 9-letter word                                                   Joyce

·         7 bonuses in one evening                                                          Deborah

 

Name

Old Rating

New

Rating

Rating Change

P

W

D

L

Average

Highest score

Graham Harding

168

181

13

42

39

0

3

431.0

537

Kathy Smith

85

94

9

15

7

0

8

291.1

359

Deborah Porter

135

142

7

17

9

0

8

354.4

430

Maureen Barlow

138

145

7

38

25

0

13

361.5

528

Harminder Rahanu

50

56

6

18

4

0

14

271.4

346

Evelyn Wansbrough

136

139

3

23

14

0

9

365.7

416

Joy Wade

105

107

2

26

10

0

16

311.0

415

Hannah Corbett

136

138

2

18

9

0

9

340.5

430

Charles Parker

96

97

1

24

7

0

17

304.2

432

Richard Spencer

168

169

1

42

33

0

9

428.7

556

Helen Harding

175

176

1

40

34

0

6

438.3

597

Keith Radbourn

67

67

0

35

7

0

28

277.7

370

Frank Charlesworth

96

96

0

16

7

0

9

334.9

431

Wanda de Poitiers

166

165

-1

34

25

0

9

424.9

539

Michael Spencer

64

62

-2

33

5

0

28

274.6

351

Martin Stephens

112

110

-2

33

13

0

20

327.9

424

Sharon Hewitt

136

133

-3

24

11

0

13

352.9

440

Jan Bailey

143

139

-4

24

11

0

13

358.4

435

Julie Wise

123

116

-7

27

9

0

18

348.4

446

Maire Bennett

78

68

-10

33

7

0

26

271.1

428

Tricia Walker

158

145

-13

29

16

0

13

370.3

515

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

 

Patrick Beatty

106

112

6

2

1

0

1

334.0

344

 

Hepzi Rodrigues

139

144

5

11

7

0

4

393.2

486

 

Joyce Charlesworth

50

54

4

12

2

0

10

282.6

371

 

Laura Sheridan

 

78

 

14

4

0

10

299.8

371

 

Sue Ashwell

77

72

-5

2

0

0

2

257.0

274