Over the weekend of 8/9th October the finals of National Scrabble Championships were held in Milton Keynes. Two East Berks members qualified for the Finals, Wanda and Graham.

Wanda won 7 games out of 17, Graham 8 from 17. Both players finished higher than their relative starting position (based on National rating)- well done to them!

Full details of every game that was played at the event can be seen here : http://www.centrestar.co.uk/tsh/16nsc/html/

Best improver for the 4th quarter of the year is Maureen Barlow, with Hannah Corbett in second place.  Welcome to Charles’ mother, Liz Parker, to Richard Candy and John Elton, and welcome back to former members Tricia Cooper, Ron Dobree and Chris Smith.  

High-scoring words:

• 146 SQUARES Helen
• 131 STRAINER Charles (a 9-timer)
• 119 DOZIEST Jan
• 113 TINNIEST Charles
• 110 JASMINES Catriona
• 100 ZINC Helen
• 103 BEHINDS Andy
• 103 STROKED Helen
• Also ZEAS/GAROTTES 96 Graham, UNTAMED 96 Helen, CAVORTED 92 Andy, QATS 92 Wanda, SNEAKER 92 Maire, MOONRISE 90 Richard, CLATTERY 89 Richard

 

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

• FEINTED 89 SORDINI 79 RETINTS 71 NONAGES 74 Graham
• CHARITY 72 ROOTLET 72 INSURERS 74 UNTAMED 96 Helen
• STROKED 103 PATRONS 74 EMIGRANT 74 LITTERS 61 Helen
• CAVORTED 92 ARSHEEN 78 RINDIEST 82 FLURRIES 72 Andy
• PANNERS 82 FINLESS 78 BINGERS 76 DARTLING 72 Graham
• MACHINES 68 SOLARETS 78 ESCAPEE 78 WEX 55 Helen (279 in consecutive moves)
• ERASING 78 ZO 68 URINATES 64 YEASTIER 70 Helen
• SERVING 74 BILLETS 68 FORTY 52 BOTTLES 70 Helen
• TIRADES 83 MUTAGEN 80 SHINIER 66 CORTEGE 90 Wanda
• DETESTS INSTATE SEAWARD Tricia W
• RETAINS 73 SOUPIER 70 TALENTED 77 Richard
• BEAUTIES SACKING CRUELLY Tricia W
• TRAINEE 62 SHAPIER 78 REPAVING 64 Richard

Unusual words, and a very high-scoring win :

• ADIOSES Sharon, FRACTALS Helen, CONQUERORS Julie/John (unsure who!)
• 625 Andy

Name Old Rating New Rating Change P W D L Average High score
Maureen Barlow 113  134 21 38 23 0 15 363.8 448
Hannah Corbett 140   156 16 15 12 0 3 375.7 440
Tricia Walker 131 145 14 28 15 0 13 368.4 519
Helen Harding 182 192 10 38 32 0 6 426.8 555
Richard Porter 105 113 8 36 12 0 24 354.4 454
Martin Stephens 57 62 5 32 7 0 25 303.8 394
Andy Becher 194 197 3 39 32 0 7 430.7 625
Charles Parker 54 55 1 31 4 0 27 299.9 386
Hepzi Rodrigues 135 133 -2 21 12 0 9 378.8 512
Sharon Hewitt  143 141 -2 26 15 0 11 354.8 413
Graham Harding 177 175 -2 41 30 0 11 420.5 573
Julie Wise 116 112 -4 24 9 0 15 336.5 450
Catriona Jones 141 136 -5 39 20 0 19 367.3 446
Evelyn Wansbrough 135 129 -6 24 10 1 13 370.5 483
Deborah Porter 135 129 -6 24 11 0 13 344.0 420
Maire Bennett 50 41 -9 33 1 0 32 258.0 374
Wanda de Poitiers 187 174 -13 38 25 0 13 422.0 566
Jan Bailey  145 126 -19 32 12 0 20 361.8 491
Insufficient games – a previous quarter’s results, or 13 games this quarter, needed to qualify         
Chris Smith  106 143 37 4 2 1 1 366.5 390
Ron Dobree 87 122 35 2 1 0 1 295.0 341
Tricia Cooper 119 134 15 6 3 0 3 343.0 403
Cyndy Gray 69 71 2 3 1 0 2 295.0 347
John Elton 102 95 -7 9 3 0 6 309.8 357
Richard Candy 122 110 -12 3 1 0 2 302.0 415
Liz Parker 50 7 -43 1 0 0 1 223.0 223

 

What a great afternoon we had at the Yateley Fun Palace!

There was lots happening, with choirs, bath bomb making, water painting, colouring, slinkachu photography all going on while we were playing 5 moves against anyone interested!

We were amazed with the quality of many of the moves by our visitors, many of whom scored over 100 points in 5 moves against us!

 

 


Here are a couple of photos we took which gives a flavour of the afternoon.

If any of our visitors today are reading this, don’t forget we meet 730 every Thursday at St Sebastians Cricket Pavilion, Nine Mile Ride, Crowthorne. We’d love to see you there !

 

 

 

 

 

 

On October 1st, East Berks Scrabble Club will be supporting the FUN PALACE being run by Yateley Library. We will be playing mini-games of Scrabble from 1-4pm – please join us!

 

 

 

During the day the FUN PALACE will have such diverse events as Steampunk Tea Duelling, Stone Painting, Slinkachu Photography and Bath Bombs. There will be music provided by a flute orchestra in the morning, and Yateley Choral Society in the afternoon.

 

A real mixed bag of fun activities – do support the event and do remember to stop by at our Scrabble stand in the afternoon!

 

More details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/262435450817389/. 

 

See you there!

 

 

A mixed season so far, but with one match to go, (against Newport Purple) can the team finish in style ?

 

  

 

Guildford North 5                             East Berks Smarties 4

 

East Berks Smarties 3                      Southampton Saints 6

 

East Berks Smarties 0                      Brighton and Hove Regents 9

 

East Berks Smarties 4                      Salisbury 5

 

Phoenix 5                                           East Berks Smarties 4

 

Bournemouth Magpies 5                East Berks Smarties 4

 

East Berks Smarties 7                      Guildford South 2