August 3–8, 2007
Dayton, OH

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PC 2007 Commentary: Round 12

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This round's annotated game featured: James Leong vs. Panupol Sujjayakorn.

Round 12

As players were milling back into the playing room after lunch, Jeffrey Nelson (Burlington, VT), sat down next to me and said, "Did I tell you about the bride?" I wondered if the bleach had gone into his brain and made him run off and get married last night. He went on to explain that he was sitting in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza last night playing SCRABBLE® when a limo pulled into the parking lot and a very intoxicated bride spilled out, without her groom. For some reason, Jeffrey became the guy who had to carry her upstairs to the honeymoon suite. So, there she was in his arms, "threshold style" and just as he got near to her room, the groom, who had taken another limo there, came up behind Jeffrey to take over the actual walk through the door. What other mischief will he find to get into?

The first result slip came in this round from division 1. Mike Frentz (Seattle, WA) had defeated Jean Carol (Cincinnati, OH), 28-11. It was one of those six plays of 0 and then it was all over. Their division leader assures me that they didn't want to waste any of the time before the next round, so they launched immeidately into a game for fun once the slip was turned in.

Rafi Stern (Seattle, WA) played Mark Edelson (Toronto ON) this round, winning, 528-440. Rafi's first play was KYANiTE for 86, followed by a second bingo of MODERATO from the M for 65. Mark played SEDATER/KYANiTES for 80 and then iNVASIOn from the i for 80. So, two bingos each and Rafi lucks into getting down COENURE, hooking to make MOERATOR for 82. Mark played LAMBIER for 69, GLADY/ELD/AY on the triple lane for 55, and ZA for 42. Rafi played FIX/FA/IS/XI for 45 and GUANInES through the n for 59. Most painfully for Mark, Rafi caught him with DWOBQT for 42 points! Rafi is now 9-3 +813, a happy camper.

I walk by Erica Norris (Phoenixville, PA) who is deep into a game with Mason Shambach (Battle Creek, MI). I notice nothing about their game because I'm distracted by the fact that Erica has managed to comfortably sit cross-legged in the bucket seat chairs provided for contestants. Just thiking about it hurts my legs.

Still into that thought about cross-legged comfort, I turn around to a HUGE HUG from Mike Whiteoak (United Kingdom). Yesterday, I told him to let me know the second he got a win (because I knew it was inevitable that he would). Sure enough, after 1l losses, most to dictionary confusion and challenge "problems," Mike won a game! He brought me over to see his 442-367 winning board. Mike confesses to having one sowpods bingo challenged off, SODAINE* for 74. They both agree that it was pretty much Carl's game, he was ahead by 121 points. Then, suddenly the tides changed. Mike played a 135-point triple-triple, ERASIONS/ODA, through the R and on his very next play, LEADIER, for 70 points. Carl said, "in two plays, he had 205 points!" So, now, Mike has 2 wins, and only one is a bye!

Joe Edley (Coram, NY) played Sammy Okosagah (Baltimore, MD) at table 3 this round. I see ARKOSIc and CLOWNINg on their board, but they are long gone.

Amit Chakrabarti (Hanover, NH) tells me he played his favorite word this round in a game against Chris Cree (Dallas, TX) and luck us, the board was still there (not picked up). He pointed out ZOUAVE played down the middle triple for 59. I asked about other plays and he tells me that Chris played GASOLENE from the G for 61. Amit played WhIRRED for 80 and POITRELs from the P for 82.

Scott Appel (Trenton, NJ) said, "Wanna report? I just lost to Lester Schonbrun (Oakland, CA)." I wandered over to the board and he pointed out Lester's NEONATE. He then explained that he didn't know what MOGGY meant, but he knew it was good, so he decided to try MOGGIER*. Lester couldn't help but laugh, because he knew it meant "cat." So, he challenged it off. Later Scott played SERICIN for 93 and later FORDs/SERICINs for 54. I see CATWALk/WAIT for 76. A 457-367 Lester win.

Susi Tiekert (Melbourne, FL) put a post-it on my deks that said "Comfort incarnate @ table 57." I get over there and find Jeff Cook (Keyser, WV) with his shoes off, his legs crossed at the ankle, and his feet encased in bright white new socks as he leaned back in his chair, contemplating his next move.

So, while I wasn't looking, this young phenom showed up at table 1 in div 1. James Leong (Vancouver BC) played Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand) this round up there. It was Panupol's win, 440-334. While James got pEONAGES for 82, Panupol played LADiNOS for 67, REDTOPS for 71, WITHY for 45, and TAX for 52.

This round's annotated game featured: Mike Frentz vs. Jean Carol.