August 3–8, 2007
Dayton, OH

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PC 2007 Commentary: Round 17

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This round's annotated game featured: Panupol Sujjayakorn vs. Pakorn Nemitrmansuk.

Round 17

A tentative Glenda Short (Oklahoma City, OK) approached me at the end of this round to ask me if I cared to see her 6-bingo game. Did I? And how! We took off to her table in div 2. Cheryl Tyler (Lubbock, TX) was sitting sentry over the board, making sure no do-gooder cleaned up the tiles. The game with Glenda was played against Angelina Scroggins (Minneapolis, MN). Glenda's bingos were FRESHMAN played through the M for 75, GOMERILS through the O for 65, PEYTRELS to the S for 65, FLOATAGE from the F for 76, ELOINED/ED for 63, and lastly REScUINg from the R down the triple lane for 81. Angelina tried and got away with ENTERICS*. Need I say, Glenda's win, 580-343.

While I was there, Cheryl Tyler (Lubbock, TX) told me about a game she played yesterday that she lost by 245. She felt pretty depressed about it and today, before games started, John Luebkemann (Bear, DE) told her to just win it back. And, she did. She won one of her morning games by 242! Power of positive thought!

Terry Kang Rau (Newington, CT) played Siri Tillekeratne (Calgary AB) this round. She opened with QANAT for 48 and later played pRECEDE for 71. Toward the end of the game, she had a series of plays that earned her a bunch of points, and ultimately the win, 431-319. First was VROOM for 46, one short of the bottom triple lane. Her next play was a bingo on the triple lane, OSIErED/VROOMS for 85. Just after that, she played FAUGH/FE/AD for 44. She liked the play a lot, as it didn't take an S hook, something she feared. This is her third win a row today and she is quite happy. Yesterday, she only won two games all day, so anything is an improvement! Though she did not see it, Terry was featured twice on a news program last night, the 6 and 11 o'clock news. She explains that yesterday she was one of the last people to approach one of her afternoon games. The reporter spotted her and asked if she minded if they took some footage of her as she played. She said she didn't and then after the game was over, she answered the requisite questions about "all those funny words," etc. Unlike her, handfuls of people actually saw her on the news. I wonder if anyone made a recording!

Brad Mills (Charleston, WV) played Will Scott (Versailles, KY) this game and it was a 1 point victory for Will, 368-367. I see Brad's EAsTERN/LOUIEs for 63 and MANGERS for 82. Will's win was bingo-free, but he nestled nicely, playing JIVE for 77, MILO/ALE/YOD from the MI and CARHOPS through the OP.

I note that games are beginning all over the room at different times. Div 1 players are still milling around, discussing endgames. The white noise in this room makes noise not so much a factor. Noise just can't carry very far, which is good for players but bad for the hard of hearing or for those of us trying to call out to someone not that far off.

One game in particular that has everyone's goat is a Ron Hoekstra (Kentwood, MI) vs. Lisa Odom (St. Louis Park, MN) matchup. In a close game, it came down to the last two racks. Both players had blanks, but who would get a bingo down? Turns out it was Lisa, so she won, i was not able to get any photos of the board, because Ron had so many tiles off the board and spread around. He loves that kind of endgame analysis, and I couldn't imagine interrupting him.