August 3–8, 2007
Dayton, OH

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PC 2007 Commentary: Round 2

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Round 2

This round had an interesting start. John Chew, who can but only stare at the annotated game streaming video, walked by and said that the game had only four tiles on it after two plays. Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand) had opened with QI and Robert Quigley (New Haven, CT) responded with JIG through the I. John saw only a sowpods bingo in Pakorn's next rack. Despite plays like cORULER for 67 and MATINAL for 69, it was Pakorn's win, 438-407, even after he lost 10 points on his clock. I see Pakorn's REACTION for 68 and jUICIEST for 72.

Cheryl Tyler (Lubbock, TX) walks up to my desk and hands me a little write up on her game with Judy Horn (Reading, MA). "The blooper that became a bingo: I have AILOORS and play RAIL, hook to EL. REL* is challenged, then I see I had OORALIS and get to play it next turn!"

So, Joe South, a member of the Dayton SCRABBLE® club run by the non-attending Cynthia Cozart, is volunteering with us for part of today. Seeing him just standing there with no place to go, I printed out my just-written color and told him to edit/proof me. And he did! I'm going to be sorry to see him go!

I was walking around quietly, taking photos of games in progress, when I spotted lovely Merran Dunlop (Brantford ON) vs. Erica Moore (Chicago, IL). Erica's dreads were pulled back in a high ponytail, so they spilled around atop her head and made a fun silhouette. After the shot, I started to record the names and did the "who are they dance." Merran's clock was running, so Erica was more aware of me than usual. She quietly raised her nametag, which had been hanging beneath the table. Way to anticipate! :)

Asif Rahman (Cincinnati, OH) was a little kid the last time I saw him, and now he is a biggun'! I caught him playing Phil Wertheimer (Short Hills, NJ) and decided to not disrupt their game by peeking too close.

Sid Lashley (Mississauga ON) and Tina Cur (Lockport, NY) were sharing a hearty laugh over their completed board. Sid is a gentle giant of a man, and his long limbs were folded over each other and his grin went from ear to ear. Turns out, he hadn't even won the game! It was a 375-337 win for Tina, and I spotted SLINGeR and AWAITER on their board.

Fellow Canadians from the Toronto area, Diane Brown (Toronto ON) and Ben Lam (Markham ON) were wrapping up their game as I walked by. The Canadian Protiles shouted out, red on white, with the distinctive red maple leaf blank design. It was Diane's win, 416-381. fONDEST and GRAVEsT I think were Diane's.

Both Ginger White (Shirley, NY) and her opponent this round, Matthew Collins (Cincinnati, OH), were sporting the same color of blonde hair and I snapped a shot. Just then I realized, Matthew was down to 4 seconds on his clock. Yikes! Time to move on.

On a game in progress between Lois Greene (Dayton, OH) and Barbara Van Alen (Chandler, AZ), I see COIFINg and hOISTING.

Yvonne Lobo (Mississauga ON) defeated Jimmy Upton (Jonesboro, AR), 382-363. Jimmy played EsTRONE and Yvonne played QUAsHINg for 78 and JINgLE through the g on the triple for a tidy sum as well.

A group was gathering a distance back from a game winding up between Steve Tier (New York, NY) and Nawapadol Sayavesa (Thailand). It was one of those "I better bingo or I'm totally dead" kinda situations. By the time I got there, I only saw two plays attempted by Navapadol: CARECTURE* from CARE to the triple. Steve challenged it off. Navapodal then attempted ERECUATOr* down the triple to the Or. Words on their board: JANGLERS, BOsKAGE, FROSTIEr, and AsTONIED. Steve lost 10 points due to clock overtime, but won anyway, 433-344.

This round's annotated game featured: Pakorn Nemitrmansuk vs. Robert Quigley.