The Tel Aviv Scrabble® Club

Club Director: Evan Cohen

1st Israeli Open - Blue Bay Hotel, Netanya - 24-26.10.2008

Despite the magnificent view of the Mediterranean from the playing room, few of us could think of anything but Scrabble. Three gruelling days, 18 nerve-racking games, 40 exhausted players (actually, some were ready for game 19...) and countless dramas later, the 1st Israeli Open is finally over. Ami did a fantastic job running the event and managing the 40 players from four continents who attended. There was not a single hitch in the schedule, and often we started *ahead* of time, as players couldn't wait to get going after the generous breaks... 

This was the first time for many things: the first open one-division event in Israel, the first sponsored event (cash prizes) in Israel, the first international event in Israel, the first internationally rated event in Israel and the list goes on and on. An international report was published on the event (see here).

Many pictures were taken during the event (Evan's here, Yair's here). Enjoy!

Final Standings:

Position

First Name

Last Name

Wins

Losses

Cumulative

Differential

1

Evan

Cohen

16

2

1352

2

Barry

Grossman

14

4

1090

3

Raz

Na'ot

12

6

613

4

Abba

Hydara

11

7

796

5

Rael

Hayman

11

7

762

6

Paloma

Raychbart

11

7

738

7

Moshe

Feingold

11

7

190

8

Chaya

Amir

11

7

-104

9

Hilda

Ben Nun

10

8

684

10

Pamela

Loval

10

8

543

11

Naomi

Landau

10

8

261

12

Jake

Berliner

10

8

110

13

Miriam

Erez

10

8

-23

14

Gila

Blits

10

8

-102

15

Tova

Serkin

10

8

-284

16

Cara

Goldberg

9

9

118

17

Omri

Rosenkrantz

9

9

109

18

Hadassah

Braun

9

9

86

19

Anne

Garber

9

9

50

20

Maureen

Hoch

9

9

49

21

Mona

Nobil

9

9

-15

22

Avril

Shaw

9

9

-35

23

Nancy

Alroy

9

9

-59

24

Amos

Fabian

9

9

-96

25

Agi

Brener

8.5

9.5

277

26

Norman

Marcus

8

10

384

27

Liliane

Servier

8

10

-46

28

Gisele

Yomtov

8

10

-85

29

Joan

Tsitsianov

8

10

-233

30

Masha

Katz

8

10

-301

31

Ya'ir

Yehuda

8

10

-505

32

Linda

Marguys

8

10

-593

33

Ruth

Ogdan

8

10

-609

34

Juliet

Collins

7.5

10.5

-636

35

Charlotte

Perlin

7

11

-17

36

Kay

Faust

6

12

-437

37

Gusta

Gross

6

12

-440

38

Marion

Loewenstein

6

12

-634

39

Elisheva

Auerbach

4

14

-1592

40

Gail

Morris

3

15

-1366

Awards given:
Winner - Evan Cohen (ISR) - NIS5000 + rack + shirt
Runner-up - Barry Grossman (UK) - NIS2000 + rack + shirt
Third - Raz Na'ot (ISR) - NIS500 + shirt
Fourth - Abba Hydara - shirt
Fifth - Rael Hayman (UK) - shirt
High Score - Norman Marcus (ISR) with 556 - shirt
Best Bingo - Nancy Alroy (ISR) with SUICIDAL - special edition of Liliane Servier's "Poem of the Week"
Tough Luck Award - Gail Morris (ISR) - Maple syrup from Vermont (donated by Kay Faust) to sweeten the blow