The Tel Aviv Scrabble® Club

Club Director: Evan Cohen

Season #16 - Playoff Mini-Tourney - 23/2/2007

Season #16 reached an exciting end with our traditional mini-tournament held in our alternate venue, HaTavor 32.

The stakes were high. In Aardvark, 8 players competed for the title of Division Champion for season 16. In Zyzzyva, the stakes were even higher - two players would get their ticket in Aardvark.

The format: The top 8 players in each division were split into groups of 4 which played a Round Robin. The groups were then combined for two King-of-the-Hill rounds.

The report: In Zyzzyva, Chaya started off very well, and never stopped to look back, finishing the event with an amazing 5-0, and the second highest average in the whole event (after Ma'or in Aardvark). Chaya was invincible. But since Chaya has decided not to return to Aardvark, the battle for 2nd and 3rd was intense, as these positions would each give a players his or her Aardvark ticket. Right up until the end, it was uncertain who would be Chaya's runner-up. Going into game 5, Omri competed against Chaya for the division title, allowing Raz and Phyllis to sneak up from behind and take 2nd and 3rd respectively and subsequently bid Zyzzyva farewell (at least for season 17). Omri already has already been promoted to Aardvark as he won the division over the whole season. Well done, all! Have fun in Aardvark!

In Aardvark, Ma'or's performance was nothing short of perfect (okay, he played a little phoney along the way¡Kso what). Winning all his games, Ma'or scored an average of 140 points more than his opponents, finishing with a +689 differential, and took his 4th Club Champion title (the last being 3 seasons ago). Well done! There was a huge battle for 2nd position, though. No fewer than 4 players had a 3-2 record, meaning that Evan's runner-up position was only due to his superior differential. One of the closest finishes ever (for second place, of course).

Words played:
Best Bingo: An amazing 72 (!) bingoes were played by our club¡¦s top 16. Some were real beauties. Evan's CERATOID was nice, as were Raquelle's TABLEAU and Viva's MICROBES. But the award goes to Evan's PLATEFUL which is the nicest bingo of the event.
Best Phoney: Six were played throughout the mini-tournament. Chaya's GOLDIES*, Michelle's ENTIRED* and Omri's RERACES* all survived. Nancy's SOLARIS* (the final S was a blank) went unchallenged too. Evan got away with his very impressive ALGINASE* against Ma'or's, who returned the favour with a phoney of his own, CURATIONS*, which is the best phoney of the event.

Amos

TRAINED

BRACING

LODGINGS

 

 

Chaya

ASSORTED

PURITAN

ROTATING

ROWDIES

LOUVRES

 

INVOICE

OUTRAGE

 

 

 

Evan

PLATEFUL

NATURAL

PINTOES

AIRINGS

CERATOID

 

RAVELING

STREWER

 

 

 

Gila

OBLIGATE

SEALING

RETIRING

 

 

Julie

HEXINGS

TINIEST

SIXTEEN

OUTKISS

 

Liliane

MILTING

DUALLING

 

 

 

Ma’or

MANNERS

OREIDES

BUSTIER

REVALUE

ANTERIOR

 

DOUBLET

WATTLES

UPSTAGE

 

 

Maxine

BLESSING

CURSING

CLUTCHED

SNEAKIER

 

Michelle

ENTIRES

DETRAIN

ITERANT

SLIDERS

SURLIER

 

TOADIES

UNWETTED

 

 

 

Nancy

TANTRUMS

ORATION

 

 

 

Naomi

REHOUSE

AVIATORS

FACTIONS

CRINGES

 

Omri

AERIEST

TOASTER

SANTERA

NEAREST

READERS

Phyllis

RELATIVE

OUTDATED

 

 

 

Raquelle

TRAILED

ROASTING

TABLEAU

 

 

Raz

DEALING

STRIVEN

SOLVERS

CODINGS

TAUNTER

 

SKEWERS

 

 

 

 

Viva

MICROBES

SPACING

GONDOLA

ANISOLE

MILLERS

Final Standings - Aardvark:

 

Player

For

Against

Differential

W/L

1

Ma’or

454.6

316.8

+689

5-0

2

Evan

423.6

351.8

+359

3-2

3

Naomi

360.8

361.6

-4

3-2

4

Viva

351.2

359

-39

3-2

5

Liliane

345.2

392.4

-236

3-2

6

Michelle

363.4

374.2

-54

1-4

7

Gila

337.2

406.6

-347

1-4

8

Maxine

333.8

416

-411

1-4

Final Standings - Zyzzyva:

 

Player

For

Against

Differential

W/L

1

Chaya

431.6

354.7

+371

5-0

2

Raz

389.8

362.8

+135

3-2

3

Phyllis

363.6

358.2

+27

3-2

4

Omri

374.4

388.8

-72

3-2

5

Raquelle

358.4

346.2

+61

2-3

6

Julie

357.2

374.8

-88

2-3

7

Amos

334.4

378

-218

1-4

8

Nancy

331.2

386.6

-278

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