The Tel Aviv Scrabble® Club

Club Director: Evan Cohen

Season #17 - Playoff Mini-Tourney - 24/8/2007

Season #17 is officially over, as we reached an exciting end with our traditional mini-tournament held at our alternate venue, HaTavor 32.

After Naomi's GLUHWEIN took the first award of the season winning the best bingo award, it was now time to decide who would take the prestigious division titles.

In Aardvark, six players competed in a 5-game Round-Robin event. Among the contenders, to first-timers in Aardvark, Omri (who finished the season in 5th) and Raz (who finished 6th). Also playing, Michelle (after a long maternity leave) and Naomi (after a long sick leave). The final two players were Evan and Ma'or, who share 15 of the 16 division titles between them (Evan with 11, Ma'or with 4). The only other player ever to have won the division title is Liliane (Season 9) in the pre-mini-tournament days. Who would take the title this time? Would it be Evan or Ma'or? Or would one of the ladies or newbies walk away with the honour.

In Zyzzyva, the six players were Raquelle (1), Hilda (3), Julie (5), Agi (6), Amos (7) and Adriana (8). Raquelle, who automatically qualified for Aardvark, declined, so the player doing best (besides Raquelle) in the playoffs would walk home with the most important prize of all - Season 18 in Aardvark. Would it be former Aardvarks Hilda, Julie or Adriana? Would Agi or Amos do it for the first time ever? Very exciting...

The report: In Aardvark, it was certainly Evan's day - with a 5-0 record (+585), Evan beat his opponents by an average of almost 120 points, maintaining a 439.8 average himself. The battle was on for second place - and Season 16's champ, Ma'or, just made it beating Raz into third by 11 differential points. Zyzzyva, it was all about differential. No fewer than 4 of the 6 players won 3 games, with Hilda beating Julie in second place by virtue of her superior differential (the best in the division, the second best of the day). So the ticket into Aardvark is Hilda's. Welcome back and well done!
Words played:

Best Bingo: There were 59 bingoes played. Well done, all. First of all, Hilda played URINATES for 56 points. Why mention this, you may ask? Because this is the lowest possible number of points for a bingo and the first time it's ever been done in the Tel Aviv Club. Well done! There weren't many nice words, but Julie's MOUNTAIN was pretty. But the nicest word of the day was Raquelle's POLEAXED. Well done!

Best Phoney: Only four monsters. Amos got away with FANNIER* and Raquelle's GRAVITES* survived too. Evan managed the ridiculous GUNVAULT, but the award goes to Naomi for the most plausible phoney - VESTAGE*.

Adriana

FRAISES

RANGERS

 

 

 

 

Agi

RUNNINGS

 STARRED

 

 

 

 

Amos

BIRDIES

GRUNTER

TAINTED

 

 

 

Evan

DEBATES

LUTEINS

ERASION

VENDING

INCAGES

RETILING

 

SENARII

SINUATES

TARTINE

MISATONE

 

 

Hilda

STRIDENT

URINATES

COINAGES

PIDDLES

VESTURE

GLAMORS

Julie

HOLLIES

BONDINGS

BLISSES

PUNIEST

VERSION

MOUNTAIN

Ma’or

PADDLERS

RETINAS

BEATINGS

 

 

 

Michelle

SIERRAN

UNFITTER

DAIRIES

DECRIER

CHEATING

GLISTEN

Naomi

EMERGING

PLENTIES

URINATE

SQUIRED

SNORING

 

Omri

STONIER

SUNRISE

UNSTAID

ROSEATE

 

 

Raquelle

HURRIES

MOULDIER

POLEAXED

TWENTIES

OPIATES

ELECTING

Raz

CAVILERS

TERGITE

CARRIES

GODETIA

DESTINED

HOMAGES


Final Standings - Aardvark (yellow=highest in division ; red=lowest in division):

 

Player

W/L

Differential

For

Against

1

Evan

5-0

+585

439.8

322.8

2

Ma’or

3-2

+29

391

385.2

3

Raz

3-2

+18

382

378.4

4

Omri

2-3

-308

343

404.6

5

Naomi

1-4

-61

394.6

406.8

6

Michelle

1-4

-263

380.6

433.2

Final Standings - Zyzzyva:

 

Player

W/L

Differential

For

Against

1

Hilda

3-2

365

420.4

347.4

2

Julie

3-2

259

386.8

335

3

Raquelle

3-2

136

407.4

380.2

4

Amos

3-2

-261

353.2

405.4

5

Agi

2-3

-105

375.2

396.2

6

Adriana

1-4

-396

324.6

403.4