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NSC 2008: Steve Polatnick [#78]

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On this page, you will find information about Steve Polatnick, who is competing at the 2008 National SCRABBLE® Championship. This page was updated at least hourly between 09:00 A.M. and midnight local time. This player currently has a record of 14-14, -72, and is ranked #54 in Division 1.

Lower on this page, you can find brief self-reported biographical details of the player, statistics on the player’s past several years of rated tournament play in North America, a graphic showing the player’s ups and downs at this tournament, and a round-by-round report on the player’s opponents and games.

Background Information

[photo of Steve Polatnick]

Given name(s): Steve
Surname(s): Polatnick
Home: Miami, FL, United States
Awards: 4th Place, World Scrabble Championship 2001
Hobbies: tennis, bicycling, poker
Occupation: Attorney At Law
NSC 1978 Division: 1
NSC 1978 Rank: 17/65, 147.0 credits
NSC 1980 Division: 1
NSC 1980 Rank: 11/32, 9-8 +349
NSC 1983 Division: 1
NSC 1983 Rank: 8/32, 9-8 +195
NSC 1985 Division: 1
NSC 1985 Rank: 16/302, 15-7 +1077
NSC 1987 Division: 1
NSC 1987 Rank: 24, 14-7 +663
NSC 1989 Division: 1
NSC 1989 Rank: 35/149, 15.5-11.5 -169
NSC 1989 Division: 1
NSC 1989 Rank: 35/149, 15.5-11.5 -169
NSC 1990 Division: 1
NSC 1990 Rank: 25/176, 16-11 +855
NSC 1992 Division: 1
NSC 1992 Rank: 28/176, 16-11 +657
NSC 1994 Division: 1
NSC 1994 Rank: 21/134, 16-11 +649
NSC 1996 Division: 1
NSC 1996 Rank: 13/108, 17-10 +223
NSC 1998 Division: 1
NSC 1998 Rank: 33/126, 17-14 +547
NSC 2000 Division: 1
NSC 2000 Rank: 27/98, 17-14 +865
NSC 2002 Division: 1
NSC 2002 Rank: 36/132, 17-14 +972
NSC 2004 Division: 1
NSC 2004 Rank: 58/172, 16-14 +503
NSC 2005 Division: 1
NSC 2005 Rank: 63/87, 13-15 -505
USSO 2006 Division: 1
USSO 2006 Rank: 30/76, 15-13 -307
WSC 1995 Rank: 38
WSC 1999 Rank: 64
WSC 2001 Rank: 4
WSC 2003 Rank: 38
WSC 2005 Rank: 30
Round by Round

High score: 494
Average for: 402
Average against: 405

Round 1

[photo of Seth Lipkin]

Polatnick played #55 Seth Lipkin (Hopkinton, MA) and lost 355 to 438 (a spread of -83).

Current ranking: #76.

Current record: 0-1, -83.

Round 2

[photo of Ira Cohen]

Polatnick played #11 Ira Cohen (Los Angeles, CA) and won 366 to 324 (a spread of 42).

Current ranking: #60.

Current record: 1-1, -41.

Round 3

[photo of Nigel Richards]

Polatnick played #83 Nigel Richards (Malaysia) and lost 306 to 343 (a spread of -37).

Current ranking: #73.

Current record: 1-2, -78.

Round 4

[photo of Randy Hersom]

Polatnick played #36 Randy Hersom (Morganton, NC) and won 463 to 407 (a spread of 56).

Current ranking: #57.

Current record: 2-2, -22.

Round 5

[photo of Kenji Matsumoto]

Polatnick played #58 Kenji Matsumoto (Amherst, MA) and won 468 to 337 (a spread of 131).

Current ranking: #36.

Current record: 3-2, +109.

Polatnick is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 6

[photo of Dean Saldanha]

Polatnick played #88 Dean Saldanha (Richmond BC) and lost 385 to 460 (a spread of -75).

Current ranking: #49.

Current record: 3-3, +34.

Round 7

[photo of Vernon Jones]

Polatnick played #41 Vernon Jones (Winter Haven, FL) and lost 339 to 488 (a spread of -149).

Current ranking: #71.

Current record: 3-4, -115.

Round 8

[photo of Sam Rosin]

Polatnick played #86 Sam Rosin (Bernardsville, NJ) and won 470 to 389 (a spread of 81).

Current ranking: #54.

Current record: 4-4, -34.

Round 9

[photo of Lisa Odom]

Polatnick played #66 Lisa Odom (St Louis Park, MN) and won 476 to 321 (a spread of 155).

Current ranking: #41.

Current record: 5-4, +121.

Round 10

[photo of Laurie Cohen]

Polatnick played #12 Laurie Cohen (Tempe, AZ) and won 397 to 372 (a spread of 25).

Current ranking: #32.

Current record: 6-4, +146.

Round 11

[photo of Robert Quigley]

Polatnick played #80 Robert Quigley (New Haven, CT) and lost 423 to 441 (a spread of -18).

Current ranking: #41.

Current record: 6-5, +128.

Round 12

[photo of Joe Edley]

Polatnick played #21 Joe Edley (Port Jefferson, NY) and won 387 to 303 (a spread of 84).

Current ranking: #30.

Current record: 7-5, +212.

Round 13

[photo of Marty Gabriel]

Polatnick played #28 Marty Gabriel (Charleston, IL) and lost 365 to 483 (a spread of -118).

Current ranking: #43.

Current record: 7-6, +94.

Round 14

[photo of Scott Appel]

Polatnick played #1 Scott Appel (Trenton, NJ) and won 420 to 404 (a spread of 16).

Current ranking: #36.

Current record: 8-6, +110.

Round 15

[photo of Nick Meyer]

Polatnick played #61 Nick Meyer (Berkeley, CA) and lost 329 to 497 (a spread of -168).

Current ranking: #45.

Current record: 8-7, -58.

Round 16

[photo of Maddy Kamen]

Polatnick played #43 Maddy Kamen (Covina, CA) and won 477 to 337 (a spread of 140).

Current ranking: #34.

Current record: 9-7, +82.

Round 17

[photo of Darrell Day]

Polatnick played #15 Darrell Day (Richardson, TX) and won 424 to 390 (a spread of 34).

Current ranking: #28.

Current record: 10-7, +116.

Polatnick is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 18

[photo of Mark Przybyszewski]

Polatnick played #79 Mark Przybyszewski (Depew, NY) and won 465 to 364 (a spread of 101).

Current ranking: #18.

Current record: 11-7, +217.

Round 19

[photo of Rahn McKeown]

Polatnick played #60 Rahn McKeown (Pittsboro, NC) and lost 301 to 382 (a spread of -81).

Current ranking: #27.

Current record: 11-8, +136.

Round 20

[photo of Trip Payne]

Polatnick played #70 Trip Payne (Boca Raton, FL) and lost 354 to 439 (a spread of -85).

Current ranking: #35.

Current record: 11-9, +51.

Round 21

[photo of Mark Kenas]

Polatnick played #46 Mark Kenas (Madison, WI) and won 463 to 393 (a spread of 70).

Current ranking: #27.

Current record: 12-9, +121.

Round 22

[photo of Dave Wiegand]

Polatnick played #105 Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR) and lost 389 to 447 (a spread of -58).

Current ranking: #35.

Current record: 12-10, +63.

Round 23

[photo of Jim Kramer]

Polatnick played #48 Jim Kramer (Roseville, MN) and lost 421 to 524 (a spread of -103).

Current ranking: #43.

Current record: 12-11, -40.

Round 24

[photo of Webster Phillips]

Polatnick played #74 Webster Phillips (Montclair, NJ) and won 494 to 387 (a spread of 107).

Current ranking: #37.

Current record: 13-11, +67.

Round 25

[photo of Mike Baron]

Polatnick played #5 Mike Baron (Corrales, NM) and lost 331 to 486 (a spread of -155).

Current ranking: #46.

Current record: 13-12, -88.

Round 26

[photo of Rod MacNeil]

Polatnick played #56 Rod MacNeil (Cambridge, MA) and won 374 to 282 (a spread of 92).

Current ranking: #36.

Current record: 14-12, +4.

Polatnick is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 27

[photo of Manop Phiphatboonserm]

Polatnick played #75 Manop Phiphatboonserm (Thailand) and lost 435 to 461 (a spread of -26).

Current ranking: #45.

Current record: 14-13, -22.

Round 28

[photo of Robert Linn]

Polatnick played #53 Robert Linn (Potomac, MD) and lost 379 to 429 (a spread of -50).

Current ranking: #54.

Current record: 14-14, -72.


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