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NSC 2008: Diane Firstman [#41]

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On this page, you will find information about Diane Firstman, 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 15-13, -138, and is ranked #52 in Division 2.

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 Diane Firstman]

Given name(s): Diane
Surname(s): Firstman
Home: Forest Hills, NY, United States
Awards: Survived to this point
Hobbies: Baseball humorist/blogger/researcher
Occupation: Nyc Govt. Data Analyst
NSC 1996 Division: 3
NSC 1996 Rank: 79/120, 13-14 -869
NSC 2000 Division: 2
NSC 2000 Rank: 103/105, 10-21 -998
NSC 2002 Division: 2
NSC 2002 Rank: 77/103, 14-17 -821
NSC 2004 Division: 1
NSC 2004 Rank: 91/172, 15-15 -529
NSC 2005 Division: 2
NSC 2005 Rank: 73/108, 13-15 -354
USSO 2006 Division: 2
USSO 2006 Rank: 43/102, 15-13 -186
Round by Round

High score: 495
Average for: 387
Average against: 392

Round 1

[photo of Adrian Mannella]

Firstman played #84 Adrian Mannella (Chicago, IL) and won 410 to 396 (a spread of 14).

Current ranking: #59.

Current record: 1-0, +14.

Round 2

[photo of Francis Anum]

Firstman played #6 Francis Anum (Raleigh, NC) and lost 345 to 428 (a spread of -83).

Current ranking: #83.

Current record: 1-1, -69.

Round 3

[photo of Ben Harrison]

Firstman played #54 Ben Harrison (Cambridge, MA) and won 407 to 363 (a spread of 44).

Current ranking: #56.

Current record: 2-1, -25.

Round 4

[photo of Mohamed Alim]

Firstman played #4 Mohamed Alim (Guyana) and won 491 to 343 (a spread of 148).

Current ranking: #34.

Current record: 3-1, +123.

Round 5

[photo of Mason Shambach]

Firstman played #110 Mason Shambach (Battle Creek, MI) and won 353 to 319 (a spread of 34).

Current ranking: #21.

Current record: 4-1, +157.

Round 6

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Firstman played #125 Dennis Taylor (Lighthouse Point, FL) and lost 377 to 383 (a spread of -6).

Current ranking: #28.

Current record: 4-2, +151.

Round 7

[photo of Shannon Burns]

Firstman played #15 Shannon Burns (Airdrie AB) and lost 365 to 407 (a spread of -42).

Current ranking: #43.

Current record: 4-3, +109.

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

Round 8

[photo of Benjamin Bloom]

Firstman played #12 Benjamin Bloom (Miami, FL) and won 429 to 401 (a spread of 28).

Current ranking: #36.

Current record: 5-3, +137.

Round 9

[photo of Keith Hagel]

Firstman played #52 Keith Hagel (Waterville, ME) and lost 327 to 496 (a spread of -169).

Current ranking: #57.

Current record: 5-4, -32.

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

Round 10

[photo of Paul Avrin]

Firstman played #7 Paul Avrin (New York, NY) and lost 333 to 385 (a spread of -52).

Current ranking: #69.

Current record: 5-5, -84.

Round 11

[photo of Kay Patterson]

Firstman played #99 Kay Patterson (Columbia, MD) and won 428 to 382 (a spread of 46).

Current ranking: #62.

Current record: 6-5, -38.

Round 12

[photo of David Weiss]

Firstman played #132 David Weiss (Billings, MT) and lost 282 to 372 (a spread of -90).

Current ranking: #74.

Current record: 6-6, -128.

Round 13

[photo of Daniel Goodwin]

Firstman played #50 Daniel Goodwin (Seattle, WA) and lost 300 to 467 (a spread of -167).

Current ranking: #89.

Current record: 6-7, -295.

Round 14

[photo of Carl Stocker]

Firstman played #123 Carl Stocker (Hallandale, FL) and won 467 to 356 (a spread of 111).

Current ranking: #79.

Current record: 7-7, -184.

Round 15

[photo of Matthew Ridout]

Firstman played #106 Matthew Ridout (Lexington, KY) and lost 334 to 494 (a spread of -160).

Current ranking: #88.

Current record: 7-8, -344.

Round 16

[photo of Judy Horn]

Firstman played #63 Judy Horn (Reading, MA) and lost 324 to 497 (a spread of -173).

Current ranking: #100.

Current record: 7-9, -517.

Round 17

[photo of Heather McCall]

Firstman played #87 Heather McCall (Toronto ON) and won 467 to 332 (a spread of 135).

Current ranking: #85.

Current record: 8-9, -382.

Round 18

[photo of John Karris]

Firstman played #70 John Karris (San Jose, CA) and won 451 to 321 (a spread of 130).

Current ranking: #72.

Current record: 9-9, -252.

Round 19

[photo of Rebecca Lambert]

Firstman played #75 Rebecca Lambert (Columbia, MD) and lost 386 to 435 (a spread of -49).

Current ranking: #82.

Current record: 9-10, -301.

Round 20

[photo of Karen Fishman]

Firstman played #43 Karen Fishman (Stamford, CT) and lost 318 to 388 (a spread of -70).

Current ranking: #90.

Current record: 9-11, -371.

Round 21

[photo of Cathy O'Sickey]

Firstman played #96 Cathy Osickey (Gainesville, FL) and won 373 to 339 (a spread of 34).

Current ranking: #83.

Current record: 10-11, -337.

Round 22

[photo of Jack Eichenbaum]

Firstman played #35 Jack Eichenbaum (Flushing, NY) and won 495 to 391 (a spread of 104).

Current ranking: #69.

Current record: 11-11, -233.

Round 23

[photo of James Henderson]

Firstman played #59 James Henderson (Somes Bar, CA) and won 397 to 290 (a spread of 107).

Current ranking: #59.

Current record: 12-11, -126.

Round 24

[photo of Stuart D Goldman]

Firstman played #49 Stuart Goldman (San Francisco, CA) and won 407 to 385 (a spread of 22).

Current ranking: #48.

Current record: 13-11, -104.

Round 25

[photo of Yukiko Loritz]

Firstman played #82 Yukiko Loritz (Anaheim, CA) and won 371 to 359 (a spread of 12).

Current ranking: #43.

Current record: 14-11, -92.

Round 26

[photo of David Whitley]

Firstman played #135 David Whitley (Monrovia, CA) and won 495 to 359 (a spread of 136).

Current ranking: #34.

Current record: 15-11, +44.

Round 27

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Firstman played #38 Bob Enszer (Saginaw, MI) and lost 409 to 437 (a spread of -28).

Current ranking: #40.

Current record: 15-12, +16.

Round 28

[photo of David Whitley]

Firstman played #135 David Whitley (Monrovia, CA) again and lost 304 to 458 (a spread of -154).

Current ranking: #52.

Current record: 15-13, -138.


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