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NSC 2010 Commentary: Round 27
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Hannah Lieberman (Charlotte, NC) said he was lucky enough to play Cathy Poole (Winston-Salem, NC) two games in a row this afternoon. Because numbers fascinate her, she says she won both games by the same spread of 14! She says she will aim to win her next game by 15 points and then say she will aim high to go for 16. She is a fun kid.
Chris Schneider (Dallas, TX) vs. Steve Pellinen (St Louis Park, MN). Steve played RUIN to open a closed board and Chris tried to block by playing WOE to clog up the area by RUIN. Well, he failed at that, because he went from letting Steve have an 8 to giving him a 9! Down went PANDERERS through the second appearance of ER for 76 points. Not one to let Steve have all the glory, Chris found and made his own 9: UNVISITEd through the IS for 65 points. OLEANDER went down for Steve and Chris played STOUrIE, REACTION (90-point double-double), and STIBINES. Chris' win, 547-377.
Pretty, pretty board between Jeff Martin (Albuquerque, NM) and Kevin Rickhoff (Saugus, CA), with a total of 7 bingos. Three for Jeff: FLOATING, ORDINATE, and LIMBERED; and four for Kevin: COVeTING, STOMPER, INDIGOES through the G, and NARROwS. There was a 47-point JANE and a 71 point ZAP/ZA/AT/PI. Kevin's win, 527-450.
The women square off! Laurie Cohen (Tempe, AZ) vs. Cecilia Le (Boston, MA). I see five bingos, three for Laurie: CHESTIER for 80, ESTRONE for 66, and BONIATO for 68. Cecilia played PANGENE for 76 and AEROsAT for 75. Cecilia's win, 451-347.
Close game and a win for Scott Appel (Trenton, NJ), 394-372, with Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR). They each binged: SALIENT, 71, for Scott, and TRENDING, 61, for Dave. As Dave explained, Scott got the blanks at the end and was just hard to stop. They were played small but made enough points to get the win.
Rafi Stern (Seattle, WA) tells me that he played FINFOOTS through the first O this round for a 203-point triple-triple. He's told someone else got a higher one and he's crestfallen. I find out later that Matthew Tunnicliffe (Ottawa ON) did play EXPENdER through the P for 203 points. So, it's a tie so far!
Nathan Benedict (Tucson, AZ) passed the time between rounds sitting crossed leg and reading his Games magazine!