CM in Mel
My very first rack was AEGILNO, an opening combination that had caused heated debate at the Trans-Tasman in 2004 after I picked it against Kendall Boyd. My choice at the time was OE, but it seemed clear after sober reflection and endless in-depth simming (on Maven) that xch O was superior. Yet Kendall defiantly maintained that a six such as GOALIE was better. I wonder if anyone would still say that. Anyway, this time I changed O and landed LINEAGE next turn. The game went pretty well, PILOTAGE, TREACLES, ADENOMA flowing forth; then I dumped FIVE from EFHIVZ?, setting up two possible Z-spots, only to draw IMST which gave AZIMUTHS for 122 immediately followed by NONPRINT. 661-358.
Game 2 was quite enjoyable as well. PRENOMENS followed by EUOUAES, MALVA 46 after MAILVAN 114 was blocked, then ERIONITE counteracted his bingos; 542-369.
The carnage continued but my scores kept dropping, until the unimaginable happened in game 5 which saw me lose 423-441 despite opening with EXTRAIT. I then sank to a lowly 345 before recovering to win game 7, courtesy of LIONHEAD then IMPLEX 101. A very fun and good-spirited session, not least because of the discussions we had around the games. It looks as though Chris is at a pivotal point in determining what his life will be.