aphis99 (aphis99) wrote,

Nationals 2015

Three games against worthy opponents for my readership's delectation:

Game 1 vs Peter (the eventual champion): http://www.cross-tables.com/annotated.php?u=20662
Game 2 vs Peter (closer than it might have been): http://www.cross-tables.com/annotated.php?u=20663
Game 1 vs Naween (featuring some fab words): http://www.cross-tables.com/annotated.php?u=20664

The tourney went fairly well on the whole, though still a bit of a blank drought (20 out of 48). Notabilia included crawling to 302 against Daniel's 621 which featured the dull but effective FLATTEN, STAIRED, SNEERING (3x3), DETRAINS and ORDINEE when my highest score was the opening 36; a close win over Alex Tan against the tiles; an ultra-blocked board against Ricky who deployed some surprisingly bold openings (he said it was a tactic to throw me off); a flowing 594 against Adam and later 612 against Rael (6 bingos here, CLOSURE/RADIATOR/WINCHED/INWEAVED/MOUNTANT/PLURISIE); and a solid final day, falling to Esther at the death but finishing a respectable fifth.

Three phoneys on my part - the careless NUKND (imagining the blank N was an E, for some reason), the optimistic UPCART (hoping my opponent might give me a good floater if I was challenged off) and the disappointing natural KILLAUT which I really thought was good. Turns out any of KELLAUT, KILLUT, KHILAT, KHALAT, KITTUL, KITUL and no doubt numerous other similar words, are good.

The dinner on Monday night was actually excellent fun, and I was fortunate enough to be on the coolest table. Maybe I'm looking forward to the next big tourney.
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