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Season 68: Week 21 of 25 – 23/8/2016

THIS WEEK AT THE CLUB

֎ It was Newcomers’ Night at the Club (again) this week.  We were happy to welcome SIX newbies ­— four of them first-timers (Adam Hulkower, David Segev, Michael (Max) Factor and Susan Brinnitzer) along with Gila Shapiro, making only her third visit to the Club since 1983, and native French-speaker Claudine Moise, who played for the first time after two weeks’ cautious spectating.  ֎ Ami wielded not only words this week, but also hammer and nails to repair our noticeboard and cupboard, and Paul saw to the computer.  ֎ We also played some Scrabble — though not quite at the level of 31-year-old Komol Panyasophonlert from Bangkok.  A non-English speaker currently ranked third in the world, he claims to know 90 percent of the dictionary, which he reads for six hours each day.  “Scrabble isn’t really about speaking fluently and knowing grammar,” he says — in Thai.  “It’s more about logic, memory, math and being able to outsmart your opponent.”

֎One month remains in season 68. DavidS has pulled away from Shmuel to a comfortable lead in the A division. There are at least a half-dozen players vying for the four playoff spots…..Liran currently leads B1, with Joel, Taffy and Queene hanging on his tail thru most of the season. Recent runs by Bernard and especially Rita have also brought these two close to the top. Rita was in last place after week 7 with a record of 5-13, and has since won 29 of 36 to move into 2nd place……And in B2, there has been a great contest all thru the season among Sara, RuthO, Elana and May, with Sara and RuthO currently tied at the top in points, Sara holding the advantage on win pct…….One hundred and five (yes, 105) different players have participated in games this season.

WWW: Chani, Rita, Bernard, Rena, May, Gordon

WOW: COCHLEA(Rita),  BEGUINE(Hilda),  TUFFETS(Josh),  AIRWAVE(Rena)

PHOW:  (nada to report)

Stats (high win, high loss, high triple):
A:    520(Wendy), 430(Ami), 1335(Chani)

B1:  529(Rena), 381(Pamela), 1339(Rena)

B2:  423(Sara), 373(Paul), 1151(May)  

Squeaker: Susan 295, Max 294

100-pt plays:  None reported

Attendance: 50