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Scrabble Clubs Return after COVID lockdown

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A number of Scrabble clubs have returned after some months in hibernation due to the COVID-19 lock-down. We have all adjusted to a new normal and are being careful about our hand hygiene and social distancing.

SA Scrabble has now run three tournaments under new COVID a the SA Bridge Association, 243 Young Street, Unley. The next one is on Sunday 6 September. Registration is 10:00-10:30am.

The Port Adelaide Library Scrabble Club is up and running again.  They also have a new meet up group.  Enjoy a friendly game or two of scrabble. All equipment provided, beginners to experts welcome. Join in the fun at 2:30pm on Mondays at the Port Adelaide Library, 2-4 Church St, Port Adelaide.

Grange, Seaford and Victor Harbor library are running again.  Prospect and Blackwood have plans to start shortly. Please see the list of clubs and contact the convener if you would like more information about local clubs.

Please let conveners know that you are turning up as numbers are restricted under COVID regulations.

Border Challenge Accommodation 2019

The Border Challenge is the annual Scrabble competition between South Australia and Victoria.  This year it will be held on the 23rd and 24th of November. The venue will be the White Hart hotel in Horsham.  For the last few years most of the South Australians have stayed at the Darlot Motel.  This year the committee is recommending the Horsham Riverside Caravan Park as the SA headquarters.

Accommodation at the headquarters has a number of benefits.  The Friday night barbecue (or dinner) will be at the caravan park or nearby.  Players will be able to share cars for transport to and from the White Hart and other Horsham locations.  There are likely be a number of Scrabble games or board games happening at the SA headquarters.

If you are competing in the Border Challenge and would like stay in the Caravan Park with other SA players then please contact Malcolm McAnulty with your accommodation preferences.

Some of the choices are:

  • We have 2 x 3 Bedroom Deluxe Villas, Villa 1 & 2,  which consist of 2 queen beds, 2 single beds, dining and lounge area, separate toilet and shower, kitchen and decking at the front with outdoor setting. The cost for this accommodation will be $145.00 per night for 2 people and $15.00 for extra adult and $10.00 child per night all linen provided.
  • We have 2 x 2 Bedroom Deluxe Villas, Villa 22 & 23, which consist of 2 queen beds, dining and lounge area, toilet and shower, kitchen and decking at the front with outdoor setting. The cost for this accommodation will be $135.00 per night for 2 people $15.00 for extra adult and $10.00 child per night all linen provided.
  • We have 2 x 3 Bedroom Riverfront Villas, Villa 49 & 50, which consists of 2 queen beds and 2 set bunks, dining and lounge area, bathroom, kitchen and deck at the front with outdoor setting. The cost for this accommodation will be $145.00 per night for 2 people and $15.00 for extra adult and $10.00 child per night all linen provided.
  • We have 2 x 2 Bedroom Villas with River views,, Villa 61 & 62, which consist of 1 queen bed, 2 sets of bunks, dining and lounge area, toilet and shower, kitchen and decking at the front with outdoor setting. The cost for this accommodation will be $135.00 per night for 2 people and $15.00 for extra adult and $10.00 child per night all linen provided.
  • We have 1 x 2 Bedroom Riverfront Villa, Villa 51, which consist of 1 queen bed, 2 sets of bunks, dining and lounge area, toilet and shower, kitchen and decking at the front with outdoor setting. With River views.  The cost for this accommodation will be $135.00 per night for 2 people and $15.00 for extra adult and $10.00 child per night all linen provided.
  • We have 4 x  One Bedroom Executive Cabin, Cab 5. 6, 7, 17 which consist of a queen bed, kitchen, lounge and dining area, Ensuite and all linen provided. The cost for this  accommodation will be $115.00 per night for 2 people, or just 1 person, all linen provided.
  • We have 1 x  two  Bedroom Easy access Villa, Villa 25, which consist of 1 queen bed, two single beds, dining and lounge area, toilet and shower, kitchen and decking at the front with outdoor setting. The cost for this accommodation will be $130.00 per night for 2 people and $15.00 for extra adult and $10.00 child per night all linen provided.
  • We have 1 x 2 Bedroom Easy access Villa, Villa 21, which consists of 1 queen bed and 1 set bunkbeds, , dining and lounge area, toilet and shower, kitchenette and decking at the front with outdoor setting. The cost for this accommodation will be $130.00 per night for 2 people and $15.00 for extra adult and $10.00 child per night all linen provided.
  • We have 4 budget cabins, Cab 4, 18, 19, 20, these are an older style cabin which consist of a double bed and 2 sets of bunks open plan, ensuite, kitchenette, dining table and chairs. The cost for this accommodation will be $90.00 per night for 2 people and $15.00 for extra adult and $10.00 child per night all linen provided.

For a map of the caravan park with WiFi details click this link.

There is plenty of other accommodation in Horsham if the Caravan Park does not suit you.  The Darlot Motel is available. The Olde Horsham Motor Inn has rooms for $188 for 2 days.  If you want to book accommodation other than the Caravan Park please do this directly with the provider.

 

Speedy World* Championship 2018

*as far as we can tell 😛

South Australia has held its annual Speedy tournament.  10 games played under speedy conditions (12 minutes per game).  Tracey Kneebone dominated; winning 9 out of 10 games, finishing 2 games ahead of Tony Miller in second and Carmel Dodd in third.

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20 players converged on the Unley Bridge club for the tournament.  Because of the numbers, we played in a single open division with prizes in two ratings bands.  Adam Kretschmer was working hard as Tournament Director and computer operator making sure the next round was always available.  The tournament was paired as a lagged swiss draw so that people weren’t waiting and could jump into the next game.

There was a novelty prize for the 6 “fastest” words as judged by Adam.  Winners collected a block of chocolate.  Among the winners: JET, EMU, BULLET.

One highlight was in my game against Julie Robins who bonussed from the rack IIESSS? depriving me of a lot of premium tiles in a single move.

A quick run down of the winners:
1st Tracey Kneebone
2nd Tony Miller
3rd Carmel Dodd
High Game – Oliver Jenner-O’Shea – 565
High Word – Antony Kimber – MUFFLES 106
~1st Joyce Browett
~2nd Louisa Atsas
~3rd Margaret Gibson
~High Word – Victoria Gates – TRASHERS 92

Speedy Ratings are available in the resources section.

SA Scrabble Championship 2018

Adelaide local, Adam Kretschmer has won the 2018 South Australian Scrabble Championship!

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The event was held at the South Australian Bridge Association on the weekend of the 10th of March.  It was a smaller field than previous years championships.  Two interstaters had made the journey to duke it out.  Just one previous winner, Daniel Piechnick in attendance, with the most recent winner Esther Perrins absent.

The event was run under the watchful eye of James Gunner acting as Tournament director and Computer operator who also had the job of choosing the winners for the novelty word competition (the most “electiony*” words.)  Format for the event was 16 games across 2 days with 9 on the first day.  There was a group dinner at The Goody. Going into Day 2, Daniel, Olly and Adam were the three players on 7 wins.  With no runaway leaders, it was wide open for a large number of players to make a run.  There is also a reset so a replay can occur between players that have already played.

The SA champs is run as an open event for pairings but there are prizes on offer for a second rating band (called the tildes because the players are indicated on the standings sheet with a ~)  After day 1, It was Elana, Emanuel and Fiona that had risen to the top of that section.

Adam would storm into Day 2 continuing a win streak that would end up at 9 games, ended by Barry.  The win by Barry against Adam in the penultimate round meant that Adam would need to win against Trevor or have Daniel lose his game.  Adam was able to take the win and ultimately finish in 1st place by a clear 2 games of the rest of the field.  A comprehensive win!

In the tildes, It was Wendi finishing on top, edging out Lyndee and Fiona on margin.  And the other overall placings, 2nd: Daniel, 3rd: Barry, 4th: Tony, 5th: Jane.

Some stats/highlights from the event (I asked players to let me know about anything spectacular):
-Louisa overcoming a 685 rating points difference to beat Geoff Wright
-Margaret started a game with a ZILLION
-a number of Triple-Triples: FREQUENT, STASHING
-A 600 game by Barry
-two 1000 combined games, both 1007 (Olly and Carol, Daniel and Tracey)

Massive thanks to everyone who helped out in anyway to contribute to the event.  I’m already looking forward to a bigger and better 2019 Championship!

 

SA January 4/4/4

I love the 4/4/4 format.  To explain a little, it’s a tournament run in SA where participants can play any of a Morning, Afternoon or Evening session of 4 games.  8 games in a day is pretty standard and the 4/4/4 format gives people a chance to play during the day or start after lunch or even just pop in for a quick 4 games.  This year we had 10 brave players committing to playing all 12 games (and it was the first time that I’d play all 12.)  Huge props to all of those players.

The nitty-gritty of it has been fine tuned and refined by Adam Kretschmer.  But the key things of note: pairings are done as an open Swiss event.  Each session, prizes are given out to winners in ratings bands depending on the size of the sessions and there are overall prizes for the entire tournament.  Daniel Piechnick showed this year that it’s possible to snag an overall prize despite only playing 8 games, finishing on 7 wins with the best margin. Players joining the tournament for the afternoon or evening are given half wins (for pairings puposes) for the games missed for pairings purposes so they enter in the middle of the Swiss and likely playing someone else joining for the same session allowing them to quickly find their level and not entering from the bottom that would lead to uneven pairings.

One highlight for me was finding the bonus from the following position:

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Hearty Congratulations to Francoise Finlayson who took out top spot winning the overall competition and to all the session winners and prize-getters.