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Nov. 12, 2016, Scrabble tournament recap: Part 2

November 20, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
Nov. 20, 2016

After starting the tournament off with two wins in close games against strong opponents, my third match was a bit of a gimme. My foe this time out was P—, a first-time tournament player who had lost her first two games by large margins.

I went ahead from the get-go, playing first and opening with ELVEN 18. P— played PORE 12, which gave me an opening to play COP/PE for 22 points.

My rack entering turn 3 was ADEENNT — not terribly promising. Fortunately, I noticed that I could use the second E from my opening word to play a bingo, NEATENED, which scored me a cool 63 points when combined with the 50-point bingo bonus.

P— capped the fifth turn with JAW 29, which narrowed her deficit to 126-90. Unfortunately for her, that would turn out to be P—’s biggest play of the game.

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