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Nov. 12, 2016, Scrabble tournament recap: Part 4 (finale)

November 24, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
Nov. 24, 2016

Despite a 4-0 start, my hopes of winning the lower division of the Nov. 12 Scrabble tournament took a major hit when I lost games five and six of the eight-game, 10-player competition. I had an outside chance of winning, but to do it, I’d need to get back in the win column with my seventh game.

Unfortunately for me, my opponent was to be MS, who had handed me my first loss on the day. The good news was after trailing by more than 100 points late in that game, a bingo had closed the gap on what was ultimately just a 31-point loss. Also, I knew that MS had played a phony early in the game; his OVAS had been worth 24 points, which represented more than two-thirds of his margin of victory. With some smart play and some luck, I knew that I could take MS down.

MS, playing second, had a 50-29 lead after two turns, but I jumped ahead with my third move, SOFTY 51. (I wasn’t sure if this is a valid word; turns out that it is.) He and I went back and forth for the next several moves.

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