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2010 Malta International Scrabble Open: May 14-16

May 14–16, 2010

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MOST 2010 Commentary: Round 12

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Round 12: The results of the spot prize for the previous round - the highest word score using the Z- came in and were very impressive. Simon Rosenstone (Eng) scored 23 with ZONE - Simon is partially sighted and has to use Braille tiles to play. Martin Byrne (Sco) played AMAZING for 57. Frans Farrugia (MLT) played FRITZ for 64. Mihai Pantis tried to win his second spot prize with LIONIZE for 73 and his fellow Rumanian Catalin Caba (ROM) played SOLARIZE for 94, but the winner with ZEMINDAR and 116 was Anna Borg (MLT) from Malta - well done to Anna! We are now half way through the tournament and there is no runaway victor as yet. Evan Cohen (ISR) and Edward Martin (Eng) have equal wins with 10-1 with Evan just 71 points ahead on spread and Nigel Richards (NZL) is tucked up behind them in 3rd with 9-2 and the largest spread with 1151.

The annotated game for Internet streaming is between Evan and Nigel. After changing 3 tiles at the start Nigel played ANILINE for 72. A couple of moves later, Evan played dEPOSES for 78 with yet another blank. Evan then played APRICOTS for 64 to even up the score after a few high scoring words by Nigel. Nigel then played ZAX for 66 to pull ahead again. Nigel then played a winning bonus with the remaining blank YAtAGAN for 94. The final score to Nigel was 481-319.

John Chew adds: This particular webcast is not being censored for offensive language. Sensitive viewers may prefer not to follow the middle of the Cohen-Richards game, which featured the following consecutive words played: GOOD F*CK RAM HOO QUEER.

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