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2010 Malta International Scrabble Open: May 14-16

May 14–16, 2010

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MOST 2010 Commentary: Round 15

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John Chew writes: Many thanks to Jared Robinson (Eng) and Edward Martin (Eng) for self-annotating this round's game after the annotators had to leave a round early, especially to Jared, who entered the game into Quackle.

Round 15: As this is the last game of the day, there was an unusual desire amongst the players to start on time which hasn't always been the case, although it has to be said the time keeping today has been excellent. I overhead some players talking about their plans for the evening and it varied from having a stiff drink or two and going to a Casino - or both even! The annotators for the instantaneous online internet streaming of the top game have exhausted themselves staring at computer screens and scribbling Scrabble words onto clipboards for 10 hours and have been sent off to the restaurant for Rest and Recuperation and the rest of the night off. In the nether regions of John Chew's incredible software Scrabble program tsh, there is an interesting group of statistics that can be examined. As a Scrabble player one always feels a little cheated when you lose a game by a small margin - but imagine losing a string of games by just a small margin - John's program collates such data and it can be found in the tsh reports under 'Tuff Luck'! In this Tournament Nicky Huitson (Eng) has suffered the most from this Scrabble curse: 2, 4, 15, 20, 24, 26, closely followed by Maureen Hoch (ISR): 2, 2, 5, 7 ,39, 62. That really is horrible luck! Both Mohammad Sulaiman (PAK) and Craig Beevers (Eng) won their games and are both on 12-3 with Mohammad ahead in first on spread, Nigel Richards (NZL), Edward Martin (Eng) and Evan Cohen (ISR) are right behind on 11-4. We have a very interesting final day of Scrabble to look forward to.

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