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2010 Malta International Scrabble Open: May 14-16

May 14–16, 2010

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MOST 2010 Commentary: Round 6

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Round 6: Only half a dozen stragglers failed to be seated by nine o'clock for the start of the second days play. Theresa, the TD, very generously did not start their clocks, but gave them a Maltese warning - a smile with menaces! The overnight leader was Jared Robinson (Eng) with 5 straight wins and a spread of 660, in fact there are 4 players on 5 wins Evan Cohen (ISR), Joanne Craig (NZL) and Cecil Muscat (MLT). Cecil is Maltese and presently the leading Maltese player in the Tournament. The featured game is between Cecil and Jared and Cecil fired off a bonus on his first play with STUDLIER for 60 points. 5 plays later Jared responded with ACIDIEr for 73 but Cecil immediately played LIMONITe for 68. After a series of moves which Jared used to try and close the gap on Cecil the final score was 385 for Cecil and 318 for Jared.

John Chew writes: I've moved to the cool end of the room, under the air conditioners, having learned from last week not to spend the entire tournament in the hottest part of the room (this time, that would be on stage, elevated, away from ventilation, under the spotlights). I hope it also makes the players at the bottom end of the rankings feel less isolated, with a staff member sitting closer to them; I've noticed too that when the top players come this way to drop off their slips, they tend to linger a little longer and chat in the coolth.

Sam Kantimathi (USA) played RAYLIKE hooking K-LUTZ with the K on a bonus square for 131 points, contributing to his 569-348 win over Simon Gillam (Sco).

Of course, I'll likely have to move back to the stage after lunch, as my battery won't last forever. The hotel was kind enough to provide a long extension cord to my new table, and sent along their custodian to offer me an argument that all appearances to the contrary, the cord was capable of conducting electricity to a device plugged into it.

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