NSW Championships - 3rd to 5th October 1998


Report by Paul Cleary

Victorian Alistair Kane is the new NSW Scrabble Champion, having won 18 out of 22 games on a glorious Labor Day long weekend at the spacious Revesby Workers Club in Sydney's South West.

Alistair's sterling performance included a solid resistance to the challenge issued to him by Bob Jackman in each of the last three rounds of the tournament, all King of the Hill. This display of fortitude in the face of such opposition typified Alistair's performance throughout this tournament, as Bob had managed to lead for most of the way. However, Alistair is known for his consistently good play and even temperament in pressure games and this is probably what got him through. Although he ascribed much of his success to the fact that his "opponents seemed desperate to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" in the traditional victory speech, Alistair will no doubt be grateful that Bob, due to time constraints, was unable to find an 8-letter triple triple around a third position C with the rack EIINOR? Had he played RECISION, Bob would have taken the honours.

Joan Rosenthal was back amongst the prizes with an excellent 16 game haul, with her third place only 92 points shy of Bob's margin. Esther Perrins demonstrated her firepower with a high game of 617, whilst Peter Shaw took the high word prize with 176 for CREEPERS. Highly rated though he already is, Alistair also took out the highest rating game prize (78 points) and leapfrogged from 8th to 2nd place in the National Ratings list.

In the Advanced section, Alison Rae managed to keep contenders Ruby Kotwall (2nd) and Jean Noonan (3rd) at bay. Interestingly, the top four place-getters in Advanced each recorded 14 wins, a very close and exciting result which shows the importance of the margins system in determining places. Alison also took the chocolates for high game (518) whilst Jean had further consolation in triple tripling TINGLERS for 131. Val Ryan was rewarded for her rating gain of 101.

Trish Windhurst was victorious over Michael Adler (2nd) and Colleen Howie (3rd) in the Intermediate section whilst Pat Schuberg recorded 551 for a very satisfying high game. Trish also played ESQUIRES for 101 giving her high word honours. Faye van Oyen had a rating increase of 47 to take out that prize.

In Recreation, Wilma Vialle won easily over Daphne Bezuidenhout (2nd) and the impressive Dylan Sharma came third. Daphne played the high word STOPPING for 149 in her high game score of 542, whilst George Khamis went up 65 points in the Ratings.

Thank you to all those who contributed to make this such a smoothly run tournament. At the time of writing, I am unaware of any incident having occurred that could be said to blemish this tournament (...personal feelings about tile distributions set aside!).

On behalf of the ASPA(NSW) Committee, I would also like to thank all of those who attended the AGM on the Sunday night, and my fellow Committee members for their work throughout the year, and reiterate the President's welcome to Wilma Vialle on her appointment to the position of Secretary.

Results after game 22
1998 NSW CHAMPIONSHIPS -- MASTERS

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Alistair Kane       18  1328
  2 Bob Jackman         16  1396
  3 Joan Rosenthal      16  1304
  4 Esther Perrins      15  1072
  5 John Holgate        15   435
  6 Paul Cleary         14   802
  7 Barbara Berlin      14  -175
  8 Marie Knight        12   313
  9 John Barker         12   303
 10 Derek Mckenzie      12   -36
 11 Robyn Flynn         11   251
 12 Peter Shaw          11     1
 13 Sal Costanzo        11  -466
 14 Joanne Craig        10  182
 15 Rod Talbot          10   173
 16 Patricia Mitchell   10   -62
 17 Carmel Dodd         10  -110
 18 Sue Gergelifi       10  -649
 19 Audrey Newman       10 -1228
 20 Sue Kyatt            9 -474
 21 Jean Mcgiffen        9  -364
 22 Rene Chelton         9  -447
 23 Betty Foreman        9  -540
 24 Ann Drew             8  -437
 25 Sam Greenberg        8  -601
 26 Meg Henderson        8  -888
 27 Kris Logan           7  -280
 28 Gloria Gallagher     3  -803
HIGH GAME: Esther Perrins    617
HIGH WORD: Peter Shaw        176
            "CREEPERS"

Results after game 22
1998 NSW CHAMPIONSHIPS -- ADVANCED

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Alison Rae          14  1113
  2 Ruby Kotwall        14   723
  3 Jean Noonan         14   654
  4 Ian Close           14   439
  5 Jan Serisier        13   418
  6 Siva Sivapalasundram13   206
  7 Duncan Smith        13    45
  8 Nanette Reynolds    12   371
  9 Betty Coleman       12   113
 10 Robert Tomkins      12    87
 11 Val Ryan            12    -9
 12 Judy Hay            12  -230
 13 Graeme Lock Lee     11   456
 14 Cheryl Michler      11   217
 15 Hanne Marks         11    46
 16 Ros Gibbons         11    21
 17 Sue Flack           11  -318
 18 Joan Buchanan       10   -14
 19 Liz Jackman         10  -116
 20 Jenny Templeton     10  -235
 21 Zina Costanzo       10  -538
 22 Jean Balmer         10  -569
 23 Susan Macgillivray   9  -206
 24 Raya Wilkinson       9  -460
 25 Gordon Meggs         9  -597
 26 June Stephenson      9  -753
 27 Marilyn Mackie       8  -525
 28 Barbara Chenevier    4  -339
HIGH GAME: Alison Rae        518
HIGH WORD: Jean Noonan           131
            "TINGLERS"

Results after game 14
1998 NSW CHAMPIONSHIPS -- INTERMEDIATE

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Trish Windhurst     10   740
  2 Michael Adler        9   324
  3 Colleen Howie        9   207
  4 Margaret Andrews     9   -37
  5 Ram Mohe             8   262
  6 Judy Mcguiness       8   193
  7 Alan Gauci           8   -62
  8 Edith Lowbeer        7   267
  9 Faye Van Oyen        7    70
 10 Mary Craven          7  -261
 11 Pat Schuberg         6   70
 12 Linda Dimond         6  -17
 13 Nonie English        6  -65
 14 Sunny Wright         5  -664
 15 Ivana Duria          4 -382
 16 Denver Brodsky       1  -645
HIGH GAME: Pat Schuberg      551
HIGH WORD: Trish Windhurst       101
            "ESQUIRES"

Results after game 14
1998 NSW CHAMPIONSHIPS -- RECREATION

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Wilma Vialle        11   905
  2 Daphne Bezuidenhout 10   818
  3 Dylan Sharma        10   717
  4 Margaret Ackman      9   607
  5 Sue Tuckett          9   302
  6 Jeff Richardson      8   111
  7 Margaret Gauci       8  -275
  8 Andree Lajoie        7   203
  9 George Khamis        7   129
 10 Stacey Lock Lee      7  -387
 11 Ann Fiddler          6   -18
 12 Frank Hunt           5 -557
 13 Chris Phillips       5  -411
 14 Merriss Adler        4 -406
 15 Cassie Menne         4  -599
 16 Diana Field          1 -1139
HIGH GAME: Daphne Bezuidenhout  542
HIGH WORD: Daphne Bezuidenhout   149
            "STOPPING"

Stats for Tournament : 1998 NSW CHAMPIONSHIPS

+--------------------------+-----------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| state     Name           | National  | State   |   Wins    | Rating Points |
|                          | Old  New  | Old New | Exp  Act  | Old Change New|
+--------------------------+-----------+---------+-----------+---------------+
+Section: *MASTERS                     +         +           +               +
+--------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| VIC Alistair Kane        |    9    2 |   4   1 | 13.1 18.0 | 1839 +78 1917 |
| NSW Joan Rosenthal       |   11    6 |   5   4 | 12.9 16.0 | 1814 +50 1864 |
| NSW Bob Jackman          |    1    1 |   1   1 | 17.6 16.0 | 1995 -25 1970 |
| NSW Esther Perrins       |    2    3 |   2   2 | 16.2 15.0 | 1921 -19 1902 |
| NSW John Holgate         |    3    4 |   3   3 | 15.6 15.0 | 1898 -10 1888 |
| NSW Paul Cleary          |    5    8 |   4   5 | 14.6 14.0 | 1860 -10 1850 |
| VIC Barbara Berlin       |   26   11 |  14   5 | 10.9 14.0 | 1756 +62 1818 |
| NSW John Barker          |   36   26 |  10   8 | 10.1 12.0 | 1700 +38 1738 |
| NSW Marie Knight         |   28   27 |   9   9 | 11.8 12.0 | 1733  +4 1737 |
| QLD Derek McKenzie       |   23   25 |   1   1 | 12.6 12.0 | 1771 -12 1759 |
| NSW Peter Shaw           |   69   45 |  20  14 |  8.4 11.0 | 1624 +51 1675 |
| NSW Robyn Flynn          |   55   37 |  16  11 |  9.0 11.0 | 1651 +40 1691 |
| VIC Sal Costanzo         |   47   51 |  26  26 | 11.5 11.0 | 1671 -10 1661 |
| NSW Joanne Craig         |   39   47 |  11  15 | 11.3 10.5 | 1688 -17 1671 |
| NSW Rod Talbot           |   46   39 |  13  12 |  9.3 10.0 | 1673 +13 1686 |
| SA  Carmel Dodd          |   29   49 |   1   2 | 13.4 10.0 | 1731 -68 1663 |
| VIC Patricia Mitchell    |   82   62 |  46  33 |  7.5 10.0 | 1582 +51 1633 |
| NSW Sue Gergelifi        |   72   59 |  22  18 |  8.7 10.0 | 1612 +25 1637 |
| NSW Audrey Newman        |  110   77 |  29  23 |  6.7 10.0 | 1525 +66 1591 |
| VIC Sue Kyatt            |   32   44 |  18  24 | 11.7  9.5 | 1719 -43 1676 |
| NSW Jean McGiffen        |   19   36 |   7  10 | 13.4  9.0 | 1782 -89 1693 |
| NSW Rene Chelton         |   68   69 |  19  20 |  9.3  9.0 | 1625  -6 1619 |
| NSW Betty Foreman        |   98   83 |  27  24 |  7.4  9.0 | 1547 +32 1579 |
| QLD Anne Drew            |  107   96 |   4   3 |  6.7  8.0 | 1527 +26 1553 |
| VIC Meg Henderson        |   53   80 |  30  44 | 11.5  8.0 | 1654 -69 1585 |
| NSW Sam Greenberg        |  104  101 |  28  27 |  7.5  8.0 | 1529 +11 1540 |
| NSW Kris Logan           |   90  103 |  25  28 |  8.8  7.0 | 1572 -36 1536 |
| NSW Gloria Gallagher     |   65  135 |  18  33 | 10.5  3.0 | 1626 -149
1477 |
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
+Section: *ADVANCED                    +         +           +               +
+--------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| NSW Alison Rae :act      |  150  139 |  38  34 | 13.3 14.0 | 1457 +14 1471 |
| NSW Ruby Kotwall         |  143  141 |  37  35 | 13.9 14.0 | 1470  +1 1471 |
| NSW Jean Noonan          |  129  147 |  34  37 | 15.6 14.0 | 1496 -31 1465 |
| NSW Ian Close            |  139  143 |  36  36 | 14.4 14.0 | 1476  -8 1468 |
| NSW Jan Serisier         |  201  182 |  49  42 | 11.9 13.0 | 1377 +23 1400 |
| NSW Duncan Smith         |  226  191 |  55  46 | 10.2 13.0 | 1334 +56 1390 |
| NSW Siva Sivapalasundram |  183  173 |  45  41 | 12.4 13.0 | 1404 +11 1415 |
| NSW Nanette Reynolds     |  305  242 |  73  59 |  7.4 12.0 | 1195 +92 1287 |
| NSW Betty Coleman        |  239  222 |  58  53 |  9.6 12.0 | 1290 +48 1338 |
| NSW Robert Tomkins       |  164  184 |  42  43 | 13.9 12.0 | 1436 -38 1398 |
| NSW Val Ryan             |  303  237 |  71  57 |  6.9 12.0 | 1198 +101
1299 |
| NSW Judy Hay             |  194  202 |  48  47 | 13.0 12.0 | 1390 -21 1369 |
| NSW Graeme Lock Lee      |  130  187 |  35  45 | 15.9 11.0 | 1494 -98 1396 |
| NSW Cheryl Michler       |  165  212 |  43  48 | 15.1 11.0 | 1432 -83 1349 |
| NSW Ros Gibbons          |  213  225 |  50  55 | 12.1 11.0 | 1358 -22 1336 |
| NSW Hanne Marks          |  214  214 |  51  49 | 11.2 11.0 | 1352  -4 1348 |
| NSW Sue Flack            |  177  218 |  44  50 | 14.6 11.0 | 1414 -72 1342 |
| NSW Liz Jackman          |  187  227 |  46  56 | 13.6 10.0 | 1399 -73 1326 |
| NSW Jenny Templeton      |  271  251 |  64  61 |  8.3 10.0 | 1243 +33 1276 |
| NSW Joan Buchanan        |  355  295 |  86  73 |  5.3 10.0 | 1121 +94 1215 |
| NSW Jean Balmer          |  313  283 |  76  70 |  7.1 10.0 | 1175 +57 1232 |
| VIC Zina Costanzo        |  152  215 |  77  97 | 15.4 10.0 | 1456 -109
1347 |
| NSW Susan MacGillivr:act |  338  312 |  82  78 |  7.2  9.0 | 1143 +36 1179 |
| NSW Raya Wilkinson       |  356  309 |  87  76 |  5.6  9.0 | 1121 +67 1188 |
| NSW Gordon Meggs         |  237  260 |  56  62 | 10.6  9.0 | 1290 -32 1258 |
| NSW June Stephenson      |  363  325 |  90  80 |  6.2  9.0 | 1111 +56 1167 |
| WA  Marilyn Mackie       |  322  318 |  34  32 |  7.8  8.0 | 1166  +4 1170 |
| NSW Barbara Chenevier    |  290  359 |  70  89 |  9.2  4.0 | 1221 -103
1118 |
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+

Note that Barbara Chenevier replaced Bye after Day 1. This means that her
rating, plus the ratings of all those who were given a bye on Day 1 require
adjustment from the above.

In particular:

Barbara Chenvevier adjusted to 1197
Raya Wilkinson                 1188
Susam McGillivray	       1171
Marilyn Mackie                 1168
Ros Gibbons                    1373
Nanette Reynolds               1282
Sue Flack                      1351
June Stephenson                1142
Duncan Smith                   1368

+Section: *INTERMEDIATE                +         +           +               +
+--------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| NSW Trish Windhurst      |  408  383 | 101  95 |  8.3 10.0 | 1048 +34 1082 |
| NSW Michael Adler :act   |  390  390 |  96  97 |  8.9  9.0 | 1069  +3 1072 |
| NSW Margaret Andrews     |  417  394 | 103  98 |  8.1  9.0 | 1043 +18 1061 |
| NSW Colleen Howie        |  451  421 | 107 103 |  7.2  9.0 |  999 +36 1035 |
| NSW Ram Mohe             |  441  438 | 105 105 |  7.9  8.0 | 1009  +3 1012 |
| NSW Judy McGuinness      |  475  449 | 112 107 |  6.4  8.0 |  968 +32 1000 |
| NSW Alan Gauci           |  542  495 | 133 119 |  5.8  8.0 |  907 +44  951 |
| NSW Edith Lowbeer        |  416  427 | 102 104 |  8.0  7.0 | 1043 -19 1024 |
| NSW Faye Van Oyen        |  593  547 | 141 133 |  4.6  7.0 |  855 +47  902 |
| NSW Mary Craven :act     |  491  487 | 118 116 |  6.8  7.0 |  953  +4  957 |
| NSW Pat Schuberg         |  480  493 | 115 118 |  7.0  6.5 |  961  -9  952 |
| NSW Nonie English        |  485  490 | 117 117 |  6.8  6.5 |  958  -5  953 |
| NSW Linda Dimond         |  407  453 | 100 108 |  9.2  6.5 | 1049 -53  996 |
| NSW Sunny Wright         |  591  591 | 140 141 |  4.9  5.0 |  856  +2  858 |
| NSW Ivana Duria          |  534  566 | 130 139 |  6.3  4.5 |  912 -35  877 |
| NSW Denver Brodsky       |    0  730 |   0 177 |  6.0  1.0 |  896 -151
745 |
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
+Section: *RECREATION                  +         +           +               +
+--------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| NSW Wilma Vialle         |  681  605 | 163 144 |  7.9 11.0 |  783 +63  846 |
| QLD Dylan Sharma         |  604  578 |  75  70 |  9.3 10.0 |  847 +20  867 |
| NSW Daphne Bezuidenhout  |  678  651 | 162 157 |  8.5 10.0 |  784 +29  813 |
| NSW Sue Tuckett          |  697  678 | 167 164 |  8.0  9.0 |  767 +19  786 |
| NSW Margaret Ackman      |  630  643 | 152 154 |  9.4  9.0 |  827  -8  819 |
| NSW Jeff Richardson      |  690  715 | 165 172 |  9.0  8.0 |  773 -20  753 |
| NSW Margaret Gauci       |  703  714 | 170 171 |  8.6  8.0 |  765 -12  753 |
| NSW Andree Lajoie        |  832  811 | 199 193 |  5.8  7.0 |  651 +23  674 |
| NSW George Khamis        |  999  903 | 251 216 |  3.7  7.0 |  527 +65  592 |
| NSW Stacey Lock Lee      |  924  857 | 221 203 |  5.3  7.0 |  581 +51  632 |
| NSW Ann Fiddler          |  872  870 | 209 208 |  5.9  6.0 |  618  +2  620 |
| NSW Frank Hunt           |  902  938 | 215 230 |  6.1  5.5 |  592 -18  574 |
| NSW Chris Phillips       |  824  873 | 196 210 |  7.2  5.0 |  661 -44  617 |
| NSW Merriss Adler :act   |  939  967 | 231 240 |  5.7  4.5 |  572 -24  548 |
| NSW Cassie Menne         |  855  958 | 203 237 |  6.6  4.0 |  634 -77  557 |
| NSW Diana Field          |  963 1072 | 237 274 |  4.8  1.0 |  552 -77  475 |
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+