Sydney Winter Masters - 31st July & 1st August 1999


Report by Paul Cleary

See well below for final placings at this auspicious tournament. Seems like every time I have to do a tournament report, I win, so it must appear as a big boast! Anyway, here goes-

35 people attended this year's 20 round Winter Masters in Revesby. Peter Tobler made an appearance after an absence of nearly two years and put in a good performance. Several Inter-staters were in attendance and it was pleasing to note that Daniel Piechnick has discovered a colour for suits other than white.

Rene Chelton started the tourney at table one (the leader's table) but quickly found herself at the other end of the room for her second game after a 233 point drubbing by Bob Jackman.

For the first time, the computer program was geared up to determine who was to start each game. This appeared to work fairly well, with all complaints seemingly groundless. For my part, I started 10 out of the 20 games, as did Bob Jackman. A minor glitch caused some players to draw for the start in the last round, but I'm sure this will be fixed in due course.

Derek McKenzie was unfortunate enough to discover the only failing of the challenge system when his FLUIDISE was keyed in as FLVIDISE. Thinking that the word was rejected because it must only take the -IZE ending, Derek didn't rechallenge his perfectly good word. All I can say about that is that it is in the best interests of both players to check each challenge slip and adjudication slip carefully. It really was bad luck.

But Derek was fortunate in the game he had against me, getting out the tournament high word BRONZERS for 137, and knocking off my high word to that point (LEVULINS, 131).

Actually, the LEVULINS play is an interesting story. I was playing Rod Talbot, who ended up fifth (so he keeps his Great Ratings Race lead), and we had ZING on our board. I had had poor tiles on a previous move and had played AXEL, exposing the L to a triple-triple opportunity. I went to the bag and ended up with VEILS?? I spotted SILVERIZING (94 points) as an 11-letter bingo and felt pretty sure that I would get it on, because I thought that Rod would play to the exposed L, that being the only real hot-spot on our board. But instead, Rod played ROSITED to create ZINGS and kill my SILVERIZING. Undeterred, I focussed on the exposed L and found LEVULINS which was worth more than SILVERIZING anyway! C'est la vie...

I had the good fortune to get to a 2-game lead going into the 3 King (Monarch) of the Hill rounds at the end of the tourney. I had to play Bob Jackman in all three games. Bob needed to win all three to take the tourney. He won two and grabbed second spot; Joan Rosenthal was third and John Holgate fourth.

It was nice to see Betty Foreman play her 1000th tournament game and take the prize for highest ratings gain (+108). I managed to snare the high game prize with 552.

Thanks to all players for the spirit in which the tournament was (generally) conducted. Thanks also to Wilma, Pat and Gary Pollard for their great job in the organisation of this year's Winter Masters.

Results after game 20
WINTER MASTERS 1999 -- MASTERS

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Paul Cleary         15  1146
  2 Bob Jackman         14  1750
  3 Joan Rosenthal      13   956
  4 John Holgate        13   721
  5 Rod Talbot          13   342
  6 Rene Chelton        12   26
  7 Daniel Piechnick    12   499
  8 Peter Tobler        12   106
  9 Betty Foreman       11 -220
 10 Joanne Craig        11   469
 11 Barbara Berlin      11   300
 12 Derek McKenzie      11   198
 13 Harry Malcolm       11   104
 14 Marie Knight        11    92
 15 Norma Tracey        11  -160
 16 John Barker         10   344
 17 Robert Tomkins      10    21
 18 Graeme Lock Lee     10   -37
 19 Ros Gibbons         10  -112
 20 Jean McGiffen       10  -172
 21 Audrey Newman       10  -525
 22 Sue Gergelifi        9   274
 23 Karen Richards       9   -23
 24 Cheryl Michler       9  -174
 25 Jeff Chelton         9  -332
 26 Alison Rae           9  -379
 27 Ian Close            9  -504
 28 Gordon Meggs         9  -524
 29 Jan Serisier         9 -1001
 30 Betty Coleman        8  -151
 31 Jean Noonan          8  -326
 32 Gloria Gallagher     8  -589
 33 Jenny Templeton      8  -679
 34 Sal Costanzo         7  -298
 35 Zina Costanzo        7  -742
HIGH GAME: Paul Cleary       552
HIGH WORD: Derek McKenzie    139
            "BRONZERS"

Stats for Tournament : WINTER MASTERS 1999

+--------------------------+-----------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| state     Name           | National  | State   |   Wins    | Rating Points |
|                          | Old  New  | Old New | Exp  Act  | Old Change New|
+--------------------------+-----------+---------+-----------+---------------+
+Section: *MASTERS                     +         +           +               +
+--------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| NSW Paul Cleary          |    4    3 |   2   2 | 13.9 15.0 | 1880 +19 1899 |
| NSW Bob Jackman          |    1    1 |   1   1 | 15.2 14.0 | 1925 -18 1907 |
| NSW John Holgate         |   18   14 |   7   6 | 11.4 13.0 | 1763 +32 1795 |
| NSW Joan Rosenthal       |    8    8 |   3   3 | 13.4 13.0 | 1835  -7 1828 |
| NSW Rod Talbot           |   11   12 |   5   5 | 13.3 13.0 | 1808  -4 1804 |
| NSW Rene Chelton         |   69   61 |  19  16 | 11.1 12.5 | 1581 +31 1612 |
| SA  Daniel Piechnick     |   20   19 |   2   2 | 11.4 12.0 | 1748 +13 1761 |
| NSW Peter Tobler :act    |   15   17 |   6   7 | 12.6 12.0 | 1783 -11 1772 |
| NSW Betty Foreman        |  136   74 |  35  19 |  6.2 11.5 | 1454 +109
1563 |
| NSW Joanne Craig         |   44   34 |  12  11 | 10.1 11.0 | 1668 +19 1687 |
| VIC Barbara Berlin       |   21   40 |  11  23 | 14.7 11.0 | 1745 -74 1671 |
| NSW Marie Knight         |   26   25 |   9   9 | 11.3 11.0 | 1725  -3 1722 |
| QLD Derek McKenzie       |   29   29 |   1   1 | 11.7 11.0 | 1710 -11 1699 |
| VIC Harry Malcolm        |   30   28 |  15  14 | 10.5 11.0 | 1699 +11 1710 |
| NSW Norma Tracey         |  154   92 |  42  27 |  5.8 11.0 | 1423 +106
1529 |
| NSW John Barker          |   54   58 |  14  15 | 10.4 10.0 | 1627  -7 1620 |
| NSW Jean McGiffen        |   28   27 |  10  10 | 10.2 10.0 | 1715  -3 1712 |
| NSW Graeme Lock Lee      |   97   64 |  27  17 |  6.4 10.0 | 1520 +72 1592 |
| NSW Robert Tomkins       |   60   81 |  16  24 | 13.5 10.0 | 1617 -69 1548 |
| NSW Ros Gibbons          |  128  126 |  34  35 |  9.7 10.0 | 1468  +5 1473 |
| NSW Audrey Newman        |   67   68 |  18  18 | 10.3 10.0 | 1588  -4 1584 |
| NSW Sue Gergelifi        |   62   89 |  17  25 | 12.4  9.0 | 1604 -69 1535 |
| SA  Karen Richards       |   84   95 |   6   6 | 10.1  9.0 | 1544 -21 1523 |
| NSW Cheryl Michler       |  138  124 |  36  33 |  7.9  9.0 | 1451 +23 1474 |
| NSW Jeff Chelton         |  127  135 |  33  37 |  9.8  9.0 | 1470 -14 1456 |
| NSW Alison Rae :act      |   93   98 |  26  29 |  9.6  9.0 | 1529 -11 1518 |
| NSW Ian Close            |  177  149 |  47  42 |  6.7  9.0 | 1387 +45 1432 |
| NSW Gordon Meggs         |  228  172 |  55  47 |  4.0  9.0 | 1302 +100
1402 |
| NSW Jan Serisier         |  150  146 |  41  40 |  8.5  9.0 | 1428 +10 1438 |
| NSW Betty Coleman        |  188  178 |  49  48 |  7.0  8.0 | 1369 +20 1389 |
| NSW Jean Noonan          |  149  163 |  40  44 |  8.8  8.0 | 1428 -17 1411 |
| NSW Gloria Gallagher     |   86  128 |  24  36 | 11.8  8.0 | 1541 -74 1467 |
| NSW Jenny Templeton      |  190  183 |  50  50 |  7.2  8.0 | 1362 +17 1379 |
| VIC Sal Costanzo         |   90  141 |  47  67 | 11.4  7.0 | 1535 -87 1448 |
| VIC Zina Costanzo        |  111  151 |  57  71 | 10.5  7.0 | 1497 -70 1427 |
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