Saturday, December 31, 2005

Field strength of s'pore tourneys vs other countries

S'pore's top division does have the largest concentration of high-rated players (above 1800) anywhere. Unlike the UK or Australia, where the lower-ranked players greatly outnumber the higher ranked ones, s'pore's player demographics are exactly the opposite, at least in the top division. And because s'pore is rather small compared to other nations, all the same players flock to the same tourneys at the same time. Compare this to Australia, where the top 30 or so are quite well split between Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland etc. Even in the top divisons at weekend tournaments, there will likely be a few intermediate players. By the way, andrew fisher has a running record of 298-104, also averaging 442 pts/game to 374. Where in s'pore can you get such a record ?

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Chess quotes

"When you absolutely don't know what to do anymore, it is time to panic."
John van der Wiel

“My problem with chess was that all my pieces wanted to end the game as soon as possible.”
-dave barry

“Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation”
(Max Euwe)

“We don't really know how the game was invented, though there are
suspicions. As soon as we discover the culprits, we'll let you know”
(Bruce Pandolfini)

"The passion for playing chess is one of the most unaccountable in the world. It slaps the theory of natural selection in the face. It is the most absorbing of occupations. The least satisfying of desires. A nameless excrescence upon life. It annihilates a man. You have, let us say, a promising politician, a rising artist that you wish to destroy. Dagger or bomb are archaic and unreliable - but teach him, inoculate him with chess."
H.G. Wells, Certain Personal Matters, 1898

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Short words anagram test

This is the last anagram test in a while.Time limit:15 mins. Check the answers with lexpert except for the last 3. Scoring: 1 pt for questions 1-10 and 2 pts for 11-18 Award 1 extra point if all anagrams are found. Maximum points:36

18 and below:Below average 19-22:average 23-26: Good 27-33: V. good 34+: Excellent

Bonus points (5): take the 1st letter of every even-numbered solution except no.18 to find a 8-letter anagram

1.AANN (4)
5.EORW (3)
7.AORV (2)
9.EERVY (2)
13.EHNSW (2)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Anagram test

Try and see how many you can get. Time limit of 10 mins. Check the answers with lexpert. Anything more than half correct is fairly good.

6. AEGIRSW (2)

Monday, December 19, 2005

CSC report and game notes

Again, this tournament was a bit of a roller-coaster ride starting from game 8, when I, after starting 4-0 +462, lost 3 in a row, won 2, lost 3, then won 5 in games 16 to 20. I finished 13-11 +431, just out of the list of prizes thanks to a series of frustrating close losses. The S'pore team emerged as the winning team eventually, which wasn't surprising anyway, as was stated before. However I did manage to get down some nice bingos -AFOORSTZ to the O, AEFILONT and several more.


Average scores:423.1-405.1
Bingos:44 to 34
Double-blank bingos: 3-2

Blanks in 1st half:13
Blanks in 2nd half:11 (24/48)
Ss in 1st half:21/48
Ss in 2nd half:25/48 (48%)

Total:40/96 (41.7%- not good)

Also, unfortunately, I was hit by the X for 50+ points by 3 Thais on the second day and then REDOX for 88 by John Lam. I lost 3 of those games, the 1st 3 quite narrowly

Record against Phillipines team: 5-3+234
Record against M'sia team:5-3 +227
Record against Thailand team:3-5 -30

Record with both blanks:3-4
Record with 1 blank:6-4
Record with no blanks:4-3

Seems weird that I actually did better with no blanks then withboth, but there were other factors coming into play. While I was getting down low-scoring blank-bingos, my opponents were still going strong with the X and other bingos.

Over the past 49 games, I had 10 1-bingo games (20%), 28 2-bingo games (57%) and 8 3-bingo games (16%).

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Another tiring day of scrabble, only 3 games but my first 2 scores were 570+ and then 488 vs lkb. Bingos played:VINIFERA, TUATERA, UNDERLET, EBONIES, QUADRATS, FIREPOT, DIGESTS etc

Monday, December 05, 2005

Another long list of stats

Just finished the latest mini in 3rd place , 7-2+324-another rather dull tournament which included a close 1-pt loss. Record until now: 105-70(60.0%) Local record: 71-43(62.3%)

Stats for the mini:

Avereage score:404.9 pts
Average opponent score:369 pts
Ave. spread:+36
Total turns:121
Ave. turns per game:13.4
Ave. score per turn:30.4
No. of moves >30 pts -37(30.6%)-31

Bingos played:14-11
Ave. bingos per game:1.55
Ave. bingo score:77.31 pts (from 61 to 95 pts)
Record with 1 bingo :4-1
Record with 2 bingos: 2-1
Record with 3 bingos:1-0

S:18/36 (no games with nil or 4 Ss)

No. of exchanges:4 (0.44 per game)
No. of phoneys: 1

For the last 2 tournaments, I bingoed in all 25 games- 7 1-bingo games(28%), 15 2-bingo games (60%)and 3 3-bingo games

Monday, November 21, 2005

WSC after 24 rounds

After 24 rounds, Adam Logan emerges as the new WSC champ. The S'pore contingent performed quite mediocrely, except for CSH, finishing 10th, 54th and 68th. Turns out that 20 of my 30 picks ended up in the top 30.

Friday, November 18, 2005

WSC has commenced

2 rounds of results have already been posted as I type this, Andrew Davis leads temporarily with 2-0 +407, followed by Joel S. , Andrew Fisher and Naween. The first round was extremely close-fought with 19 of the 51 games(37%) being decided by 30 pts. or less, only 1 game was won by over 200. Nigel and A. ganesh won the 1st round by 15 and 46 pts. only, respectively.

WSC 2005 afer 8 rounds

top 10 after the 1st day: Adam Logan 8-0(+748), followed by ganesh, David Boys, Gerry Carter, Andrew F., Terry Kirk, Paul Cleary, Russell Byers,Nigel and Dave W.
The S'pore contingent isn't doing too well, placing 35th, 51st and 76th.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

WSC 2005 Game 1 annotation: Panupol S. vs David Eldar

1 David: MENQIAR 8g QI +22 22

Best. No question about ditching the Q.

2 Panupol: VFOATEE 9h FOVEATE +70 70

Also best.

3 David: MENARLN 8l MANE +38 60

Probably best, keeping the unduplicated LNR versus other choices
4 Panupol: ETISRO? n2 sEROTINES +74 144

Not a bad play, but EStIMATOR(90) through MA is much better.

5 David: RLNIIUN o10 INULIN +23 83

Best. good dump and turnover.

6 Panupol: JNICYUT 4l JURY +36 180

Likely best, discarding the less bingo-friendly tiles.

7 David: RSHWNTE o1 WHEY +45 128

By far the highest score available, next best is probably WIN/EHRST M7

8 Panupol: INCTMID k9 EMIC +16 196

Not too bad, but I prefer MANIC. CUM/CEE/DO(27) is also an option.

9 David: SRNTTAE 10b NATTERS +67 195

Best. EMIC is not hookable.

10 Panupol: NTDIFUN c8 FIAUNT +20 216

11 David: RIDVAOI 8a VIFDA +42 237
Also best.
12 Panupol: NDPEGUO m3 PUDU +29 245
Best. No available floaters for the bingo.
13 David: RIOAHED l12 HOED +34 271
k12 OH/ADEIR is also an option

14 Panupol: GONEDEG 15g DOGGED +30 275

15 David: IARORPA j6 PARVO +24 295

16 Panupol: ENORLSE 13a ENTRESOL +59 334

The only playable bingo.

17 David: IARGLBE a11 GLEBA +27 322

BERG(30) can be considered.

18 Panupol: EOWAAYX m11 WAX +52 386
Obviously best.
19 David: EIRSCIR d4 CRIED +16 338
20 Panupol: YEOAKZB 5b KARZY +42 428

Panupol has little choice here, the sole bingo line cannot be blocked effectively, so KARZY is probably best with ABEILOORST? unseen.
21 David: SRIAOL? 3b ROSALIa +73 411

22 David: (TBOE) +6 417
23 Panupol: TBOE (TBOE) -6 422

Panupol wins 422-417- a relatively close game for both. The blanks and Ss were equally split, and no bingos were missed.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

5 days left to WSC

Only 5 days till play commences. WIll the S'pore team be able to clinch a fourth spot (all in top 35)? Will Panupol defend his current title with the presence of Nigel and the other previous champions?

Finished another tiring session 3-1 with 10 bingos, including WHITENS and EVAGINATE through AG to add to last week's 10-3.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Long words ending in ITH


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Find the best play.

After TOKAY 8h and FRESH/ST/HO you hold ?CEEOTY. What should you play?

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Opening rack: ADERTUW

Simple rack. Would you play WAURED, WUD, WADER or -UW?. WUD may score 14 pts less than WAURED, but its leave is worth at least that much and is better in the long run. -UW is not that bad either, ADERT is among the most potent non-S leaves but playing is definitely better. WADER is merely OK, its conducive v/c combo allows easy comeback scores and its leave is mediocre. This rack would reflect your playing style well..

WSC2005 odds

Nigel Richards 1:5.5
Mark Nyman 1:6
Panupol S 1:7
Joel S. 1:8
Adam Logan 1:8
Ganesh A 1:8
Pakorn N. 1:9
Joel W. 1:9
Naween F. 1:9

Dave W. 1:10
David Boys 1:10
Helen G. 1:10
Jim K. 1:10

Andrew D. 1:12
Phil A. 1:12
Andrew Fisher 1:12
Cheah SH 1:13
Akshay B. 1:14
Brett S. 1:14
Sammy O. 1:14
Paul Cleary 1:14
Jeff Grant 1:14
Harshan L. 1:15
Howard W. 1:15
Allan Simmons 1:15

Steve P. 1:16
John O. 1:16
Goh JP 1:17
John O. 1:17
Gerry C. 1:18
David E. 1:18

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Simply for the heck of it, I have created an online 'blog' for recording certain scrabble statistics and speculation. Until thus far, I have a 77-46(61.6%) record in rated and unrated tournaments and 34-27(55.7%) overseas for 111-73(60.9%) overall, though I have only gained 15 pts the entire year-very slow indeed. 12/183(6.6%) were above 500 ptts, but the average is a respectable 420 points a game.

For the recently concluded singapore open, I average 429 pts a game to my opponent's 380, which provided sufficient spread for me to finish second. I also played 32 bingos to 22. Ss:31/64 Blanks:22. Singapore does have one of the highest concentrations of top players compared to other countries..since the top players appear significantly more often than the 1600s and 1700s.

For US scrabble stats check out