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 ? http://www.scrabble.org.au/tournaments/

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)
2.HIOT
3.IKLP
4.NOCL
5.EORW (3)
6.EETY
7.AORV (2)
8.DIION
9.EERVY (2)
10.CEIMTY
11.BIFOR
12.EGORT
13.EHNSW (2)
14. ACMNOT
15. ACHKTW
16.IIMRSU
17.CELPRU
18.AAIKK

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.

1.ACDONRSU
2. ACDEGIKM
3. AAELMOST
4. CEEFNRVY
5.AACHILR
6. AEGIRSW (2)
7.ELMMOPU
8.AHPRTU
9. ACONITUM+ G
10. NEEDLESS+ I
11.MARCHESE+ U
12. BRAIDING+ G
13. ELECTION+Y
14. QUARTERS+ OP
15.IMPLICATE+O

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.


Stats:

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%)
J:10/24
Q:8/24
X:8/24
Z:14/24

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

Blanks:7/18(38.9%)
S:18/36 (no games with nil or 4 Ss)
J:3/9
Q:6/9
X:5/9
Z:7/9

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