Sunday, December 31, 2006

JG session

Had yet another roaring session at JG yesterday.. Won all 8 games with a total spread of 900+. I managed to beat Dorai 602-380 and 619-291 in 2 straight games - I had naturals OVERWARY(212), LEGENDS(82), EBIONIZE(107), EARLIES(75), PIONEER(78) and FLATTINg, CoVERALL(83). Also another come-from behind win against KB where I bingoed out with EVIRATE catching him with 48 pts, to win by 40.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Visited JG yesterday from 12+ till 10. Played 5 games of scrabble and 1 round of Lawrence's blue moon city. Beat Yen Nee, Dorai and Liwei with 503, 585 and 517 but lost to Liwei and Victor later. Several nice plays as usual like ABDELINW, EENNQSUU (114), DDEEINZ (106) and AEEFOSTU. .

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Yew Tee position

A mid-game position from the deciding game against Ben

Last move:ENTENDER from Ben

What would you play? Several decent choices here, I'm surprised QI does so well. It leaves the 3x3 line open and a hanging Q ( we don't have any Is). However it keeps the tiles for BEZ/BRAND next turn or something better to the triple if opp takes the QI bait. Not wanting to leave the 3x3 line open, I played ZEE-the most defensive move. QUIZ is worth looking at, keeping the B for BRAND but I don't like playing the power tiles for face value.

Later on I played ANNULOSE and won 360-316 to clinch the championship

Monday, December 18, 2006


Won Yew Tee yesterday, making it my 4th tournament win in 6 contested. Got my rating back up to the 1950+ range, shooting for 2000 next. I had more than my share of blanks, but the tiles in between were mediocre at best- had to change 5 times in 8 games with many queer racks. Most satisfying bingo was playing EEEIOPT through C for 82 pts against JP.

Report later.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Lunch and causeway talk

Joined Michael, Tony, Ming Tiong, Ricky, Andy, JP and Cheah for a dim sum lunch at Crystal Jade Palace in Orchard. The conversation revolved around plans for the next CSC, how Ganesh achieved an average score of over 500 against regional competition and a rough plan of next year's tourneys. Michael plans to extend next year's teams to UK, Canada and potentially USA. The prizes will be noticeably greater than before with a cool top prize of US$5000. Same amount for div 2, but in Ringgit.. Next year's event will be stretched over 4 days and will be expecting 100 players for the open div.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Taking blocking a bit too far

My game against Aaron. Quackle recommends fishing with GOX. I played MILO. It does best on the assumption that opp will open up next turn allowing me a place for my bingo. The ave. opp score after GOX is barely 14 pts. However in real life opp will most likely change than open up the board, so it is not very accurate. Perhaps LOG is better as it opens 2 lines?

Travel Map

create your own visited country map

As u can see, I'm not much of a globe trekker yet.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Day 2 brief notes

I was drawing slightly better on day 2, and won 9 games of 12. Averaged 440 pts to 400 and had 25 bingos to 20. EQ loss of 51 each. 8 missed bingos, but ironically only in my winning games. Best moves: 101/147 (69%) Already made the best of what I had in the losses.

A summary of the games-

David- Start with HOD(14), only to see him play FICTORS(82) and OUTSWEAR(95) off the bat. Try SHODS* and SUDARIAS* both challenged off. (SUDARIA+? = no bingos) Later I get DISTRAIN(61) and PIONEERs(80) to ENVELOPs(60) narrow the spread. L-156

Pakorn- Another slow start. Play BAG, not risking AIRBAGS which I know is phony, played against Ong before. I get STAIRED(75) and LAETRILE(68) to counter his successive QUINE(42) QuICHE(66) and MESQUINE(57+5). He wrongly empties the bag with TAX(42) and I bingo out with OUTSiNS(66). I was constantly using time pressure, it seemed to work as he messed up the endgame and finished with -56 seconds compared to my 19 mins. W+35

Irineu- A very sneaky player, changing with 5 tiles left and getting 2 blank bingos. L -22

Jocelyn- My lucky break of the day( after all I have won the last 8 games against her). i get AUSTERE(66), AFGHAnI(73) and ANTBEaRS(86) (3 A bingos) to her IGNORES(76). W+195

Odette- Very blocky game. I have ENABLInG(72) and COWRITES(92) to her ANISEED(76). W+95

Naween- Prepared to take him head on. He plays the first 2 look-alike bingos (NATURES and NATURAe, but I sweep it from behind with SATRAPAL(61), phony SIALOID/SATRAPALS*, later COALISED(86) and CRaMPON(90+5). W+43

Taewan- A nice Thai gentleman, who speaks in a sing-song Thai accent (most of the Thais do too). He starts with AXON above which I overlap DOJO(37). Later I get cheap scores of QI(46), FRITZ(54) and KY(36) to his mediocre scoring. Later get OILIEST(74) and LINGUAe(63) to his CRUSAdES(83) and URINATE(73). W +70

Douglas- A pleasant Indian player whom I met in Bangkok before. He starts slowly with STAM* midgame but later sPROUTED(76), GAINLiER(80) and QI(64) for him to my LINABLE(72) and NEEDLIER(68) save the game. L-21

Vannitha- I knew Vannitha was definitely rusty, but she put up a hard fight with ABORtION(80) and CUSPIDS(83+5) late game to my DEvOTEE(74) and outplay of MURAENA(65) catching her by surprise. W+10

Ronald- A very slow, blocky game for both plaayers. I get down the first bingo with NATUreD(74) and protect my lead to win by a full hundred points. W+100

Edward- After a satisfying dinner, I play Edward next. This is my best game, dropping just 10 pts for the entire game. I start with DEHOOU? and play OUD. He later plays TRINDLES(62) through my FLAVINeS(86). Immediately follow it up with ADERMIN for a cool 85 pts. QAT(38) and steady scoring is enough to hold off his cUTESIER(68) W+76

Sompong- Contrary to what it seems, Sompong is a tough player with a knack for bingos, playing PETIOLATED/GRAPIEST against me in Bangkok. However in this game he was off form. I had 2 exchanges in the first 4 turns, falling behind by 140 but caught up with NARRATe(59), VACATION(76) to his FETTERED(62) and SEEPING(86). Later he plays TROLD* which gets challenged off allowing me RAWhIDES(86) in the same space. W+ 32

The next post will not be scrabble-related. I hope..

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

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More J.T

If there's anything I can beat Ganesh at, it's JumbleTime

Monday, December 11, 2006

Day 3 analysis, endgame test and team stats

Just spent the entire morning going through my Day 3 games.

The conclusion: I was playing relatively well, losing an ave. of 53 pts of EQ a game (95, 47,66,57,30,42,32 ) However I went 2-5. The field was tough to say the least- Lennie, Ganesh, Marlon, Chris, Gerry, Jose and Nigel , 4 of the top 10 players- ave. rating of 1874.

T0 put things in perspective, David Webb loses around 70 pts and Andrew Fisher around 55, while recent WSC and BEST finals have seen average losses of 50 or so.

I missed only 2 bingos in the 7 games costing 10 and 29 pts each. I had 11 bingos to 16. I had only 4/14 blanks and 7/28 Ss. On Day 2 I had half the blanks and won 9 games of 12 against an ave. rating of 1858 ( perf. rating of 2049)

Total moves:91
Average no. of moves: 13.0
Worst loss: BARDY(54) against Marlon losing 38 points
No. of best moves:41/91 (45%)

Scrabble is just unfair..

My game with Nigel. I tracked correctly and saw no way to win.

$50 for anyone who can find a proven win for me.
My turn to play with DEIIISV, sadly no DIVISIVE.

TEAM stats from S'pore vs other teams in order of placing

............................. Cheah...........Me..............JP............Andy..........Michael..........Total

Sin vs Aus ........1-4 -108...2-3 -445....2-3 -163.....0-5 -288.....2-3 -147....7-18 -1151 (ave -46)
Sin vs Mal ........ 2-3 -274...2-3 +55....1-4 -269.....3-2 -11.....2-3 -85.....10-15 -584 (-23.3)
Sin vs Tha .........4-1 +259...4-1 +144....3-2 -79.....3-2 -61.....3-2 -133.....17-8 +128 ( +5)
Sin vs Phi ........2-3 +66....2-3 -79.....4-1 +220.....1-4 -352.....1-4 -387.....10-15 -532(-21)
Sin vs Ind ........5-0 +438...2-3 -43....3-2 +213.....4-1 +326....4-1 +205....18-7 +1139 (+45.6)

Best performer against Aus: Michael
Best performer against Mal: Andy
Best performer against Tha: Cheah
Best performer against Phi: JP
Best performer against Ind: Cheah

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Back from CSC

And 3 days of scrabble action. Started slowly with 1 win of 6, but won 9 of 10 mid-tourney only to finish 16th after a poor finish. Not that bad actually considering the strength of the field. Lost to Nigel by a measly 5 points in the final round- he had no vowels but still managed to score decently. If he lost he would be relegated to 4th, winning US$400 less.I managed to baat 5 of the top 10 (Naween, Edward, Pakorn, Odette, Gerry). Wasn't drawing too well, with 4 of the first 18 blanks for 19/50 total. 41% of Ss. Steady bingo ave. of 1.88 a game.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

CSC is drawing near. Photo shoot with ST tomorrow at Toa Payoh followed by session at Michael's place. In short, another long day.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Jumbletime Salsa

Visigoth is Ganesh, BTW
Jumpinjeep is Aaron
Halbert is Albert hahn of calgary

as usual, found nice words like CMMKORWU and ADHIIJT

Edit: Posting these lifts my morale. I should do this more often, especially when Ganesh plays.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Nothing seemed to go right, save for the first half. It's kinda strange that my worst performances are in the tourneys 1 week before major events( before nats too). The 6- player div is also to blame.... Also mediocre tiles, watching too much WYSC, the stuffy air-con, few blanks (6/16, only 3 on bingos)and I hadn't been feeling too good these few days either. So JP wins all the games with an even lower average(and fewer bingos) than Liwei, who wins half. And yes, same number of wins as michael who phonied practically every game. What a joke.

On the bright side, I am still the leading player in contention for WSC..

For some reason I wasn't on form, letting Michael play IQ with the board reversed and overdrawing twice, both times losing the blank. Fortunately I got both back. Against JP I missed ULE which would have won by 1 instead of losing by 4.
What's worse, these are my uninspiring opening racks:

ELMRTVY ( played VLY 18)
EEEMOOR ( change EEOO)
?EILRRS (fLIRTERS 78 only to close the gap of JP's ORALITY 78)

Game 7 with JP. During the game Dorai peeks over and is rather bemused by words like FLIRTERS and EROTICA. I'm less than pleased. Down by a bingo on a rather closed board. I choose HERTZ, while at the end JP manages to get the blank and STILL doesn't play EBONItES or EBONIsES because he's scared that if it's phony I would out and win. Geez. A 1995 player, unsure of EBONITES EBONISES or EBIONISE..

Not a good day. Causeway should be better.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Playing with style..

Taken from an NSA player's blog:

" What does "That's my style" mean?

A) It's the best play but I don't want to explain it to you, because you either won't understand it or you won't listen.

B) I just like the play and I don't know why its best and I don't want to listen to logic

C) That little delusional voice is telling me to play it

D) I have no idea how to play Scrabble.

E) It's the play that creates the type of situation that I want and I'm willing to sacrifice quality of play so that I can get a board that I am more comfortable with "

It's A for me, sometimes B

Day 2 annotated game: Rd 13 Austin Shin vs Weibin

I chose round 13's highlighted game between Austin and Weibin to peer into. Enough of David anyway.

I use Quackle 0.94 with 1000-2000 iterations for most moves, 2-4 ply

I am very busy tomorrow, so any other annotations will have to wait..

Austin: AMIEUWE h8 EMEU 12 12 Not a good rack to start with. EMEU is a poor choice, scoring only 12 points and leaving an unproductive combo. There aren't many better options, as shown below. WAME keeping 3 vowels doesn't look too good to me.

WB: OAZTFJR 11g JURAT 24 24 JOE(26), which scores and keeps the board tight, is better by 7 pts.

Austin: 3 WAIURRS 12j WAUR 21 33 Clearly best. Few other choices.

WB: FOZORLI m10 ZORIL 28 52 Weibin misses M9 ZORRO(48), costing him 22 EQ points.

Austin: 5 IRSASDA 15m SAD 27 60 It's between SAD(27), DISAS(36) and ASAR(30) here. SAD and ASAR are roughly equal. DISAS is 1.5 pts behind.

WB: 6 FORNOBS n9 FOB 27 79 Best. Keeping the S for 9 pts less pays off.

Austin: 7 SIARFGG o6 GIGAS 38 98 Best. Using the S for an extra 15 points is worth it here.

WB: 8 ORTCVNS 8d CONVERTS 66 145 Best. The only bingo.

Austin: 9 FLAWIER 13e FLAWIER 74 172 Missing 14G FIREWALL(86). 9 pts of EQ lost here..the I beside the TWS isn't much of a threat, since the board is already fairly open. Ave. response is 47 after FIREWALL and 42 after FLAWIER.

WB: 10 ATOPRUT n1 *OUTTRAP challenged 145 Weibin phonies here. The playable bingos are OUTPARTS(70) and TRAPUNTO(68) also in Edwards' report

Austin: 11 MEEIING h13 WIG 21 193 Missing K1 GEMINIES(72), costing him 49 EQ pts.

WB: 12 ATOPRUT k4 POUTS 14 159 Weibin misses the said bingos again.

Austin: 13 HEMEINE l4 HEME 40 233 HEMPIE/IN(34) is 2 pts better. Doubled Is are bad. The good thing is that HEMP reduces opp. response by 5 pts.

WB: 14 TRAPINY e7 PORNY 20 179 Weibin misses the easy 15a PARTYING(95), costing him 77 eq pts.

Austin: 15 INENOYE 14e YONI 23 256 ONERY(24) is better by 7pts although it opens the TWS line.Opp. response is surprisingly only 4 pts higher after ONERY than YONI.
WB: 16 TAIODDT 14k TOLD 20 199 Weibin misses 14J DOILT(40), 21 pts better

Austin: 17 INEELNK d10 INK 21 277 G5 KNIVE(19) is 5 pts better.

WB: 18 DAIT#EI f2 DIAcTINE 70 269 Weibin finally bingos, also playable were G2 ADdITIVE and IDeATIVE(70). DIACTINE is the safest choice as it doesn't open the TWS line.

Austin: 19 EELNCVQ change -ELNCVQ 0 277 Not the best choice. Austin is leading by just 8 points here and exchanging is not neccesary, especially on such a board. Even dumping the Q for 11 points is better. But playing ENCLAVE(26) for score and turnover, going for the blankis certainly superior

500 4 ply iterations:
WB: 20 NIAIXOE 2b AXOID 26 295 XENIA(31) is decidedly better, as there is little chance of duplicating the leave of IO

Austin: 21 ASUBAOE 1a ABO 28 305 Best. Not OBA which takes one of many Es unseen.

WB: 22 NIEHLEC 4d LEACH 28 323 Another tough bingo missed- 5bELENcHIC (74) 54 pts lost.

Austin: 23 UESAET# g7 UVA 21 326 Austin misses AUSTErE/THEME/SPOUTS (82), likely overlooking the hooks, costing him 18 pts

WB: 24 INEQEER m3 QI 30 353 No U for QUEENIER. QI is best.

Austin: 25 SEELNT# h1 LETHES 27 353 Missing BANdELETS(62) which would have won by 57.
26 EEENRDV 1h LEVERED 12 365 Best
27 N# 3b Ny 25 378 28 Also Best

Conclusion: Not a very good game for both players, Austin missed bingos on 2 racks while Weibin missed 4. It pays to look for 9-letter words sometimes.

Equity loss: Austin 155 Weibin 325
Score per turn: Austin 27.1 Weibin 28.0

After game 16:
RankPlayerCountry WinsMargin
1 David EldarAustralia 13 1247
2 Austin ShinEngland 12 1075
3 Tanasak SupaphibunkThailand 11 683
4 Benjamin ChowSingapore 11 402
5 Toh WeibinSingapore 11 353
6 Will NedigerCanada 10 400
7 Lee Guan HuiSingapore 10 394
8 Thanapong KukietThailand 10 253
9 Marcus GohSingapore 10 208
10 Joshua SngSingapore 10 12

4 more games to the end. Realistically I guess only the top 5 stand a chance at the finals. David is in if he wins at least 2 games tomorrow. For the rest, spread will be an important factor.

Round 12 update

Standings after game 12:

1 David EldarAustralia 10 993
2 Austin ShinEngland 9 786
3 Toh WeibinSingapore 9 159
4 Alastair RichardsAustralia 8.5 513
5 Pasit NatearphaThailand 8.5 51
6 Will NedigerCanada 8 448
7 Lee Guan HuiSingapore 8 350
8 Thanapong KukietThailand 8 344
9 Benjamin ChowSingapore 8 296
10 Chaiwat WuthinitikorThailand 8 3

12 down, just 8 more to go. Highest averages: David(451), Austin(427), Suanne(411), Guan Hui(410)

David won the last 8 games by an ave. margin of 111 pts, bringing him 1 game clear of the field with a gargantuan spread....Austin and Weibin are hot on their heels and they play next

Joshua has played the most Thais (5), winning 4 of them. Suanne won the last 4 games, jumping from 36th to 11th. Pasit(THA) won 6.5 of the last 7 games, climbing to 5th/

S'poreans place 3rd, 7th, 9th, 15th, 18th and 19th

M'sians place 11th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 27th, 30th, 31st, 36th and 39th.

Thais place 5th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 13th and 22nd.

I find it interesting that in all 6 annotated games shown the Singapore player ended up losing(even in game 5 where Kian boon and weibin played )

Friday, December 01, 2006


107 page views so far today and counting. Not bad ...

For tomorrow i will pick the most (strategically) interesting game for annotation and analysis so keep checking back for updates.

Annotations will be colour-coded from the next one onwards by equity loss as follows:
Perfect play
Minimal loss (<5>
Average loss (5-10pts)

High loss (10-20 pts)
Blunder (20+ pts)

I guess most of the table 1 games will be covered tomorrow so we shouldn't be seeing many high losses..

120 page views today
from M'sia, Australia, India, Singapore, Ontario, Kenya, UK, Philippines, Thailand and Japan

Game 8 annotation: David vs Austin

After 7 rounds,all Singaporean players are in the top 12. Good indeed..

View the finished game here

Do post in the comments, for if there isn't enough response I won't be doing any more of these till the finals.

Annotation with equity using Quackle sims (500-1000+ iterations)

Austin: SPEWJIS 8g JEW 26 Best.

David: SIMI 25 Exch II beats it by 3 pts, due to the obvious bonus potential of EIMRS

Austin:ZIG/EIPSS 26 Best. Not worth using the S for 2 more pts.

David:RORIE/EIR 6 A nice rack cleaning play, but it doesn't score. G6 ROJI(13)
beats it by 7 pts.

Austin:LISP/EIS 26 Nearly best. Slightly better by 2 pts is L11 SIP(24).

David: RAX/DEIRT 27 Clearly best. 5H OXIDATE(30) doesn't come close.

Austin:4f TARTIEST 66 Austin fails to find the optimal bingo, 13g ETATIST(75)

David: 3a RETIRED 75 Best. Also RETIRED in the same spot.

Austin: OGRE/LQU 18 An interesting choice to say the least, opting to keep the QU combination with a modest score. Also not on Quackle's list of plays.

After 1200 2 ply iterations:

Move Score Equ Bogowin%
M1 QUOTE 28 22.5 57.0
A1 OGRE 18 17.3 54.1
M1 QUITE 28 16.6 52.9
M1 QUITE 26 14.3 50.6
2E EGO 22 9.5 53.9

Dumping the Q for 28 is best.The Q gives up little ground. GIL isn't 6 pts better than GLO, but there are 6 Os unseen and only 2 unseen Is.

David: AUROrAE 75 Best. The only bingo playable.

Austin: COLE/IQU 32 OLEIC(37) in the same place is better by 4 pts. CAIQUE D1 is the only other close option.

David: UPBYE/FN. 27 Best, cleanly above the next play by a full 7 pts.

Austin: QUIT/AIKR 26 Best, beating L1 QUASI (24) by 1.5 pts.

David: FOEN/MVW 40 Best, despite the crappy leave.

Austin: BUNK/LAIR 20 The tight board offers few good options. The defensive 1A OINK(25) is 2 pts better. The open K isn't much of a threat though.

David: DOW/?EMV 28 David takes forever on this move, due to some technical errors. However DEV(29) simulates 5.5 pts better. After DEV we average 42.4 pts on the next turn, compared to 39.3 for DOW. ?MOW likely has better synergy and makes more bingos than ?MEV which is much less flexible.

Austin: WAIF/AELR 30 Best. Good score and leave

David:HM/AELV? 24 David misses 6d HAEM(44). It scores 21 pts more but only 4 more in equ, due to the potential of ?AELV.

Austin: HULA/RATE 21 Best. The good leave will pay off soon.

David: LEV/?AGT 21 Best. The V is a real hindrance to a potential bingo.

Austin: ETAERIO 77 Best. Austin plays the most high-probability bingo.

David: CADENT/G? 24 David is trailing by 21 pts after Austin's comeback bingo. ADHNNNOSVY is unseen. From the tile pool, there is a small possibility of HULAS/SYNANON, so the line must be blocked. CADENT is best, winning 56% of the time.

Austin: VENA 9 A weird move. 13H DAVY(28) is much better. But David would out with OHiNG(21) to win by 4.

David: HAGDON 11 winning 390-369.

Conclusion: A closely fought, but not a very exciting game with 2 bingos per side. Play was generally quite good as no bingos were missed.

Equity lost: Austin 43 David 10
Score per move: austin 30.8 David 32.5

Top 10 after day 1
1 Austin ShinEngland 7 638
2 Alastair RichardsAustralia 7 500
3 Thacha KoowiratThailand 6 645
4 David EldarAustralia 6 535
5 Marcus GohSingapore 6 336
6 Toh WeibinSingapore 6 300
7 Joshua SngSingapore 6 27
8 Chaiwat WuthinitikorThailand 6 18
9 Liew Kian BoonSingapore 5 520
10 Sherwin RodriguesIndia 5 320

Ave S'pore player position: 8.7
Ave M'sia player position: 28.5
Ave Aus player position: 22.6

good Surprises: Marcus, weibin, Chaiwat, sean chung, mohd zafar( won last 5)
bad surprises: Yi En, Suanne

WYSC after 1 round

Surprisingly, David isn't in the top 5, but he'll surely get there soon. Vimalan Raviraj of Canada leads briefly with a spread of 223 and plays Kian boon next.

Sherwin loses to Ben by 27. Joshua beats a Thai by a mere 3 points.

All of the Singapore players won their first game. 7 of the 10 malaysians, including Suanne, have lost their first game.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

the day is nigh..

WYSC starts tomorrow.

David will most likely win, unless he is outdrawn and outplayed in the playoffs. But looking at his warmup results, that seems rather unlikely.

I expect David to make the finals with either Sherwin or Austin. It would be nice to see Benjamin there too

My predictions ( don't take too seriously )

chance of reaching the finals:

David Eldar 90%
Austin Shin 40%
Sherwin 35%
Benjamin 30%
Suanne 27%
Kian boon 25%
Will nediger22% ( Surprising 4th in day 2 warmup tourney)
Joshua 20%
Yi En 18%
Alastair 15%
GH 15%
Sean Chung 8%

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Back from KL and the numerous hours of shopping and walking.

Enough talk for now.

Time to own the rest of the tourneys.

And I mean it.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Going off

tmr morning at 6 to KL and Malacca for several days.

Club today was hurried as I had to go off at 4 pm. Nevertheless squeezed in 3 games with Dorai and Yen nee. The high game with yen nee is shown below. Final score 515-486 to me.

Friday, November 24, 2006

How many wins for CSC top 10?

The answer is 14.

Based on previous Causeway results, the 10th finisher has consistently had a winning % of 55-57%. Gerry Carter, who finished 10th 2 years ago 16-13 with the same number of players. Translated into 25 games, the minimum is 13.8 wins. Even for last year, it works out roughly to 13.67 - 14/24*30/32 *25
However a lopsided field (low-rated Indian players) may raise the bar required by a bit.

Of course, 14 is not enough for me. Maybe 17 or 18 for a top 5 finish..

And, yes, I know there's a mini 5 days before the big event :) :) :)

Monday, November 20, 2006

Melbourne photos

After a really tiring 14 days of travelling all over Melbourne and Tasmania, and staying in 7 different hotels, it sure feels good to be back. The weather in Melbourne was highly variable-on Wednesday there was snow in some parts, and on Sunday it was 13-31 C. Tasmania was not very enjoyable as it is a really cold and quiet place-the shops are closed and streets empty after 6, save for the bustle of the Salamanca market which sold everything imaginable.

Go here for the full album of 130+ photos. The main highlights are shown after this

One of the many scenic spots along the Great ocean road of the Victoria coast.

The 'Twelve Apostles', also along the Great ocean road

A huge plate of roast chicken noodles on the first day cost A$8.50.

The log cabin in cradle mountain, Tasmania on Wed morning, blanketed with snow

A picturesque view of the city skyline from the Royal botanical gardens, with perfect weather to boot.

Another lovely scene from the conservatory of Fitzroy Gardens

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

cradle mountain update

I'm now waiting for my coach back to Launceston from the Frigid cradle mountain-temp has hovered between 0 and 6 C and it had been raining and snowing heavily for all of yesterday. Even with some sort of a fireplace in the cabin it was still freezing for most of the day..Scenery is quite good though and the air and water is really fresh..

Returning to s'pore in 4 days-can't wait to get back to a warmer climate...............

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

3 days in the wordls' most livable city

So the sign reads: " the state library accepts no responsibility for security on the internet.."

But who cares. I'm blogging free in the Melbourne State Library, and there's not many people around anyway. This should be my last post before returning next Sunday, since I'm unlikely to get any free access anywhere else(the hotel charges A$6 an hour) .The library here is much nicer than any I've seen so far-huge cavernous rooms, high-ceilings, carpeted interiors and huge collections. I'm in the chess room, but chess players are typically not friendly and will seldom play out of their own circles. So forget about getting a game at all.

Some impressions- Melbourne is really lush and green, and full of historic and modern buildings at nearly every corner. I've takens ome interesting pictures of the sights, which include a scenic trip down the great ocean road of Victoria state, full of gorges, spectacular scenery, rolling hills and untouched beaches. I've walked through some parts of the city centre, which is full of hip shops, roadside cafes and many Victorian stone buildings. In a nutshell, it's very much like London or any European town. Food here isn't cheap, but the portions are 2 to 3 times what you would normally get in Singapore. The chinese food,I must say, is much fresher( and tastier) than Singapore.isThe weather has been rather chilly, temperatures ranging between 8C at night to 21C at midday, not counting the wind chill.

I'll be flying to Hobart on Friday and returning back to Melbourne the next Thursday, so I can visit the club again.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Some delayed photos

Jobeth recently gave me the idea of taking photos, so I'll try to take more in Melbourne..

The shoping centre lobby

A sign of things to come next year.........

An aerial view of Chatchawin losing.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Tiring day

Reached Jurong Point at 12pm, hung around for a while before heading to JGCC at 2.15pm. Only Marcus and Serene were present, so started playing with Marcus.. By the way I will be quite busy the next few weeks-wedding next Sat then 2 weeks overseas so it was a good time to get in some games.

I begin with a natural ENLARGE(70) and follow up with URINATOR(66) 2 moves later. He has GIRNIEST(70) and FRACT(36) to keep up the pace. Later I get UNSEAMeD(88) and KHAN(38) to his ULZIE(49) and SANDAlS(66). His last rack is the unproductive BCOTVXU. I win 481-429.

I play Victor soon after. I start with SHANTY keeping S while he dummps YU(20) and gets TERPENE(82) in the middle of the board. I play TOTALISE (66) and PrANKLED(103) 2 moves later much to his despair.....After many rounds of mediocre scoring, he gets fown TREATEr(62), allowing me AEONIAN(79) with 5 overlaps. Win 485-375.

Then Dorai turns up and contributes yet even more warped humor with hilarious and nonsensical vibes thrown in.....Lawrence appears and we play two rounds of Blue moon City with Victor and Prakash.

We head for dinner at 7.15pm with GH and Kian Boon, where Dorai supplies us with more gossips and humour.

Then we return to play the final game of Blue Moon, which Prakash wins for the 2nd time-not bad at all, considering it's his first time playing the game

After a while I play the final game with Dorai..I am getting rather tired and make a 100 pt phony the first move. He exchanges and I get ANESTRA(66) 2 turns later. He tries WREAVE which gets challenged off quickly. Later I get BETAiNE(71) to lead by over 100. But he gains ground with REIGNED(76), ADORERS(64) and a penultimate STAPLiNG(63) which i could have blocked. I squeak out a close endgame to win by 12.

I leave just after 10pm with Dorai. The trip back is fairly uneventful, save for the constant tweaking of the radio volume.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


I will be holidaying in Melbourne and Tasmania in the first wk of November for about 2 weeks. Which is good because I have already been to every other Australian city. So it remains to be seen whether I will play in the Serangoon mini..

Melbourne is Australia's most european city and is a hub of arts, shopping and fashion. It lacks the iconic symbols of Sydney but has a clearly British architectural style. Tasmania is a land of untainted beauty, a welcome change from the concrete jungle of Singapore. I also found out the melbourne scrabble club which is in a quaint hotel not far from the city center. It is frequented by Andrew and Naween so i will be popping in for a few games.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Run out of topics to post.

Post what you would want to see in the comments..

Monday, October 16, 2006


I'm elated. Won the mini by 2 games, and achieved the all time 2nd highest rating of 1973. I had 3 bingos in the last game, but was overloaded with vowels in between and didn't win. I also made some nice plays, like AZIONES(124) and WIST(AR)IAs(65). I missed 4 bingos total, 3 of which I chickened out of. Fortunately I won all those games. Bring on Causeway. ..

The birthday celebration was quite good- attended by Victor, Marcus, Yen Nee, Dorai, Marlon, Tony, Sarah, Prakash, Henry and Andy. Lots of gossip and weird humour contributed by Dorai. The service was quite slow but I wasn't really bothered anyway. After the set dinner we bought a chocolate truffle cake and finished it. Also received quite a few presents of which too many were chocolates, now I have 3 boxes of chocolates and some cadbury bars (from Marcus) sitting around. Now
there's such a thing as too much of a good thing. Yen Nee's Border's voucher was by far the most practical

Record: 8-1 +547
Ave. score: 441-380
Bingos: 21-12 (2.33-1.33)

J:6/9 (54/130 41.5%)
Q:4/9 (73/130 56.1%)
X:5/9 (67/130 51.5%)
Z:4/9 (62/130 47.7%)

S:21/36 (248/520 47.7%)
Blanks:12/18 (125/260 48.1%)

Hoping to hit 2000 soon.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


A great end to a great day. I won the mini convincingly, had my birthday celebrated at Han's and achieved a new peak rating.

More on the mini later.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Still in KL

Another typical day of sightseeing and shopping. Departed for the futuristic (and also quite deserted) Putrajaya, a 30 min ride from the KL city centre. managed to catch a good look of the PM's office, a huge building with evident European styles, PM's residence, a stately hilltop mansion and a magnificent mosque equipped with shops and numerous food outlets. The landscaping was pristine and well-done. After the tour returned to the hotel for a huge buffet lunch and more shopping- the spread was extremely good- Lontong, pork cutlets, lamb, fried noodles, glutinous rice, pizza, pasta, laksa, hot waffles, prawn rolls, salad, ice-cream and a long table of delicious cakes and desserts.

Friday, October 06, 2006

in KL

It's nearing midnight in KL and I just checked in after a really long day. Won't be returning to Singapore until late Sunday night. Indeed I was nicely surprised to find free broadband internet access in the plush and spacious room. Now if only Zon Regency Hotel could offer such services.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Oct 15 celebration..

For those who don't already know, I will be celebrating my GM title and birthday (which falls 3 days after) at Hans Great Eastern Life after the mini.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

stats summary

The following is a full summary of toucanet's stats and other odds and ends.

Highest tourney average: 504.5, Nigel, Singapore Open 2000
Highest tourney average by a local player (major): 465.18, Cheah, 2003 harmony cup
Highest tourney average by a local player (mini): 484, Tony, Aug 03 mini

Highest peak rating: Tony
Most national titles: ditto
Most games:ditto (1012)
Most 500+ games:ditto
Most day 2 comebacks: ditto, find out yourself

Most minis won: Andy
Most games in a year: 175- Quek and Andy, 2002
Highest overall average: 428.84, Cheah
Best yearly winning % : Cheah, 2001 (84-35, 70.6%)
Largest rating jump: Joshua, 2004 M Cup
Most draws:Jessie (7)
Highest % of draws: Jocelyn (6/373 1.6%)
Fewest draws: Michael (0)

Youngest GM: Myself
Highest current rating: Myself
Highest ave. without scoring 500: 443.5, Myself, Safra mini 2005

Monday, September 25, 2006

some random stuff

Looking through the archives, I note that Cheah has won 4 of 6 NTU opens and Tony 4 of 7 nationals. Who has won the most JG minis?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Find the best play

The best score is 36 points. If u can get it, your board vision is almost perfect.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

scrabble goals

I have accomplished these goals

1)Obtain GM title
2)Be the highest rated player in S'pore

Now there are 3 more.

1)Finish top 5 in CSC Premier
2) Win a Major tourney( does M cup count?)
3)Play in the next WSC

Monday, September 18, 2006

JG report

So I won again... I can't say I'm surprised after the intense preparation I did. ZP was caught for hiding blanks and was rightly disqualified.

Anyway, stats and game reports:


Record: 6-1 +401
Ave. score:427-369
Ave. moves:12.57-12.43
Ave. score per move:33.97-29.68
Ave. tiles played:50-47.4
Ave. score/tile: 8.54-7.78


Game 2 vs Guan Hui- He starts with PEEVED(30). I have EGLNTVY and play LEVY(18). I get EXPIATED(107) and ELICITED(63) to his MOJO(33), TRAYING*(24) and QUOIF(45). I maintain the scoring with HAJI(42) and KUZU(31) while he strikes with DREADErS(80), trailing by a mere 28. Then I slap down TINNiEST(70) and he doesn't block my out-bingo of ALMOSTU + I (99). I end up winning 536-362.

Game 3 vs Andy- Andy begins with THRANG, getting a challenge from me. I play ELOiNED(68) and AXE(56) while he has LITOTES(74). After 6 turns, I have a slim 28 pt lead. With 7 in the bag, he bingos but empties the bag and allows me to out with NEWSIER(75), catching him with the Q, winning by 10. A very close shave.

Game 4 vs Michael- I start with AEEEGGL, and play EAGLE(14). His racks are scarcely better, and a slow blockish game results. After 9 turns, the scores are 179-215. But I get down SAURIES(70) while he struggles with small scores.
He misses ABELNS? +T (T has to be in 6th ) to go out. I win 343-299.

Game 5 vs Ben- I have AEIISTT to begin-so close to a bingo. He has GOIER(12) and GOY(22) to my THO(21) and KAF(21) after which I get rEMISED(79) to take the lead. I immediately draw the next blank but don't use it until turn 9- ADDINO? + L goes down for 80. Meanwhile my comfort of sitting on a 170 pt lead is being quickly erased by his back to back bingos of BONESET(66) and ANSWERER(86). I leave no chances and have to block the R, leaving 1 in the bag. I am careful not to give him an outplay and finish first, winning by 45.

Game 6 vs LiWei. He opens with DAUBY(30). I have EFFPRNS and play the obvious PUFF(20), drawing LXT. He gets UREAsES(71) while I score well with SWORN(33), QATS(50, HAW(30). Later he gets COpITAS(85) to lead by 35 on a closed board. I have AAIIRSV and can't do much. Lose by 73.

Game 7 vs Tony: I start with YEX(26), and he replies with KOAN(40). I get down the first bingo, OUTPLoD(72), followed by REFiLLS(72) and maintain the lead to the end. He has no reply.

Game 8 vs Michael. I have to lose by less than 45 to win the tourney. But I get 4 easy bingos- ARSINES(85), GUNTERS(77), FEEBLEST(78) and a late pAINTIER(66) to his OVERaTE(71) and KHAT(48) to win easily 514-376.

I was indeed pleased to get my title, and also now the highest rated. As such, I guess I will be skipping the Oct mini. It's time to take a short break.

Thursday, September 14, 2006


3 more days.

We'll see when the time comes.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sin Ming report

Finished 3rd after 6 tiring games today after a rough start...Ball took the easy route to the top by avoiding several top players, and his drawing was noticeably above average again. Anyway, we'll see how he fares in the upcoming mini, he still has yet to play in div 1 in a JG mini. It's frigging about time.

I won my last 3 games to narrowly clinch my 2nd GM the 1900 plussers are virtually a plateau above the rest, I'm not sure whether that's really a good thing.
Also I managed to play a number of recently mugged least it paid off to some extent.


Record:4-2, +443
Finish:3rd out of 14
Ave. score:449-375
Bingos: 11 - 9 (1.83-1.5)


Reached the venue just after 9 with Tony and was greeted with the familiar sight of players milling around. Was pleasantly surprised to discover that LiWei had backed out due to other commitments-good, I don't mind 1 less competitor.

Game 1 vs Karthik
A slow game for both players- after 6 turns, the score is 137-138. After 10, 256-251. He has TRAInERS and SALTIER.. Miss a few bingos at the end and lose by 2.

Game 2 vs Tony.

I lost the first game narrowly, and am not pleased to meet Tony, who has also lost the first game. He opens with REND(10), I play YAY(29). Then SLOW(30) from him and I try OUTPRUNE*-dang those OUT-words-if OUTPREEN is good, why not! I get down JUNTA(40) and MUDDIER(30) and he loses a turn with METISES* Then I play 2 straight naturals- ABINORR to E (89) and AAEILLT to P (74), bringing me to a 313-189 lead. He gets DEWiEST(88) late but still loses 392-444.

Game 3 vs Victor
I start of strongly with TALAQ(48), only to see him come back with DIPOLES(92). I reply with AEELMNTV(92+5). I get GAPO(34) and ARnATTO(65+5) to his SANDiER(76) and STAIRED(84). Mediocre endgame tiles see me lose by 16.

Game 4 vs Kang Ng

I haven't played her in some time, so I knew it would be interesting. So she starts with ROAStED(70), but I have AAGLLTU and immediately see the bingo. She challenges but it's good. I have QUOLL(48), ZOS(48) and a desperate phony SCUB*. Her RESHiNE(88) is not enough to bridge the widening gap. I win comfortably by 72.

We break for a quick lunch of fried noodles and sandwiches. I have to win my remaining 2 games to stay in the running.

Game 5 vs Andy
He opens with JADE(24). I reply with BESTIrS(79) missing yet another 4 timer. A series of high scores - YEA(42), MINED(38), PHAT(37), VAUNTIE(84) and TERF(33) to his StOVAINE(70) and WANE(37) put me well ahead. At the end my tracking comes in handy-he has AEHILOR and 1 obvious spot which I block. However, he didn't see the bingo but it's better to play safe . Win by 86.

Game 6 vs Jessie
Anything less than a win will see me dropping out of nineteen hundred. So here it goes..I have GIIRSTU to start, play GUT-there are few options.. She replies with MIG(14). I shoot back with CEIIMRS(79). Later I have some nice scores, LITHS(44), ZAP(45), WOX(47) and OtArINE(69). She has no reply. I bingo out with CENTERED(66) and catch her with Q.

W 522-271

At 3.15 pm, the tourney is finally over and I collect my prize. I am very relieved later to see that my rating was maintained. I look on as Tony and Andy play 2 matches, evenly split. I end up playing with Jessie and have 4 bingos- LOUrIER(68), LANTERNS(77), WRITABLE(72) and out with JIGGLIEr(75) winning 471-380.

Thursday, September 07, 2006


I am very bored. The last few days have been spent mugging lists, surfing numerous US blogs and going out occasionally. And now the TV is spoilt.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Causeway and other musings

At the rate I'm going, I'll probably be playing in Premier at CSC. Fine then. I'll need to finish at 8th or better just to recoup the 100US reg. fee and other charges. The upside is that I'll be meeting players I haven't played like Naween, Fisher and some indians. I am sure that the combined might of the AUS team-Fisher, Naween, David, Ed and Chris May could be enough to bring the juggernaut down. Apart from that, the Thai team will be pretty strong if Pakorn/Panupol go but apart from that I reckon Fisher, naween and Eldar have the best chances of ousting ganesh.

Back to mini post-portem- 6 bingos missed overall( 4 sevens, 2 eights), about 1 every 2 games. Not surprising as I had been only mugging 8s of late. Chickened out of 2 of them, including AEEKMNW for 108 pts against Henry, which would have brought the score to 313 pts in 6 turns. Apart from that not many non-bingo misses, as I had many racks for which the best move was fairly obvious. No missed 9s this time. I track correctly most of the time now. Knowing opp's last rack helps, especially when the score is close, but not many close endgames this time(probably a good thing)

Monday, August 28, 2006

G8 mini winner's report

FINALLY! A tourney win in Div A ! And a new GM norm too. My mugging and daily JT practise over the past week has paid off. I didn't get to play many newly mugged words like AABDENVW or AAGRSSTU, but still got quite a bit of challenges in my favour. Many thanks to Michael for organising the event, Li Wei for botching a winnable endgame and Carl Johnson for getting me in the mood to mug. However the timing is off, things would have been a bit different had I won the last tourney

Stats and full report follows.

Record: 9-2 +664
Ave. score:432- 372
Ave. turns per game:12.36
Ave. score per move: 34.95-30.1
Bingos:21-16 (1.91-1.45)

J:5/11 (so far, 43/108 39.8%)
Q:9/11(64/108 59.5%)
X:6/11(52/108 48.1%)
Z:5/11(50/108 46.3%)

S:24/44 (202/432 46.8%)
Blanks:10/22(102/216 47.2%)

Ave. tiles drawn:52.9-47.1
Ave. tiles played:51.5-46.6
Ave. score per tile:8.39-7.98
Ave. tiles unplayed:1.9

Challenges gained:50 pts
challenges conceded: 5 pts


The week leading up to the tourney was rather uninteresting, apart from the Holland V meetup and a few other things. A week before the mini, I printed out several lists of 7000+ bingos and did JT bingos daily, averaging around 70-75%. I hoped to at least finish in the top 3 after several mediocre showings earlier this year. The night before, I didn't sleep well, but took herbal tonics.


Arrived at G8 at 9.15am and was surprised to see only a few people moping around. The tourney was held in a surreal glass-walled function room right smack in the middle of the estate with nice views all around. Soon most of the players arrived, including henry whose train was delayed and the games started at 9.45.

GAME 1 vs Gan: He opens with the boring BOING(22). I have drawn ACEIJPV and play JAP(28). He exchanges 5 and I play MINIEST(77+5) 2 turns later. A slow game follows. He only racks up 167 pts in 8 moves. I get down OUGLIES(68) while he has the double-blank sWEaRER(69). At this point, I am up by 37 with EEIPNRSTY unseen. I have ACDORST and have to block the S hook of SWEARER. I play CORDS(18) and win by 34.

W 410-376 Bingos 2-1

Game 2 vs Henry: Henry is next. I expect an interesting game. I start and get off to a flying start with HARRIED(80) and RATTLING(63). He replies with EULOG(I)AE(70) then changes 5. Then, I get a long string of potent scores- VETO(33), KAW(46), MANE(32), FACE(39), BUMPILY(36+5), JO(31) and QUITCH(40+5). He has SOURCED(73) and several 20+ scores. With 14 in the bag, the 2 blanks are still unseen. Sure enough, he gets both, playing ReLISTS(69) and PAINTeD(83). Sigh, but thanks to my high scores, I have enough to win.

W 506-448 Bingos 2-4

Game 3 vs Zi Peng: A most unpleasant game. Start with ZIP(28) after his exchange, then he gets a blank bingo while I play through poor racks..At one point, I have ADERSTU and have to fish the U, getting STANDER(68) next turn. He play SUNdIAL(70), while I have to play BIVVY and CURING . Not good. He misses the fitting anagram of AELLORST and I am stuck with Q.

L 328-437 Bingos: 1-2

I am not pleased to have drawn no blanks so far, I hoped it would change for the better and it sure did.

Game 4 vs Yen Nee: One of the most boring games, if not the most boring. I start with DENTIL/I (18) and she replies with EVENT(16). I play MAULING(68) next move.Nothing interesting for the rest of the game. I get SOUCE(32+5) and WEX(47) to stay in the lead. She tries to open but I block easily.

W 396-313 Bingos:1-0

We break for a quick lunch at 1.45. Trek to the bus interchange and back.

Game 5 vs Michael: He starts with OXIME, missing its better anagram. I play DUMP, CRAZY and AUSTERE(85) on successive turns. He has a string of low-scoring plays. After my second bingo ENDERON(72) I am already leading by 126. Late in the game he gets BRANLEs/sneb(93) which I challenge. Incidentally that is my only unsuccessful challenge of the tourney. I have the blank but with AOOITV and can't even out in 2.

W 444-358 Bingos: 2-1

Game 6 vs LiWei: Li Wei is clearly determined to win after my 3-game winning streak over him, counting overseas games. I begin with GOOF(16). He overlaps with HM(24) I draw CEGU but play ESCUAGE(73). My brief moment of joy is short-lived as he returns with PAYLOADS(106). I score steadily with GROOM(32), CLOVEN(24), BEAR(41) and ZIP(42) while he has HAUNT(29), CITY(18) and DIArIES(74). Soon he plays RENEWING(64), much to my dismay. But then he carelessly phonies with ULIKE ! and my rack matures into the nice DEINRST. Play RESIDENT for 72 pts as all its anagrams score the same. Then I have FOX(46) to tie the scores at 388. I play VEXT and RAVEL while he misses the optimal endgame sequence to lose by 8.

W 445-437 Bingos:2-3

Game 7 vs Joshua: At this point I am leading nicely with a 5-1 record and hoping to hold on to my lead. I start slowly with ODEA(10) and FAIENCE(14) while he exchanges and phonies ARMITAGE( there are 2 other anagrams). But after that i get MASHIER(73), OO(16) and bANJOIST(116). He is still playing 2-3 tiles slowly and is trailing by a lot. Over the next few turns I get DOUANEs(66), WAUGH(24) and GOLIARDS(86) to widen the gap to over 300 pts. I get stuck with the Q at the end but still win big. I play 64 tiles to his 35, the most so far this year.

W 551-269 Bingos:4-0

Game 8 vs Cheah: I don't expect an easy game , but I simply plough through this one with sWEATER(80), TOOTSIE(72) and sERENELY(64). He has ROYALISM(69), missing STORMILY. I have bad racks at the end but still can score and block where needed.

W 443-348 Bingos:3-1

At this point, I need to win 2 of my remaining 3 games to hit 1900. Getting closer. .

Game 9 vs Tony: A tough game, but with pretty decent tiles to boot. I start with MOXIE(34), he replies with CORRODE(20). I get YAULD(26) and ZO(41) to his JINS(33) and WONKY(45). The score is close at 102-98. I get down a natural EASEFUL(77+5) which he challenges, followed by QUIRT(28) and VETCH(19). He soon gets REANOINT(74), narrowing the gap to 12 points. I play OBIA(29), GILT(20) while he has OY(28) and UNWRITE(28). Then I get the blank and play ArEOLATE(66), immediately drawing the next blank, but the board is too closed for any bingo. An easy win as he has no vowels at the end.

W 428-335 Bingos:2-1

I nearly have the tourney sealed up now with my last 6 wins. As it turned out, i would have won even after dropping my last 2 games.

Game 10 vs JP: I start well, but poor endgame tiles see me relinquish my lead. He phonies with REELIES* and I play QIS(41) right there. By turn 5 I am leading 141-54 and feeling comfy on a blocked board. But later I have to dump VROUW(30), MUM(23) and ADVENE(30). He gets both blanks late and lays down TuTANIA(73) and outs with the last blank

L 362-389 Bingos:0-1

I have to win the last game to break 1900. It was already getting quite dark.

Last game vs Andy: I open with BETTA/CS. Best. He replies with ULZIE(28), giving me a spot for my Q: QUESTED(36). He plays PANTRY(30) in 5 seconds flat while I get down PaNICLES(92). He counters with DOWNTURN, much to my dismay. Play MOO, IRID and JOE followed by BARMIER(78) to go up by 90. he makes a series of small plays while I have OVARIAN(30+5) and HELLO(47). He gets an easy bingo, tOASTIE(63) but it is too late.

W 444-381 Bingos: 2-2


I am very pleased to have finally won this year, as it was a pretty tough field by any standards.Finally hit 1900 after trying so many times. This proves that blanks aren't everything-even ball with his unreal blank count wasn't at the top. The venue was cool and quite comfortable, and there were also refreshments provided. I will most likely be playing in the Sin Ming tourney, and will probably give the Sep mini a miss. But nothing is final so do not be surprised if I appear. Meanwhile, I still have the nationals to win. . . .

Monday, August 21, 2006

Sinful indulgences over the long weekend

Friday night-quiet dinner at home then went out to attend some famous speeches. Had a late supper of the well-known Satay beehoon and barbecued chicken wings at East Cost Lagoon.

Saturday-headed to Bishan RC for 8 hours of scrabble gaming. Had seafood, cheese pizzas and spicy chicken drumlets from Pizza Hut, shared only between 3 pple.

Sunday. After more speeches in the morning, head to East Cost lagoon for chicken chop and katong laksa. Headed to Settlers at 2.45 pm and played several board/card games until 7pm. Then went with Cheah, Ricky, Keng Ho, Yopi and 1 more to Hog's Breath Saloon, in one of the rows of Holland village's eateries. Ordered a chicken burger with toast, salad and curly fries for $14.50 while the others had steak. Then adjourned to NYDC cafe and watched as the others ordered cheesakes, chocolate pies, ice-cream milkshakes and other desserts. Played Gorhsenkt, Loco, David and Goliath, Shoot the moon and Circus Flochati until 11pm. Reached home just minutes before midnight.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Tiring day

Exhausted. And still another tiring session tom. Spent 8 hrs at Bishan RC and played 6 games, winning 4. 14 bingos (2.3 a game). My bingo average is finally coming back.

Sunday, August 13, 2006


Try the following quiz I created:

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Even more musings

SIGH. Scrabble is unfair.

61.5% record in majors but never in the top 3. Twice I lost out on spread. Nothing much u can do about those unwinnables. Tony had a 73.5% record and was 1st, 1st and 2nd.

I've been mired in the high 1800s for too long. I know the rating system is screwed but still..I frankly need a breakthrough tourney. Now that the ratings are a tad more balanced, the time may just be right..

Not a great deal of interesting games this year. Only like 1.67 bingos a game but my non-bingo scoring is stronger than ever. In first 4 games of nats, opp. bingoed first every time but I had 89, 90, 91, 96 pts in first 3 moves. I ended up winning 3 of those games. Even Marlon challenged my BOV(A)TES (48) (kept A !!)

Highest bingo this year: 176 against Bro. Arun (he was apparently rather displeased after finding it was good, whats more it was played through a Y of all letters)
Highest score:619 against Ricky, still stands as the only 600+ score in Div A in 2006. How could Gan have ALIQUOTS(208) and not hit 600..
HIGHEST SPREAD: 356 against Sarah(I think ricky's +380 against Dorai is higher)
best finish: 3rd..ugh


Monday, July 31, 2006

Tricky endgame

Find the winningest play. Beware, the highest score isn't always best.

This a test for the true endgame master. And u have to track correctly for it to work too.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

More musings

I have just finished analysing all my games. It appears I was not playing as poorly as I thought.

Missed bingos in just 6 of the 15 games. Just 10 bingos missed overall, 2 of which were nines through disconnected letters. So it's actually 8. Missed just 2 bingos on Day 2, yet did better on day 1. Geez.

129 of my 189 moves(68%) were best. EQ loss was quite minimal. Got away with a few phonies, only one was a bingo.
Is this a phony contest or what? 14 players played unchallenged phony bingos, and that's not counting those which were challenged off. Surprisingly Ricky is not among that group. Guanhui appears to be the one who let most phonies pass-4.

So apparently those with the most bingos(Dorai) and highest average(Ricky) didn't make the top 5. Looks like there is more to the game than you think.

Monday, July 24, 2006


Find the winning sequence. Believe it or not, there is actually one. 22 pts down with 6 vowels, it was looking really difficult.

Some player stats

Most games played so far
Cheah, Tony, ZP....90
Li Wei....87
Yen Nee...79

Highest ave./spread


Sunday, July 23, 2006

After nats

Slightly disappointing finish, after starting out with 6 wins in 8 games. Ended 10-6 +206 in sixth place, inclusive of a bye. Missed some tough nines, both through disconnected letters, in both cases that was the sole bingo. Also managed to put my tracking to good use against Guo Cong in the first game, for the first time. I got his final rack correct, blocked his only outplay and proceeded to win narrowly, converting a slow start into a win.


Ave. score: 420-410
Ave. moves per game:12.6-12.3
Ave. score per move:33.3- 33.2

Ave. tiles played:50.5-46.3
Ave. tiles drawn:51.5-48.5
Ave. score per tile:8.32-8.85
Ave. tiles unplayed:3.2

J: 6/15 (38/97 39.2% )
Q: 9/15(55/97 56.7%)
X :5/15( 46/97 47.4%)
Z :9/15 (45/97 46.4%)

S:31/60 (178/388, 45.9%)

Blanks:15/30 ( 92/194 47.4%)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Really shouldn't have gone for the mini, knowing how tightly competitive it would be. But how could i resist anyway. Just my luck to be in a 6-player division, having to play kb 4 times out of 8 and dropping 3 of them, mainly due to lousy tiles and unfriendly boards.

Anyway, nationals is in a few days and it is time to make a comeback.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Q in various words

Shown below are the frequency of words containing Q in my Penang-BKK games.

18 different words..QI/QIS occurs 19 times out of 45 (42%)

Word/Ave score
QI 15x...21.1
QAT 7...27.7
QIS 4...32
QAID 4...28.8
QUAI 2...35.5
QUINS ..47

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Bangkok analysis and other whatnot

21 games analyzed, 6 more to go.

Missed 14 bingos in 21 games.

Day 1 ave. EQ loss: 75.6 (4-1)
Day 2: still working out
Day 3: 55.7 (5-2)
Day 4:79.7 (2-5)

Best game so far is game 27 against yen nee ( just 13 pts lost in 13 turns)

Based on the extremely few people reading my blog (10 page views/day), there is really little need to post so often from now on.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Finally back from Bangkok. Started the tourney on a high note with 4 straight wins and a place at the top table but later slided to a 14-13 +716 finish, 32nd out of 85 players. David Eldar lost the penultimate game to Femi awowade, who qualified for the finals, winning the first game narrowly but losing the next 2 games to Nigel. First game was a very blockish, defensive game which femi eked out a winning advantaged, but Nigel drew the bag next 2 games.


Day 1- 4-1, + 452, in 8th place...Ave: 430.4-340,Bingos: 9-4

Day 2- 3-5 - 108, in 30th place...Ave: 400.8-414.3, Bingos: 14-13

Day 3: 5-2 +251, in 15th place...Ave: 417.4- 381.6, Bingos: 11-10

Day 4: 2-5 +121, 32nd...Ave:423.7-406.4, Bingos: 15-9

Highlights: Played 24 different players this year,8 of which i had not played before, compared to 18 last year.I managed to avoid all Malaysians this time after meeting 11 of them at Penang.

This time I did play quite a few players I hadn't met before including Radhika (India), Pakorn, Ricardo (Saudi Arabia) and several Thais. Unlike last year, I did not play anyone more than twice.

Country Record Win%
THA.....6-7 +257 46.1%
SIN......2-3 +223 40%
PHI.....1-2 +54 33.3%
IND.....2-0 +85 100%
AUS.....1-1 -90 50%
PAK......1-0 +44 100%
SAU......1-0 +148 100%

-2 10-letters words played in my games, both were unsuccessfully challenged- my AD-VANTAGED(32) against Ball and Sompong's P-ETIOLATED making GRaPIEST.
-Witnessed the very exciting game between Cheah and Nigel. Cheah started with 3 good bingos- CHAPMEN, HEADING and HINDERER but Nigel came back with 4 bingos and won 547-482 .
- I played 2 9-timers for 176 and 149, both against Thais. My 3 best games were against Thais, from which I harvested 715 points of spread.
-15 bingos to 9 on last day and still 2-5..what's going on here..For one Odette played 7 consecutive 40+ non-bingo plays( and 1 bingo) against me to my 3 bingos and won narrowly
-David's rise to the top and his winning streak was most unexpected.
-Gerry, Cheah and Nigel are the only players in the top 10 for both Penang and Bangkok

-Interestingly, there were more games with 0 or 2 blanks (19) than with 1. Normally one is expected to get 1 blank 50% of the time. I did however play 3 double-blank bingos


Ave score: 416.9-391
Total moves:352-347
Ave. moves per game: 13.03- 12.85
Ave. score per move: 31.96- 30.43

Tiles drawn: 51.2-49.8
Tiles played:50.8-46.6
Ave. score per tile: 8.21- 8.39

Bingos: 47-37 (1.74 - 1.37)


Record with 0 blanks: 1-8
Record with 1 blank:5-3
Record with 2 blanks: 8-2

S:45/ 108

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Leaving for bangkok

Which is worse- Ganesh or 20 Thais? I reckon they are equally bad.

After I depart, blog viewership will fall to non-existent levels, since most of them are also going BKK.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Back from Penang

And the 9 hour road trip each way....Was hanging around tenth to fifteenth but caught up on the last day to 8th with a 12-8 +546 record. Was not really expecting Tony and Ricky to underperform.

Day 1: 3-1 +60 , finished 10th
Day 2: 5-6 +76, 17th
Day 3: 4-1 +410, 8th overall

------------------STATS : --------------------------

W-L: 12-8
Ave. score: 436-408

Total moves:262-258
Ave. moves:13.1-12.9
Ave. score/move: 33.6 - 31.8
Ave. score/move for 1st 10 turns: 34.8 -33.1
Exchanges: 0-3

Bingos: 32-37. I won 4 games in which I had fewer bingos than my opponents.
double-blank bingos: 3-1

J: 13/20, My ave: 31.5, Theirs: 31.3
Q:10/20 , My ave: 31.9, Theirs: 32.7
X: 11/20 , My ave: 40.4, theirs: 28.7
Z: 9/20 , My ave: 40.2, Theirs: 55.1

S: 33/80 (41%)
Blanks: 22/40

Record with 0 blanks: 2-2
Record with 1 blank:8-2
Record with 2 blanks: 2-4 ( mostly 2 blank bingos with lousy tiles in between)

Ave. tiles drawn including unplayed: 50.2-49.8
Ave. tiles played: 49.1 - 47.9
Ave. score/tile (0.5 diff is significant): 8.88 pts - 8.52
Ave. tiles unplayed: 3.0

TWS covered: 48-44 ( 4.6 a game)
Highest non-bingo from me: FRON(TAG)ES (117)

Sunday, June 18, 2006


Another tiring session. Played several rounds of Pit, Take 6, China and El Grande, a 1995 territorial space control and card-bidding game set in Spain. Nobody had played it before so it got off quite slowly and eventually took 90 mins to complete. In the end it got quite interesting and I finished second in the group of 5.

Players plays a card from 1 to 13 to determine order of choosing special cards. Then they, in order, move caballeros from provinces to court to the board. Every 3 rounds scoring is done based on who controls the most of every region.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Possible upcoming stats

1. Tiles
2. Ave. tiles played/drawn
3.Ave. moves
4. Ave. move score, sorted by turn
5. Ave. tiles played
7.ave. bingos per move sorted by turn
8. TWS covered

Many of the stats are partially inspired by Phil Appleby, whose 1999 WSC stats went something like this:

Opponent W/L Score Mv Ave Tls Bon ? S J Q X Z ALI %

Suresh Chinnaiyah (Sri) W 493-413 11 44.8 48 2-3 0 2 1 1 0 1 33.3 80
Jeff Grant (NZ) W 554-318 12 46.2 59 5-1 2 3 0 1 1 0 67.8 90
Femi Awowade (Nig) L 325-533 12 27.1 46 2-3 0 2 0 0 0 0 21.7 65
Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Th) W 500-324 13 38.5 55 3-1 2 3 0 0 1 0 71.0 60
Odette Rio (Phi) W 467-443 12 38.9 48 3-3 1 1 0 1 1 1 47.9 60
Ron Tiekert (USA) L 349-360 13 26.8 53 1-1 1 3 1 1 0 1 58.5 65
Naween Fernando (Sri) W 488-371 13 37.5 52 3-1 0 4 0 0 0 0 38.5 85
Adam Logan (Can) L 357-461 13 27.5 48 1-2 0 3 0 1 1 0 41.2 50

Maybe I should do something similar for Bangkok, but this information would look better in a table, which I have no idea of putting in.

ALI index: Total of power tile values x 100 / Number of tiles played
> The power tile values are: ?=10, S=5, X=4, Z=3, J=2, Q=1. The number of
tiles played includes any left on your rack at the end of the game, but not
tiles changed.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

The numerous woes (and low payoffs) of tracking

Finally did some full tracking yesterday for 2 games. Now using a new version of scoresheet with many details and boxed letters for easy tracking. Beat ball 430-326 then 403-515 to cheah. In both cases tracking had little effect on the game.

Bingoed out against Ball so heck about his last rack. Against cheah I determined his last 6 tiles correctly, but he had 30+ scores in different parts of the board and there was nothing worth blocking.

Sadly, tracking is not useful for me because:

1. I keep a note of the power tiles that have or have not appeared easily. You don't need to track to know which line to block, intuition does it. Scanning the board is much faster than tracking.
2. Time consuming and distracting, reduced chance of opponent going overtime
3. In 40-50% of games, the score difference will be too large to make a difference.
4. Even if the difference is small, the game may still be unwinnable.
5. If opponent has an unplayable tile, I will usually know even without tracking. This has happened several times and I had time to milk.
6.It only matters when the scores are close, which is like every once every 8 to 10 games?
7. If opponent bingos out( in Ball's case). By then it's too late.

However tracking is also useful in the pre-endgame, when u have to assess the content of the bag and make certain decisions. But its greatest use is mainly in the last rack.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Not every day u can finish ahead of Fisher..

Monday, June 05, 2006

Void space

In the light that the previous post could help others in roto selection, it has been removed

Friday, June 02, 2006

Club result

3 good games:

W 538-358 vs Victor Bingos: OUTSIZE(99) PORTAGE(99) - LINGERS(87)

W 505-299 vs Han Ei ANIMiST(77) GELATOs(72) ZOOEA(51) EXUDE(42)...... -- DESCRY(50)

W 485-452 vs Cheah ANDESITE(68) FARINAS(76) OVERSHOT(84) OUTDRANK(80)... EPOPOEIA(66) CORNRENT(86)

In JG:

359-425 vs Yen Nee DARkNESS(79)---ENQUIRES (104)

W 564-338 vs Guan Hui CERATOID(72) CInEREA(72) TALLIER(81) KINO(51) JAZY(51) MEAN(44) -- SeALINE(67)

345-393 vs ZP

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Sin' Open report (Day2)

Game 9 v Andy

Open with EVIL/QUE. Quackle does not recommend QI. Andy replies with DUMB/DEVIL(23). I have EEEOOQU but play QUEME(38). He replies with FUSTY(30), then challenges my DUMBO(21). Then XIS(21) and GNARR(10) from me, missing a bingo with 3Rs, followed by his XENIA(39) and HAZER(48). Trailing by 57 but later I get ANNEALER(68) and SeRGEANT/HAZERS(81) to bingo out to his BePITIES(84).

W 417-393

Game 10 vs Li Wei

Another unpelasant game. Open with HATH/OTV, and it starts going downhill from there. My only game without bingos. Next.

L 316-457

Game 11 vs Sanjoy

Upon reaching the table, he recognises me as the "best player never to have played in a WSC"..yeah, how amusing. I start with EIIORTY and change IOY , drawing EEO. He opens with KYNED(36) and I dump EE. He plays MIND(25), QUOD(14) to my TOG(13) and PRICK(26), then bingoes with RePOWER(76). Trailing by 103, I play PITTED (30), then after a few moves, trailing 121-227, I get HOSTAGE(81) and BIGENER(67) in succession. Now I'm leading. He plays ST(26), blocking my ZOEAS(90). He has the last blank but the board is well-sealed.

W 392-349

Game 12 vs Michael

Now 7-4 +104, and not the least bothered about meeting Michael, who rarely plays.

He phonies first move with PINKE*. Off it goes. I put down JIGOT/ED(42) in the same spot, he plays KEEPIN(G) (26). I return with STEWARDS(63). More vowel-deficient racks -BLLNORS (BELL, 19), NORRTTS (RUNT, 8). Meanwhile he gets UNSEX(40) and JAGUAR(26). Then I get LORTTSY(77) in the wrong place, missing BELLY where it would have scored 100. He gets FAME(32), ADZ(33) and COIF(27) while I dump AUDIO(8), MYTHI(32) etc Then he puts down PIEDFORTs(69) which I know but am inclined to challenge. Of course it's good. Have the odd ?BEEEQV as the final rack, but play LEVEE(27) and QATs(30) to win.

W 412-369

Game 13 vs Gan Cher Siong

Begin with KELT/LIE and give him the needed floater for ORNATE(L)Y (63). I play FLAME(48) but get hit with COMFY/ERF/MOM/NY(55). Boring plays the next few turns until I get ISATINE(71), ZOWIE(51) after his EXAlT(80). After bingoing I pick up DRGJQVS and have to change. Later get RESPONsA (85), challenged but still lose by 5. On hindsight might have won if I had blocked his outplay of TUNES/ST with GU (ABGGORU), but unlikely as he can still score and out next turn.

L 406-411

Game 14 vs Jin Chor

Start with ELOQWYY, just one away from YELLOWY. Open with YOW to which he replies with CANTIER(76), but I score well with JARL(22), QAID(34), ZEE(40) and FOOTS(50). He gets down LIsENTE(75). But later on I get VERONAlS(86) and AXES(37) in succession and win narrowly.

W 420-391

Game 15 vs Marlon

Another lousy game with Marlon. He opens with RETAX(40) and I have EEINOOU (or similar). play the obvious EUOI. He gets BUY(28), I play LOON/OLE atop. Later he gets a string of unreplied high-scorers - JUMPERs(56), ZONE(48), QuIPO(52), GOSH(46). I only have FERRIES(69)

L 317-446

Last game vs Dorai

With luck on my side, I slap down 3 naturals- TAILYES(81+5), ARSENAL(66) and SHIRTED(85). He gets ZOONS(68) and tries BRIGGIER(149) at the end. Fortunately it's phony.

W 510-377

Conclusion: Still managed the top 5 after some poor draws... Tony was lucky in the last game-4 easy bingos, but if Marlon had won that game against Gan he might have better chances of winning.

On further thought, I probably won't be doing these reports for bangkok (too much work), unless...

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

My game vs Tony

#player1 HubertWee
#player2 Tony Sim
>HubertWee: COLDINR 8D CORNI +20 20
>Quackle: 7E YAUP +24 24
>HubertWee: TRDLING G5 TRUNDLING +65 85
>Quackle: 5D ELATIOnS +78 102
>HubertWee: ABDEHNW 4A HWAN +32 117
>Quackle: A1 BOTH +27 129
>HubertWee: BEDONSE 3C DEBONES +83 200
>Quackle: H1 RYE +18 147
>HubertWee: HKNOST? B1 EX +40 240
>Quackle: ADEEIIN F2 MOLA +12 159
>HubertWee: EEEFITU H11 FEU +18 258
>Quackle: K3 QIS +12 171
>HubertWee:AEEIIGT L1 GEIT +29 287
>Quackle: 1L GAZE +42 213
>HubertWee: ADEIRUV11D AURIFIED +48 335
>Quackle: 10J WET +30 243
>HubertWee: TVJOKES 12A JOKE +50 385
>Quackle: RUPTIN? O1 ERUPTIoN +86 329
>HubertWee: THRINSV A12 JINS +33 418
>Quackle: N6 MOA +24 353
>HubertWee: ALHORTV 2N OR +26 444
>Quackle: C12 KOA +14 367
>HubertWee: AIHLRTV 12A JOKER +18 462
>Quackle: 1A BEG +6 373
>HubertWee: ACHILTV M7 CHIA +33 495
>Quackle: ADEEFSV N10 SAVED +32 405
>HubertWee: LTV 13M VET +12 507

Click on the image to enlarge

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Sin' Open report (continued)

So, this will be the last detailed report until Bangkok. Until then, keep your fingers crossed.

Do comment if you have read.

Game 3 vs Philip

Expecting a fairly easy game, but it is anything but. He starts with DUTY, Y on star. I have ACEEKXY and play CAKEY/ED/YU, missing an optimal play also using the same tiles. Thought of setting up KYU but probably won't work out as there are many As left. He returns with THE(27), blocking my nice -II bingo (which I won't say). Dump XI, he gets BLUIEsT(66). I play VOWEL(S) (22), not that I needed any. He plays GLEAM(24) and MIAOUED(22). I start picking a long string of vowels. With AEIILON, fish IO twice. Later he gets REQuITES(84). I am already trailing by 100+.. I later get down TZIGANES(107), shocking him but still lose.

L 371-417

Game 4 vs Victor

At 1-2. It's time to make a comeback. Open with the blockish CWM/AIRT. He returns with CUB(13). I get no blanks this game but have 3 naturals ARIETTE(72), ETALONS(72) and FORTIES(70). Lose a turn trying INHEDED* or might have reached 500. He is fortunate to get RESTING(90), AZO(34) and AQUAE(47) all at the end

W 461-412

Game 5 vs Jessie

Overdraw first move, but she fails to extract the blank from my rack. Too bad. Reply her GAILY(26) with YEASTING(67), the only bingo. I later get IMPRINT(76) JETON(36), APEX(42) and LUETICS(77). She has no reply. Have AEERNST at the end but nothing will fit.

W 461-311

Game 5 vs Tony.

Hands down, my best game of the tournament. I start with the lacklustre CDILNOR. Play CORNI (missing NORDIC/CODLIN). No matter. Tony plays YAUP(26) atop and I slap down TR(UN)DLING (65) in 5 seconds flat. Challenge..but it's good alright. My first 9-letter bingo with a 1 vowel rack. But he replies with ELATIOnS(78). I play HWAN(32), then BOTH(27) for him and DEBONES(83) for me. Having vowel drought, he plays RYE(18) and MOLA(12) next 2 turns. Later I get down AUR(IF)IED/V (48) and JOKE(50) to lead by 147. He attempts to set up a bingo later but to no avail.

W 512-428

Game 6 vs Marlon

Not a good game. Start with HQRRRXT and have to change keeping X. He starts with ENABLES(70). I reply with ENFIXI(N)G (71) which gets challenged, surprisingly. Next plays: me: WYE(32), OO(12), AMIDO(35), MILTZ(42), ZOEA(13), BOK(37). He later blocks my DRESSER/ZOEAE/DE with the sneaky UmANGITE.

L 355-474

Game 7 vs cheah

Start with 7 vowels, but play EAU/AVOW(13). Cheah was unable to score very well this game-166 pts in 7 moves, while i had JOY(31), ZONAE(48), INERTIAL(77). He had aSEPTICS(72) but I replied with DIORItE(70)

W 412-356

More games if there is further interest.

Monday, May 29, 2006

some stats

Ave. rating of top 10 in 2002 nats: 1808
Ave. rating of top 10 in 2003 nats: 1841.6 (3 above 1900)
Ave. rating of top 10 in 2004 nats :1843.3 (3)
Ave. rating of top 10 in 2005 nats : 1856.2 (1) , top 5: 1884.8

Ave. rating of top 10 NOW: 1857.0 (1), top 5:1891.8

Before 2002 the ratings were on a different level so it isn't an accurate comparison.

Top 5 in AUS:

1.Andrew Fisher (1935)
2.David Eldar (1829)
3. Naween (1828)
4. Edward (1826)
5. Julian McKail (1783)
20. Daniel (1651)
50.Angela (1535)

1. Ganesh (1954)
2.Nigel (1861)
3.Aaron (1765)
4. Suanne (1633)
5.Pui Cheng Wui (1619)

335 point gap between the top and 5th player in M'sia, compared to 152 pts in AUS and 90 pts in S'pore.