Wednesday, March 29, 2006

some interesting stats

copied from a US scrabble compilation:

Country With Highest WSC Winning Percentage (missing data for 1991 Worlds1.
1. 57.1%: United Kingdom [uncombined] (116-87-1)
2. 56.8%: Thailand (263-200-3)
3. 56.3%: England (671-521-3)
4. 56.2%: USA (1,207-940-5)
5. 55.6%: Canada (563-449)
54.7% New Zealand 354-293-5
53.9% Australia 387-331-3
50.2%.Singapore 158-157
?.48.8% Malaysia 176-185-2

Most Different International Titles/Tournaments Won
Naween Fernando of Sri Lanka has won six different international titles/tournaments: the
Australian National Championship (once), the Bahrain National Championship (5 times), the Channel
News Asia Championship, the Gulf States Championship (4 times), the Sri Lanka National
Championship (once), and the Sydney International Masters.

Mark Nyman of England has won each of the three national-level British tournaments (the
British National Championship [4 times], the British Matchplay Championship [3 times], and the
British Masters [5 times]), plus two Mindsports Olympiad gold medals, the Thailand International
(twice), the Thailand Open (once), and The World SCRABBLE® Championship (once).

Highest Average Score, 3-Game Club Session?
In 2000, Chrisopher Sykes of Ontario, scred 1,647 points in a 3-game club session for an
average of 549 points per game.

Most Consecutive Bingos to Start a Game (One Player)
6: Brian Cappelletto

Most Points Gained From Opponent's Rack: 84 points

2003, Thai Teenager is World Champ (21-8 +1461)
While Paunpol Sujjayakorn's won-loss record may not have been as lopsided as others on this
list, two things make this performance stand out: 1) Panupol was just 19 years old at the time and 2)
English was not his native language. For a teenager to defeat almost 100 of the world's top players in
a language other than his own is one of the game's great accomplishments.
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2005, Adam Logan Wins Worlds (20-4 +1613, 3-0 in finals)
How could Adam Logan top his dominating performance at the 1996 Nationals? With an
arguably more dominating performance against 109 of the worlds best players.

Logan started by
winning his first 8 and ended by winning his last 12, including winning all three games in a final that
featured near flawless play.

Monday, March 20, 2006

LBH tourney report

Managed to finish fourth with a record of 10-6 +555 after some frustrating close losses. Couldn't do much while Nigel swept the tourney. This tourney vaulted me back to fourth place in the rankings.

Bingos: 34-29 (2.12 a game)
Ave. score: 432-397
Ave. moves for first 9 games:12.4
Ave. score per turn:36.0 pts


One word about the rating system: It is not accurate enough as it is modelled after the ELO system for chess, which does not have a luck factor. This has been discussed frequently on the American mailing list, the predicted win percentages of the system have not matched the real results in real life, eg. a difference in rating of 200 pts means an expectation of 76% but in real life the real percentage is somewhat lower. Some have actually toyed with the possibility of factoring spread into the rating system, like 1 or 2 pts/100 pts of spread to a cap of 5 pts which is not a bad idea.