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)
AEENNMP (PENNY 22)
BENRRUW (BURN 12)
?EILRRS (fLIRTERS 78 only to close the gap of JP's ORALITY 78)
EEIIOOD ( xch EIOO)
DELNRRT (LORD 9)
EEFUWXY (WYE 26)
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.