Games vs world champion David Eldar

In honor of the crowning of a new World Scrabble Champion, I’m posting two games that I played against David Eldar on the Internet Scrabble Club in 2011. The dictionary at the time was CSW07 (two updates ago) and I had only begun studying Collins Scrabble Words five months prior. This was the first interaction I ever had with Eldar, and we each managed to post 600 points against the other in back-to-back games. He triple-tripled out with BORACITE in the first game, then I sealed game two with ECDYSIS and DIPLOMATA/ANGULAR. Crazy. We finally met in France at least year’s World Championship, though we have yet to play in person.

Game 1: Lucas Freeman vs David Eldar. L 274-626.
Internet Scrabble Club (ISC), 27 September 2011, CSW07.

Game 2: Lucas Freeman vs David Eldar. W 607-427.
Internet Scrabble Club (ISC), 27 September 2011, CSW07.

In addition, here’s a game I played against the 2017 WSC runner-up Harshan Lamabadusuriya earlier that same month:

Game 1: Lucas Freeman vs Harshan Lamabadusuriya. W 485-329.
Internet Scrabble Club (ISC), 04 September 2011, CSW07.

Scrabble Bonus Words — August 2017

It’s been a year since I’ve played Scrabble and recorded my bonuses. After the World Championship in Lille where I succumbed to an injury and had to withdraw (I don’t even think I recorded those bonuses), I took a yearlong hiatus from the game and didn’t record anything. Now that I’ve gone a full year without any post-concussion symptoms, I’ve started playing and studying again. The following is my bonus word list for August 2017 from games I played in person, on ISC.ro, against Quackle, and at the  MindSports International site. Blanks are not recorded. A complete list of bonus words played can be found here.

Sevens (23): ANATTAS, ANOPSIA, ATONIES, ATTIRED, BEACONS, DEALERS, ETAERIO, EVOKING, HISTONE, IVORIST, LENTOID, MANITUS, PARRIER, PROFANE, PRUNERS, RAVAGES, RELEASE, SEALANT, SNEEZED, SQUEEZE, STUDIES, SWANNED, TANISTS.

Eights (28): ALLOWING, BISCOTTO, BOTANICA, CERULEIN, CLEMATIS, CONVIVER*, CURATRIX, ENJOINER, EXORDIUM, FAIRYDOM, FISTNOTE, FLUIDITY, FRAYINGS, GANTLOPE, GYROLITE, LABORITE, MARABOUT, ORIELLED, PAROUSIA, POTTERED, POUNCERS, PROCAINE, REALISED, SETTLING, STANDERS, STELLION, TABOURED, VISIONAL.

Nines (1): CHOCOLATE.

Fifty-two bonuses played in August, with one nine and no CSW15 additions. Very pleased with my 89.5% success rate in finding bonuses after such a long break. My six misses were NAUSEAS, BESOOTHE, COTTISED, GOATIEST, PEPONIUM, and SNOWPLOW. I could add BOTANICA to this list except that after unsuccessfully trying ABACTION* I found the correct bonus the following turn. CONVIVER* was the one phony I got away with. A complete list of missed bonuses can be found here. I can also add ANOPSIA, and PROFANE to my list of bonuses played twice. A complete list of repeated bonuses can be found here. Of my fifty-two bonuses, twenty-two were Tier One. FLUIDITY and CHOCOLATE score lowest in playability. GOATIEST was my lone Tier One miss. SQUEEZE now stands as my highest-scoring opening play (118 points; the S was a blank).

CHOCOLATE becomes my fourth least playable bonus ahead of only KOPECKS, DISEMBOWEL, and PRESSINGLY, and just behind WORDBOOK and ADORKABLE, according to Zyzzyva (although these have likely occurred zero times among the eight million simulation games in O’laughlin’s Quackle playability metric, making them all effectively tied for last).

FAIRYDOM is the first bonus I’ve found that I had also previously missed. Back in July I did the opposite, missing ANEROID having found it previously.

Scrabble Bonus Words — August 2016

I’m cutting August off a week early since I won’t be “playing” anymore Scrabble games until the World Championship. My focuses will be mostly on review and relaxation so I don’t burn out before I get to France. August has been better than July; I found 90% of my bonuses and my review of the shorter words is paying off. When I return from France I’ll add my bonuses from Worlds to September’s list. The following is my bonus word list for August 2016 from games I played in person, on ISC.ro, against Quackle, and at the  MindSports International site. Blanks are not recorded. A complete list of bonus words played can be found here.

Sevens (26): ACETALS, ADVENES, AEOLIAN, AMBIENT, ANNELID, APLITES, BODICES, DAMNERS, FADEURS, FETIALS, GABFEST, HARRIES, JIVEASS, LEGATOS, MODERNE, MORALES, PASSADO, PIANOLA+, RESTING, RITARDS, RULLION, SILTIER, STERILE, STRINES+, WAITRON, ZIPOLAS+.

Eights (26): AERATION, BOGARTED, BURGANET, CANTORIS, CORVETED, DIALYZER, DIELDRIN, DOGTAILS+, ETIOLATE, FALDETTA, FARMLAND, FERULING, GRENADES, KERATOID, OVERAWED, PECTINAL, PYROLISE, REBITING, RENEAGUE+, REROOFED, RETAINED, SLEIGHED, STEERING, TABBINET, TORMENTA, TRAMELED.

Nines (1): GEMSTONES

I can’t add any words to my repeated bonuses list this month, but I’ve played RETAINED thrice now. A complete list of repeated bonuses can be found here. Five words are new CSW15 additions: PIANOLA+, STRINES+, ZIPOLAS+, DOGTAILS+, and RENEAGUE+.

The only bonuses I missed this month were BOUCHEE, DOTTILY, MERENGUE, PALUDOSE, TRAPLIKE, and DIABETICS, none of which are Tier One. I went 25/25 on finding my Tier Ones. A complete list of missed bonuses can be found here.

Scrabble Bonus Words — July 2016

July was a bit of a mess but it could have been a whole lot worse. While I managed to find 82.5% of my bonus words, many of my misses are Tier One. I’m not sure whether to attribute these misses to personal and physical challenges I had to face this month or simply needing to review the Tier One words, but with the World Scrabble Championships being a month away I’ve begun rereviewing Tier One anyway. Even with a bad month, I’m performing better than I was just six months ago. My short word knowledge has also improved, though I don’t archive it. The following is my bonus word list for July 2016 from games I played on ISC.ro and against Quackle, and at the new MindSports International site. Blanks are not recorded. A complete list of bonus words played can be found here.

Sevens (47): AERADIO+, AREOLAR, BELTERS, BIGFEET, BRUITED, BUSTIER, CARNOSE, CUTESIE, DIETERS, DUMAIST, ELUSION, ESSIVES, FICKLES, FUSTIAN, GAZETTE, GENITOR, GROANER, INKBLOT, INTERNE, JUBILES, LOADERS, OILIEST, OUTBAKE, PIANINO, PINNOED, PLOTTIE, RALLINE, ROMAINE, SALOONS, SCLAVES, SDAINES, SHEMALE, SHOUTER, SHRILLS, SILAGED, SINGLET, SINTERY, SMARTLY, SOCIATE, SURREAL, TARWEED, TENONER, TREASON, UNVAILS, VENUSES, WINESOP, WRINGED.

Eights (33): AIRTIGHT, CANZONES, CENTAGES, CLIFTIER, DARNDEST, DESCRIES, DETAINEE, DIANOIAS, EQUIPAGE, FAMILIAR, GURGLIER+, HANEPOOT, HOISTING, HONESTLY, HOOFBEAT, INTRADOS, LANOSITY, LARRIGAN, LATEWOOD, MAHONIAS, MELANITE, NAARTJIE, PUNCHERS, QUIRKIER, REARISEN, REUSABLE, SIDALCEA, STUBBIER, TEABOARD, UNDERACT, UNEDIBLE, UNGUARDS, WRINGING.

80 total bonuses played this month, with no nines and two new CSW15 additions: AERADIO+ and GURGLIER+. I also confidently added new CSW15 S-hooks to DIKETONE and CATARHINE, both of which were Quackle’s bonuses. ESSIVES I got to extend to ADESSIVES, and ELUSION/PINNOED was a fun and rare 225-point sequence of high-probability sevens that landed the DELUSION hook on a TWS. This month I can add BUSTIER, SCLAVES, SINTERY, and SOCIATE to my list of bonuses played twice, and INTERNE to the list of bonuses payed three times. A complete list of repeated bonuses can be found here.

I had seventeen misses this month, eight of which were Tier One: ANELACE, ANEROID, RUNLETS, ANOESTRI, CROWNLET, EULOGIAE, FLOREANT, and RADIABLE. ANEROID becomes my first miss that I’ve found previously (since I began recording). The rest were FLISKED, MONTHLY, CABEZONE, DAEDALIC, GLOPPIER, JINGOISH, REGROUND, SUCRIERS, and EARLSHIPS. A complete list of missed bonuses can be found here.

Scrabble Bonus Words — June 2016

This month I decided to compete in the 2016 World Scrabble Championship in Lille, France from August 31st to September 4th. This means more time reviewing words while still getting in enough gameplay to stay active. My fours and fives review has taken priority, and I’ll be performing a full tournament prep review during the month of August. The following is my bonus word list for June 2016 from games I played on ISC.ro and against Quackle. Blanks are not recorded. A complete list of bonus words played can be found here.

Sevens (51): ACETONE, AMATOLS, ANNOYED, AZULEJO, BEIGELS, DENTILS, ENDLEAF, ETHENES, EYESOME, FAUREST, GIRNELS, GREASED, IDEATES, IGARAPE, ILLITES, INSTALS, INTUITS, INVADES, IODATES, IOLITES, ISLETED, JOANNAS, KOPECKS, LEFTIES, MAILING, MORPHIA, OLEFINE, OORIALS, PARACME, PIGMENT, PLERION, RADIANT, REMIGES, RESCORE, REWARDS, SALVAGE, SKYTING, TARSEAL, THEELIN, TOITOIS, TRIDARN, TRIUNES, TSUNAMI, TUNIEST, TWINSET, UNSPIED, VENDORS, VENTRED, VIDUAGE, VINTNER, VIOLENT.

Eights (43): ADVISORS, AEROLITE, ARILLATE, BRAINILY, CARRIOLE, CASSETTE, CRANIATE, DESOLATE, ECLOSING, ELUTIONS, ENFEVERS, ENSEMBLE, ETOURDIE, EVIDENTS, EXALTERS, GENERATE, INSOLENT, INTERLAY, LIPEMIAS, LITERATO, LONGUEUR, MIDWATER+, MISTHROW, NEUTRINO, NITINOLS, NOSEDOVE (x2), OUTGUIDE, OUTLINER, OVERARMS, OVERCLOY, OVERLIES, OVERTIRE, RETASTED, SPELAEAN, STROPHES, TABEFIES, TANGIEST, TYPIFIED, TZARINAS, UNVAILED, VEGANISM, ZOIATRIA.

Nines (1): MALONATES

95 total bonus words this month. MIDWATER+ was my lone CSW15 addition this month. KOPECKS is the first double-K bonus word I’ve played since I began recording, making it one of my “holy grail” plays. It’s also now my least-playable seven, beating out SHASHED. It’s been a while since I’ve played the same word twice in a month, but NOSEDOVE occurred within the same week. The repeated bonuses are becoming more common now, with IDEATES, INTERLAY, NOSEDOVE, OUTLINER, OVERTIRE, TANGIEST, and VENTRED joining the list. A complete list of repeated bonuses can be found here. While I’m doing much better about not playing phonies than I used to be, Quackle did bust me trying TEPIDIFY* before I found TYPIFIED.

While I found 87.2% of all my bonuses in June (steadily improving), my misses were embarrassing. They include two Tier One words: CERATOID and FENNIEST. My other misses were DAMAGING, EMPYREAN, FLANGER, LEMURINE, LINOCUTS, MISPAGED, POTTAGE, SPREAZE, ULICONS, UNCLEWED, UNSOCIAL, and UPGIRDS. My total could have been 98% if I had just slowed down. A complete list of missed bonuses can be found here.

 

Scrabble Bonus Words — May 2016

Still getting in some Scrabble, usually to wind down for the night after a long evening of studying for my LVMT and CSCS certifications. The following is my bonus word list for May 2016 from games I played on ISC.ro. Blanks are not recorded. A complete list of bonus words played can be found here.

Sevens (55): AEFAULD, ALERION, APAREJO, ATTENDS, BEASTIE, BROMATE, CABRIES, COGNATE, DARNERS, DAYTALE, DEFILES, DELTOID, EMICATE, ENCRUST, ENVENOM, FLOATED, FORTUNE, GURAMIS, HENRIES, HIDALGA, IMPREST, INANELY, LACIEST, LOWBROW, MYRIADS, NATURAE, NIDGETS, NIOBATE, OPERANT, ORIGAMI, OUTFISH, OUTLEAD, OUTLIED, PARRIED, PATSIES, PETNAPS, RAYLETS, REMOUNT, RITUALS, RUBEOLA, RUNDLED, SEPALED, SIMPLEX, SOOTING, SPORULE, STOUTEN, TEARILY, TOSTADO, UNFREES, UNITIVE, UNMEWED, VENTRED, VIZORED, WINDORE, WOOLIES.

Eights (45): AGENESIA, AGENETIC, ARBORISE, ARISTATE, ARTESIAN, CLINGING, DONARIES, DOWELING, DUBITATE, EINSTEIN, ENDIRONS, ENGAOLED, ENSNARER, EUROKIES, FORESEEN, GENTIEST, IONISING, LAMINATE, LINEABLE, LORINERS, MANNERLY, MAUNGIER, NARCEINE, ODONATES, OUTTAKEN, REPTILIA, RESURVEY, RETELLER, RETIARII, SIDECARS, SIGNIEUR, SILENCES, SNIRTLED, SPOILAGE, SPUTTERS, STEAMERS, TESSERAE, TETRONAL, TOHEROAS, TRIFECTA, TRILBIED+, UNDINTED, VIAMETER, VOLPLANE, ZINKIEST.

I didn’t play any nines this month, nor did I miss any. Unusual that no nines opportunities presented themselves all month. TRILBIED+ was my only new CSW15 addition. Six words this month are repeats: CABRIES (now played three times), ENCRUST, FORTUNE, UNFREES, SNIRTLED and TOHEROAS. A complete list of repeated bonuses can be found here.

I found 85.5% of my best bonuses this month (up from my usual 81.7%), which makes me happy. My missed bonuses in May are as follows:

AMORANCE, ANEMOSIS, BUGABOOS, EYEGLASS, FAIRYDOM, FLAGRANT, GORSEDDS, HOROPITO, ISOBARE, MEGADOSE, REMUEUR, ROADKILL, SALTERY+, SEMBLED, SOMEDEAL, SUNBERRY, UNFLASHY.

ISOBARE is my only Tier One miss this month, though my goal is to miss zero. Most of these were findable for me; I just have to pay more attention to the board and clock so I don’t rush an inferior play. A complete list of missed bonuses can be found here.

Scrabble Bonus Words — April 2016

I got to play a little more Scrabble this month, but studying for my professional certifications (CSCS and LVMT) has taken top priority. The following is my bonus word list for April 2016 from games I played on ISC.ro, Elise, and Quackle, as well as in person. Blanks are not recorded.

Sevens (38): ACEDIAS, ADVENED, AERATOR, ARCADES, AUTOING, DENARII, ENGORES, FANNIED, FLAMIER, GAUZIER, GLASSED, GLAZERS, ICTERUS, INDITES, INTERNE, INWEAVE, IODISER, ISOETES, ISOLATE, LEISTER, LINAGES, MANHOLE, PIASTER, PLANERS, RADICES, READOPT, RIOTERS, RISORII, ROASTED, RUSTLER, SCENTED, SENHORA, SNIRTLE, STARTED, STOOKIE, TOURACO, TRANTED, WIFTIER.

Eights (28): ADJUSTOR, ARSONITE, AVOIDANT, BARTENDS, CHOKIEST, DENATURE, DISPROVE, EAGEREST, EBAYINGS, EISWEINS, FLEERING, GEODESIC, LAUDATOR, LOFTIEST, NORTHING, PERIWIGS, REINVADE, RETAILED, SPIRTLES, STEWIEST, THIAZOLE, TORSIONS, TRAYNING, TRIDENTS, TRIZONES, TROAKING, VERBAGES*, VIEWINGS.

Nines (1): AVOIDABLE.

None of my bonuses played were new additions to CSW15, though I did front hook one of them to create MEAGEREST+. AVOIDABLE was my only nine, which I later extended to UNAVOIDABLE. VERBAGES* was my only phony this month. I’m planning to create a list of “dream plays”—words I want to play. Most of those words will be long, new, or low-probability, but EBAYINGS would have made that list. I can also add INDITED, INTERNE, ROASTED, and AVOIDANT to my list of repeated bonuses. Complete list of repeated bonuses can be found here.

While I found 90% of my best bonus plays in March, I slipped back to 81.7% in April, a percentage that has been remarkably consistent. The following is the list of bonuses I missed:

AGONISMS+, AGOUTAS, AKRASIA, BECOWARD, DESORBED, DEVLINGS, ENDOLITHIC, GOSSAMER, INFLICT, INTERCOM, KABELES, SICILIANA, TEGMENTA, VENEWES, VINEWING.

ENDOLITHIC was certainly findable and I’m a little disappointed I didn’t spot it. I can forgive myself for missing SICILIANA though. Three of these words are Tier One: AGOUTAS, INTERCOM, and TEGMENTA.

A complete list of missed bonuses can be found here.