North American Scrabble Championship, Day 2 – Cesar’s Report

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Well, I’m still in the running for the bracket, even though it’s going to be close to a miracle if I make it. I basically need to win all 7 games tomorrow.

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Scrabble went a little better than yesterday. I played decently in my three losses, but still made a few critical mistakes that possibly cost me the games. In this game against Manop, I played a cool 9 (I made YOUNGSTER through YO), but lost:

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I played two other 9s today – I(SO)THERAL and R(ET)AINERS. Final record for the day was 4-3, which makes me 7-7 overall. If I’m being completely honest, I’m feeling pretty tired. But I’m hopeful. I think I have a shot and am probably good enough to win my games tomorrow but I need to be really lucky. I need a little luck and.. well, maybe just a little luck. But I’ll keep playing to the best of my ability. My average game score this tournament is on the higher side (432), so I’m not playing badly. My opponents just happen to be playing slightly better. I’m trying to not be discouraged. Every missed bingo stings a little more than the last, and I tend to stop caring the more I lose. It can be a slippery slope, one that a lot of players feel during this tournament.

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Although Scrabble isn’t going as well as I wanted it to, I feel thankful to have such a fun group of friends. I went to a delicious Basque restaurant for dinner with 7 great friends, had some tasty drinks and ate way too much food. I’m happy the tournament is in Reno this year because there’s a lot to do. I didn’t find Buffalo, where the 2014 NASC was held, as fun of a location. Next year’s tournament is in Fort Wayne, Indiana so.. we’ll see how that goes.

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Jesse Matthews, John O’Laughlin, Cesar Del Solar

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After I ate enough for two people and felt like I had just doubled my body weight, I went to the musicale. The musicale is an event that showcases Scrabblers’ musical talents. It is an after hours event hosted by NASPA that was held in one of the Silver Legacy ballrooms. Josh Sokol and I performed our rendition of “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Oasis, with me on guitar and him accompanying me on piano doing vocals. It was a fantastic showcase – I didn’t know so many Scrabblers were also so musically talented! We took video.. stay tuned for that.

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My first game tomorrow is against my Bay Area clubmate Norases Vesdapunt (or Saint, his Thai nickname), who has been a player that rose up through the ranks quickly. I’m crossing my fingers. I could really use some luck. And good luck to all my fellow Scrabblers.

-Cesar Del Solar, Aerolith.org

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