Congratulations to Leesa Berahovich!

Berkeley Scrabble player Leesa Berahovich took the $25K Wordie Games championship! Massive congrats to her. The finals were exciting; you can take a look at the broadcast here:

On the way back from Reno Nationals last month, Leesa and I played a few practice games of Wordie while Emily drove. I think Leesa won all of them!

Although our good buddy and 2014 Scrabble Nationals champion Conrad was eliminated prior to the final round, he did a great job, playing a pretty flawless semifinal game, which you can also see at the link above. This version of Words With Friends is extremely volatile and anyone could have won it, so we’re glad it went to one of our own 😉

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Made it to Best Of the Bay!

I wrote last week about trying to qualify for this year’s Best Of the Bay (“B.O.B”) tournament and not having many more opportunities to do so. To qualify to play in B.O.B you have to win at least one tournament in the Bay Area. Luckily, I was able to qualify at this past weekend’s San Jose tournament. Since most of the tournaments in the Bay Area are only 6 games long, it takes a lot of focus and some luck to be the one chosen by the Tile Gods on that given day.

After losing the first game to Chris Patrick Morgan, mainly by chickening out on my opening-rack bingo of HUMPIER, my mental state declined and I did not feel like I had a chance to win. However, since I had no choice but to keep playing, I decided to make the best of it. I won the next 2 games, and then faced off against Jesse Day, one of the top players in the country and recent 2nd place at Nationals. This game was actually pretty well played by both of us, with few mistakes, and I felt fortunate to come ahead with a victory at the end:

Game 4, vs Jesse Day: http://cross-tables.com/annotated.php?u=21931

The final two games were against the two lowest seeds of the tournament, but they both put up a hell of a fight:

Game 5, vs Aditya Kini: http://cross-tables.com/annotated.php?u=21930

Game 6, vs Jeannie Wilson: http://cross-tables.com/annotated.php?u=21929

For dinner, a group of us went to Smoking Pig BBQ Company, a super-delicious restaurant a short walk away from tournament host John Karris’ home, and celebrated with a beer and an abundance of Texas-style barbecue food.

Look at those ribs

Look at those ribs

As you can see, the Bay Area is super strong, and I hope my good luck continues into the Best Of the Bay tournament.

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Wordie Games Update!

Our buddy Conrad Bassett-Bouchard, 2014 Nationals Champion, made it to the $25K Wordie finals, starting this Thursday in Burbank, CA! Check out this YouTube highlight video from the semi-finals.

Our Bay Area Scrabble friend Leesa Berahovich is also among the final four. The other two semifinalists are not tournament Scrabble players, but they might surprise us!

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