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.
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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