up to the Lexington Scrabble® Club
This reports on the season which ran from September, 1997 through August, 1998.
The Lexington, Massachusetts Scrabble® Club #108 has been running continuously since it was started by Edie Berman and Muriel Sands in January, 1980. We meet nearly every Thursday night of the year in a comfy basement meeting room of the First Parish Church, which is situated on Lexington Green behind the Lexington Minuteman Statue. Judy Horn has been directing this club for about 15 years. Ellen Miller serves as associate director. Mike Wolfberg joined the club within its first month of existence, and he took on the role of club statistician within the first year. The club has operated with its own rating system, designed primarily by Alan Frank, since early 1981. Ratings are based on the percentage of points each of the players scores in each game.
These are the top 16 active players in decreasing club average rating:
Adam Logan - averaged 432, and won 95 of his 111 games Jere Mead - averaged 425 in 42 games Merrill Kaitz - averaged 410 in 37 games Mike Wolfberg - averaged 409, and won 114 of his 156 games Steven Saul - won 123 of his 185 games Richard Buck - won 121 of his 188 games Mark Fidler Elaine Patterson Joel Horn - won 127 of his 217 games Bruce Adams Betsy Blackmer Judy Horn - won 150 of her 257 games Arnie Horowitz John Van Pelt Scott Appel Ben LoitersteinOur club roster also includes CGP list mistress, Sherrie Saint John.
In this past season, the highest game score was 627 by Richard Buck; Richard exceed 600 in two other games. Adam Logan exceeded 600 twice.
The highest losing score for the season was Mark Fidler's 462 on October 16, 1997; the winner of that game was Richard Buck with a 501.
On August 6, 1998 when there were 23 players in attendance on the Thursday before the NSC98 tourney, there were 6 games where the losing score exceeded 400: Elaine Patterson 486 to Adam Logan 440, Adam 438 to Steven Saul 432, Adam 429 to Jere Mead 426, Arnie Horowitz 447 to Elaine 421, Elaine 415 to Ellen Miller 406, Joey Mallick 427 to Adam 404.
On February 19, 1998, in a regular club evening there were 9 games in which the winner exceeded 500; this was accomplished by 7 of the 20 players in attendance: Jere Mead (560), Rod MacNeil (559), Mark Fidler (536 and 501), Judy Horn (532), John Van Pelt (530 and 506), Joel Horn (525), and Merrill Kaitz (504). It is interesting to note the loser in 4 of these games was one of these 7 high scorers. This may not be the club record; we just happened to notice this event on this evening.