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Lexington Scrabble® Club 2007-2008 Season

This reports on the season which ran from September, 2007 through August, 2008.

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, situated on Lexington Green behind the Lexington Minuteman Statue. Judy Horn has been directing this club for about 23 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. The club web site includes a detailed description of this system.

This is a report of the highlights of this club's Sep-07 through Aug-08 season. In this season, individuals played 5806 games, and so there were 2903 games in all. The average score in all of these games was 388. These numbers were 7504, 3752, and 386 for the previous season. Three seasons ago the club average was 13 points less. It is likely the new words in the OWL2 contributed to the increases in the average.

Of the 5806 individual games, 5439 were played by an "active player". We define an active player as someone who played at least 20 games in the season. The average score of the active players was 388 for the season. These numbers were 7112 and 385 for the previous season.

Average attendance thoughout the season was 24.8, and with 51 sessions. These statistics indicate that each player plays on the average of about 4.6 games per session. We realize this is higher than in many other clubs, and so some of this club's achievements in one season should be understood in this context. The average attendance in the previous season was 30.

156 different players have attended the club in the past 2 years. During the 2007-2008 season there were 49 active players, namely those who played at least 20 games, and here are the top 30, ordered by decreasing club average rating (not shown here, but these are in the other table below) :

 Joey Mallick         - averaged 446, won 20 of 22 games
 Seth Lipkin          -          429      77    99
 Alyssa Faria         -          426      75   102
 Cecilia Le           -          428      32    44
 Kate Fukawa-Connelly -          424      76    92
 Rod MacNeil          -          430      73   116
 Richard Buck         -          417     137   198
 Steven Saul          -          414      95   148
 Brad Whitmarsh       -          418      52    77
 Jamie Ryan           -          438     140   208
 Ben Harrison         -          415     172   262, scoring 108,615 points
 Bruce Adams          -          412      98   138
 Joel Horn            -          417     182   269, scoring 112,395 points
 Mike Wolfberg        -          419     123   193
 Evans Clinchy        -          414      38    57
 Mark Fidler          -          400      96   150
 Leigh Bernstein      -          400      53    83
 Carl Durdan          -          403      23    40
 Elaine Patterson     -          389      42    81
 Bob Becker           -          393      79   164
 Jake Bergmann        -          394      46    97
 John Cheras          -          383      50    77
 Joev Dubach          -          380      25    49
 Ben Greenwood        -          397      12    22
 Barbara Revkin       -          384      41    76
 Judy Horn            -          389     143   300, scoring 116,679 points
 Gary Reid            -          392      11    28
 Ellen Miller         -          376      81   163
 Chris Sinacola       -          379      33    66
 Larry Katz           -          377      88   187

Also of note:

 Trx. Kt. played 354 games and scored 119,718 points.
 Judy Cole played 283 games and scored 102,032 points.

These high-rated players attended our club during the season, but failed to
play the  minimum of twenty games to qualify to be considered as active:
Ian Weinstein, Jon Shreve, John O'Laughlin, Jere Mead, Jesse Day,
Merrill Kaitz, Samantha Southard, Rich Reiben, Jack Eichenbaum,
Steve Polatnick, Doug Brockmeier.

Season Average Ratings of the Top 46 Players who Played at Least 20 Games

   1852.55    Joey Mallick                1688.64    Ben Greenwood
   1786.04    Seth Lipkin                 1686.66    Barbara Revkin
   1780.31    Alyssa Faria                1682.17    Judy Horn
   1778.85    Cecilia Le                  1671.76    Gary Reid
   1765.29    Kate Fukawa-Connelly        1667.28    Ellen Miller
   1761.81    Rod MacNeil                 1662.90    Chris Sinacola
   1755.94    Richard Buck                1661.72    Larry Katz
   1754.42    Steven Saul                 1652.23    David Root
   1750.75    Brad Whitmarsh              1648.12    Diana Spiller
   1748.31    Jamie Ryan                  1632.85    Tim Lutts
   1747.41    Ben Harrison                1632.31    Judy Cole
   1747.35    Bruce Adams                 1631.06    Betsey Wood
   1746.93    Joel Horn                   1630.73    Marshall Finn
   1740.46    Mike Wolfberg               1621.24    Linda Giovinazzo
   1738.23    Evans Clinchy               1615.14    Laurie McConnell
   1735.73    Mark Fidler                 1604.99    Rob Wilstein
   1726.69    Leigh Bernstein             1589.48    Wayne Yorra
   1725.23    Carl Durdan                 1582.32    Trx. Kt.
   1712.52    Elaine Patterson            1562.38    Catherine Day
   1707.18    Bob Becker                  1558.63    Aaron Green
   1704.77    Jake Bergmann               1545.71    Hilda Siegel
   1704.06    John Cheras                 1518.96    Norma Marshall
   1692.21    Joev Dubach                 1504.67    Scott Richmond

There are many notable achievements this season:

Club Web Site

The club's web site continues to be at http://wolfberg.net/scrabble/lexington, and it is also reachable using the shorter http://LSC.wolfberg.net. You can also click on the "Clubs" box at http://ScrabbleClub.com to get there.

NSA ratings

We usually have about 6-10 players in the top 100 rated tournament players in North America, based on the National Scrabble® Association (NSA) ratings. Our club roster lists NSA ratings of active players; these are updated a few times each year.

ISC Players

Several of our club members are active at the web-based Internet Scrabble® Club. Our club roster includes ISC handles for many of these folks.

Challenges and Postmortems

The club has continued to use the WHAT program on one or two laptop computers available to all players at the club. Players tend to handle their own challenges using the program, and they often check on racks, etc. after a game is completed to see what was possible. Since WHAT can provide definitions, this is an efficient method of doing postmortems.

High Games

The highest game score in a club session during this season was 655 by Richard Buck. He played five bingso in that game. Other over-600 games: Mark Fidler 637, Ben Harrison 622, Bob Becker 606.

Most Games

Trx. Kt. played the most games during the season, with 354 games, which is lower than her last season's number. Three seasons ago she played 406 games, which broke the record for the most games in a season. Judy Horn played 300 games during the season.

Most Wins

With 182 wins, Joel Horn had the most wins. Ben Harrison had 172 wins.

Most Points

With a total of 119,718 points, Trx. Kt. scored the most points in this season, Judy Horn scored 116,679 points.

Highest Percentage Above Average

In order to qualify for the highest percentage above average accolade, you must have already played at least 20 games in the season. The highest such game was Mark Fidler's 637, and that was 60.2% above his average. The runner-up was Bob Becker with a 53.9% game.

Many Bingos by One Player

These players made 5-bingos in games last season: Richard Buck, Ben Harrison, Mark Fidler, Jamie Ryan, Joel Horn. Judy Horn and Judy Cole played a game in which five bingos were played at the game start and then no others were played.

High Losing Score

The highest loss during this season was Steven Saul's 473 (to Alyssa Faria's 474).

High Bingo

There were no very high-scoring bingos played, and it may be that Steven Saul's 194-point gLAZIEST was the highest single play of last season.

High Non-Bingo

Bruce Adams tied the club record (which was set in 2001) for the highest-scoring non-bingo in club history with a 109-point play. Bruce played ZIBET at 14J, hooking the Z to an FE at J12; there was also an O at 13K.

Many Wins Above 500

On 27-Sep-07, with 29 players in attendance, there were 15 games in which the winner exceeded 500.

Many Losses in the 400's

The highest number of high losses was 10 on 17-Apr-08, when club attendance was 32.

High Total

It may be that this game had the highest total of the season: Rod MacNeil defeated Judy Horn 559-419, and so their total was 978 points.

High Session Attendance

The highest attendance during this season was 32 players on the final club session of the season.


On 13-Mar-08, Joel Horn made a 6-way overlap. On the board positioned vertically was TELERAN, and ERASION was next to it starting after the R in TELERAN. Joel played SEDARIM vertically to the left of TELERAN starting one row higher.

On 22-May-08, Mike Wolfberg made a 6-way overlap. PAGODA was on the board at position 3B, and he played NOTaTES at position 2A above it.

This Club at the 2008 North American Championship

About twenty of our regular club players attended the 2008 NSC in Orlando, FL in July, 2008. Here are the most significant accomplishments. In 103-player Division 1: Joey Mallick was 4th. In 134-player Division 2: Ben Harrison was 4th, Brad Whitmarsh was 8th, and Joel Horn was 18th In 133-player Division 3: Jake Bergmann was 18th.

More Details

Further details for many of the club records mentioned above can be found on this club's statistics page.

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