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PESTA PULAU PINANG 2012Taking the baton from the Causeway Scrabble Challenge, the largest and most prestigious Scrabble tournament held in Malaysia for the past 10 years, the Pesta Pulau Pinang Scrabble Championship (PPPSC) 2012 is be the Malaysia's newest addition to the calendar of international Scrabble tournaments. Players are expected to participate in the battle for prize money totaling up to RM50,000 with a top prize of USD6,000 in the Masters Division. This will continue in the future as an annual event.
The 2012 PPSC is taking place at the Eastin Hotel Penang. We have nearly 100 competitors from many countries. Players compete in two sections, MASTERS (33 rounds) and INTERMEDIATE (30 rounds),based on WESPA ratings. This mini website allows you to follow the fortunes round by round. I am sure you will be able to navigate easily between round by round displays or even the score card of an individual (by clicking on their name).
WEDNESDAY NIGHTPlayers arrived and registered on the night before the tournament starts. Organisers Dr Adele Tan and Tan Kee Chiang (known as KC), made sure that everything was ready to go, and that most players had arrived. A few will arrive on late flights. The computer boffin and assistant tournament director, Barry Harridge prepared a first version of the pairings and posted them to PENSTER, the website of the Malaysian Scrabble Association. It is of course possible that this may be amended on the Thursday morning if necessary. It is pleasing to note that several of the players from the recently concluded World Youth Scrabble Championship are here, including the top three, Michael McKenna, Cheong Yi Wei and William Kang. There are other youth and 'once were youth' players as well. And of course we have many hardy veterans as well.
THE TOURNAMENT HAS STARTED
Roving reports from Suanne Ong The tournament will be directed by Eddie Chung, with assistance from Barry Harridge. Other helpers have been recruited to help with data entry, annotating games and preparing them for uploading to the crosstables archive of annotated games. In the results of a round you will see a picture of a board with an arrow when there is an annotated game. Click this and you will see the game as archived on the crosstables website.
Barry Harridge is co-director of this tournament and is dealing with the software for pairing players and showing the progress to the world by this website.
Barry explained the pairing scheme that will be used for the tournament.
- The two sections, Masters and Intermediate have a different number of games. Over the four days, Masters will play 8 + 10 + 8 + 7 = 33 games and Advanced will play 7 + 9 + 7 + 7 = 30 games.
- On Thursday no player will be rematched with an opponent that they have played earlier.
- On each of Friday and Saturday the history of prior opponents will be reset, so that the first round of the day will be king of the hill (1 vs 2, 3 vs 4 etc) and subsequent rounds that day will ensure that you do not play again an opponent you met earlier that day.
- The last day, Sunday is seven games for both sections. The first four are 'prince of the hill' and the last three are 'king of the hill'. Prince of the hill is a new concept or actually a twist on a theme. Players will where possible be paired 1 vs 2, 3 v 4 etc, however there will be no rematches in any pair of consecutive rounds. So if A plays B in round 27, A will NOT play B in round 28, but they might meet again in round 29.
Annotated gamesA team of annotators carefully noted the racks and the plays of usually the top two tables each round. Another two helpers entered these into Quackle to produce a gcg report, which was then uploaded to cross-tables.com.
There are bound to be mistakes, for which we apologise, and we will try to implement a mechanism to allow us to fix these.