The 2012 Tournament

The Barn in Purley on Thames - a fine 18th century agricultural building - was again the venue for the 12th annual West Berks Scrabble Tournament.

The event is organised by the West Berks Scrabble Club and all proceeds from the event were donated to the Club's selected charity.

This year the Club has again selected the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance as the beneficial charity. Details of the Air Ambulance organisation can be obtained from here.

Deep in thought at the West Berks Event In all 70 players participated in the event, which was somewhat down on previous year's attendances. It should have been 72 but 2 competitors took the scenic route through Berkshire and failed to find the venue. Despite the lower attendances, the £465 prize fund was maintained at the same level as previous years.

With an expectation that these 2 were delayed in traffic, they were included in the draw and the tournament started at the advertised time.

In the A division, the lead changed hands on virtually every round, with Andy Cook and Vince Boyle among the major contenders. The 6th round game between them was always going to be pivotal, and 5 back to back bonuses at the start of the game put Andy well in contention. Going into the final round, Andy Cook, David Sutton and Philip Nelkon were on 5-1 records with the latter two playing each other. In the event, Philip beat David, but a good win by Andy meant that he secured the title.

Position Player Wins Spread
1. Andy Cook 6 587
2. Philip Nelkon 6 366
3. David Sutton 5 699
5. Quentin Baker 5 99 Ratings

In the B division Evelyn Wallace and Carol Bartlett shared the lead throughout the day until they met in the 5th round which Evelyn won and he went on to record a 100% record for the day.

Position Player Wins Spread
1. Evelyn Wallace 7 284
2. Terry Jones 5 434
3. Len Edwards 5 335
4. Nova Williams 5 72 Ratings

In the C division, Fran Burling took the lead after the first game, a position she held for the rest of the tournament with a fine 100% record.

Position Player Wins Spread
1. Fran Burling 7 477
2. Elizabeth Terry 6 357
3. Audrey Medhurst 5 484
7. Joy Rowe 4 152 Ratings

As part of this tournament, a trophy was given to the player from one of the three Berkshire clubs who performed best on the day, irrespective of division. The winner of this trophy was Fran Burling, who also won the title in 2007.

Both this trophy and the trophy for the overall winner of the tournament are perpetual trophies sponsored by Fujitsu Services as part of their Impact On Society programme.

All members of the West Berks Scrabble Club played some part in the day’s proceedings, ensuring that the tournament went off without any hitches with competitors promising to come again next year and see some more of the local environment.

With all administrative services being given free, including a veritable banquet of home made cakes during the afternoon interval, the tournament was able to provide a donation of £357.54 to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

The organisers would like to publicly thank those people who donated their time, their services, and raffle prizes, without which the tournament would not have been the success it was. Purley Parish Council, Mattel, Tilefish, Fujitsu Services and AJH Trophies of Tilehurst, all gave us their support.

The full results for the tournament are available from here .