Handicap Pairs Tournament


The Frank and Tilly Moss Trophy.

2015 One day event - 7 games - Sunday 12th July 2015
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Fulll TSH results are available here

2014 One day event - 7 games - Sunday 13th July 2014
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Fulll TSH results are available here

2013 One day event - 7 games - Sunday 14th July 2013
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Fulll TSH results are available here

2012 One day event - 7 games - Sunday 20th May 2012
Final tables only are available here
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Full TSH results are available here

2011 One day event - 7 games - Sunday 30th January 2011
Teams - Final positions
Rnk   Won  Spread                Team   Ranks
  1  11.0  +557    Winer R/Whiteoak M    1  6
  2  10.0  +394    Pratesi D/Thomas P    4  5
  3   9.0  +341   Hamer M/McCormick C    3 12
  4   9.0  +413      Galley N/Smith D    2 16
  5   8.0  +335     Nelkon J/Nelkon P    8 10
  6   8.0  +276 Ramjane J/Northcott B    9 11
  7   7.0  +178   Pratesi N/Simonis S    7 20
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  8   6.0   +25   Synnott K/Wallace E   14 18
  9   6.0  -338    Fiszman S/Graham L   13 22
 10   6.0  -393      Adesoji C/Chan J   19 21
 11   5.0  -385     Dein B/Maitland J   17 24
 12   3.0  -554     Kazi A/Phillips D   15 26
 13   3.0  -849    Bishop V/Clayton D   23 25

Individual Standings after round seven
Rnk   Won-Lost Spread Player         Handicap 
  1   6.0-1.0   +508  Mike Whiteoak         5
  2   6.0-1.0   +417  Daniel Smith        125
  3   5.0-2.0   +304  Cody McCormick       80
  4   5.0-2.0   +270  Peter Thomas         30
  5   5.0-2.0   +124  Diane Pratesi        15
  6   5.0-2.0    +49  Rachelle Winer       30
  7   4.0-3.0   +341  Sandie Simonis       30
  8   4.0-3.0   +207  Julie Nelkon         75
  9   4.0-3.0   +157  Brenda Northcott     80
 10   4.0-3.0   +128  Philip Nelkon         5 
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 11   4.0-3.0   +119  Jo Ramjane           75
 12   4.0-3.0    +37  Marian Hamer         75
 13   4.0-3.0   -117  Lee Graham           80
 14   3.0-4.0    +98  Evelyn Wallace       45
 15   3.0-4.0    +40  Ayaz Kazi            75
 16   3.0-4.0     -4  Norma Galley         80
 17   3.0-4.0    -30  Barbara Dein         70
 18   3.0-4.0    -73  Kevin Synnott        30
 19   3.0-4.0   -156  Charley Adesoji      70
 20   3.0-4.0   -163  Natasha Pratesi     110 
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 21   3.0-4.0   -237  Jenni Chan           70
 22   2.0-5.0   -221  Sally Fiszman        80
 23   2.0-5.0   -294  Doreen Clayton      110
 24   2.0-5.0   -355  Jonny Maitland       55
 25   1.0-6.0   -555  Viv Bishop          110
 26   0.0-7.0   -594  David Phillips       95 
Full TSH results for 2011 are available here


Past winners


year
winners
beaten finalists
score
1992Karl Khoshnaw and Hartley MoorhousePat MacBean and Angela Evansn/a
1993Moira Conway and Chris KeeleyAsh Haji and Martin Reed3-1
1994Keith King and Ken QuarshieAsh Haji and Martin Reed3-1
1995Philippa Morris and Doreen MarshDi Dennis and Evan Simpson3-1
1996Mauro and Diane PratesiPaul and Sharon Golder3-1
1997Christina French and David HurstDi Dennis and Evan Simpson2-2 on overall spread
1998contest held over..
1999Peter Hunting and Magda NorrisRuth Morgan-Thomas and Rachelle Winer4-0
2000contest held over..
2001Cindy Hollyer and Joan EllisPhyllis Fernandez and Stella Magnus 3-1
2002 contest held over..
2003Marian Hamer and Joyce GershonSheila Green and Shirley Cave4-0
2004Lynne Kay and Norma GalleyKeith King and Ken Quarshie4-0
2005 contest not held..
2006 contest not held..
2007 contest not held..
2008 contest not held..
2009 contest not held..
2010 contest not held..
year
winners
wins
spread
runners-up
wins
spread
2011Rachelle Winer and Mike Whiteoak11+557Diane Pratesi and Peter Thomas 10+394
2012Lewis Mackay and Paul Allan10+1509Jessica Pratesi and Weibin Toh 10+607
2013Sandie Simonis and Elie Dangoor11+903Len Edwards and Calum Edwards 11+821
2014Barry Grossman and Vince Boyle11+695Sandie Simonis & John Edward Tabasa 10+611
2015Gerry Carter and Ruth MacInerney10+684Barry Grossman and Vince Boyle10+452
2016 contest not held.....
2017 contest not held.....

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Swiss Cottage Handicap Competition


This competition has been going since 1997, when I started it to raise funds for my embryonic Swiss Cottage Scrabble Club, begun by Peter Shilling and myself in late 1995.
   The club nights have been defunct since 1998 but club still turns out a team in the National Championships each year. The handicap competition has bumbled along amiably for twelve seasons, involving players from the London League and the Essex clubs, although I would welcome anyone in the Southern Counties if they wanted to have a go.
   Being a handicap event it does really lend itself to being a national ranking tournament but one merit of it is that, as it is handicapped, it gives weaker players a chance to win something, and also presents players with the opportunity to get stuck into some best of three or five matches with someone, instead of just playing single games in league fixtures.
   Much of the credit for keeping it going, by recruiting players from the Essex clubs, should go to the indefatigable Cindy Hollyer, without whose help it would have died out a long time ago. I plan to run it again next year, raising the entry fee from £3 to £5, still peanuts relative to the price of national tournaments, in order to give better prizes.

Richard Woodward
March 2008

Swiss Cottage Scrabble Club Handicap Singles Event 1997 - Present

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year
winner
beaten finalist
result
highest game score: actual
with handicap
highest scoring word/s
1997Agnes Dodds
(Brentwood)
Reg Dendy
(LSL)
n/a

game scores not available

game scores not available

words not available
1998Epan Nguyen
(LSL)
Joyce Gershon
(Romford)
2-1Joyce Gershon
550
Joyce Gershon
585
Peter Hunting (Brentwood)
BONNIEST 131
1999Sheila Green
(LSL)
Phyllis Fernandez
(LSL)
2-1Norma Galley (LSL)
551
Norma Galley (LSL)
566
Margaret Regan (Brentwood)
EXPOUNDS 107
2000June Clark
(Havering)
Phyllis Fernandez
(LSL)
3-2Julia Watson (LSL)
493
Julia Watson (LSL)
553
Julia Watson (LSL)
TRIFLERS 176
Sheila Green (LSL)
OVERSEWS 176
2000/01Phyllis Fernandez
(LSL)
Norma Galley
(LSL)
3-1Norma Galley (LSL)
522
Ron Bucknall (Havering)
544
Peter Shuttlewood (Brentwood)
BEADINGS 149
2001/02Joyce Gershon
(Romford)
Richard Woodward
(Swiss Cottage)
3-2Martin Leverton (LSL)
529
Baldip Kaur (LSL)
591
Martin Leverton (LSL)
BLACKEST 113
2002/03Martin Leverton
(LSL)
Jo Holland
(Romford)
3-1 Phyllis Fernandez (LSL)
530
Phyllis Fernandez (LSL)
550
Pat Heffernan (-)
BANKERS 118
2003/04Joyce Gershon
(Romford)
Jake Berliner
(LSL)
3-1Jo Holland (Romford)
529
Jo Holland (Romford)
579
Alison Stilwell (-)
ENQUIRES 194
2004/05Stephen Hunt
(LSL)
Joe Bridal
(LSL)
3-1 Joe Bridal (LSL)
529
Joe Bridal (LSL)
539
David Shenkin (LSL)
YEARNING 94
Stephen Hunt (LSL)
HOARIEST 94
2005/06Angela Evans
(LSL)
Marc Meakin
(Brentwood)
3-2Angela Evans (LSL)
551
Angela Evans (LSL)
571
Sheila Anderson (Romford)
STAIRED 104
2006/07Calum Edwards
(Romford)
Karen Game
(LSL)
3-1Angela Evans (LSL)
552
Angela Evans (LSL)
557
David Holmes (LSL)
LIVERIES 149
2007/08David Holmes
(LSL)
Maurice McParland
(LSL)
3-1Joe Bridal (LSL)
530
Joe Bridal (LSL)
540
Marian Hamer (LSL)
DOSAGES 102
2008/09Len Edwards
(Romford)
Richard Woodward
(LSL)
3-2Karen Game (LSL) &
Derek Bower (Hockley)
551
Karen Game (LSL)
586
Len Edwards (Romford)
MORNINGS 158
2009/10not held .....
2010/11not held .....
2011/12Jake Berliner
(LSL)
Phyllis Fernandez
(LSL)
3-1Derek Bower (Hockley)
490
Priscilla Munday (-)
503
Phyllis Fernandez (LSL)
BLINKERS 107
2012/13Nick Jenkins
(Havering)
Phyllis Fernandez
(LSL)
3-1Cody McCormick (LSL)
589
Nick Jenkins (Havering)
551
Nick Jenkins (Havering)
EMBODIES 176
2013/14Dan Smith
(LSL)
Jo Ramjane
(Romford)
3-2Karen Game (LSL)
554
Sree Sukamar (Romford)
586
Dan Smith (LSL)
WUSSIER 96



Handicap Pairs Competition

(previous competitions)


2004 teams, handicaps, tablesPast Winners2003 competition results


The format is the same as in previous years. Firstly, we have a group stage where you play the three other pairs in your section. The six group winners, plus the second best team from the Kappa group and one lucky loser will go through to the quarter-finals. Successful pairs will then enter the knock out stage of the competition. Everyone should know the scoring system by now - 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. The challenge of the pairs is not just to win your games but also to overcome the handicap involved. For example, if Tim’s handicap is 5 and Terry’s is 85, then Tim will have to finish at least 81 points ahead for a win.

Handicaps are based primarily on the latest tournament ratings. I have, however, tweaked one or two as players may be going through a lean run of form or a purple patch! For those who do not play in tournaments I have based their handicaps on experience or looking at the latest London League table.

The group stage should be finished by no later than the 10th September. Matches can be played in any order. Please be flexible and offer as many dates as possible when making arrangements. I would suggest that pairs who make first contact be deemed the home team.

New for 2004! The Internet Scrabble Club which can be found at www.isc.ro can seriously reduce your travelling times! I encourage people to try out the site or complete those matches that are proving difficult to arrange. I expect most matches to be completed the old fashioned way but the option is there. I know many of you play on there already but please contact me if you need any assistance with the site. It is free and really easy to navigate round on. Be warned! The ISC will only fuel your Scrabble addiction.

The winners of the competition will receive £40 with trophies and keep the Frank and Tilly Moss shield for a year. Runners up will receive £20 and trophies. By the way no team has ever won the Pairs competition twice. The most successful pairs tend to have an improving player in their team or are just jammy with the tiles!

Good Luck!

Chris Keeley




2004 Teams, Handicaps, Tables, Results

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Final 
K King/K Quarshie    vs  N Galley/L Kay         0-4  -230/+230

Semi-Finals
N Galley/L Kay       vs  J White/S May          3-1  +180
C & R Wiseman        vs  K King/K Quarshie      0-4  -320/+320

Quarter-Finals
N Jenkins/R Bucknell vs  J White/S May          1-3  -123/+123
C Keeley/C Pace      vs  K King/K Quarshie      1-3  -120/+120
D Shenkin/R Woodward vs  N Galley/L Kay         0-0  walk-over
E Wallace/K Synott   vs  C & R Wiseman          2-2  -46/+46 

First Round Results
ALPHA FINAL
pair                         played won points spread
Jenkins (55)/Bucknell (60)     12    8    16      418
Frost (80)/Howard (100)        12    7    14     -158
Dolan (45)/Reeves (80)         12    5    10       66
Gershon (60)/Lavender (100)    12    4     8     -326

Alpha Results:
Jenkins/Bucknell beat Gershon/Lavender  4-0  +261    | Jenkins/Bucknell drew Frost/Howard      2-2  +273/-273    
Frost/Howard     drew Gershon/Lavender  2-2  +35/-35 | Frost/Howard     beat Dolan/Reeves      3-1  +80
Dolan/Reeves     drew Gershon/Lavender  2-2  +30/-30 | Dolan/Reeves     drew Jenkins/Bucknell  2-2  +116/-116

BETA FINAL
pair                         played won points spread
Wallace (45)/Synott (30)       12    8    16      643
Anderson (60)/Holland (65)     12    6    12     -158
Golding (55)/Bowyer (65)       12    5    10     -201
Edwards (100)/Northcott (65)   12    5    10     -284

Beta Results:
Anderson/Holland drew Golding/Bowyer    2-2  +2/-2  | Edwards/Northcott drew Golding/Bowyer     2-2  +24/-24
Wallace/Synott   beat Anderson/Holland  3-1  +337   | Wallace/Synott    drew Edwards/Northcott  2-2  +131/-131 
Anderson/Holland beat Edwards/Northcott 3-1  +177   | Wallace/Synott    beat Golding/Bowyer     3-1  +175   

KAPPA FINAL
pair                         played won points spread
White (80)/May (60)            16   10    20     635
C and R Wiseman (55/100)       16    9    18     132
I and A Catherall (85/35)      16    8    16     113
Fernandez (55)/Magnus (55)     16    7    14    -350
Hollyer (75)/Ellis (70)        16    6    12    -530
J and G Clark (60/55)          scratched

Kappa Results:
Fernandez/Magnus  drew C and R Wiseman  2-2  +81/-81 | White/May         beat Hollyer/Ellis     4-0  +309
C and R Wiseman   beat Hollyer/Ellis    3-1  +232    | I and A Catherall drew Hollyer/Ellis     2-2  +182/-182
I and A Catherall drew C and R Wiseman  2-2  +21/-21 | Hollyer/Ellis     beat Fernandez/Magnus  3-1  +193
C and R Wiseman   drew White/May        2-2  +2/-2   | White/May         drew Fernandez/Magnus  2-2  +190/-190
I and A Catherall drew Fernandez/Magnus 2-2  +48/-48 | White/May         drew I and A Catherall 2-2  +138/-138

OMIKRON FINAL
pair                         played won points spread
Keeley (5)/Pace (70)            8    5    10    -280
P and J Nelkon (0/70)           8    4     8     247
Evans (40) /Hamer (70)          8    3     6      33
Morgan-Thomas (5)/Winer (35)    scratched

Omikron Result:
Keeley/Pace      beat P & J Nelkon      3-1  -159/+159
P & J Nelkon     beat Evans/Hamer       3-1  +88
Evans/Hamer      beat Keeley/Pace       2-2  +121/-121 

SIGMA FINAL
pair                         played won points spread
Galley (70)/Kay (55)           12    7    14     248
Landau (55)/Clifford (60)      12    7    14      55
Mody (85)/Kikumu (55)          12    6    12    -130
Adams (60)/Lewis (60)          12    4     8    -173

Sigma Results:
Adams/Lewis       drew Landau/Clifford  2-2  +48/-48 | Galley/Kay        beat Adams/Lewis      3-1  +207 
Landau/Clifford   drew Mody/Kikumu      2-2  +16/-16 | Galley/Kay        beat Mody/Kikumu      3-1  +128 
Landau/Clifford   beat Galley/Kay       3-1  +87     | Mody/Kikumu       beat Adams/Lewis      3-1  +14

UPSILON FINAL
pair                         played won points spread
Shenkin (35)/Woodward (50)     12    8    16     186
King (45)/Quarshie (70)        12    8    16     164
Green (35)/Cave (60)           12    5    10     134
Chan (65)/Adesoji (45)         12    3     6    -484

Upsilon Results:
Green/Cave        drew Chan/Adesoji     2-2  +84/-84 | Shenkin/Woodward  beat Chan/Adesoji     3-1  +228
King/Quarshie     drew Shenkin/Woodward 2-2  +89/-89 | Green/Cave        drew King/Quarshie    2-2  +97/-97
Shenkin/Woodward  beat Green/Cave       3-1  +47     | King/Quarshie     beat Chan/Adesoji     4-0  +172


2003 Competition Results

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Ardiles                                             Blanchflower
pair                    played won points spread  | pair                      played won points spread
Hamer (115)/Gershon (80)   3    10   20     533   | Holland (125)/Anderson (110) 3     8   16     452
Hollyer (125)/Ellis (100)  3     8   16     151   | Fernandez (60)/Dolan (45)    3     6   12    -218
Edwards (130)/Frost (135)  3     3    6     -70   | Lindsay (90)/Magnus (70)     3     5   10       7
Evans (40)/MacBean (75)    3     3    6    -614   | Howell (15)/May (80)         3     5   10    -241


Gascoigne                                           Ginola
pair                    played won points spread  | pair                      played won points spread   
Woodward (65)/Shenkin (45)  3   10   20     197   | Landau (60)/Clifford(80)     3     8   16     262
Galley (70)/Kay (95)        3    5   10     172   | Dein (60)/Fiszman (75)       3     6   12     284
G & E Gruner (5/100)        3    5   10    -408   | Keeley (10)/Howard (55)      3     5   10      14
Mody (110)/Lewis (105)      3    4    8      39   | Crane (55)/Bullock (100)     3     5   10    -560


Hoddle                                              Klinsmann
pair                    played won points spread  | pair                      played won points spread
Green (30)/Cave (120)      3    10   20     569   | M-Thomas (10)/Winer (30)     3     8   16      391
Bull (40)/Windsor (90)     3     6   12     135   | Sandler (95)/Woolley (105)   3     7   14      294
Adesoji (75)/Chan (65)     3     5   10    -304   | P & J Nelkon (0/70)          3     5   10      -54
King (55)/Quarshie (90)    3     3    6    -400   | B & M Silverstone(65/85)     3     4    8     -631


Quarter-Finals
R M-Thomas/R Winer   vs  M Hamer/J Gershon      0-4  -316/316  
S Green/S Cave       vs  R Woodward/D Shenkin   2-2  125/-125  
J Clifford/S Landau  vs  H Sandler/I Woolley    0-4  -300/300  
C Hollyer/J Ellis    vs  S Anderson/J Holland   2-2  -36/36  
Semi-Finals 
M Hamer/J Gershon    vs  S Anderson/J Holland   2-2  +3/-3
S Green/S Cave       vs  H Sandler/I Woolley    3-1  +116/-116
Final: 
S Green/S Cave       vs  M Hamer/J Gershon      0-4  -213/+213
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