The news of Sunderland's promotion to the Premiership this week made me
think, with great sadness, of Pete. I'm sure he'd have been really
excited about what's happening at The Stadium of Light. He should have
been here, relishing the moment...
I've also been thinking about Pete because, with regret and a profound
feeling of guilt, I've abandoned my plans to complete the book that he
and I had started about the 2005 World Scrabble Championship. When Pete
died I was determined to press on, and complete the book in his memory.
But a combination of circumstances contrived to put a brake on my
progress: an extended busy period at IBM, which required lots of
evenings working at home; the ever-increasing responsibilities of
parenthood (not that I'd change a moment of it); and above all a
weariness and apathy with Scrabble, a feeling that is still with me to
a considerable extent - maybe the loss of Pete and Graeme is one of the
reasons. And now, with the new Collins word list about to be adopted, I
truly feel that the time for the book has passed. No-one is going to be
interested in buying a book that uses an out-of-date lexicon. And to be
honest I'm not interested in writing one. I've missed the moment,
although I've no doubt that if Pete had still been with us, his
enthusiasm and commitment would have kept me going, and ensured that
copies would now be available in all good bookshops - or at least on
Perhaps I'll post some of the more interesting positions from the few
games that I annotated on the mailing lists and forum - because there
were some fascinating situations in every game.
So thanks again, Pete, and I'm truly sorry I failed to finish what we
started. Rest in peace, old friend.
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