Here are a few shots from Tuesday's final day of play at the National Scrabble Championship.
The Day Four message
Behind me are hundreds of Scrabble players.
We used the Zyzyva Word Judge program to adjudicate challenged words.
This banner flies at every NSC, except when the event was renamed the US Scrabble Open.
Even the Royal Pacific frog caught Scrabble fever.
The sad news after 22 games, that's me in 123rd place…things didn't get much better thereafter.
I made both ToRNaDIC and RELENTED on the way to victory in Game 24 right before lunch. My opponent helped by playing HICKY on her last play, a word that I challenged off.
Get your Scrabble sweats and tees right here! In the business, this stuff is known as Word Gear.
The simple word WINTER turned out to be a key play in the last game. I won by going out with my next word, AWEE. And the crowd goes wild! My opponent said that may early play of KAY was a good omen for me. I'll spare you pictures of my five losses on Tuesday. I finished at 10-18, near the bottom of the Division 2 standings.
This unassuming chap is Division I champion Nigel Richards from Malaysia. Richards is now both the reigning world champion and US champion, an amazing feat given that the two championships are played with different dictionaries.
Here's how the board looked at the end of the championship game. Bingos include SERRYING, SARCINAE, and INNERVED. I'll have to look on the NSA site to see if PENATES and KINGLET were bingos.
The fellow on the right is runner-up Brian Cappelletto, a former US champion and probably the best player in the US.
I promise, that's all the Scrabble content for a long while–at least until October when the Baton Rouge tournament takes place.
There are 4 comments, add yours!
I have never heard of the NSC! This is very interesting. Definitely keep us posted.
I think I'm going to go pull out my Scrabble board:)
Hey, great set! You did very well, I hope you had a good time!
I found it really interesting, never knew there was a championship national, thanks dadlak
A wonderful experience I think playing scrabble with so many people !
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