Nigel Richards (Scrabble)
Nigel Richards is a Scrabble player who represents New Zealand in international competition. He is the reigning World Champion and a five-time U.S. National Champion, the only player to have held both titles concurrently. He is a nine-time champion of the Singapore Open Scrabble Championship.
Since beginning his competitive career in 1997, he has won about 75% of his tournament games, collecting an estimated USD 200,000 in prize money. Richards, who now lives in Kuala Lumpur, is an eight-time winner of the King's Cup in Bangkok, the biggest Scrabble competition in the world.
Richards won the 2008 USA National Scrabble Championship and earned USD 25,000 by winning his last three games against the runner-up, 1998 champion Brian Cappelletto, for a record of 22 wins and 6 losses, with a cumulative spread of +1340 points.
Richards won the 2010 USA National Scrabble Championship in Dallas, Texas, again winning 25 games. His performance in this tournament was so dominant that he clinched the title before the last day of competition began.
Richards won the 2011 USA National Scrabble Championship in Dallas, Texas, winning 22 games, including his final two, to hold off a number of challengers.
Richards won the 2012 USA National Scrabble Championship, in Orlando, Florida winning 22 of 31 games. To win the title, Richards had to defeat past champion David Gibson by at least 170 points in the final game; he won it by 177 points. With this victory, Richards became the only person to have won the event four times, as well as the only player to have won it in three consecutive years.
Richards is the current USA National Scrabble Champion, winning 24 of 31 games at the 2013 National Scrabble Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, in July 2013. The outcome was not decided until the last game. Though he lost that game, Richards kept the score close enough to retain the title for a record fourth consecutive time (and record fifth overall).
Richards won the 2007 World Scrabble Championship and earned USD 15,000 by winning a playoff, 3 games to 0, against Ganesh Asirvatham of Malaysia. The two qualified for the playoff by leading a field of 104 international experts after 24 rounds of a tournament held 9–12 November in Mumbai, India. He repeated this success in the 2011 World Scrabble Championship in Warsaw, Poland, winning a closely fought final against Australia's top player, Andrew Fisher. He is now World Champion for a third time; as of 2013, the World Championship has been renamed the Scrabble Champions Tournament.
- Three-time World Scrabble Championship winner (2007, 2011, 2013)
- Five-time USA National Scrabble Championship winner (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
- Nine-time Thailand International (King's Cup) winner
- Nine-time Singapore Open Scrabble Championship winner (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- Five-time UK Open winner (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
- Singapore Scrabble Association Archives - Archives Overview (1997-2010)
- Player Profiles - Nigel Richards
- "Kiwi wins world Scrabble champs". The Press. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
- NSC 2008 Division 1 Standings
- NSC 2009 Division 1 Standings
- NSC 2010 Division 1 Standings
- NSC 2011 Division 1 Standings
- NSC 2012 Division 1 Standings
- NSC 2013 Division 1 Standings
- WSC 2007: Nigel Richards
- WSC 2007: Finals
- WSC 2011 Finals
- The Enigmatic Nigel Richards: A profile by Stefan Fatsis
- A way with words: A profile by Tim Hume
- Nigel Richards Scrabble tournament results at cross-tables.com
- Archive of Nigel Richards' games.