World Scrabble Championship 1999

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World Scrabble Championship 1999
Won by Joel Wapnick from 98 players
4th November 1999 — 7th November 1999
Held in Melbourne
Sponsored by Mattel



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The World Scrabble Championship 1999 was the fifth World Scrabble Championship and was held at the Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne, Australia.

The winner was Joel Wapnick of Canada.[1] This was the second time a player representing Canada has won, the first being when David Boys won in 1995. The 1991 champion, Peter Morris, was also a Canadian but represented the United States.

Eight games were played on each of the first three days with the top two players advancing to a best-of-five finals.

In the first game, Wapnick opened with the bingo CHAPLET and took a 249-60 lead three turns later with the double -double FILTHIER then cruised to a 624-307 victory. Nyman took the second game and Wapnick took the third then got off to an early lead in the fourth before losing a turn when he tried the phony FUROUR. The game remained tight, with both players getting down two bingos, until Wapnick drew the X and DEOXY for 50 to take a one -point lead and take the last tile out of the bag. With Wapnick having multiple places to go out, Nyman was unable to catch him and lost by a single point. Joel Wapnick could now add a world title to his US national title and Canadian title, one of only two players to have won the big three.

Complete Results[edit]

Position Name Country Win-Loss Spread Prize (USD)[1]
1 Wapnick, Joel Canada 18-6 +1068 15,000
2 Nyman, Mark England 17-7 +808 7,500
3 Boys, David Canada 17-7 +693 3,000
4 Logan, Adam Canada 16-8 +886 2,000
5 Fisher, Andrew England 16-8 +797 1,500
6 Byers, Russell England 16-8 +647 1,250
7 Tiekert, Ron United States 16-8 +366 1,000
8 Richards, Nigel New Zealand 15-9 +1616 750
9 Cook, Andrew England 15-9 +983 400
10 Holgate, John Australia 15-9 +782 400
11 Cappelletto, Brian United States 15-9 +711 300
12 Boyd, Kendall New Zealand 15-9 +603 300
13 Fernando, Naween Tharanga Sri Lanka 15-9 +217 200
14 Appleby, Phil England 15-9 +191 200
15 Sherman, Joel World Champion 15-9 +73 200
16 Chinnaiyah, Suresh Sri Lanka 14-10 +910 200
17 Wiegand, David United States 14-10 +820
18 Klaphajone, Jakkrit Thailand 14-10 +635
19 Quiballo, Virgilio Philippines 14-10 +566
20 Luebkemann, John United States 14-10 +309
21 Chunkath, Mohan Verghese India 14-10 +292
22 Awowade, Femi England 14-10 +203
23 Odom, Lisa United States 14-10 +151
24 Ndungu, Stanley Njoroge Kenya 14-10 +102
25 Epstein, Paul United States 14-10 +88
26 Jackman, Bob Australia 13½-10½ +166
27 Webb, David England 13-11 +602
28 Edley, Joe United States 13-11 +447
29 Credo, Ronald Philippines 13-11 +439
30 Gongolo, Michael Kenya 13-11 +255
31 Gruzd, Steven South Africa 13-11 +222
32 Rosenthal, Joan Australia 13-11 +214
33 Warner, Howard New Zealand 13-11 +194
34 Williams, Gareth Wales 13-11 +178
35 Hersom, Randy United States 13-11 +106
36 Thobani, Shafique Kenya 13-11 +14
37 Ploysangngam, Amnuay Thailand 13-11 -16
38 Cherry, James Canada 13-11 -27
39 Pra, Michael Oman 13-11 -369
40 Nemitrmansuk, Pakorn Thailand 13-11 -382
41 Grant, Jeff New Zealand 13-11 -588
42 Chishty, Ishtiaq Saudi Arabia 12½-114½ +399
43 Rio, Odette Carmina Philippines 12-12 +569
44 Smitheram, Brett England 12-12 +555
45 Felt, Robert United States 12-12 +360
46 Geary, Jim United States 12-12 +358
47 Filio, Roland Philippines 12-12 +285
48 Schonbrun, Lester United States 12-12 +100
49 Gipson, Helen England 12-12 +37
50 Pui, Cheng Wui Malaysia 12-12 +6
51 Jimoh, Saheed Nigeria 12-12 -22
52 Bwire, Matayo Kenya 12-12 -31
53 Hahn, Albert Canada 12-12 -48
54 Bondin, Owen Malta 12-12 -293
55 Asirvatham, Ganesh Malaysia 12-12 -293
56 Warwick, Wilma Scotland 11½-12½ -514
57 Bhandarkar, Akshay Bahrain 11½-12½ +156
58 Cleary, Paul Stephen Australia 11½-12½ +59
59 Sutthasin, Taewan Thailand 11½-12½ -728
60 Sim, Tony Singapore 11-13 +247
61 Early, Dylan South Africa 11-13 +115
62 Gonzalez, Ricardo V Gulf Champion 11-13 +112
63 Lipton, Bob United States 11-13 -8
64 Polatnick, Steve United States 11-13 -130
65 Tang, Michael Malaysia 11-13 -172
66 Sinton, Peter New Zealand 11-13 -197
67 Elbourne, Peter Malta 11-13 -319
68 Abraham, Arvind United Arab Emirates 11-13 -359
69 Khan, Rashid Ateeq Pakistan 11-13 -427
70 Berlin, Barbara Australia 11-13 -487
71 Gan, Cher Siong Singapore 11-13 -726
72 Hirai, Keiichiro Japan 10½-13½ +188
73 Hovelmeier, Trevor Mark South Africa 10-14 +197
74 McDonnell, Brendan Ireland 10-14 +75
75 Webb, Alice England 10-14 -33
76 Lobo, Selwyn United Arab Emirates 10-14 -83
77 Kong, Chock Heng Malaysia 10-14 -210
78 Judd, Rodney Pakistan 10-14 -366
79 Assesa, Dixon Kenya 10-14 -398
80 Penaflor, Vivian Bahrain 10-14 -476
81 Pray, Linda Hazel Oman 10-14 -591
82 Kuroda, Kunihiko Japan 10-14 -614
83 Eburu, Gold Nigeria 10-14 -740
84 Usakiewicz, Wojciech Poland 10-14 -876
85 Costello, Catherine Ireland 9½-14½ -237
86 Charles, Leslie Trinidad and Tobago 9½-14½ -603
87 Blom, Roger Australia 9-15 +215
88 Metivier, Edward Trinidad and Tobago 9-15 -164
89 Kane, Alistair Australia 9-15 -353
90 Goh, Eugene Singapore 9-15 -498
91 Sandu, Dan Laurentiu Romania 9-15 -2008
92 Nanavati, Jim Canada 8-16 +6
93 Fasuba, Johnson Seychelles 8-16 -491
94 Wanniarachchi, Lakshan Sri Lanka 8-16 -519
95 Michel, Antonin France 8-16 -951
96 Silva, Dhanpala Seychelles 8-16 -1187
97 Saliba, Mario Malta 7-17 -868
98 Caba, Catalin-Eugen Romania 3-21 -2991
  • Finals
  • Game 1: Wapnick 624 - Nyman 307
  • Game 2: Nyman 444 - Wapnick 330
  • Game 3: Wapnick 462 - Nyman 339
  • Game 4: Wapnick 403 - Nyman 402

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b WSC 1999 results at cross-tables.com