World Scrabble Championship 2001

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World Scrabble Championship 2001
Won by Brian Cappelletto from 88 players
November 13, 2001 — November 17, 2001
Held in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sponsored by Hasbro



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The World Scrabble Championship 2001 was the sixth World Scrabble Championship. The winner was Brian Cappelletto of the United States.[1]

The event took place at The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip, USA. The eighty-eight players played eight games on each of the first three days, in a Swiss tournament. As usual, the top two players then competed in a best-of-five final to decide who would become world champion.

Results[edit]

After the Swiss tournament, the top two players were Brian Cappelletto representing the United States, with 18 wins and winning spread of +921, and Joel Wapnick, defending champion from 1999, with 17 wins and winning spread +1006. These two players thus contested the final.

In the first game of the final, Wapnick played first. Both players began by changing tiles, then exchanged straightforward bingos (ANALYSE and IRATELY respectively). Further highlights included Wapnick's WHEEP and BAJU and Cappelletto's INDUSIA. In the final move, trailing 482-464 and with only the O remaining on his rack, Cappelletto needed to score 16 points to force a draw. Unfortunately for him, there was no such move available and, while he played the best available move (ZO for 13), Wapnick took the game 482-479.

The second game was less high-scoring, with only two bonuses; Wapnick's DRESSING and CONDOLER. Despite this, Cappelletto won the game 410-372 to level the match at 1-1.

In the third game, Wapnick began the game with a bonus (LOURINg for 64), but Cappelletto won a claustrophobic game 400-352, and lead the match 2-1. Notably, he finished with just six seconds left, and his opponent had only four seconds remaining.

The fourth game proved decisive, as Cappelletto again won by a comfortable margin, 444 to 338.

By three games to one, Brian Cappelletto was declared World Scrabble Champion 2001.

Complete Results[edit]

Position Name Country Win-Loss Spread Prize (USD)[1]
1 Cappelletto, Brian United States 18-6 +921 25,000
2 Wapnick, Joel World Champion 17-7 +1006 10,000
3 Kramer, Jim United States 17-7 +597 5,000
4 Polatnick, Steve United States 16½-7½ +533 3,000
5 Fisher, Andrew England 16-8 +1043 2,000
6 Lipton, Bob United States 16-8 +735 1,000
7 Smitheram, Brett England 16-8 +656 800
8 Okosagah, Sammy Nigeria 16-8 -64 600
9 Wiegand, David United States 15½-8½ +1085 400
10 Logan, Adam Canada 15-9 +801 300
11 Fernando, Naween Tharanga Sri Lanka 15-9 +772 250
12 Sinton, Peter New Zealand 15-9 +674 250
13 Gongolo, Michael Kenya 15-9 +528 250
14 Geary, Jim United States 15-9 +364 250
15 Mallick, Joey United States 15-9 +314 250
16 Nemitrmansuk, Pakorn Thailand 15-9 -271 150
17 Sim, Tony Singapore 14-10 +717 150
18 Awowade, Femi England 14-10 +628 150
19 Warner, Howard New Zealand 14-10 +379 150
20 Edley, Joe United States 14-10 +371 150
21 Simmons, Allan England 14-10 +272
22 Perry, Andrew England 14-10 +243
23 Okulicz, Edward Australia 14-10 +228
24 Credo, Ronald Philippines 14-10 -118
25 Luebkemann, John United States 13½-10½ +630
26 Felt, Robert United States 13-11 +1022
27 Davis, Andrew England 13-11 +631
28 Chinnaiyah, Suresh Sri Lanka 13-11 +545
29 Klaphajone, Jakkrit Thailand 13-11 +355
30 Manase, Joshua Otieno Kenya 13-11 +344
31 Mead, Jeremiah United States 13-11 +268
32 Sykes, Christopher Canada 13-11 +259
33 Grant, Jeff New Zealand 13-11 +113
34 Williams, Gareth Wales 13-11 +87
35 Quao, Michael Arthur Ghana 13-11 +62
36 Asirvatham, Ganesh Malaysia 13-11 -7
37 Elbourne, Peter Malta 13-11 -557
38 Hirai, Keiichiro Japan 12-12 +676
39 Boys, David Canada 12-12 +465
40 Holgate, John Australia 12-12 +414
41 Simpson, Evan England 12-12 +231
42 Daniel, Robin Pollock Canada 12-12 +194
43 Hersom, Randy United States 12-12 +167
44 Kaufman, Zev Canada 12-12 +135
45 Hoekstra, Ron Canada 12-12 +122
46 Graham, Matt United States 12-12 +3
47 Gruzd, Steven South Africa 12-12 -54
48 Eichler, Maor Israel 12-12 -201
49 Khoshnaw, Karl Kurdistan-Iraq 12-12 -279
50 Talbot, Rodney Australia 12-12 -297
51 Sherman, Joel United States 12-12 -349
52 Hovelmeier, Trevor Mark South Africa 12-12 -654
53 Boyd, Kendall New Zealand 11-13 +244
54 Apindi, Isaac Tanzania 11-13 +216
55 Filio, Roland Philippines 11-13 +177
56 Lamabadusuriya, Harshan Sri Lanka 11-13 +136
57 Cherry, James Canada 11-13 +62
58 Tang, Michael Malaysia 11-13 -16
59 Chunkath, Mohan Verghese India 11-13 -158
60 Acton, David England 11-13 -196
61 Cheah, Siu Hean Singapore 11-13 -380
62 Poku, Kwame Ghana 11-13 -435
63 De Souza, Margarida Ana Trinidad and Tobago 11-13 -600
64 Assesa, Dixon Kenya 10½-13½ -70
65 Ranasuriya, Mario Shalendra Bahrain 10½-13½ -753
66 Clottey, Aaron Ghana 10½-13½ -776
67 Litunya, Patrick Kenya 10-14 +131
68 Webb, David England 10-14 +125
69 Cleary, Paul Stephen Australia 10-14 -81
70 Arreola, Pepito Saudi Arabia 10-14 -262
71 Khan, Rashid Ateeq Pakistan 10-14 -378
72 Tanee, Samuel Fomum Cameroon 10-14 -757
73 Kalumba, Paul Yandisha Zambia 9½-14½ -496
74 Delicata, David Malta 9½-14½ -974
75 Grayson, John Wales 9-15 +134
76 Sutthasin, Taewan Thailand 9-15 -296
77 Abordo, Chris Bahrain 9-15 -377
78 Sinclair, Alan Scotland 9-15 -412
79 Hemachandra, Sanath Oman 9-15 -809
80 Cree, Chris United States 9-15 -1118
81 Chakravarthy, Ranganathan India 8½-15½ -82
82 Singh, Lewis Guyana 8-16 -834
83 Prabhu, Cecil Fernandes Gulf Champion 8-16 -1124
84 Sandu, Dan Laurentiu Romania 8-16 -1759
85 Miranda, Mario Philippines 7½-16½ -872
86 Costello, Catherine Ireland 7-17 -691
87 Cotejo, Danny Qatar 5-19 -1287
88 Wright, James Charles Gibraltar 4-20 -1971
  • FINALS:
  • Game 1: Wapnick 482 - Cappelletto 479
  • Game 2: Cappelletto 410 - Wapnick 372
  • Game 3: Cappelletto 400 - Wapnick 352
  • Game 4: Cappelletto 444 - Wapnick 338

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