World Scrabble Championship 2011

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World Scrabble Championship 2011
Won by Nigel Richards from 106 players
12 October 2011 — 16 October 2011
Held in Warsaw, Poland
Sponsored by Mattel



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The World Scrabble Championship 2011 was held in the Hilton Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, from 12 October to 16 October 2011.[1] The format was a 34-round preliminary tournament and a best-of-five final. The top two players after the preliminary tournament, Nigel Richards and Andrew Fisher, played a best-of-five final for the top prize and the title of World Scrabble Champion 2011. There were 114 places allocated to competitors from around the world,[2] with 106 players eventually competing.[2]

Results[edit]

The winner was Nigel Richards of New Zealand who defeated Andrew Fisher of Australia with three games to two in the best-of-five finals. Richards set the record for being the first two-time World Champion. He repeated this success, winning for a third time in 2013.

Richards won the first game 489–422.[3] Bingos from Fisher included BINGERS and INTERWAR. Bingos from Richards were zENAIDAS, ACEROLA and MOLTERs.

Fisher won the second game with 520–406.[4] Fisher bingoed GONDELAY while Richards struggled with a rack AAAEIIS. Richards had the bingo SOSATIE but there was no available spot. Later in the game, he played RETARDS, which was then replied by Fisher's OUTSPAN. Towards the end of the game, Richards played INSULAR for 83 points, which was again replied, with NEEDIER for 81 points.

At the end of Game 2 of the best-of five finals, both players had 1 win.

Richards pulled one back in the third game, 464–359.[5] He had 4 bingos: DAROGHAS (63), UNFANNEd (64), TOLARJEV (90) and PAROdIES (72) compared to Fisher's only bingo of BOUGHTEN for 67 points.

Game 4 went to Fisher with 562–420 despite him having racks such as AAAABEE and AAAEEIO. Richards' ANGRIeST (70) was replied with JEEZ (81) and his EQUID (75) was immediately replied with TALLIED (79)

At the end of Game 4 of the finals, both players had 2 wins. It was an intense competition between the two.

The fifth game saw Richards take the title of World Champion, winning clearly with 476–333.[6] It was a close game until Richards got OMNIFIED for 95 points, giving him a 100 point lead over Fisher. He then sealed the win with URAnITEs across four hooks for 88 points.

Complete Results[edit]

Position Name Country Win-Loss Spread Prize (USD)
1 Richards, Nigel WSC Runner-Up 25–9 +2008 20,000
2 Fisher, Andrew Australia 23–11 +1521 10,000
3 Nemitrmansuk, Pakorn World Champion 22–12 +1695 5,000
4 Wiegand, David United States 22–12 +1555 4,000
5 May, Christopher Australia 22–12 +1022 3,000
6 Smitheram, Brett England 22–12 +949 2,500
7 Panyasophonlert, Komol Thailand 22–12 +939 1,750
8 Gallen, Paul Northern Ireland 21½–12½ +638 1,500
9 Logan, Adam Canada 21–13 +939 1,250
10 Richards, Alastair Australia 21–13 +871 1,000
11 Beevers, Craig England 21–13 +696
12 Lipe, Chris United States 21–13 +331
13 Boys, David Canada 21–13 +38
14 Nicholson, Mikki England 20–14 +1480
15 Nyman, Mark England 20–14 +1321
16 Thevenot, Geoff United States 20–14 +842
17 Wee, Ming Hui Hubert Singapore 20–14 +773
18 Gipson, Helen Scotland 20–14 +533
19 Scott, Neil Scotland 20–14 +448
20 Allan, Paul England 20–14 +311
21 Rio, Odette Carmina Philippines 20–14 +39
22 Siriwangso, Marut Thailand 20–14 +24
23 Sulaiman, Mohammad United Arab Emirates 19½–14½ +569
24 Chong, Aaron Malaysia 19–15 +1097
25 Mackay, Lewis England 19–15 +845
26 Warner, Howard New Zealand 19–15 +619
27 Hovelmeier, Trevor Mark South Africa 19–15 +546
28 Holden, Stewart Northern Ireland 19–15 +514
29 Sherman, Joel United States 19–15 +380
30 Simmons, Allan Scotland 19–15 +267
31 Kougi, Peter Australia 19–15 +237
32 Okulicz, Edward Australia 19–15 -105
33 Toh, Weibin Singapore 19–15 -156
34 Craig, Joanne New Zealand 18½–15½ +765
35 Wapnick, Joel Canada 18½–15½ +635
36 Delicata, David Malta 18½–15½ -144
37 Kenas, Mark United States 18½–15½ -346
38 Whitmarsh, Bradley United States 18–16 +573
39 Fernando, Naween Tharanga Australia 18–16 +545
40 Grover, Udayan India 18–16 +384
41 Rosin, Sam United States 18–16 +350
42 Leah, Tony Canada 18–16 +182
43 Kramer, Jim United States 18–16 +69
44 Rodrigues, Sherwin India 18–16 +40
45 Yeo, Kien Hung Malaysia 18–16 -206
46 Saldanha, Dean Canada 18–16 -421
47 Thorogood, Blue New Zealand 18–16 -465
48 Benedict, Nathan United States 17½–16½ +764
49 Sim, Tony Singapore 17½–16½ +32
50 O'Laughlin, John United States 17–17 +785
51 Martin, Edward England 17–17 +496
52 Saldanha, Dielle Canada 17–17 +448
53 Nderitu, Patrick Gitonga Kenya 17–17 +390
54 Placca, Chrys Ghana 17–17 +313
55 Dominiczak, Rafal Poland 17–17 +308
56 Halsall, Trevor Australia 17–17 +279
57 Weatherhead, Feargal Ireland 17–17 +248
58 Gillam, Simon Scotland 17–17 +22
59 Romany, Rodney Trinidad and Tobago 17–17 -75
60 Edwards, Calum England 17–17 -300
60 Litunya, Patrick Kenya 17–17 -300
62 Koenig, David United States 17–17 -383
63 Bowman, Brian United States 16½–17½ +724
64 Cree, Chris United States 16½–17½ +47
65 Carter, Gerald Thailand 16½–17½ -280
66 Robertshaw, Phil England 16–18 +1268
67 Brousson, Theresa Malta 16–18 +785
68 Itthi-Aree, Chollapat Thailand 16–18 +444
69 Purnomo, Ricky Singapore 16–18 +414
70 Ker, Jen Ho World Youth Champion 16–18 +407
71 Cohen, Evan Israel 16–18 +234
72 Ball, Nick Canada 16–18 +190
73 Cohen, Laurie United States 16–18 +133
74 Hirai, Keiichiro Japan 16–18 +85
75 Webb, David England 16–18 +7
76 Gabriel, Marty United States 16–18 +3
77 Koowirat, Thacha Thailand 16–18 -14
78 Wanniarachchi, Lakshan Sri Lanka 16–18 -39
79 Early, Dylan South Africa 16–18 -110
80 Green, Neil Wales 16–18 -143
81 Bullock, Orlet Barbados 16–18 -447
82 Iqbal, Wajid Pakistan 16–18 -585
83 Gruzd, Steven South Africa 16–18 -606
84 Usakiewicz, Wojciech Poland 16–18 -656
85 Williams, Gareth Wales 16–18 -666
86 Khongthanarat, Charnrit Thailand 16–18 -738
87 Srichawla, Daniel Thailand 16–18 -1156
88 Butler, Lynne New Zealand 15½–18½ -798
89 Wieckowski, Zbigniew Poland 15–19 +233
90 Landau, Naomi Israel 15–19 +148
91 Manase, Joshua Otieno Kenya 15–19 -213
92 Golding, Andrew Canada 15–19 -248
93 Pieta, Bartosz Poland 15–19 -318
94 Anthonius, Ferdy Indonesia 15–19 -501
95 Siddiqui, Irfan Bahrain 14–20 +135
96 Andersson, Gunnar Sweden 13–21 -1194
97 Pantis, Mihai Romania 12–22 -391
98 Fernandes, Marie Oman 12–22 -506
99 Reshamwala, Shakir Kuwait 12–22 -528
100 Bohbot, Herve France 11–23 -1925
101 Sosseh, Abraham Ebi Gambia 10–24 -1332
102 Dundas, Suzanne Netherlands 10–24 -1876
103 Berger, Ben Germany, Federal Republic of 8–26 -3620
104 Frydenlund, Anlaug Norway 5–29 -4457
105 Rodr, Tomas Czech Republic 3–31 -4584
106 Pastucha, Ivan Slovakia 1–33 -6100
  • FINALS:
  • Game 1: Richards 489 – Fisher 422
  • Game 2: Fisher 520 – Richards 406
  • Game 3: Richards 464 – Fisher 359
  • Game 4: Fisher 562 – Richards 420
  • Game 5: Richards 476 – Fisher 333

Missing tile incident[edit]

In a round seven game between Edward Martin and Chollapat Itthi-Aree, Martin discovered a tile (G) missing at the end of play. (Since players typically bag the letters from a laid-out 10-by-10 grid from which a missing letter would be obvious, it is not normally possible to start a game with an incorrect number of letters.)[7] The tournament director ruled that the letter be replaced, and Martin won the game 402–401. This caused some embarrassment to Martin and hard feelings among the Thai contingent,[7] and it was widely reported that Chollapat Itthi-Aree had suggested that Martin be strip searched,[8][9][10] but another reporter states that Chollapat did not make such a suggestion.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Schedule". 2011 World Scrabble Championship website. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "How to Register for the 2011 WSC". 2011 World Scrabble Championship website. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Unknown Game". 2011 World Scrabble Championship website. Retrieved January 27, 2012. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Unknown Game". 2011 World Scrabble Championship website. Retrieved January 27, 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Unknown Game". 2011 World Scrabble Championship website. Retrieved January 27, 2012. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Unknown Game". 2011 World Scrabble Championship website. Retrieved January 27, 2012. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b c Stefan Fatsis (October 21, 2011). "A G Thing". Slate. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Demand for strip-search at World Scrabble Championship". The Telegraph. October 17, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ Rob Hastings (October 17, 2011). "G for 'guilty'? Lost letter spells trouble at world Scrabble contest". The Independent. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ Daniel Miller (October 18, 2011). "Scrabble player demands strip-search of British opponent after letter 'G' goes missing at world championships". Daily Mail. Retrieved October 24, 2011.