Brett Smitheram

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Brett Smitheram is a Scrabble Grand Master and one of the most successful players in the world. Smitheram won the 2016 World Scrabble Championship,[1] and has been ranked as a UK Scrabble Grand Master for nearly 20 years. Originally from Camborne, Cornwall, he lives in London and is the Head of Talent for HeliosX, a group of companies in the medtech space, including Dermatica, MedExpress, ZipHealth and Beauty & The Bear.

Smitheram won the UK National Scrabble Championship in 2000, the ABSP Masters invitational event in 2005 and the British Matchplay Scrabble Championship in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2010. He is three-times Northern Ireland Champion, having won in 2011, 2017 and 2018. Entering only 2 UK majors in 2019 (SIMPLE, which replaced the Spring Matchplay for that year, and the British Elimination Scrabble Tournament/BEST) Smitheram won both ahead of large and high-calibre fields. [2] Smitheram has won the award for UK highest rated player a record 5 times (most recently, in 2019) and has consistently ranked in the world's top 5 players for well over a decade, winning numerous local and regional tournaments each year.

In 2016 he defeated Mark Nyman at the MSI World Scrabble Championship 2016 3 games to 0 to become the World Scrabble Champion for the first time, in the process playing the word BRACONID for 176 (+5 for a failed challenge) which was reported on widely by global media. Following his World Championship win, Smitheram has continued to compete locally and globally, winning multiple tournaments, and narrowly missing out on his second World Championship Final in 2018, losing to Nigel Richards, the eventual winner, in the semi final. He remains an active contributor and spokesperson to the global media on Scrabble and gaming topics.

In 1997, Smitheram won six episodes of the gameshow Countdown, qualifying him for the finals stage of Series 37.[3] In 2017 Smitheram appeared on the Micky Flanagan TV show Thinking Aloud.


  1. ^ "Brett Smitheram wins World Scrabble Championship". BBC News. 4 September 2016.
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  3. ^ "Brett Smitheram - Countdown". 10 December 2016.