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Brian Cappelletto

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Brian Cappelletto
Cappelletto in 2008
Born1969 (54–55 years old)
OccupationScrabble player

Brian Cappelletto (born 1969) is a Scrabble player who represents the United States in international competition. He was the runner-up at the inaugural World Scrabble Championship in 1991 and won the event in 2001.[1] He also won the American National Scrabble Championship in 1998,[2] and was the runner-up in 2008[3] and 2010.[4]

Cappelletto appeared in Stefan Fatsis's book Word Freak, which follows the stories of several of Scrabble's top players in North America. Fatsis calls him "Scrabble's first child prodigy". The documentary Scrabylon, about the 2001 World Championship, also features Cappelletto as a central character.[5]

Cappelletto first appeared as a Division 1 player at the 1987 National Scrabble Championship, winning 16 of his 21 games and finishing with a winning spread of 1300. He has since appeared at the Championship ten more times, finishing in the top 5 on seven occasions in addition to his 1998 victory. He has not appeared at the World Championship since winning it in 2001. As of June 2010, his NASPA Games rating was 2047, making him the top-rated player in Illinois and the second-highest rated player in the United States.[6] Since beginning his career in 1985, he has played at least 2,700 tournament games, winning about 69%, and earning over $164,000 in prize money.

Cappelletto lives in Chicago, Illinois. Outside Scrabble, he works as an options trader and lists his interests as golf, impersonations and fantasy baseball.


  1. ^ Cappelletto's WSC history.
  2. ^ Cappelletto's Scrabble Association profile Archived January 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine,
  3. ^ "2008 NSC Division I Final Standings". Archived from the original on 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
  4. ^ "2010 NSC Division I Final Standings". Archived from the original on 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  5. ^ Cappelletto's along with his friend and Broker of the year Kevin Kennedy. IMDB entry.
  6. ^ "Search NSA Ratings List by Name". Archived from the original on 2006-09-11. Retrieved 2006-09-07. NSA ratings searcher.

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