Panupol Sujjayakorn

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Panupol Sujjayakorn in 2005

Panupol Sujjayakorn (born 1985) is a Thai Scrabble player, an economics graduate at Chulalongkorn University and manager at ExxonMobil.[1] He won the Thailand Matchplay Championship 2002, World Scrabble Championship 2003,[2] Thailand King's Cup 2005 and was runner-up in the American National Scrabble Championship 2005 to Dave Wiegand. He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of words despite having only conversational English.[3]

In the World Scrabble Championship 2003, Sujjayakorn won his first 8 games and 18 of his first 21 before losing the final three games to finish with 18 wins, 6 losses, first place. He then played fellow countryman Pakorn Nemitrmansuk in the best-of-five final. The final was tied at two wins each before Sujjayakorn won the final game 444-387 to be crowned World Scrabble champion in his first appearance at the tournament. In the 2005 National Scrabble Championship Sujjayakorn won his first 9 consecutive games and 14 of his first 15, but won just 7 of his final 13 games. He qualified in second place for the final where he played Dave Wiegand, and led 2-0 in the final before Wiegand won all of the final three games to win the tournament.[4]

Achievements[edit]

  • 2002 Thailand Match Play Champion
  • 2003 World Scrabble champion
  • 2005 US Scrabble Open runner up

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thailand gets the last word in Scrabble newstraitstimes, 6 December 2010 [1][permanent dead link] Retrieved 30 April 2011
  2. ^ http://www.wscgames.com/2003/ WSC 2003
  3. ^ Scrabble Kings Vie for Linguistic Superiority, New York Times, Alan Cowell, 21 November 2005 [2] Retrieved 30 April 2011
  4. ^ Portland man spells his way to v-i-c-t-o-r-y The Seattle Times, Victor Greto, 26 August 2005 [3] Retrieved 30 April 2011