World Scrabble Championship 1999

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World Scrabble Championship 1999
4 November 1999 — 7 November 1999
WinnerJoel Wapnick
Number of players98
LocationMelbourne
SponsorMattel

The World Scrabble Championship 1999 was the fifth World Scrabble Championship and was held at the Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne, Australia.

The winner was Joel Wapnick of Canada.[1] This was the second time a player representing Canada has won, the first being when David Boys won in 1995. The 1991 champion, Peter Morris, was also a Canadian but represented the United States.

Eight games were played on each of the first three days with the top two players advancing to a best-of-five finals.

In the first game, Wapnick opened with the bingo CHAPLET and took a 249-60 lead three turns later with the double -double FILTHIER then cruised to a 624-307 victory. Nyman took the second game and Wapnick took the third then got off to an early lead in the fourth before losing a turn when he tried the phony FUROUR. The game remained tight, with both players getting down two bingos, until Wapnick drew the X and DEOXY for 50 to take a one -point lead and take the last tile out of the bag. With Wapnick having multiple places to go out, Nyman was unable to catch him and lost by a single point. Joel Wapnick could now add a world title to his US national title and Canadian title, one of only two players to have won the big three.

Complete Results[edit]

Position Name Country Win-Loss Spread Prize (USD)[1]
1 Wapnick, Joel Canada 18-6 +1068 15,000
2 Nyman, Mark England 17-7 +808 7,500
3 Boys, David Canada 17-7 +693 3,000
4 Logan, Adam Canada 16-8 +886 2,000
5 Fisher, Andrew England 16-8 +797 1,500
6 Byers, Russell England 16-8 +647 1,250
7 Tiekert, Ron United States 16-8 +366 1,000
8 Richards, Nigel New Zealand 15-9 +1616 750
9 Cook, Andrew England 15-9 +983 400
10 Holgate, John Australia 15-9 +782 400
11 Cappelletto, Brian United States 15-9 +711 300
12 Boyd, Kendall New Zealand 15-9 +603 300
13 Fernando, Naween Tharanga Sri Lanka 15-9 +217 200
14 Appleby, Phil England 15-9 +191 200
15 Sherman, Joel World Champion 15-9 +73 200
16 Chinnaiyah, Suresh Sri Lanka 14-10 +910 200
17 Wiegand, David United States 14-10 +820
18 Klaphajone, Jakkrit Thailand 14-10 +635
19 Quiballo, Virgilio Philippines 14-10 +566
20 Luebkemann, John United States 14-10 +309
21 Chunkath, Mohan Verghese India 14-10 +292
22 Awowade, Femi England 14-10 +203
23 Odom, Lisa United States 14-10 +151
24 Ndungu, Stanley Njoroge Kenya 14-10 +102
25 Epstein, Paul United States 14-10 +88
26 Jackman, Bob Australia 13½-10½ +166
27 Webb, David England 13-11 +602
28 Edley, Joe United States 13-11 +447
29 Credo, Ronald Philippines 13-11 +439
30 Gongolo, Michael Kenya 13-11 +255
31 Gruzd, Steven South Africa 13-11 +222
32 Rosenthal, Joan Australia 13-11 +214
33 Warner, Howard New Zealand 13-11 +194
34 Williams, Gareth Wales 13-11 +178
35 Hersom, Randy United States 13-11 +106
36 Thobani, Shafique Kenya 13-11 +14
37 Ploysangngam, Amnuay Thailand 13-11 -16
38 Cherry, James Canada 13-11 -27
39 Pra, Michael Oman 13-11 -369
40 Nemitrmansuk, Pakorn Thailand 13-11 -382
41 Grant, Jeff New Zealand 13-11 -588
42 Chishty, Ishtiaq Saudi Arabia 12½-114½ +399
43 Rio, Odette Carmina Philippines 12-12 +569
44 Smitheram, Brett England 12-12 +555
45 Felt, Robert United States 12-12 +360
46 Geary, Jim United States 12-12 +358
47 Filio, Roland Philippines 12-12 +285
48 Schonbrun, Lester United States 12-12 +100
49 Gipson, Helen England 12-12 +37
50 Pui, Cheng Wui Malaysia 12-12 +6
51 Jimoh, Saheed Nigeria 12-12 -22
52 Bwire, Matayo Kenya 12-12 -31
53 Hahn, Albert Canada 12-12 -48
54 Bondin, Owen Malta 12-12 -293
55 Asirvatham, Ganesh Malaysia 12-12 -293
56 Warwick, Wilma Scotland 11½-12½ -514
57 Bhandarkar, Akshay Bahrain 11½-12½ +156
58 Cleary, Paul Stephen Australia 11½-12½ +59
59 Sutthasin, Taewan Thailand 11½-12½ -728
60 Sim, Tony Singapore 11-13 +247
61 Early, Dylan South Africa 11-13 +115
62 Gonzalez, Ricardo V Gulf Champion 11-13 +112
63 Lipton, Bob United States 11-13 -8
64 Polatnick, Steve United States 11-13 -130
65 Tang, Michael Malaysia 11-13 -172
66 Sinton, Peter New Zealand 11-13 -197
67 Elbourne, Peter Malta 11-13 -319
68 Abraham, Arvind United Arab Emirates 11-13 -359
69 Khan, Rashid Ateeq Pakistan 11-13 -427
70 Berlin, Barbara Australia 11-13 -487
71 Gan, Cher Siong Singapore 11-13 -726
72 Hirai, Keiichiro Japan 10½-13½ +188
73 Hovelmeier, Trevor Mark South Africa 10-14 +197
74 McDonnell, Brendan Ireland 10-14 +75
75 Webb, Alice England 10-14 -33
76 Lobo, Selwyn United Arab Emirates 10-14 -83
77 Kong, Chock Heng Malaysia 10-14 -210
78 Judd, Rodney Pakistan 10-14 -366
79 Assesa, Dixon Kenya 10-14 -398
80 Penaflor, Vivian Bahrain 10-14 -476
81 Pray, Linda Hazel Oman 10-14 -591
82 Kuroda, Kunihiko Japan 10-14 -614
83 Eburu, Gold Nigeria 10-14 -740
84 Usakiewicz, Wojciech Poland 10-14 -876
85 Costello, Catherine Ireland 9½-14½ -237
86 Charles, Leslie Trinidad and Tobago 9½-14½ -603
87 Blom, Roger Australia 9-15 +215
88 Metivier, Edward Trinidad and Tobago 9-15 -164
89 Kane, Alistair Australia 9-15 -353
90 Goh, Eugene Singapore 9-15 -498
91 Sandu, Dan Laurentiu Romania 9-15 -2008
92 Nanavati, Jim Canada 8-16 +6
93 Fasuba, Johnson Seychelles 8-16 -491
94 Wanniarachchi, Lakshan Sri Lanka 8-16 -519
95 Michel, Antonin France 8-16 -951
96 Silva, Dhanpala Seychelles 8-16 -1187
97 Saliba, Mario Malta 7-17 -868
98 Caba, Catalin-Eugen Romania 3-21 -2991
  • Finals
  • Game 1: Wapnick 624 - Nyman 307
  • Game 2: Nyman 444 - Wapnick 330
  • Game 3: Wapnick 462 - Nyman 339
  • Game 4: Wapnick 403 - Nyman 402

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b WSC 1999 results at cross-tables.com