World Scrabble Championship 2003

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World Scrabble Championship 2003
21 October 2003 — 24 October 2003
WinnerPanupol Sujjayakorn
Number of players90
LocationKuala Lumpur
SponsorMattel

The World Scrabble Championship 2003 was held in the Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The winner was Panupol Sujjayakorn of Thailand.[1]

The format was notably different from previous WSCs. The tournament began with the Australian Draw system, with each player playing sixteen games over two days. On the third day the players played eight games in a King Of the Hill format. After this, the top two players competed in a best-of-five final to decide who would be the seventh World Scrabble Champion.

Prize money started at $17,500 for the winner, with all the top twenty players receiving prizes down to $200.

Results[edit]

The winner was Panupol Sujjayakorn of Thailand. This was the first time that a player won the WSC while representing a country for which English is not the first language.

Complete Results[edit]

Position Name Country Win-Loss Spread Prize (USD)[1]
1 Sujjayakorn, Panupol Thailand 18-6 +1461 17,500
2 Nemitrmansuk, Pakorn Thailand 17-7 +1383 8,500
3 Perry, Andrew England 17-7 +1202 4,000
4 Nyman, Mark England 16-8 +975 2,500
5 Kramer, Jim United States 16-8 +712 1,750
6 Panyasophonlert, Komol Thailand 16-8 +418 1,000
7 Davis, Andrew England 16-8 +188 750
8 Fernando, Naween Tharanga Sri Lanka 15-9 +613 600
9 Allan, Paul Scotland 15-9 +532 500
10 Adamson, Tim United States 15-0 +438 400
11 Helen Gipson England 15-9 +317 300
12 Geary, Jim United States 15-9 +198 300
13 Grant, Jeff New Zealand 15-9 -58 300
14 Appleby, Phil England 14½-9½ +424 300
15 Litunya, Patrick Kenya 14-10 +1043 300
16 Boys, David Canada 14-10 +843 200
17 Wapnick, Joel Canada 14-10 +690 200
18 Sanni, Moshood Olasunkanmi Nigeria 14-10 +581 200
19 Cleary, Paul Stephen Australia 14-10 +436 200
20 Warner, Howard New Zealand 14-10 +316 200
21 Bhandarkar, Akshay Bahrain 14-10 +315
22 Asirvatham, Ganesh Malaysia 14-10 +144
23 Sim, Tony Singapore 14-10 -9
24 Lipton, Bob United States 13½-10½ +541
25 Carter, Patrick New Zealand 13½-10½ +229
26 Hersom, Randy United States 13-11 +738
27 Dennis, Di England 13-11 +537
28 O'Laughlin, John United States 13-1 +360
29 Fisher, Andrew Australia 13-11 +286
30 Kurnia, Andy Singapore 13-11 +270
31 Linn, Robert United States 13-11 +251
32 Williams, Gareth Wales 13-11 +132
33 Delicata, David Malta 13-11 +80
34 Balogun, Rasheed Olajide Nigeria 13-11 -55
35 Capuno, Leonardo Philippines 13-11 -161
36 Lobo, Ralph Oman 13-11 -195
37 Golding, Andrew Canada 13-11 -357
38 Polatnick, Steve United States 12½-11½ +226
39 Jackman, Bob Australia 12-12 +666
40 Placca, Chrys Ghana 12-12 +569
41 Ikekeregor, Dennis Nigeria 12-12 +515
42 Willingham, Walker United States 12-12 +248
43 Iqbal, Wajid Pakistan 12-12 +168
44 Ndungu, Stanley Njoroge Kenya 12-12 +126
45 Berofsky, Evan Canada 12-12 +58
46 Kirk, Terry England 12-12 +11
47 Khoshnaw, Karl Kurdistan-Iraq 12-12 -173
48 Finley, Peter England 12-12 -267
49 Anthonius, Ferdy Indonesia 12-12 -304
50 Quao, Michael Arthur Ghana 12-12 -350
51 Withers, Ben United States 12-12 -757
52 Hirai, Keiichiro Japan 12-12 -794
53 Hovelmeier, Trevor Mark South Africa 11½-12½ +929
54 Lam, John Malaysia 11½-12½ +120
55 Wiegand, David United States 11-13 +367
56 Pui, Cheng Wui Malaysia 11-13 +198
57 Chong, Aaron Malaysia 11-13 +30
58 Mamadou, Wone Kuwait 11-13 -209
59 Chakrabarti, Amit United States 11-13 -243
60 Credo, Ronald Philippines 11-13 -257
61 Hoekstra, Ron Canada 11-13 -297
62 Holden, Stewart England 11-13 -328
63 Lobo, Selwyn United Arab Emirates 11-13 -342
64 Abordo, Chris Bahrain 11-13 -453
65 Lloyd, David Australia 11-13 -841
66 Kenas, Mark United States 11-13 -947
67 Gruzd, Steven South Africa 10½-13½ -270
68 Talosig, Rogelio New Zealand 10½-13½ -480
69 Kamath, Pramit India 10½-13½ -698
70 Gongolo, Michael Kenya 10-14 +675
71 Kantimathi, Sam United States 10-14 +89
72 Baker, Rich United States 10-14 -92
73 Saldanha, Dean Canada 10-14 -272
74 Recedes, Mario Philippines 10-14 -467
75 Gonzalez, Ricardo V Gulf Champion 10-14 -469
76 Manase, Joshua Otieno Kenya 10-14 -542
77 Kpentey, Bennet Ghana 9½-14½ -449
78 Kalumba, Paul Yandisha Zambia 9-15 -45
79 John, Robin K.T. Trinidad and Tobago 9-15 -125
80 Wanniarachchi, Lakshan Sri Lanka 9-15 -232
81 Chicoine, Emanuel Canada 9-15 -468
82 Abela, Kevin Malta 9-15 -844
83 Chishty, Ishtiaq Saudi Arabia 9-15 -958
84 Kuroda, Kunihiko Japan 8-16 -1201
85 Sandu, Dan Laurentiu Romania 8-16 -651
86 Abordo, Ferrer Bahrain 8-16 -799
87 Bohbot, Herve France 8-16 -844
88 Saeyorn, Sivanesan Sri Lanka 8-16 -989
89 Esmail, Mushtak Tanzania 7½-16½ -190
90 Kenny, Bronagh Ireland 2-22 -3166
  • FINALS:
  • Game 1: Panupol 418 - Pakorn 380
  • Game 2: Pakorn 495 - Panupol 384
  • Game 3: Pakorn 514 - Panupol 470
  • Game 4: Panupol 446 - Pakorn 433
  • Game 5: Panupol 444 - Pakorn 387

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