World Scrabble Championship 2009

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World Scrabble Championship 2009
26 November 2009 — 29 November 2009
WinnerPakorn Nemitrmansuk
Number of players108
LocationJohor Bahru
SponsorMattel

The World Scrabble Championship 2009 was held in the Zon Regency Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, between November 26 to November 29.[1] The tournament format was 24 rounds for all players, followed by best-of-five finals between the top two players. There were 116 places allocated to competitors from around the world,[2] with 108 players eventually competing.[3]

Results[edit]

The winner was Pakorn Nemitrmansuk of Thailand who defeated the reigning champion Nigel Richards of New Zealand with three games to one in the best-of-five finals.[4] The two finalists earned their spots by each winning 18 games in the first 24 rounds. Dave Wiegand of United States won 17 games and placed third.[3]

Pakorn set two additional WSC records at this event, by winning 14 consecutive games in the preliminaries[5] and by scoring 670 points in a final game,[4] which included a triple-triple of the word PALUDINE scoring 167 points.[6]

The first game was close, Pakorn winning 425-419.[7] Bingos from Pakorn included HOMEWARE, DELEtING and DRENCHING. Bingos from Nigel were STAMINAS and REDEPLOY.

The second game was a record 670-303[8] win for Pakorn, during which he had a personal best 5:04 remaining on the clock. Pakorn started with the bingo UNRuLES and continued with OORIEST, EBRIATE and the triple-triple PALUDINE. He also had luck with the Z and Q. Nigel chipped in with bingo REAcTOR.

Nigel pulled one back in the third game, 443-394.[9] He had two bingos JINKERS and LICHTED compared to Pakorn's three: REpTANT, STAINED and RAMPAUGE, but Nigel scored more with his (100+ per bingo).

The fourth game saw Pakorn take the title of World Champion at last, after two runner-up positions, in a high scoring and close game 499-480.[10] It was a bingo-bingo start, with Pakorn getting ADVENES and Nigel GRIFTERS. Nigel had a further FrEEHOLD and BOHEMIAN. Pakorn followed up with GENETRIX on the triple and a game winning BOTANICA and BOWATS.

Complete Results[edit]

Position Name Country Win-Loss Spread Prize (USD)
1 Nemitrmansuk, Pakorn Thailand 18-6 +1388 15,000
2 Richards, Nigel World Champion 18-6 +1854 6,000
3 Wiegand, David United States 17-7 +895 3,000
4 Siriwangso, Marut Thailand 16-8 +1207 2,000
5 Panyasophonlert, Komol Thailand 16-8 +1095 1,000
6 Boys, David Canada 16-8 +876 900
7 Fernando, Naween Tharanga Australia 16-8 +842 800
8 Beevers, Craig England 16-8 +777 700
9 Wapnick, Joel Canada 15½-8½ +748 600
10 Gipson, Helen Scotland 15-9 +883 500
11 Wellington Jighere Nigeria 15-9 +658
12 Benedict, Nathan United States 15-9 +634
13 Rodrigues, Sherwin India 15-9 +624
14 Katz-Brown, Jason United States 15-9 +608
15 Fisher, Andrew Australia 15-9 +533
16 Ikekeregor, Dennis Nigeria 15-9 +301
17 Kennedy, Rik Northern Ireland 15-9 -68
18 Nicholson, Mikki England 14-10 +880
19 Nyman, Mark England 14-10 +620
20 Mackay, Lewis England 14-10 +585
21 Thevenot, Geoff United States 14-10 +561
22 Kramer, Jim United States 14-10 +473
23 Bowman, Brian United States 14-10 +441
24 Saidu, Ayorinde Nigeria 14-10 +398
25 Sujjayakorn, Panupol Thailand 14-10 +364
26 Scott, Neil Scotland 14-10 +200
27 Ball, Nick United States 14-10 +160
28 Okulicz, Edward Australia 14-10 +33
29 Kenas, Mark United States 14-10 +8
30 Brousson, Theresa Malta 13½-10½ +188
31 Limprasert, Pichai Thailand 13½-10½ +72
32 O'Laughlin, John United States 13-11 +783
33 Robertshaw, Phil England 13-11 +644
34 Lamabadusuriya, Harshan England 13-11 +476
35 Grant, Jeff New Zealand 13-11 +383
36 Placca, Chrys Ghana 13-11 +376
37 Leah, Tony Canada 13-11 +361
38 Schellenberg, Mark Canada 13-11 +191
39 Rosin, Sam United States 13-11 +167
40 Wee, Ming Hui Hubert Singapore 13-11 +127
41 Litunya, Patrick Kenya 13-11 +73
42 Appleby, Phil England 13-11 -37
43 Cheah, Siu Hean Singapore 13-11 -38
44 Khatri, Waseem Pakistan 13-11 -53
45 Harrison, Martin England 13-11 -431
46 David Eldar Australia 12½-11½ +315
47 Warner, Howard New Zealand 12½-11½ +191
48 Bhandarkar, Akshay United Arab Emirates 12-12 +783
49 Green, Neil Wales 12-12 +551
50 Gongolo, Michael Kenya 12-12 +384
51 Allan, Paul England 12-12 +291
52 Balasingam, Vannitha Malaysia 12-12 +268
53 Wanniarachchi, Lakshan Sri Lanka 12-12 +210
54 Panitch, Max Canada 12-12 +170
55 Mwangi, Willy Kenya 12-12 +93
56 Sukhumrattanaporn, Charnwit Thailand 12-12 +51
57 Halsall, Trevor Australia 12-12 +22
58 Early, Dylan South Africa 12-12 -54
59 Tamas, Adrian Romania 12-12 -86
60 Akonor, Michael Ghana 12-12 -169
61 Siddiqui, Irfan Bahrain 12-12 -171
62 Simmons, Allan Scotland 12-12 -473
63 Amalean, Shaila Sri Lanka 11½-12½ +170
64 Purnomo, Ricky Singapore 11½-12½ -237
65 McMahon, Kevin Ireland 11-13 +626
66 Hoekstra, Ron Canada 11-13 +377
67 Hovelmeier, Trevor Mark South Africa 11-13 +207
68 Okwelogu, Chinedu Nosike Nigeria 11-13 +36
69 Kougi, Peter Australia 11-13 -148
70 Yeo, Kien Hung Malaysia 11-13 -262
71 Prudencio, Marlon Singapore 11-13 -282
72 Delicata, David Malta 11-13 -366
73 Golding, Andrew Canada 11-13 -445
74 Gabriel, Marty United States 11-13 -446
75 Thorogood, Blue New Zealand 11-13 -509
76 Parchamento, Roger Philippines 11-13 -617
77 Pantis, Mihai Romania 11-13 -667
78 Linn, Robert United States 11-13 -740
79 Khan, Rashid Ateeq Pakistan 11-13 -830
80 Ikawa, Victor Bahrain 11-13 -836
81 Oyende, Allan Kenya 10-14 +307
82 Buddhdev, Anand Netherlands 10-14 -206
83 Charles, Leslie Trinidad and Tobago 10-14 -276
84 Saldanha, Dielle Canada 10-14 -371
85 Bohbot, Herve France 10-14 -404
86 Kantimathi, Sam United States 10-14 -419
87 Craig, Joanne New Zealand 10-14 -440
88 Abordo, Chris Philippines 10-14 -451
89 Anthonius, Ferdy Indonesia 10-14 -637
90 Kang, William Malaysia 10-14 -951
91 Roddis, Marc Sweden 10-14 -1506
92 Mpundu, Patrick Mulemena Zambia 9½-14½ -215
93 Khongthanarat, Charnrit World Youth Champion 9½-14½ -435
94 Idalski, Jason United States 9½-14½ -544
95 Judd, Rodney Pakistan 9½-14½ -557
96 McDonald, Abigail Guyana 9½-14½ -1640
97 Lobo, Ralph United Arab Emirates 9-15 -54
98 Ong, Suanne Malaysia 9-15 -63
99 Tang, Michael Malaysia 9-15 -489
100 Quao, Michael Arthur Ghana 8-16 -304
101 Edwin-Mugisha, Phillip Uganda 8-16 -385
102 Esmail, Mushtak Tanzania 8-16 -829
103 Gonzalez, Ricardo V Saudi Arabia 8-16 -964
104 Tanveer, Rohaina Kuwait 7-17 -1006
105 Pieta, Bartosz Poland 7-17 -1233
106 Geamsakul, Warodom Japan 7-17 -1611
107 Fernandes, Cecil Oman 5-19 -1384
108 Gomes, Anthony Qatar 4-20 -2200
  • FINALS:
  • Game 1: Pakorn 425 - Nigel 419
  • Game 2: Pakorn 670 - Nigel 303
  • Game 3: Nigel 443 - Pakorn 394
  • Game 4: Pakorn 499 - Nigel 480

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