World Scrabble Championship 2016

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World Scrabble Championship 2016
31 August 2016 — 4 September 2016
WinnerBrett Smitheram
Number of players72
LocationLille, France

The MSI World Scrabble Championship 2016 was a Scrabble tournament organised by Mattel and Mindsports International (MSI) to determine the world champion in English Scrabble. It was held from 31 August to 4 September 2016 in Lille, France.

The event was split into two divisions based on players' World English-Language Scrabble Players' Association (WESPA) ratings. The top division comprised some 72 players. 24 games were played on the first three days, after which the top eight proceeded to a 3-game quarterfinals, with the winners advancing to a 5-game semifinals on the same day; the top two players, Brett Smitheram and Mark Nyman, played a best-of-five final the day after for the top prize of €7,000. Smitheram beat Nyman 3–0. The World Championship was held in conjunction with that of Scrabble in other languages.

Background[edit]

The MSI World Scrabble Championship 2016 was held in Lille, France.

The MSI World Scrabble Championship 2016 was held from 31 August to 4 September 2016 under the auspices of Mindsports International and sponsored by Mattel and HarperCollins (the publisher of the official lexicon used in play), as part of the Mindsports International 2016 Championships.[1] The playing venue was the Lille Grand Palais. There were two divisions based on players' WESPA ratings: A (1700 and above, or by invitation by WESPA or the World Mind Sports Federation) and B (below 1700 or unrated).[1] MSI also hosted World Championships in other languages, including French, German, Spanish and Catalan, alongside the French Duplicate Championship.[1]

Participants[edit]

The top division comprised a total of 72 players, as listed below alphabetically.[2]

  •  Adam Logan (CAN), 2107
  •  Allan Simmons (SCO), 2094
  •  Austin Shin (ENG), 2025
  •  Barry Grossman (ENG), 1709
  •  Bob Jackman (AUS), 1736
  •  Brett Smitheram (ENG), 2170
  •  Charles Micallef (MLT), 1520
  •  Charles Tachie (GHA), 1985
  •  Chris Lipe (USA), 1869
  •  Chris Vicary (ENG), 1812
  •  Craig Beevers (ENG), 2157
  •  Dan Sandu (ROU), 1511
  •  David Delicata (MLT), 1795
  •  David Eldar (AUS), 2220
  •  David Koenig (USA), 2013
  •  David Webb (ENG), 2002
  •  Dave Wiegand (USA), 2168
  •  Dennis Ikekeregor (NGA), 2048
  •  Elie Dangoor (ENG), 1767
  •  Eta Karo (NGA), 2015
  •  Evan Berofsky (CAN), 2053
  •  Evan Cohen (ISR), 1969
  •  Evans Clinchy (USA), 2061
  •  Femi Awowade (ENG), 1837
  •  Gerry Carter (THA), 1781
  •  Gunnar Andersson (SWE), 1573
  •  Hasham Hadi Khan (PAK), 1093
  •  Herve Bohbot (FRA), 1500
  •  Jack Durand (ENG), 1437
  •  Jakkrit Klaphajone (THA), 2012
  •  Jason Broersma (CAN), 1565
  •  Jason Keller (USA), 1869
  •  Jason Tsang (HKG), 1047
  •  Jason Ubeika (CAN), 1632
  •  Jesse Day (USA), 1986
  •  Joel Wapnick (CAN), 1990
  •  Karen Richards (AUS), 1528
  •  Komol Panyasoponlert (THA), 2145
  •  Kunihiko Kuroda (JPN), 1140
  •  Leslie Charles (TTO), 1717
  •  Lewis McKay (ENG), 2115
  •  Lucas Freeman (USA), 1817
  •  Mark Nyman (ENG), 2065
  •  Marlon Prudencio (SGP), 1870
  •  Martin Teo (MYS), 1804
  •  Michael Tang (SGP), 1730
  •  Mohan Chunkath (IND), 1702
  •  Moiz Ullah Baig (PAK), 1792
  •  Natalie Zolty (ENG), 1705
  •  Neil Scott (SCO), 1923
  •  Nigel Richards (MYS), 2258
  •  Omri Rosenkrantz (ISR), 1539
  •  Orlet Bullock (BAR), 1770
  •  Paul Allan (SCO), 2015
  •  Peter Armstrong (USA), 2053
  •  Puneet Sharma (USA), 1571
  •  Rafal Dominiczak (POL), 1828
  •  Rik Kennedy (NIR), 1816
  •  Robert Linn (USA), 1808
  •  Rob Robinsky (USA), 2024
  •  Scott Jackson (USA), 1661
  •  Shan Abbasi (CAN), 1588
  •  Stefan Rau (USA), 1821
  •  Stephen Hunt (ENG), 1797
  •  Steve Perry (ENG), 1655
  •  Terry Kirk (ENG), 1851
  •  Trevor Halsall (AUS), 1933
  •  Vincent Boyle (ENG), 1747
  •  Waseem Khatri (PAK), 1928
  •  Wayne Kelly (ENG), 1873
  •  Wellington Jighere (NGA), 2132
  •  Winter (USA), 1774

Results[edit]

Preliminary[edit]

After 24 preliminary rounds, the top eight advanced to the quarterfinals. Three-time World Champion Nigel Richards (2007, 2011, and 2013) failed to qualify for the knockout rounds, as did 2015 and 2014 World Champions Wellington Jighere and Craig Beevers.[3]

Position Name Number of wins Cumulative spread
1 Mark Nyman 19 +1262
2 David Webb 19 +1152
3 Allan Simmons 18 +974
4 Robert Robinsky 17 +1216
5 Brett Smitheram 16 +1424
6 Adam Logan 16 +854
7 Lewis MacKay 16 +771
8 Joel Wapnick 16 +676
9 David Koenig 15 +334
10 Paul Allan 15 +175
11 Dennis Ikekeregor 15 −50
12 Terry Kirk 14½ +155
13 Nigel Richards 14 +987
14 Peter Armstrong 14 +985
15 Moiz Ullah Baig 14 +924
16 Evans Clinchy 14 +649
17 Winter 14 +393
18 David Eldar 14 +312
19 Scott Jackson 14 +224
20 Jason Keller 14 +93

Source:[3]

Knockout[edit]

Quarterfinals (best of 3) Semifinals (best of 5) Final (best of 5)
         
1 Allan Simmons 0
8 Adam Logan 2
Lewis MacKay 2
Brett Smitheram 3
5 Robert Robinsky 0
4 Brett Smitheram 2
Brett Smitheram 3
Mark Nyman 0
3 David Webb 1
6 Lewis MacKay 2
Adam Logan 2
Mark Nyman 3
7 Mark Nyman 2
2 Joel Wapnick 1

Source:[4][5]

Semi-finals losers Lewis MacKay and 2005 World Champion Adam Logan were scheduled to play a best-of-three third-place playoff, but Logan forfeited and MacKay automatically clinched the title of second runner-up.[6]

Finals[edit]

 Brett Smitheram (ENG)  Mark Nyman (ENG)
3 0
Born 8 March 1979
37 years old
Born 14 October 1966
50 years old
Finalist Finalist and winner of the World Scrabble Championship 1993
WESPA Rating: 2170 (World No. 3)[7] WESPA Rating: 2065 (World No. 20)[8]
Round Brett Smitheram Mark Nyman
1 583 323
2 451 403
3 638 351
4
5

Source:[9]

UK-based recruitment consultant Brett Smitheram beat fellow Englishman and writer Mark Nyman, the 1993 World Scrabble Champion, 3–0 in the best-of-five finals, and became the 2016 World Scrabble Champion and won €7,000.[10] Notable plays by Smitheram included BRACONID for 181 points[11] (176 points plus 5 points for an unsuccessful challenge by Nyman), GYNAECIA (95) and PERIAGUA (76).[12] Incidentally, Smitheram was a former contestant on the television programme Countdown, and Nyman was one of its producers.[12] In the second division, Jack Mpakaboari beat Sandy Nang 3–0 in a best-of-five finals.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mindsports International 2016 Championships". Mind Sports International. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  2. ^ "02.09.2016 MSI WSC Lille: Ratings". WESPA. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "02.09.2016 MSI WSC Lille: A". WESPA. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  4. ^ "MSI World Scrabble Championships Semi Finals – Top 8". Mind Sports Academy. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  5. ^ Duncan, Natalie. "MSI World Scrabble Championships Semi Finals – Division A". Mind Sports Academy. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  6. ^ "It's 3rd and 4th Play Off". Mind Sports Academy. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  7. ^ "02.09.2016 MSI WSC Lille: Brett Smitheram". WESPA. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  8. ^ "02.09.2016 MSI WSC Lille: Mark Nyman". WESPA. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  9. ^ "It's The Final, Who Will Be World Scrabble Champion 2016?". Mind Sports Academy. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  10. ^ Willgress, Lydia. "Parasitic wasp wins British recruitment consultant World Scrabble Championship". The Telegraph.
  11. ^ "Braconid: Briton wins Scrabble world title with 181-point word". The Guardian. 5 September 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Brett Smitheram wins World Scrabble Championship". BBC.
  13. ^ "Division B Finalists". Mind Sports Academy. Retrieved 22 November 2016.