What is Scrabble?

Scrabble is essentially a word game which can be played by 2-4 players at a given time on a board which comprises a grid of squares in a 15 X 15 format. The squares are assigned different scoring attributes. There are 100 tiles to draw from and players must draw 7 tiles initially and maintain the same number on their racks till they are exhausted. Each tile has a point value attached to it. If all 7 tiles are used in a word an additional 50 points is added to the players score. The goal is to win by scoring more than your opponent. Scrabble is now increasingly played competitively across several countries on the globe and in several languages.

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Showing posts with label world scrabble championship. Show all posts
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Thursday, 21 June 2018

WESPA World Championships 2019 head to India

The WESPA world championship is headed to India and lovely Goa is the venue. Indian scrabble is on a major upswing thanks to phenomenal performance of Indian players in the last edition of the world championships in Kenya in 2017. Akshay won it on a Bahrain ticket. Sherwin, Ranga and Goutham all finished in the top 20 and Udayan absolutely dominated division 1. Loads of young talent emerging in India in Samrath, Yash, Aditya, Mehul, Vraj, Vedika etc and we are absolutely thrilled to host the greatest show in Scrabble and welcome the greats of the game to India. The countdown is on for sure. Here's more on the venue from WESPA

WESPA World scrabble championship 2019

Sunday, 18 February 2018

World Scrabble Championship 2019 Bids

India, Malaysia and Trinidad and Tobago have expressed interest in hosting next years world scrabble championships. Here is the announcement from WESPA:

Monday, 28 August 2017

Mindsports Scrabble Olympiad World Scrabble Championships - Day 6

David Eldar is the new world scrabble champion after beating Harshan Lamabadusuriya 3-0 in the best of 5 finals at Nottingham. Here are some game boards from day 6 of the 2017 world scrabble championship from the third place game courtesy Austin Shin:

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Mindsports Scrabble Olympiad World Scrabble Championships - Day 5

We are all set for the finals. There will be a new champion to be crowned from a best of 5 between two of the worlds best scrabble players David Eldar and Harshan Lamabadusuriya. Here are some game boards from day 5 of the 2017 world scrabble championship featuring the quarter and semi finals courtesy Austin Shin:

Friday, 25 August 2017

Mindsports Scrabble Olympiad World Scrabble Championships - Day 4

The league phase has concluded and we are all set for the knock out phase. So it will be 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, and 4 vs 5 in the quarters. A mouth watering David Eldar vs Nigel elimination game. Here are the top 20 from the league phase:

Round 35 Standings

RankWon-LostSpreadClassPlayerLast Game
126½–8½+2093ANigel Richards (#1/NZL)1L:370-460:#6
224½–10½+757AAustin Shin (#7/ENG)2W:531-310:#14
323–12+1185AHarshan Lamabadusuriya (#6/ENG)2W:460-370:#1
422½–12½+1244BNeil Scott (#14/SCO)1L:310-531:#7
522–13+1549BGoutham Jayaraman (#20/SGP)1W:467-350:#11
622–13+817AMark Nyman (#4/ENG)1W:407-397:#13
722–13+519CElie Dangoor (#27/ENG)1W:466-428:#17
821–14+1675ADavid Eldar (#2/AUS)2W:504-384:#3
921–14+1202APaul Gallen (#5/NIR)2W:554-378:#19
1021–14+888ADavid Webb (#11/ENG)2L:350-467:#20
1121–14+811BDavid Koenig (#13/USA)2L:397-407:#4
1221–14+806CNeil Rowley (#31/ENG)1W:540-293:#22
1321–14+580BWaseem Khatri (#17/PAK)2L:428-466:#27
1420–15+1059ABrett Smitheram (#3/ENG)1L:384-504:#2
1520–15+888AJoel Wapnick (#9/CAN)2W:378-292:#21
1620–15+830CVincent Boyle (#23/SCO)2W:460-396:#63
1720–15+638DChris Cummins (#34/SCO)2W:460-421:#49
1820–15+402APaul Allan (#8/SCO)1W:430-315:#18
1920–15+384BCalum Edwards (#19/ENG)1L:378-554:#5
2020–15−788CAlex Tan (#26/MYS)2W:421-377:#30

Here are some game boards from day 4 of the 2017 world scrabble championship event courtesy Austin Shin:

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Mindsports Scrabble Olympiad World Scrabble Championships - Day 2

Here are some game boards from day 2 of the 2017 world scrabble championship event courtesy Austin Shin:


Here are the top 20 after day 2 courtesy Mindsportsacademy:

Round 17 Standings

RankWon-LostSpreadPlayerLast GameNext Game
114–3+639Austin Shin (#7/ENG)2W:464-417:#11st vs. #13 @1
213–4+943David Koenig (#13/USA)1L:390-534:#52nd vs. #7 @1
312–5+1346Paul Gallen (#5/NIR)2W:534-390:#131st vs. #2 @2
412–5+625Mark Nyman (#4/ENG)2W:494-370:#201st vs. #1 @3
512–5+571Nigel Richards (#1/NZL)1L:417-464:#72nd vs. #4 @3
611–6+1011David Eldar (#2/AUS)1W:547-358:#292nd vs. #5 @2
711–6+932Harshan Lamabadusuriya (#6/ENG)2W:451-353:#191st vs. #34 @4
811–6+910Brett Smitheram (#3/ENG)2W:454-387:#341st vs. #30 @5
911–6+825Vincent Boyle (#23/SCO)2W:447-310:#241st vs. #17 @6
1011–6+726David Webb (#11/ENG)1L:404-417:#81st vs. #20 @7
1111–6+710Mohamed Kamara (#35/SLE)1W:484-383:#122nd vs. #8 @8
1211–6+605Chris Cummins (#34/SCO)1L:387-454:#32nd vs. #6 @4
1311–6+484Waseem Khatri (#17/PAK)1W:424-372:#102nd vs. #23 @6
1411–6+436Paul Allan (#8/SCO)2W:417-404:#111st vs. #35 @8
1511–6+366Abdullah Abbasi (#30/PAK)1W:418-394:#382nd vs. #3 @5
1610–7+1012Goutham Jayaraman (#20/SGP)1L:370-494:#42nd vs. #11 @7
1710–7+896Gerry Carter (#22/THA)1L:335-495:#182nd vs. #29 @9
1810–7+702Mohammad Sulaiman (#38/CAN)2L:394-418:#301st vs. #10 @10
1910–7+594Jason Carney (#18/ENG)2W:495-335:#221st vs. #14 @11
2010–7+562Neil Scott (#14/SCO)1W:400-387:#322nd vs. #18 @11

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Brett Smitheram is the New World Scrabble Champion

Brett Smitheram won the world scrabble championship rather easily in the end winning the best of 5 3-0. Playing words like Braconid and Zorinos he won the much coveted title in style. Here is how the finals played out from the coverage out of Lille:

World Scrabble Champion


World Scrabble Championships Final Results
Mark NymanBrett Smitheram
Game 1 323583 
Game 2 403 451
Game 3 351 638

Saturday, 3 September 2016

World Scrabble Championship 2016 - Day 4

Well what a day 4 it was. After several rounds of quarter final play and two best of 5 semi finals that went the full distance the World Scrabble Championships will prove to be an all English affair. It is Brett Smitheram Vs Mark Nyman to decide the 2016 edition of the World Scrabble Championships.
Here's how the semi finals played out from the coverage out of Lille:

Semi Final 1
 Mark Nyman
V
 Adam Logan
Game 1
 400
 449
Game 2
 465
 394
Game 3
 415
454
Game 4
 453

367 
Game 5
 590

423 


Semi Final 2
 Brett Smitheram
V
 Lewis MacKay
Game 1
 410
431 
Game 2
 475
470 
Game 3
 329
494 
Game 4
 452

 416
Game 5
 531

 488

Friday, 2 September 2016

World Scrabble Championship 2016 - Day 3

We are done with the third days proceedings at the World Scrabble Championship in Lille France. Here are the standings from the coverage out of Lille. The stage is set for the knockout phase and you had to win 2/3 of your games to get there.

RankWon-LostSpreadPlayerLast Game
119–5+1262Nyman, Mark (A10)2W:578-365:A56
219–5+1152Webb, David (A22)1W:471-378:A69
318–6+974Simmons, Allan (A20)1W:418-396:A16
417–7+1216Robinsky, Robert (A26)2W:422-419:A48
516–8+1424Smitheram, Brett (A4)2W:406-379:A1
616–8+854Logan, Adam (A9)2W:434-433:A46
716–8+771MacKay, Lewis (A7)2W:469-353:A11
816–8+676Wapnick, Joel (A15)1W:505-277:A61
915–9+334Koenig, David (A21)1L:488-497:A19
1015–9+175Allan, Paul (A19)2W:497-488:A21
1115–9−50DENNIS, IKEKEREGOR (A13)1W:464-377:A33
1214½–9½+155Kirk, Terry (A33)2L:377-464:A13
1314–10+987Richards, Nigel (A1)1L:379-406:A4
1414–10+985Armstrong, Peter (A12)2W:435-400:A8
1514–10+924Ullah, Moiz (A46)1L:433-434:A9
1614–10+649Clinchy, Evans (A11)1L:353-469:A7
1714–10+393Winter, Winter (A36)1W:522-318:A63
1814–10+312Eldar, David (A2)2W:502-401:A6
1914–10+224Jackson, Scott (A61)2L:277-505:A15
2014–10+93Keller, Jason (A38)1W:492-285:A64
2113–11+1196Shin, Austin (A16)2L:396-418:A20
2213–11+804Rau, Stefan (A49)2W:516-275:A71
2313–11+765Jighere, Wellington (A8)1L:400-435:A12
2413–11+722Wiegand, Dave (A5)2L:394-453:A3
2513–11+436Lipe, Chris (A30)1W:437-332:A55
2613–11+268Panyasophonlert, Komol (A3)1W:453-394:A5
2713–11+171Kelly, Wayne (A39)1W:563-286:A68
2813–11+1Vicary, Chris (A45)2L:422-495:A24
2913–11−174Carter, Gerry (A32)2W:483-366:A57
3012½–11½+337Halsall, Trevor (A28)2L:413-446:A44
3112½–11½+308Berofsky, Evan (A17)bye
3212–12+553Day, Jesse (A24)1W:495-422:A45
3312–12+271Bullock, Orlet (A51)1W:485-442:A25
3412–12+173Martin, Teo (A43)2L:411-421:A59
3512–12+59Dangoor, Elie (A44)1W:446-413:A28
3612–12+9Chunkath, Mohan (A34)2L:289-573:A67
3712–12−26Sharma, Puneet (A59)1W:421-411:A43
3812–12−95Khatri, Waseem (A25)2L:442-485:A51
3912–12−112Prudencio, Marlon (A27)2L:438-468:A50
4012–12−175Delicata, David (A47)1W:398-368:A23
4112–12−244Perry, Stephen (A58)1L:400-452:A42
4212–12−339Broersma, Jason (A60)2W:486-349:A31
4312–12−407Grossman, Barry (A48)1L:419-422:A26
4411–13+390Dominiczak, Rafal (A37)1L:368-409:A54
4511–13+176Anderson, Gunnar (A65)2L:332-453:A40
4611–13+6Tang, Michael (A54)2W:409-368:A37
4711–13−152Jackman, Bob (A53)1L:379-404:A29
4811–13−427Kennedy, Rik (A42)2W:452-400:A58
4911–13−511Abbasi , Shan (A64)2L:285-492:A38
5011–13−624PAUL, ETA (A18)bye
5110½–13½−240Sandu, Dan (A67)1W:573-289:A34
5210½–13½−686Micallef, Charles (A66)1L:382-421:A72
5310–14−122Zolty, Natalie (A55)2L:332-437:A30
5410–14−231Cohen, Evan (A31)1L:349-486:A60
5510–14−346Scott, Neil (A29)2W:404-379:A53
5610–14−355Awowade, Femi (A40)1W:453-332:A65
5710–14−469Beevers, Craig (A6)1L:401-502:A2
5810–14−906Ubeika, Jason (A56)1L:365-578:A10
5910–14−913charles, Leslie (A50)1W:468-438:A27
6010–14−1412Hadi, Hasham (A72)2W:421-382:A66
619½–14½−195Klaphajone, Jakkrit (A14)bye
629½–14½−296Haizel, Charles (A23)2L:368-398:A47
639½–14½−754Boyle, Vincent (A57)1L:366-483:A32
649–15−584Hunt, Stephen (A52)2L:383-387:A35
659–15−746Linn, Robert (A35)1W:387-383:A52
669–15−806Durand, Jack (A69)2L:378-471:A22
679–15−817Rosenkrantz, Omri (A62)1W:443-299:A70
688–16−787Wai, Tsang (A71)1L:275-516:A49
697–17−744Richards, Karen (A63)2L:318-522:A36
706–18−1423Kuroda, Kunihiko (A70)2L:299-443:A62
715–19−1889Herve, Bohbot (A68)2L:286-563:A39
721–23−2148Freeman, Lucas (A41)bye

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Different Words Same Meaning

Citolas, Citoles, Cithrens, Citherns, Cithers, Citterns - A Guitar
Waivode, Waiwode, Woiwode, Voivode - An army leader
Cagouls, Cagoules, Kagouls, Kagoules, Kagools - An anorak
Eulachan, Eulachon, Oulachon, Oulakan, Oolakan, Ulikon - A candlefish
Kiester, Keister, Hurdies, Patootie - The Buttocks
Didakei, didakai, Diddicoy, Didicoi, Didicoy - A Tinker
Cabala, Cabbala, Kabala, Kabbala, Kabbalah, Qabala, Qabalah - a Jewish doctrine
Yoghurt, Yaourt, Yogurt, Yoghourt - A type of curd
Narwal, Narwhal, Narwhale - An Arctic aquatic mammal
Lekythus, Lecythus, Lekythos - An ancient oil Jar
Germen, Germain, Germaine, Germin - Something that serves as an origin
Filemot, Philomot, Philamot - A dull brown shade
keblah, Kibla, Kiblah, Qibla - The direction muslims face while praying
Litchi, Lichi, Lychee, Lichee - A fruit
Poursue, Pursue, Persue, Poursew Pursew - To follow
Pummelo, Shaddock, Pompelo - A citrus fruit
Repreeve, Reprive, Repryve - To delay
Baklava, Baklawa, Baclava - A middle eastern desert
Nilgai, Nilgau, Nilghai, Nilghau, Nylghai, Nylghau - a large antelope
Cassina, Cassene, Cassine, Cassena - an evergreen tree
Narghile, Narghily, Nargile, Nargileh, Nargily - a hookah
Dirdam, Dirdum, Durdum - uproar
Shechita, Shehitah, Shehita - krosher killing of animals
Mezuzot, Mezuzoth, Mezuzah, Mezuza - a Jewish scroll

Combo Words of Two Words that are Good Both Ways

Bedrail - Railbed
Dovering - Ringdove
Hangover - Overhang
Turnover - Overturn
Runover - Overrun
Roadside - Sideroad
Outburn - Burnout
Woodworm - Wormwood
Linecut - Cutline
Outpass - Passout
Outspeak - Speakout
Comedown - Downcome
Upclose - Closeup
Outback - Backout
Pinhead - Headpin
Mateship - Shipmate
Cutover - Overcut
Upstart - Startup
Outshoot - Shootout
Overwing - Wingover
Fantail - Tailfan

Common Words with Not so common Anagrams

Tailors - Oralist, Rialtos, Sliotar
Almonds - Dolmans
Mustard - Durmast
Stadium - Dumaist
Romance - Cremona
Cauldron - Crunodal
Acolyte - Cotylae
Cilantro - Contrail
Decagon - Congaed
Ethical - Alethic
Strongly - Strongyl
Ungrazed - Gazunder
Expires - Prexies
Detangle - Danegelt
Teardown - Danewort
Erasions - Sensoria
Innovate - Venation
Inundate - Antidune
Invocate - Conative
Antidote - Tetanoid
Liaises - Silesia
Coalise - Celosia
Isotherm - Moithers
Heroism - Moreish
Sedation - Astonied
Marries - Simarre
Tsunami - Manitus, Santimu
Cheerio - Echoier


Those Handy Pyramid Words!

Pyramid words are words which start at 2 letters but can be extended to 7 letters and beyond. For example take the word loofahs, we start with lo, next we get to loo, followed by loof, loofa, loofah and loofahs. Thus by knowing loofahs we get to know a total of 6 words. Other examples include:
Abasers, Amenders, Amusers, Barbers, Bingers, Chained,
Chiasmal, Daledhs, Divests, Erasers, Fasties, Godsons, Hookahs, Jambees, Jamboks, Kaingas, Kinases, Lapsers, Maliced, Mentors, Nursery, Parkiest, Poleyns, Reeders, Reposes, Singers, Skaters,Tapetis, Teasers, Ureases, and Woosells.

There are some reverse pyramid words too. Take the word drooped for example, we start with ed, then ped, then oped, then ooped, rooped and finally drooped.Other examples include:
Aemules, Afeared, Borates, Cleared, Demures, Escapes, Glaired, Hamates, Lemures, Mananas, Penates, Retapes, Scraped, Testates, Upreach, Vacates, Whooped, Yslaked and Zananas.

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