Congratulations to the new National Champion, Trey Wright, who defeated
David Gibson in three straight games, 365-328, 355-344 and 429-328.
Please tune in to ESPN to watch the final games at 1 P.M. ET on
Sunday, October 3rd, 2004.
We welcome your e-mailed corrections to our web site.
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Division leaders and assistants meet before the doors open.
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The left side of the room from a peephole above the room's entrance doors. Note the stage and bank of pairing computers atop the black stage on the left side.
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Center view of the playing room before game boxes are even opened. The room never looked this neat again!
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Right side of playing room from above.
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The press table to the left of the entrance doors. Note the big board.
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The Word Gear table full of great SCRABBLE® -themed gear to the right of the entrance doors. The table never looked this full again!
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Another view down the middle.
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Event assistants: Jeannette Rudolph & Emily Goodman (both division 1), Jack Howe (division 2), Torild Ofstad (division 3), Marlene Lashley (division 4), Beverly Beane (division 5), Sunshine Lewis (division 6), and Antoinette Sealy (division 7).
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Division Leaders: Bonnie Rudolph (division 1), Mary Rhoades (division 2), Larry Rand (division 3), Bryan Pepper (division 4), Wendell Smith (division 5), Matt Hopkins (division 6), and John Robertson (division 7).
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The computer staff: Jeff Widergren (Los Gatos, CA), the program creator, Christina Coughlin (divisions 6 & 7), Howard Turkenkopf (division 2), Fleurette Turkenkopf (division 1), William Saines (division 5), Tony Wilson (division 3), and Ashvin Shah (division 4).
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All in their places with bright shiny faces: John Robertson, division 7 leader, and Antoinette Sealy, his helper.
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Waiting outside to come in!
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Division 6's Deborah Light (Napanee ON) uses her credit card sized light to illuminate the morning's pairings.
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Chuck Armstrong (Saline, MI) prepares to enter the playing room.
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The players rush in.
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More players move in and Harriette Lakernick (Chicago, IL) tries to avoid the camera.
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Robin Bowles (Lake Oswego, OR), Stan Miranda (Albuquerque, NM), and Susan Love (Milwaukee, WI) stop to visit in the room's entrance.
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Fashion contributors: Debbie Stegman (Kew Gardens, NY) in her "deadwood" hat (she was making a statement about a top division player who thought the division had too many low-rated players) and Diane Firstman (Brooklyn, NY) in her "What Would Joel Do?" T-shirt.
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Frank Lee (Cincinnati, OH) and Ann Sanfedele (New York, NY) work their way to the other end of the room and their tables.
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"Where am I playing again?" Players mill around their division boards trying to get the lay of the pairings.
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A crowd around the division boards.
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Player cards yet to be picked up with orange (division 1) in the foreground.
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From the middle looking down toward division 3, 4, 6, and 7.
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From the middle looking up the room to division 5, 1, and 2.
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The NSA's John D. Williams, Jr., and current reigning National SCRABBLE® Champion, Joel Sherman (Bronx, NY).
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One of the WordJudge-equipped laptops on an oyster table in the middle aisle of the playing room.
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An NSA Word Gear product put into service at the WordJudge table.
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Players in division 5 removing the cellophane on their new deluxe sets.
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Korakoch Kiatsommart (Winter Park, FL) and Daniel Stock (Rocky River, OH) remove the board components from the game box in division 2.
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Charles Merlis (West Hartford, CT), in division 2.
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Hair sticks that match the division color, now that is coordination!
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Betsey Wood (Concord, MA) in division 5.
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Laura Klein, NSC Coordinator, makes opening comments.
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A challenging first game draw for Daniel Wachtell (New York, NY) as he faces off with Brian Cappelletto (Chicago, IL) in division 1.
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Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand) vs. Jonn Dalton (Austin, TX), division 1.
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James Leong (Vancouver BC) vs. Laurie Cohen (Tempe, AZ) (back), and Carol Kaplan (San Diego, CA) vs. Marlon Hill (Baltimore, MD). Notice Marlon's chair position.
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Dave Wiegand (Portland, OR) fills in his racks after the game finishes. He defeated Frank Tangredi (West Babylon, NY) this round.
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Charnwit Sukhumrattanaporn (Thailand) flips through a word list book.
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Rebecca Slivka (Seattle, WA) vs. Bernard Gotlieb (Cote Saint-Luc QC). See commentary.
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Peter Schwartzman (Galesburg, IL) successfully challenges Sammy Okosagah's (Baltimore, MD) play of SPAINS# using a WordJudge laptop.
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