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2004 National SCRABBLE® Championship Photos: Round 9

[ 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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Barbara Van Alen (Chandler, AZ) outside the breakfast room, telling players about upcoming tournaments she and her husband Division 3 Leader Larry Rand will be running this year. Note contestant scorecards scattered around the table toward the other end.

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The morning pasty table in the breakfast room.

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A wide variety of breads, muffins, and croissants were available at the breakfasts provided to all contestants and staff members.

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Charmaine Wolfe (North Tonawanda, NY) and Claudia Koczka (Williamsville, NY) in her SCRABBLE®-themed shirt.

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Lam Tang (Vancouver BC) and Gene Tyszka (Mississauga ON) at a breakfast table sipping coffee.

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Elisabeth Derek Jordan (Los Angeles, CA) amd Travis Chaney (Van Buren, AR).

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SCRABBLE® jewelry!

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JC Green (East Palo Alto, CA).

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Division 3 Leader Larry Rand and his spouse Barbara Van Alen (Chandler, AZ).

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Diane Firstman (Brooklyn, NY) and the man who inspired the T-shirt, Joel Sherman (Bronx, NY). She is CJ to his President Bartlett!

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Division 2's Scott Pianowski (Berkley, MI), hoping that some of the winning juju rubs off, shakes hands with division 5's Asif Rahman (Cincinnati, OH).

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They love New York: Debbie Stegman (Kew Gardens, NY), Christine Economos (New York, NY), and Jack Eichenbaum (Flushing, NY).

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Division 5 leader, Wendell Smith, makes it perfectly clear with division 2's Roy Dixon (Lodi, OH).

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Deborah Lunder, better known as the mom of John Ezekowitz (Boston, MA), expresses her delight with the tournament to John D. Williams, Jr.

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Benjamin Bloom (Sunny Isles, FL).

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Just in case I"m too busy when their game comes up in two rounds, forward-thinking William Snoddy (Asheville, NC) poses with Asif Rahman (Cincinnati, OH) at board 1. Bill fears this will be his only visit to table 1, so he wants it recorded forever!

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Pronounciation lessons in Thai: l and n sounds, Charnwit Sukhumrattanaporn (Thailand) writes his name in Thai (and it is shorter than in English), and my name in Thai on the bottom.

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Mary Mathews (Antioch, TN) at the keyboard with her challenge of MAYS/BEYS played by Jim Barker (San Jose, CA). The play is acceptable.

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Division 2's Joseph Galloway (Elizabethtown, KY) vs. Thomas Hall (Carlisle, PA).

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Table 1 in division 2, Roy Dixon (Lodi, OH) vs. Mike Wolfberg (Concord, MA).

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Division 1's top tables: Komol Panyasophonlert (Thailand) vs. Jason Katz-Brown (Richmond, CA) at table 2 and Ron Hoekstra (Kentwood, MI) vs. Nigel Richards (Malaysia) at table 1.

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Table 3 in division 1, John Scalzo (Middle Village, NY) vs. Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand) and table 4's Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand) vs. Robert Linn (Potomac, MD).

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Table 1, division 7, Dorothy Hackney (Buffalo, NY) vs. Steven Ornish (La Mesa, CA).

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Table 1, division 3, Carl Warner (Winter Park, FL) vs. Mitch Bayersdorfer (Menlo Park, CA).

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Division 3's Stephanie Steele (Saint Paul, MN) vs. Gene Rawlins (Scarborough ON).

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Division 4's Victor Tantua (Los Angeles, CA).

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Brenda Smith (Yazoo City, MS) defeats Betsey Wood (Concord, MA), 391-360, division 5. See commentary.

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Asif Rahman (Cincinnati, OH) defeats Brenda Lou Werner (Cedar Rapids, IA), 424-330, division 5. See commentary.

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Division 5's Bert Shankle (Astoria, NY) and William Snoddy (Asheville, NC) in a recount. Bill won, 367-362.

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Three different shades of green Protiles and one set of pink Protiles in front of Daniel Goodwin (Seattle, WA), in division 1.

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Jerry Lerman (Foster City, CA) vs. Ronald Howard (Irvine, CA) at division 1's table 15. Mike Early (Fort Worth, TX) looks on from the next board.

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Jerry Lerman (Foster City, CA) defeats Ronald Howard (Irvine, CA), 411-396, division 1. See commentary.

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Division 1's Joel Horn (Reading, MA) shows me where he played the name of fellow division player, Mike Baron (Corrales, NM).

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John Scalzo (Middle Village, NY) defeats Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand), 434-413, division 1. See commentary.

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