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2004 National SCRABBLE® Championship Photos: Round 21

[ 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 3's Susan Hoehn (Saint Paul, MN) defeated Nancy Hanley (Wilmington, DE), 552-286. See commentary.

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Division 3's Susan Hoehn (Saint Paul, MN) and Nancy Hanley (Wilmington, DE) have a jolly time filling out their endgame paperwork.

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Division 3's Heather McCall (Toronto ON) plays James Abbott (Chicago, IL).

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Division 3's top boards: At 1, Jerry Scheiten (Buffalo, NY) vs. Steve Moniz (Manchester, NH); at 2, Kenneth Rubin (New York, NY) vs. Gina Fassio (Methuen, MA), and at 3, Paul Haverly (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Greg Heidler (Waialua, HI).

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At table 1, division 3's Jerry Scheiten (Buffalo, NY) defeats Steve Moniz (Manchester, NH), 391-339. See commentary.

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Division 5's Andre Ornish (La Mesa, CA) uses his Franklin between rounds.

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Table 2's top tables: at 1, Dannene Drummond (Athens, GA) vs. David Pearl (Long Beach, CA), and at 2, Bob Lundegaard (Minneapolis, MN) vs. Jason Bednarz (Athens, GA).

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Table 2's top tables viewed from the other end: at 4, Korakoch Kiatsommart (Winter Park, FL) vs. Win Inthara (Winter Park, FL), and at 3, Fern Lindzon (Toronto ON) vs. Patrick Hodges (Glendale, AZ).

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Division 2's Rick Wong (San Jose, CA) defeated Mike Wolfberg (Concord, MA), 496-390. See commentary.

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Bill Geist from Sunday Morning on CBS. He spent four days with us and over time really understood the scene. At this point, he is writing down words of interest. His favorite: WAFFLESTOMPERS. He knew enough to look it up in the Long List.

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Looking down from the press stage onto tables 1-4 behind the velvet rope. At board 1, Robert Ellickson (New Haven, CT) draws tiles in his game vs. Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA). Kristen Chew and Beth Lerman annotate their game. At board 2, Sammy Okosagah (Baltimore, MD) plays Charnwit Sukhumrattanaporn (Thailand). Martin Smith and Pat Larash annotate their game. At board 3, David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC) vs. Joey Mallick (Cape Elizabeth, ME) with Stefan Fatsis looking on, and at board 4, Adam Logan (United Kingdom) vs. Komol Panyasophonlert (Thailand).

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Division 1's Sammy Okosagah (Baltimore, MD) defeats Charnwit Sukhumrattanaporn (Thailand), 449-370. See commentary.

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Division 1's board 2 annotators, Pat Larash and Martin Smith, comb over their annotation sheets to check for accuracy and to fill holes in each other's coverage. These sheets, expertly detailed, are used for inputting of online games on this web site. Some will also go to Joe Edley (Coram, NY) for use in upcoming issues of SCRABBLE® News.

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NSA webmaster, John J. Chew III, and his buddy, Andre Ornish (La Mesa, CA) from division 5.

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Division 3's Ed Liebfried (Exeter, NH) defeats Chris Ofstad (Antioch, CA), 402-377. See commentary.

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Division 1's Komol Panyasophonlert (Thailand) defeated Adam Logan (United Kingdom), 406-403. This game was such a painful loss for Adam, I stayed back and got no commentary.

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John D. Williams, Jr., and Stefan Fatsis speak on camera.

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Division 2's Wil Dabbs (Neosho, MO) defeated Jeff Martin (Albuquerque, NM), 448-332. See commentary.

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Division 2's Fern Lindzon (Toronto ON) defeated Patrick Hodges (Glendale, AZ), 388-353. See commentary.

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Division 1's Joel Wapnick (Montréal QC) defeated Jason Katz-Brown (Richmond, CA), 446-395. See commentary.

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Division 1's Chuck Armstrong (Saline, MI) defeats Jere Mead (Chelmsford, MA), 429-406. See commentary.

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CBS reporter, Bill Geist, interviews David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC) and focuses on David's by now famous hardcover Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary.

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Gathering around an interesting division 1 endgame, Jere Mead (Chelmsford, MA), Stefan Fatsis, Paul Avrin (New York, NY), Jason Katz-Brown (Richmond, CA), and John D. Williams, Jr.

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Division 1's Jan Dixon (Newark, DE) ties Brian Cappelletto (Chicago, IL) with a 387.

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Keith Smith (Austin, TX), Paul Avrin (New York, NY), Randy Greenspan (Buffalo, NY), and Ron Hoekstra (Kentwood, MI), stand around Jan Dixon (Newark, DE) as she talks about her unusual endgame with Brian Cappelletto (Chicago, IL). This incident missed the round's color, but it worth mentioning that a tile that was on the board, ended up getting mixed in Jan's rack and getting put back onto the board and scored as a play. And it wasn't until in the post-game chat that they realized what had happened. The game ended in a tie, 387-387.

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