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2004 National SCRABBLE® Championship Photos: Round 29

[ 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 top boards: board 4, Mike Wier (Phoenix, AZ) vs. Dielle Saldanha (Richmond BC); board 3, Gina Fassio (Methuen, MA) vs. Alan Kraus (Philadelphia, PA), board 3, Kenneth Rubin (New York, NY) vs. Greg Heidler (Waialua, HI), and board 1, Steve Moniz (Manchester, NH) vs. Jerry Scheiten (Buffalo, NY).

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Division 3's top boards from the other end: Jerry Scheiten (Buffalo, NY) vs. Steve Moniz (Manchester, NH) and Greg Heidler (Waialua, HI) vs. Kenneth Rubin (New York, NY).

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Division 3's Jerry Scheiten (Buffalo, NY) in his lucky Superman shirt.

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Division 4's Travis Green (Mooresville, IN) vs. John Stardom (Ottawa ON), game in progress with a phoney on it!

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Division 7's top table: board 1, Jon Rumzis (Chandler, AZ) vs. Mary E. Quigley (Palm Harbor, FL) and table 2, Jason Oppenheim (Seminole, FL) vs. Anna Rahman (Cincinnati, OH).

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Division 5's top board, Ryan Barrett (Englewood, CO) vs. Asif Rahman (Cincinnati, OH). When the tables were assigned, Division 5 leader Wendell Smith went from bottom to top, so the #1 players were at board 20.

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Division 2's Pongsakorn Atichatsrisakul (Thailand) plays Bernard Gotlieb (Cote Saint-Luc QC).

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Division 2's board 1, David Pearl (Long Beach, CA) vs. Bob Lundegaard (Minneapolis, MN).

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Division 1's board 1 with the Gibsonized David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC) playing Charnwit Sukhumrattanaporn (Thailand), annotated by Kristen Chew and Beth Lerman. Board 2, Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Chris Cree (Dallas, TX), annotated by Pat Larash and Martin Smith (cropped out), and board 3, Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand) vs. Nigel Richards (Malaysia).

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More division 1 boards behind the velvet rope. Board 2, Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Chris Cree (Dallas, TX), annotated by Pat Larash (cropped) and Martin Smith; board 3 Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand) vs. Nigel Richards (Malaysia); board 4 Komol Panyasophonlert (Thailand) vs. John Luebkemann (Pineville, NC); board 5, Nathan Benedict (Tucson, AZ) vs. Brian Cappelletto (Chicago, IL); and board 6, Joel Wapnick (Montréal QC) vs. Ted Blevins (Cecilia, KY).

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Division 5's Jeanne Yori (Culver City, CA) vs. Bill Kinsella (Yale BC).

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Division 3's Lam Tang (Vancouver BC) defeated Carol Spencer Yamashita (Hilo, HI), 385-282. See commentary.

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Division 2's David Pearl (Long Beach, CA) defeated Bob Lundegaard (Minneapolis, MN), 426-384. See commentary.

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Division 2's Win Inthara (Winter Park, FL) defeated Fern Lindzon (Toronto ON), 401-378. See commentary.

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The crowd around Chris Cree (Dallas, TX) vs. Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA).

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Division 1's Chris Cree (Dallas, TX) defeated Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA), 404-367. See commentary.

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Joel Sherman (Bronx, NY) plays Daniel Goodwin (Seattle, WA) in division 1, and shows off his GIBSO?S rack.

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Joel Sherman (Bronx, NY) played GIBSON!

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EPST?IN, the next rack held by Joel Sherman (Bronx, NY) in his quest to get and play all the division 1 names.

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Division 1's Steven Alexander (Portland, OR) defeated Mark Nyman (United Kingdom), 448-440. See commentary.

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After playing off tiles, Joel Sherman (Bronx, NY) has another variation of the rack he'd just held: EPSTE?N.

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Division 1's Charnwit Sukhumrattanaporn (Thailand), Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand), and Komol Panyasophonlert (Thailand) enjoy a non-game moment with Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) and Jessina, Trey's girlfriend.

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Division 2's Carol Dustin (Minneapolis, MN) plays Thavachai Thivavarnvongs (Thailand).

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