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2004 National SCRABBLE® Championship Photos: Final Round 3

[ 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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Robin Pollock Daniel (Toronto ON) discussed the final's 2 board with interested players.

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Watching game 3 begin: Joe Edley (Coram, NY), Marty Gabriel (Berwyn, IL), Brian Cappelletto (Chicago, IL), Eric Chaikin (West Hollywood, CA) (kneeling), Chris Ofstad (Antioch, CA), Wendy Cappelletto, Rick Wong (San Jose, CA), Mark Nyman (United Kingdom), and John O'Laughlin (Madison, WI) on popcorn bag.

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The panel of analysts: Marlon Hill (Baltimore, MD), Andre Ornish (La Mesa, CA), Robin Pollock Daniel (Toronto ON), and Chris Cree (Dallas, TX). Joel Sherman (Bronx, NY) kneels at the front.

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A close up of the panel: Marlon Hill (Baltimore, MD), Andre Ornish (La Mesa, CA), Robin Pollock Daniel (Toronto ON), and Chris Cree (Dallas, TX).

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Larry Rand on scoreboard, Ben Loiterstein Greenwood (Lexington, MA),and Zack Hample.

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Internt table (l-r) Debbie Stegman (Kew Gardens, NY) on sign language, Sherrie Saint John, internet reporter, Jim Kramer (Roseville, MN) on Maven and expert analysis, NSA's Andrew Rubenstein, and NSA's Sierce Boldin.

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A front row hanging on tenterhooks: (l-r) Randy Hersom (Morganton, NC), Jere Mead (Chelmsford, MA), Zev Kaufman (Toronto ON), Joe Edley (Coram, NY), Marty Gabriel (Berwyn, IL), and Jessina (Trey's girlfriend) sit in chairs. Kathy Cree and Courtney (Trey's sister) sit on the floor.

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An ESPN cameraman, John D. Williams, Jr., and Patty Hocker, bend over the interrupted game between David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC), annotated by Gregg Foster (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA), and Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA), annotated by Kristen Chew.

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Members of the Advisory Board return to the gallery room after meeting to discuss the illegal word play and how it should be resolved. Arm of Robert Kahn (Plantation, FL), arm of Michael Baker (Portland, OR), Susan Hoehn (Saint Paul, MN), Rick Wong (San Jose, CA), Randall Thomas (Calgary AB), and Joe Edley (Coram, NY). All the other members were present or checked in with their opinion despite not being captured in this shot.

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Beth Lerman, taking official game time annotation throughout the game, tells the players where their clocks were set before the unacceptable play was made. David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC), his annotator, Gregg Foster (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA), Martin Smith, John D. Williams, Jr., John J. Chew III, Kristen Chew (Trey's annotator), Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA), and the game word judges, Mary Rhoades and Bonnie Rudolph, all lean in to hear the times.

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Now fully engaged in the game, Marlon Hill (Baltimore, MD) tells Joel Sherman (Bronx, NY) his opinion, while Andre Ornish (La Mesa, CA), Robin Pollock Daniel (Toronto ON), and Chris Cree (Dallas, TX) listen.

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David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC) chewing on his nail, concentrating.

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The room erupts in cheers when Trey wins his third game in a row and sweeps the finals. Jim Kramer (Roseville, MN), sensing an opening at the internet computer, slides over to type in some commentary for the absent photographer.

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In the finals room, while Kristen Chew finishes her annotating, Trey's girlfriend, Jessina, his friend Jason Bednarz (Athens, GA), and his sister Courtney, encircle him with love and celebration.

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Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) with his girlfriend Jessina and his sister Courtney.

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Daniel Stock's (Rocky River, OH) 100-tile board is brought out to show Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA).

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The winning board as photographed in the playing room.

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Gregg Foster (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) and Kristen Chew do a last-minute annotation comparison.

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David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC) and Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) embrace.

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John D. Williams, Jr., with the winner's bowl in his hands, leades Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) and David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC) to the gallery room for the prize ceremony.

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Joe Edley (Coram, NY) gets in the first hug to Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA).

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Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) and Marlon Hill (Baltimore, MD).

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John D. Williams, Jr., gives his congratulations to David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC) for making the finals.

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John D. Williams, Jr., gives David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC) a heartfelt stage hug.

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David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC) makes a few comments and thanks his supporters and friends.

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A flurry of fans and media in front of the stage.

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The giant check presentation to Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) by Hasbro's Mark Morris and NSA's John D. Williams.

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Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) gives thanks.

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Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) with winning bowl in hand and John D. Williams, Jr., raise their hands in victory.

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It feels good to be Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) today.

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Jamie Chew, receiving much appreciated support from Lisa Kessler (Toronto ON) explores the letters on the big board. "Hey! Here are some letters in my name!"

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Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) poses in front of the big board for a newspaper reporter.

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Good friends, Wilma Pitzer (Englewood, OH) and Paul Avrin (New York, NY).

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Trey Wright (Los Angeles, CA) takes questions from his fans. Alan Love (Milwaukee, WI) is first and Carol Ravichandran (Northville, MI) is next

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