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NSC 2008: Nathan Benedict [#7]

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On this page, you will find information about Nathan Benedict, who is competing at the 2008 National SCRABBLE® Championship. This page was updated at least hourly between 09:00 A.M. and midnight local time. This player currently has a record of 17.5-10.5, +813, and is ranked #9 in Division 1.

Lower on this page, you can find brief self-reported biographical details of the player, statistics on the player’s past several years of rated tournament play in North America, a graphic showing the player’s ups and downs at this tournament, and a round-by-round report on the player’s opponents and games.

Background Information

[photo of Nathan Benedict]

Given name(s): Nathan
Surname(s): Benedict
Home: Tucson, AZ, United States
Awards: 11th at 2004 Nationals; 2003, 2004 Albuquerque NM; 2004-05 Los Gatos, CA; 2004-12 Tucson, NM; 2nd place Grand Canyon 2003; 2003, 1999 Reno Early Bird
Hobbies: Poker, crosswords, armchair economics
Occupation: Professional Poker Player
NSC 2004 Division: 1
NSC 2004 Rank: 11/172, 19.5-10.5 +990
NSC 2005 Division: 1
NSC 2005 Rank: 71/87, 12-16 -526
Round by Round

High score: 605
Average for: 421
Average against: 392

Round 1

[photo of Jeremy Frank]

Benedict played #26 Jeremy Frank (New York, NY) and won 380 to 339 (a spread of 41).

Current ranking: #39.

Current record: 1-0, +41.

Round 2

[photo of Alyssa Faria]

Benedict played #24 Alyssa Faria (Cambridge, MA) and won 393 to 343 (a spread of 50).

Current ranking: #25.

Current record: 2-0, +91.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 3

[photo of Ian Weinstein]

Benedict played #103 Ian Weinstein (Coral Springs, FL) and won 450 to 377 (a spread of 73).

Current ranking: #11.

Current record: 3-0, +164.

Round 4

[photo of Edward De Guzman]

Benedict played #17 Edward De Guzman (Urbana, IL) and won 442 to 343 (a spread of 99).

Current ranking: #4.

Current record: 4-0, +263.

Round 5

[photo of Matt Graham]

Benedict played #32 Matt Graham (New York, NY) and lost 352 to 609 (a spread of -257).

Current ranking: #18.

Current record: 4-1, +6.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 6

[photo of Maddy Kamen]

Benedict played #43 Maddy Kamen (Covina, CA) and won 521 to 336 (a spread of 185).

Current ranking: #7.

Current record: 5-1, +191.

Round 7

[photo of Stefan Rau]

Benedict played #81 Stefan Rau (New Britain, CT) and lost 372 to 412 (a spread of -40).

Current ranking: #19.

Current record: 5-2, +151.

Round 8

[photo of Keith Smith]

Benedict played #94 Keith Smith (Austin, TX) and won 512 to 382 (a spread of 130).

Current ranking: #11.

Current record: 6-2, +281.

Round 9

[photo of J. Paul Epstein]

Benedict played #23 Paul Epstein (Keego Harbor, MI) and tied at 392.

Current ranking: #12.

Current record: 6.5-2.5, +281.

Round 10

[photo of Carl Johnson]

Benedict played #40 Carl Johnson (Hillsboro, OR) and won 514 to 334 (a spread of 180).

Current ranking: #7.

Current record: 7.5-2.5, +461.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 11

[photo of Trip Payne]

Benedict played #70 Trip Payne (Boca Raton, FL) and won 427 to 385 (a spread of 42).

Current ranking: #3.

Current record: 8.5-2.5, +503.

Round 12

[photo of Nigel Richards]

Benedict played #83 Nigel Richards (Malaysia) and lost 324 to 358 (a spread of -34).

Current ranking: #9.

Current record: 8.5-3.5, +469.

Round 13

[photo of Jason Katz-Brown]

Benedict played #45 Jason Katz-Brown (Cambridge, MA) and won 605 to 305 (a spread of 300).

Current ranking: #4.

Current record: 9.5-3.5, +769.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 14

[photo of Mark Kenas]

Benedict played #46 Mark Kenas (Madison, WI) and won 451 to 427 (a spread of 24).

Current ranking: #3.

Current record: 10.5-3.5, +793.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 15

[photo of Joey Mallick]

Benedict played #57 Joey Mallick (Cape Elizabeth, ME) and won 440 to 401 (a spread of 39).

Current ranking: #2.

Current record: 11.5-3.5, +832.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 16

[photo of Brian Cappelletto]

Benedict played #10 Brian Cappelletto (Chicago, IL) and lost 320 to 548 (a spread of -228).

Current ranking: #4.

Current record: 11.5-4.5, +604.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 17

[photo of Robin Pollock Daniel]

Benedict played #14 Robin Pollock Daniel (Toronto ON) and lost 365 to 509 (a spread of -144).

Current ranking: #8.

Current record: 11.5-5.5, +460.

Round 18

[photo of Nigel Peltier]

Benedict played #73 Nigel Peltier (Seattle, WA) and won 361 to 291 (a spread of 70).

Current ranking: #6.

Current record: 12.5-5.5, +530.

Round 19

[photo of Geoff Thevenot]

Benedict played #100 Geoff Thevenot (Austin, TX) and tied at 399.

Current ranking: #9.

Current record: 13-6, +530.

Round 20

[photo of J. Paul Epstein]

Benedict played #23 Paul Epstein (Keego Harbor, MI) again and won 470 to 363 (a spread of 107).

Current ranking: #6.

Current record: 14-6, +637.

Round 21

[photo of Matt Graham]

Benedict played #32 Matt Graham (New York, NY) again and won 565 to 278 (a spread of 287).

Current ranking: #3.

Current record: 15-6, +924.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 22

[photo of Nigel Richards]

Benedict played #83 Nigel Richards (Malaysia) again and lost 411 to 450 (a spread of -39).

Current ranking: #5.

Current record: 15-7, +885.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 23

[photo of Brian Cappelletto]

Benedict played #10 Brian Cappelletto (Chicago, IL) again and won 435 to 375 (a spread of 60).

Current ranking: #4.

Current record: 16-7, +945.

Round 24

[photo of Nigel Peltier]

Benedict played #73 Nigel Peltier (Seattle, WA) again and lost 386 to 416 (a spread of -30).

Current ranking: #4.

Current record: 16-8, +915.

Round 25

[photo of Ian Weinstein]

Benedict played #103 Ian Weinstein (Coral Springs, FL) again and won 417 to 361 (a spread of 56).

Current ranking: #3.

Current record: 17-8, +971.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 26

[photo of Matt Graham]

Benedict played #32 Matt Graham (New York, NY) for the third time and tied at 390.

Current ranking: #4.

Current record: 17.5-8.5, +971.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (2 hits).

Round 27

[photo of David Gibson]

Benedict played #30 David Gibson (Spartanburg, SC) and lost 385 to 404 (a spread of -19).

Current ranking: #6.

Current record: 17.5-9.5, +952.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).

Round 28

[photo of Joey Mallick]

Benedict played #57 Joey Mallick (Cape Elizabeth, ME) again and lost 311 to 450 (a spread of -139).

Current ranking: #9.

Current record: 17.5-10.5, +813.

Benedict is mentioned in this round’s commentary (1 hit).


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