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NSC 2008: Paul Epstein [#23]

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On this page, you will find information about J. Paul Epstein, 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 15.5-12.5, +495, and is ranked #30 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 J. Paul Epstein]

Given name(s): J. Paul
Surname(s): Epstein
Home: Keego Harbor, MI, United States
Awards: 5th--NSC Dallas 1996, 5th--NSC San Diego 2002, 25th--WSC Melbourne 1999
Hobbies: Music, Standup Comedy
Occupation: Social Worker (Not Employed)
NSC 1985 Division: 1
NSC 1985 Rank: 49/302, 13.5-8.5 +344
NSC 1987 Division: 1
NSC 1987 Rank: 18, 15-6 +1050
NSC 1989 Division: 1
NSC 1989 Rank: 36/149, 15-12 +1220
NSC 1989 Division: 1
NSC 1989 Rank: 36/149, 15-12 +1220
NSC 1990 Division: 1
NSC 1990 Rank: 52/176, 15-12 +405
NSC 1992 Division: 1
NSC 1992 Rank: 72/176, 14-13 +410
NSC 1994 Division: 1
NSC 1994 Rank: 27/134, 16-11 -235
NSC 1996 Division: 1
NSC 1996 Rank: 5/108, 18-9 +1216
NSC 1998 Division: 1
NSC 1998 Rank: 15/126, 19-12 +497
NSC 2000 Division: 1
NSC 2000 Rank: 31/98, 17-14 +459
NSC 2002 Division: 1
NSC 2002 Rank: 5/132, 21-10 +149
NSC 2004 Division: 1
NSC 2004 Rank: 93/172, 14.5-15.5 +473
NSC 2005 Division: 1
NSC 2005 Rank: 64/87, 13-15 -641
USSO 2006 Division: 1
USSO 2006 Rank: 35/76, 14-14 +395
WSC 1999 Rank: 25
Round by Round

High score: 536
Average for: 426
Average against: 408

Round 1

[photo of Rob Robinsky]

Epstein played #84 Rob Robinsky (Minneapolis, MN) and won 482 to 326 (a spread of 156).

Current ranking: #14.

Current record: 1-0, +156.

Round 2

[photo of Frank Tangredi]

Epstein played #99 Frank Tangredi (West Babylon, NY) and won 512 to 371 (a spread of 141).

Current ranking: #5.

Current record: 2-0, +297.

Round 3

[photo of Joe Edley]

Epstein played #21 Joe Edley (Port Jefferson, NY) and lost 386 to 527 (a spread of -141).

Current ranking: #25.

Current record: 2-1, +156.

Round 4

[photo of Lester Schonbrun]

Epstein played #91 Lester Schonbrun (Oakland, CA) and won 464 to 313 (a spread of 151).

Current ranking: #14.

Current record: 3-1, +307.

Round 5

[photo of Sammy Okosagah]

Epstein played #67 Sammy Okosagah (Baltimore, MD) and won 457 to 412 (a spread of 45).

Current ranking: #9.

Current record: 4-1, +352.

Round 6

[photo of Mike Baron]

Epstein played #5 Mike Baron (Corrales, NM) and won 459 to 320 (a spread of 139).

Current ranking: #6.

Current record: 5-1, +491.

Round 7

[photo of Marty Gabriel]

Epstein played #28 Marty Gabriel (Charleston, IL) and lost 321 to 512 (a spread of -191).

Current ranking: #14.

Current record: 5-2, +300.

Round 8

[photo of Jim Kramer]

Epstein played #48 Jim Kramer (Roseville, MN) and lost 356 to 442 (a spread of -86).

Current ranking: #23.

Current record: 5-3, +214.

Round 9

[photo of Nathan Benedict]

Epstein played #7 Nathan Benedict (Tucson, AZ) and tied at 392.

Current ranking: #24.

Current record: 5.5-3.5, +214.

Round 10

[photo of Steve Grob]

Epstein played #34 Steve Grob (Fenton, MI) and won 536 to 293 (a spread of 243).

Current ranking: #19.

Current record: 6.5-3.5, +457.

Round 11

[photo of Daniel Fogel]

Epstein played #25 Daniel Fogel (Newton, MA) and won 453 to 381 (a spread of 72).

Current ranking: #13.

Current record: 7.5-3.5, +529.

Round 12

[photo of Mike Frentz]

Epstein played #27 Mike Frentz (Seattle, WA) and won 446 to 382 (a spread of 64).

Current ranking: #8.

Current record: 8.5-3.5, +593.

Round 13

[photo of Cesar Del Solar]

Epstein played #18 Cesar Del Solar (Pasadena, CA) and won 421 to 322 (a spread of 99).

Current ranking: #5.

Current record: 9.5-3.5, +692.

Round 14

[photo of Brian Cappelletto]

Epstein played #10 Brian Cappelletto (Chicago, IL) and lost 449 to 464 (a spread of -15).

Current ranking: #9.

Current record: 9.5-4.5, +677.

Round 15

[photo of Jason Katz-Brown]

Epstein played #45 Jason Katz-Brown (Cambridge, MA) and lost 352 to 463 (a spread of -111).

Current ranking: #15.

Current record: 9.5-5.5, +566.

Round 16

[photo of Sam Kantimathi]

Epstein played #44 Sam Kantimathi (El Dorado Hills, CA) and won 424 to 303 (a spread of 121).

Current ranking: #11.

Current record: 10.5-5.5, +687.

Round 17

[photo of Joey Mallick]

Epstein played #57 Joey Mallick (Cape Elizabeth, ME) and won 422 to 403 (a spread of 19).

Current ranking: #7.

Current record: 11.5-5.5, +706.

Round 18

[photo of Evan Berofsky]

Epstein played #8 Evan Berofsky (Thornhill ON) and won 465 to 428 (a spread of 37).

Current ranking: #5.

Current record: 12.5-5.5, +743.

Round 19

[photo of Ian Weinstein]

Epstein played #103 Ian Weinstein (Coral Springs, FL) and won 515 to 479 (a spread of 36).

Current ranking: #3.

Current record: 13.5-5.5, +779.

Round 20

[photo of Nathan Benedict]

Epstein played #7 Nathan Benedict (Tucson, AZ) again and lost 363 to 470 (a spread of -107).

Current ranking: #8.

Current record: 13.5-6.5, +672.

Round 21

[photo of Nigel Richards]

Epstein played #83 Nigel Richards (Malaysia) and won 492 to 377 (a spread of 115).

Current ranking: #4.

Current record: 14.5-6.5, +787.

Round 22

[photo of Brian Cappelletto]

Epstein played #10 Brian Cappelletto (Chicago, IL) again and lost 392 to 491 (a spread of -99).

Current ranking: #7.

Current record: 14.5-7.5, +688.

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

Round 23

[photo of Nigel Richards]

Epstein played #83 Nigel Richards (Malaysia) again and lost 351 to 507 (a spread of -156).

Current ranking: #13.

Current record: 14.5-8.5, +532.

Round 24

[photo of Pakorn Nemitrmansuk]

Epstein played #64 Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand) and won 533 to 329 (a spread of 204).

Current ranking: #9.

Current record: 15.5-8.5, +736.

Round 25

[photo of Trip Payne]

Epstein played #70 Trip Payne (Boca Raton, FL) and lost 360 to 408 (a spread of -48).

Current ranking: #13.

Current record: 15.5-9.5, +688.

Round 26

[photo of Panupol Sujjayakorn]

Epstein played #97 Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand) and lost 327 to 447 (a spread of -120).

Current ranking: #18.

Current record: 15.5-10.5, +568.

Round 27

[photo of Geoff Thevenot]

Epstein played #100 Geoff Thevenot (Austin, TX) and lost 389 to 452 (a spread of -63).

Current ranking: #24.

Current record: 15.5-11.5, +505.

Round 28

[photo of Orry Swift]

Epstein played #98 Orry Swift (Waco, TX) and lost 405 to 415 (a spread of -10).

Current ranking: #30.

Current record: 15.5-12.5, +495.


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