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This page lists various official sanctioned records achieved in competitive SCRABBLE® play in North America and overseas.

The records in each category are classified further based on the environment (tournament or club) and by the dictionary used (OWL or CSW, ignoring the specific edition).

In the words listed, lowercase letters stand for blanks and paranthesised letters stand for tiles already on the board. An asterisk (*) means that the word is a phoney or that the score is known to include phoneys. An octothorp (#) means that the word is acceptable in SOWPODS but not in OTCWL.

A question mark means that some detail of the record is unknown or questionable. All records are subject to revision as appropriate. Any scoring and score reporting errors are corrected before considering a play or game for a record, regardless of whether such errors were corrected in tournament standings or not.

To submit a new record, please provide all available documentation for the record to the Ratings and Recognition Committee's record admin.

Contents

Highest winning game score

Tournament, OWL
Score Name Date Location Notes
803 Joel Sherman December 9, 2011 Stamford, CT
771 Edward de Guzman July 1, 2010 Reno, NV
770 Mark Landsberg June 13, 1993 Eagle Rock, CA (ref)
Tournament, CSW
Score Name Date Location Notes
850 Toh Weibin January 21, 2012 Belfast, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Scrabble Championship
789 Nicholas Mbugua (KEN) June 3, 2007 Machakos, Kenya WSC Qualifier
785 Jackie McLeod 2002 United Kingdom
Club, OWL
Score Name Date Location Notes
830 Michael Cresta October 12, 2006 #108, Lexington, MA (ref)
801 Robert Kahn March 3, 2010 #276, Lauderhill, FL
792* Nick Ballard 1980 Chicago IL (not reported until much later)

Highest combined game score

Tournament, OWL
Total Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes
1134 Keith Smith 582 Stefan Rau 552 March 7, 2008 Dallas, TX Dallas Open
1127 Laurie Cohen 725 Nigel Peltier 402 February 16, 2009 Phoenix, AZ
1108 Mark Landsberg 770 Alan Stern 338 June 13, 1993 Eagle Rock, CA (ref)
Tournament, CSW
Total Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes
1157 Phillip Edwin-Mugisha (UGA) 627 Vannitha Balasingam (MYS) 530 2009 Malaysia WSC
1156 Nathan Benedict 653 Oscar Rivera (PHL) 503 2010 Phillipines Manila Prog. Round Robin
1144 John O'Laughlin 727 Mike Early 417 2008 TX Texas Challenge
Club, OWL
Total Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes
1320 Michael Cresta 830 Wayne Yorra 490 October 12, 2006 #108, Lexington, MA (ref)
1143 Mark Edelson 617 Tony Leah 526 January 23, 2013 #276, Toronto, ON
1119 John Luebkemann 728 Bob DeTore 391 September, 1998 Cincinatti, OH (not reported until much later)

Highest tie game score

Tournament, OWL
Score Name Name Date Location Notes
502 John Chew Zev Kaufman June 15, 1997 Toronto, ON (ref)
499 Joe Edley Jerry Lerman 1980
Tournament, CSW
Score Name Name Date Location Notes
522 Alec Webb Nick Deller March 7, 2009 Peterborough, UK (ref)
510 Michael Gongolo (KEN) Patrick Mpundu (ZMB) 2007 Kampala, Uganda East and Central Africa Championships
Club, OWL
Score Name Name Date Location Notes
496 Shaun Goatcher Craig Rowland 1998 #3, Toronto, ON
491 Ira Cohen Joel Elkins February 8, 2012 #44, Los Angeles, CA
456 Bryan Pepper Mike Early November 23, 2010 #248, Mid-Cities TX

Highest winning game spread

Tournament, OWL
Spread Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes
569 Ken Lambe 714 147 June 27, 1981 New York, NY NYC Game Room Tourney Preliminary
546 Richard Ross 702 156 December 29, 1990 FL Florida State Champs.
518 Joel Sherman 803 Bradley Robbins 285 December 9, 2011 Stamford, CT
Tournament, CSW
Spread Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes
543 Jackie McLeod 2002 UK NSCT Regional
521 Russell Honeybun 764 243 August 26, 2007 Australia
429 Max Panitch 680 Sam Kantimathi 251 September 12, 2009 Toront, ON
Club, OWL
Spread Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes
570 Robert Kahn 801 231 March 3, 2010 #276, Lauderhill, FL

Highest losing game score

Tournament, OWL
Score Name Score Name Date Location Notes
552 Stefan Rau 582 Keith Smith March 7, 2008 Dallas, TX Dallas Open
545 Kevin Rickhoff 558 Mark Milan August 7, 2006 Phoenix, AZ National SCRABBLE Championship
539 Joel Sherman 541 David Poder May 26, 2001 Campbell, CA
Tournament, CSW
Score Name Score Name Date Location Notes
540 O. Oduwole 570 M. Nicholson January 8, 2008 Coventry, UK English Open 2008
532 Ron Hoekstra 542 John O'Laughlin September 12, 2009 Toronto, ON Toronto International Open
Club, OWL
Score Name Score Name Date Location Notes

Lowest winning game score

This category excludes games where either player received a time penalty.


Tournament, OWL
Score Name Score Name Date Location Notes
-12 Dan Horowitz -25 Carolann Atene June 3, 2012 Philadelphia, PA
-10 Denise Mahnken -16 Marie Gier May 29, 2010 Phoenix, AZ National SCRABBLE Championship
-9 Helena Gauthier -11 Gerianne Abriano June 19, 2010 Nashua, NH five exchanges and phony
Tournament, CSW
Score Name Score Name Date Location Notes
329 Jean McArthur 319 Stuart Goldman August 16, 2010 Addison, TX 2010 World Players Championship
Club, OWL
Score Name Score Name Date Location Notes

Lowest combined game score

This category excludes games where either player received a time penalty.


Tournament, OWL
Total Score Name Score Name Date Location Notes
-37 -12 Dan Horowitz -25 Carolann Atene June 3, 2012 Philadelphia, PA
-26 -10 Denise Mahnken -16 Marie Gier May 29, 2010 Phoenix, AZ National SCRABBLE Championship
-25 -7 Chris Lipe -18 Leesa Berahovich August 8, 2011 Dallas, TX NSC (phony-x1-x1-p-p-p)
Tournament, CSW
Total Score Name Score Name Date Location Notes
Club, OWL
Total Score Name Score Name Date Location Notes

Highest average score per turn

Tournament, OWL
Average Score Turns Name Date Location Notes
Tournament, CSW
Average Score Turns Name Date Location Notes
Club, OWL
Average Score Turns Name Date Location Notes
68.4 684 10 Greg Edwards December 13, 2011 Minneapolis, MN Club #42

Highest word score

Phonies are not permitted.

Tournament, OWL
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
311 BRAZIERS T.A. Sanders January, 1997 Tyler, TX
Tournament, CSW
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
392 CAZIQUES Karl Khoshaw April, 1982 Magri Damajo, Malta OSW
Club, OWL
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
365 QUIXOTRY Michael Cresta October 12, 2006 Lexington, MA Club #108
332 DEFUZING Jeff Widergren
329 FREEZING Carl Twickler 2002 Huntington, NY

Highest opening word score, no phoneys

Phonies are not permitted.

The theoretical maximum (using either OTCWL or SOWPODS) is 128 for MUZJIKS without blanks.

Tournament, OWL
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
126 MuZJIKS Jesse Inman July, 2008 Orlando, FL NSC
124 BEZIQUE Sam Kantimathi September, 1993 Portland, OR
Tournament, CSW
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
124 BEZIQUE Joan Rosenthal 1997 OSW?
124 BEZIQUE Sally Martin
Club, OWL
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
114 QWERTYS Yvonne Lobo February, 2010 Mississauga, ON Club #422

Highest closing word score, no phoneys

In NASPA play, twice the value of leftover tiles is added to the score of the closing player. In international play, the value of leftover tiles is subtracted from the player's score and added to the closing player's score.

Tournament, OWL
Score Word Name Leftovers Name Date Location Notes
275 JaNI(Z)ARY Conrad Bassett-Bouchard 8 (16) Doug Brockmeier October 27, 2013 Arcata, CA
Tournament, CSW
Score Word Name Leftovers Name Date Location Notes
Club, OWL
Score Word Name Leftovers Name Date Location Notes

Highest non-bingo word score, no phoneys

Tournament, OTCWL

  1. 243: R(OR)QUALS, Karen Merrill, 1997, Portland Club Tourney
  2. 180: GH(ER)KiNS, Robert Kahn, 1985 National SCRABBLE Championship, Boston MA

Tournament, SOWPODS

Club, OTCWL

  1. 261: B(RE)EZIER, Jim Kille, April 14, 1993, Club #333, Exon PA

Highest non-triple-triple word score, no phoneys

Records in this category have not been kept systematically, so there could be many higher scores.

Tournament, OTCWL

  1. 161: (C)AZIQuES, Marlene Milkent, August 7, 2010, 2010 National SCRABBLE Championship, Addison TX (story, picture)
  2. 143: TRAPEZO(ID), Shan Abbasi, September 23, 2012, Toronto ON
  3. 136: EQUInOX, Tapani Lindgren, July 2, 2010, Reno NV

Tournament, SOWPODS

  1. 164: BEZIQUES, Jason Stockdale, December 28, 2006, Australia
  2. 157: QUIZzES, F. Madeley, Twixmas 2007, UK

Club, OTCWL

  1. 173: SQUAREd, Rachel Knapp, July 1, 2010, Club #350, Costa Mesa CA (ref)
  2. 146: LEXICOn, Supriya Nagpal Devnani, July 1, 2013, Club #438, Casselberry FL
  3. 145: BEZIQuE, Tapani Lindgren, July 23, 2009, Club #628, Roseville CA (ref)
  4. 121: SQUEeZE, Linn Wheeler, May 3, 2010, Club #438, Casselberry FL (TLW May 2010, p. 69).

Longest word, no phoneys

Tournament, OTCWL

  1. 15: RE(CONSIDERATION), Ken Clark, September 1990, Portland OR
  2. 15: DIS(CONTENTMENTS), Ed Liebfried, March 2005, Exeter NH Club Tourney

Tournament, SOWPODS

  1. 15: RE(CAPITULA)TIONS, Mark Nyman (OSW?)

Club, OTCWL

  1. 15: (INFORMATIVE)NESS, Eric Chaikin, 2001, Club #44, Los

Angeles CA

  1. 15: DISENFRANCHISES, (Bob Violet or Edelle Crane?)

Most bingos by one player in a game

Tournament, OTCWL

  1. 7: Nigel Peltier, July 2, 2010, Reno NV
    • PINTOES, ACONITE, RAPIDLY, INFOLDED, EMIRATE, SHEARING, DAtABLE
  2. 7: Joel Sherman, December 9, 2011, Stamford CT
    • CRUMPɭED, OUTRATED, COTHURNI, TRAVOISE, SHAKING, aVENGED, AIRLINE

Tournament, SOWPODS

Club, OTCWL

  1. 7: Chuck Armstrong, January 1993, Club #115, Livonia MI
    • MUCILAGE, LANGSYNE, OGREISMS, BANNERS, METAPHOR, AWAITER, REOBJECT
  2. 7: Robert Kahn, March 3, 2010, Club #276, Lauderhill, FL
    • HAEMOID, sTARTLE, INSERTS, ENVIOUS, BEPAINT, RE(E)CHOEd 185, TEARIES(T).


Most bingos by both players in a game

Tournament, OTCWL

  1. 8: Nigel Peltier and Jeff Martin, July 2 2010, Reno NV (no phoneys)
    • PINTOES, ACONITE, RAPIDLY, INFOLDED, EMIRATE, SHEARING, DAtABLE; CORNIEsT
  2. 8: Joel Sherman and Bradley Robbins, December 9 2011, Stamford CT
    • ISOLATES, CRUMPɭED, OUTRATED, COTHURNI, TRAVOISE, SHAKING, aVENGED, AIRLINE
  3. 8*: Winter and Rob Robinsky, January 17 2009, Twin Cities Redeye (one phoney)
    • AMNESTIC, ORIGINAL, NORTHERS, FAVORITE; EXUVIAL, ISOGAMIC*, REPARTEE, SPINDLES

Tournament, SOWPODS

Club, OTCWL

  1. 8: Steven Saul and Joel Horn, October 7 2004, Club #108, Lexington MA (also most consecutive bingos by both players, most consecutive opening bingos by both players)
    • HObNAIL, (A)ZURITEs, OUTPRAY(S), VETE(R)ANS, FLAGONS, DOC(T)RINE, ELUTION, F(L)EABITE
  2. 8: Robert Kahn and Ian Weinstein, October 26 2011, Club #276, Lauderhill FL
    • TAKEOUTS, LAVENDER, OPUNTIAS, RUINABLE, MAULERS, WATERLOG, TRACHLE, MIDLINES
  3. 8: Greg Edwards and Steve Pellinen, December 13 2011, Club #42, Minneapolis, MN
    • TENACES, FABULIST, SHAGGIEST, TABOOED, sOUVENIR, FRIGHTED, AREOLAE, MODERNER
  4. 8: Robert Kahn and Ian Weinstein, August 22 2012, Club #276, Lauderhill FL
    • HIDEABLE, FASTENER, OATcAKE, OuSTING, FLAXIER, OVERLEND, ORALISM, DITHERS

Most consecutive bingos by one player

Tournament, OTCWL

  1. 6: Kevin Fraley, July 2006, Reno NV (also most consecutive opening bingos by one player)
    • REOILI(N)G, MARINER(S), cO(N)TRITE, (O)UTMODED, DUN(E)LIKE, GARDEN(E)R

Tournament, SOWPODS

  1. 5: Jeremy Hildebrand, November 2012, Kingston Cup, Gananoque, ON
    • sPONDEE 78, CONCERTO 76, AMBEROID 85, OLEFINS 92, SECURITY 67

Club, OTCWL

  1. 6: Jamie Ryan, February 27, 2014, Club #108, Lexington MA
    • OUTCATCH, EULOGIAS, PENNINES, HAIRLINE, WEIGHTY, BUTTONED
  2. 5: Craig Rowland, October 2010, Club #422, Mississauga ON
    • ADIPOSE, RATIONED, HOGTIES, FROGGIER, TITIVATE

Most consecutive bingos by both players

Tournament, OTCWL

Tournament, SOWPODS

  1. 7(?): Russell Byers and Shiela Spate, Nottingham, England
    • SHINIER, ANEARING, HAPTERON#, BATEMENT, OVERUSE,

SCREAMED, CLOSURES (OSW?)

  1. 5(?): Travis Chaney and Iffy Onyeonwu

Club, OTCWL

  1. 5: Steven Saul and Joel Horn, October 7 2004, Club #108, Lexington MA (also most bingos by both players, most consecutive opening bingos by both players)
    • HObNAIL, (A)ZURITEs, OUTPRAY(S), VETE(R)ANS, FLAGONS

Most consecutive games won

Tournament, OTCWL

  1. 31: Tom Adams, 1993 (lower divisions)
  2. 28: Dan Pratt, 1986 (division 1)

Tournament, SOWPODS

Club, OTCWL

  1. 34: Tim Adamson, 1992, Club #42, Minneapolis, MN
  2. 31: Ian Weinstein, 2009–2010, Club #276, Lauderhill, FL

Highest cumulative spread

Tournament, OTCWL

  1. +3611: Jason Bednarz, July 1999, Reno, (35–4, 1st place division 3)
  2. +3061: Jon Rumzis, 2004 National SCRABBLE Championship, (28–2, 1st place division 7)
  3. +2758: Bradley Robbins, 2008 National SCRABBLE Championship, (24–4, 1st place division 6)
  4. +2691: Joey Krafchick, 2001, The Players Championship, (25.5–5.5, 1st place division 5)

Tournament, SOWPODS

  1. +3814: Ganesh Asirvatham, December 2006, 5th Causeway Challenge (22–3, 1st place)
  2. +3191: Nigel Richards, August 12–16, 2010, 2010 World Players Championship, Addison TX (24.5;–7.5, 1st place)
  3. +3110: Nigel Richards, January 2008, UK Open (31–7, 1st place)
  4. +3014: Nigel Richards, December 2008, 7th Causeway Challenge (30–15, 4th place)
  5. (?) +2812: Richard Geria, July 31–August 1, 2010, 7th African Championships and Causeway Qualifier, Uganda (1st place)
  6. +2738: Ganesh Asirvatham, December 2004, 3rd Causeway Challenge (23.5–5.5, 1st place)

Club session, OTCWL

Highest average game score

Tournament, OTCWL

  1. 531.5: Jackson Smylie, 2013 National SCRABBLE Championship Early Bird, Las Vegas NV, (one-day 4 rounds)
  2. 500+(?): Jim Geary (one-day)
  3. 495.33(?): Kenji Matsumoto, June 30 2007, Reno NV Late Bird (one-day 6 rounds)
  4. 485.29(?): Christopher Sykes, November 2007, Brantford ON (one-day 7 rounds)
  5. 484.18: Doug Brockmeier, July 2011, Elmhurst IL, (11 rounds)
  6. 470.11: Chris Cree, May 2007, Houston TX (18 rounds)
  7. 467.36: Joel Sherman, October 1992, Wisconsin Dells WI (11 rounds)

Tournament, SOWPODS

  1. 487.43: Dave Wiegand, September 11, 2010, Portland OR (one-day)
  2. 473.07: Ron Hoekstra, October 2–3, Victoria BC (multiday)
  3. 470.33: Max Panitch, September 12–13, 2009, Toronto ON (multiday)

Club session, OTCWL

Most consecutive tournament wins

  1. 10: Brian Williams, May 2003 – November 2007
  2. 7: Dan Pratt, June 2007 – January 2009
  3. 6: Chuck Armstrong, December 2000 – September 2001

Sources

Scrabble FAQ: records: Steven Alexander: Scrabble Frequently Asked Questions

Total SCRABBLE: Keith W. Smith: The (Un)Official SCRABBLE® Record Book, Jan 2009

Scrabble records: Wikipedia article

Australian Records: Australian Scrabble Players Association (ASPA)

ABSP all-time records: Association of British Scrabble Players (ABSP)

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