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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 CSW but not in OWL.

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.

See also our more general article about SCRABBLE History.

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
876 Hasham Hadi Khan August 23, 2014 Sri Lanka 6th Sri Lanka Open Scrabble Championship. Officially reported as 876-151 victory over Matheesha Da Silva. One news report gave the winning score as 878, and listed words played GRUNTLES, SHERIAT, RETSINA, HEADERS.
850 Toh Weibin January 21, 2012 Belfast, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Scrabble Championship
789 Nicholas Mbugua (KEN) June 3, 2007 Machakos, Kenya WSC Qualifier
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
1141 Mike Early 595 Fran Silver 546 October 15, 2011 Dallas, TX Dallas Open
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
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
1148 Peter Armstrong 650 Dave Wiegand 498 June 25, 2016 Portland, OR
Club, OWL
Total Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes
1320 Michael Cresta 830 Wayne Yorra 490 October 12, 2006 #108, Lexington, MA (ref)
1176 Dave Krook 711 Yvonne Lobo 465 March 10, 2016 #422, Mississauga, ON
1143 Mark Edelson 617 Tony Leah 526 January 23, 2013 #276, Toronto, ON

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
508 Randi Goldberg Rob Robinsky May 26, 2018 Elmhurst, IL (ref) 2018 Arden Cup
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
Club, CSW
Score Name Name Date Location Notes
486 Iliana Filby BJ Premore December 18, 2017 #313, White River Junction, VT (ref)

Upper Valley

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
765 Helen Gipson 717 Okey Okoro -48 May 22, 2014 Malta European Open Scrabble Championship, Round 1
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 Toronto, ON
Club, OWL
Spread Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes
570 Robert Kahn 801 231 March 3, 2010 #276, Lauderhill, FL

Highest comeback win

Tournament, OWL
Deficit Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes
256
(6 - 262)
David Poder 541 Joel Sherman 539 May 26, 2001 Campbell, CA San Jose Memorial Day Tournament
Tournament, CSW
Deficit Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes
Club, OWL
Deficit Name Score Name Score Date Location Notes

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
546 Fran Silver 595 Mike Early October 15, 2011 Dallas, TX
545 Kevin Rickhoff 558 Mark Milan August 7, 2006 Phoenix, AZ National SCRABBLE Championship
Tournament, CSW
Score Name Score Name Date Location Notes
546 Rob Robinsky 559 Evans Clinchy December 9, 2016 San Francisco, CA
545 Jesse Day 550 Tim Weiss May 20, 2017 Niagara Falls, ON Niagara Falls International Open
544 Adam Logan 567 Paul Gallen December 4, 2013 Prague, CZ WESPA Championship
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
-8 Matthew O'Connor -17 Iliana Filby February 20, 2015 Saratoga Springs, NY
-7 Nick Ball -10 Walker Willingham May 2, 2014 Portland, OR
-6 Suzanne Dundas -9 Mohammad Sulaiman October 12, 2011 Warsaw, Poland WSC

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
-25 -17 Iliana Filby -8 Matthew O'Connor February 20, 2015 Saratoga Springs, NY
-17 -10 Walker Willingham -7 Nick Ball May 2, 2014 Portland, OR
-15 -9 Mohammad Sulaiman -6 Suzanne Dundas October 12, 2011 Warsaw, Poland WSC
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
311 FREEZeRS Robin Schlauch August 26, 2001 Atlantic City, NJ
Tournament, CSW
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
392 CAZIQUES Karl Khoshnaw April 11, 1982 Manchester 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

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

Phonies are not permitted.

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
143 TRAPEZO(ID) Shan Abbasi 2 (4) Matthew Tunnicliffe September 23, 2012 Toronto, ON
131 SETENANT Shan Abbasi 9 (18) Jason Broersma November 29, 2015 Oshawa, ON
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

Phonies are not permitted.

Tournament, OWL
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
243 R(OR)QUALS Karen Merrill 1997 Portland, OR Portland Club Tourney
180 GH(ER)KiNS Robert Kahn 1985 Boston, MA National SCRABBLE Championship
Tournament, CSW
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
Club, OWL
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
261 B(RE)EZIER Jim Kille April 14, 1993 Exon, PA Club #333

Highest non-triple-triple word score

Phonies are not permitted.

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

Tournament, OWL
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
161 (C)AZIQuES Marlene Milkent August 7, 2010 Addison, TX 2010 National SCRABBLE Championship (story, picture)
143 TRAPEZO(ID) Shan Abbasi September 23, 2012 Toronto, ON Also a closing play.
136 EQUInOX Tapani Lindgren July 2, 2010 Reno NV
Tournament, CSW
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
164 BEZIQUES Jason Stockdale December 28, 2006 Australia
157 QUIZzES F. Madeley 2007 United Kingdom Twixmas
Club, OWL
Score Word Name Date Location Notes
173 SQUAREd Rachel Knapp July 1, 2010 Costa Mesa, CA Club #350
146 LEXICOn Supriya Nagpal Devnani July 1, 2013 Casselberry, FL Club #438
145 BEZIQuE Tapani Lindgren July 23, 2009 Roseville, CA Club #628 (ref)

Longest word

Phonies are not permitted.

Ties in this category are broken by the number of tiles played.

Tournament, OWL
Length Word Name Date Location Notes
15 DIS(CONTENTMENTS) Ed Liebfried March 2005 Exeter, NH Exeter Club Tourney
15 RE(CONSIDERATION) Ken Clark September 1990 Portland, OR
Tournament, CSW
Length Word Name Date Location Notes
15 RE(CAPITULA)TIONS Mark Nyman
Club, OWL
Length Word Name Date Location Notes
15 (INFORMATIVE)NESS Eric Chaikin Los Angeles, CA Club #44

Most bingos by one player in a game

Tournament, OWL
Number Words Name Date Location Notes
7 PINTOES

ACONITE
RAPIDLY
INFOLDED
EMIRATE
SHEARING
DAtABLE

Nigel Peltier July 2, 2010 Reno, NV
7 CRUMPɭED

OUTRATED
COTHURNI
TRAVOISE
SHAKING
aVENGED
AIRLINE

Joel Sherman December 9, 2011 Stamford, CT
Tournament, CSW
Length Word Name Date Location Notes
8 HEROINE

LORRIES
LEARNING
OEDEMATA
GAsIFIER
ETIOLIN
DrOPLOCK
DEBATING

Alistair Richards March 7, 2015 Unley, South Australia South Australian Championship [ref]
Club, OWL
Number Words Name Date Location Notes
7 MUCILAGE

LANGSYNE
OGREISMS
BANNERS
METAPHOR
AWAITER
REOBJECT

Chuck Armstrong January, 1993 Livonia, MI Club #115
7 HAEMOID

sTARTLE
INSERTS
ENVIOUS
BEPAINT
RE(E)CHOEd
TEARIES(T)

Robert Kahn March 3, 2010 Lauderhill, FL Club #276
7 MEDICOS

BATTLES
DU(S)TBINS
WIELDIER
ZOO(G)LEA
EAGERER
PEACING

Judy Levitt February 2, 2011 Los Angeles, CA Club #44

Most bingos by both players in a game

Tournament, OWL
Number Words Name Words Name Date Location Notes
8 PINTOES

ACONITE
RAPIDLY
INFOLDED
EMIRATE
SHEARING
DAtABLE

Nigel Peltier CORNIEST
Jeff Martin July 2, 2010 Reno, NV
8 CRUMPɭED

OUTRATED
COTHURNI
TRAVOISE
SHAKING
aVENGED
AIRLINE

Joel Sherman ISOLATES Bradley Robbins December 9, 2011 Stamford, CT
8 AMNESTIC

ORIGINAL
NORTHERS
FAVORITE

Winter EXUVIATE

ISOGAMIC*
REPARTEE
SPINDLES

Rob Robinsky January 17, 2009 Twin Cities Red Eye
8 PROMINES

BANDEROL
TOTTERED
PEDOCALS
GLOUTING

Robert Kahn BEASTIE

PRINTErs
SINUSOID

Jack Eichenbaum February 20, 2016 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tournament, CSW
Number Word Name Word Name Date Location Notes
8 HEROINE

LORRIES
LEARNING
OEDEMATA
GAsIFIER
ETIOLIN
DrOPLOCK
DEBATING

Alistair Richards Malcolm McAnulty March 7, 2015 Unley, South Australia South Australian Championship [ref]
7 SODAINE

VIROGENe
RABIDER
RECUILES

Stefan Rau SAPONIFY

INTEREST
GAWCIEsT

Chris Lipe March 14, 2015 Rhinebeck, NY
Club, OWL
Number Words Name Words Name Date Location Notes
8 HoBNAIL

(A)ZURITEs
OUTPRAY(S)
VETE(R)ANS

Steven Saul FLAGONS

DOC(T)RINE
ELUTION
F(L)EABITE

Joel Horn October 7, 2004 Lexington, MA Club #108
8 TAKEOUTS

LAVENDER
OPUNTIAS
RUINABLE

Robert Kahn MAULERS

WATERLOG
TRACHLE
MIDLINES

Iain Weinstein October 26, 2011 Lauderhill, FL Club #276
8 TENACES

FABULIST
SHAGGIEST
TABOOED

Greg Edwards sOUVENIR

FRIGHTED
AREOLAE
MODERNER

Steve Pellinen December 13, 2011 Minneapolis, MN Club #42
8 HIDEABLE

FASTENER
OATcAKE
OuSTING
FLAXIER

Robert Kahn OVERLEND

ORALISM
DITHERS

Ian Weinstein August 22, 2012 Lauderhill, FL Club #276
8 CLOSETED

EUCAINES
SAURIAnS
AGGRIEVE
UTERINE

Robert Kahn AeRIALS

BEACONED
THERMION

Ian Weinstein May 27, 2015 Lauderhill, FL Club #276
8 WARTIME

EVENTING
REMEDIAL
RESPoNDED
BURKITE

Ian Weinstein LOCALISE

TEASING
CENTIARE

Robert Kahn June 10, 2015 Lauderhill, FL Club #276

575-346

Most consecutive bingos by one player in a game

Tournament, OWL
Number Words Name Date Location Notes
6 REOILI(N)G

MARINER(S)
cO(N)TRITE
(O)UTMODED
DUN(E)LIKE
GARDEN(E)R

Kevin Fraley July 2006 Reno, NV Also most consecutive opening bingos
Tournament, CSW
Length Word Name Date Location Notes
5 sPONDEE 78

CONCERTO 76
AMBEROID 85
OLEFINS 92
SECURITY 67

Jeremy Hildebrand November 2012 Gananoque, ON Kingston Cup
5 ORALISM

DELEGA(C)Y
MOANERS
(R)EsOAKED
REL(E)VANt

Tony Leah August 7, 2016 Fort Wayne, IN NASC 2016

Also most consecutive opening bingos, CSW

5 RETILES

BOLDING
WISTERIA
UNAMAZED
ROOTLES

Chris Sinacola March 3, 2018 Brattleboro, VT
Club, OWL
Number Words Name Date Location Notes
6 OUTCATCH

EULOGIAS
PENNINES
HAIRLINE
WEIGHTY
BUTTONED

Jamie Ryan February 27, 2014 Lexington, MA Club #108
5 ADIPOSE

RATIONED
HOGTIES
FROGGIER
TITIVATE

Craig Rowland October 2010 Mississauga, ON Club #422

Most consecutive bingos by both players

Tournament, OWL
Number Words Name Words Name Date Location Notes
7 ETESIAN

GEOLOGER
PETITION
CLOUTED

Seth Lipkin COTHURN

DIVISOR
ARIOSOS

Michael Willis January 15, 2018 New Orleans, LA Crescent City Cup

Began with two exchanges
GEOLOGER was unsuccessfully challenged
[(ref)]

Tournament, CSW
Length Word Name Word Name Date Location Notes
7 SHINIER

ANEARING
HAPTERON
BATEMENT

Russell Byers OVERUSE

SCREAMED
CLOSURES

Shiela Spate Nottingham, England
Club, OWL
Number Words Name Words Name Date Location Notes
5 HObNAIL

OUTPRAY(S)
FLAGONS

Steven Saul (A)ZURITEs

VETE(R)ANS

Joel Horn October 7, 2004 #108 Lexington, MA Most consecutive opening bingos by both players

Most consecutive games won

Tournament, OWL
Score Name Date Location Notes
31 Tom Adams 1993 Lower divisions
28 Dan Pratt 1986 Division 1
Tournament, CSW
Score Name Date Location Notes
Club, OWL
Score Name Date Location Notes
65 Chris Sykes 2000 Cambridge, ON Club #471
37 Carl Madden September 30, 2013 to February 10, 2014 Brantford, ON Club #193
34 Tim Adamson 1992 Minneapolis, MN Club #42

Highest cumulative spread

Tournament, OTCWL

  1. +4130: Bradley Whitmarsh, August 2013, Wilmington, DE, (33–7, 1st place division 1)
  2. +3611: Jason Bednarz, July 1999, Reno, (35–4, 1st place division 3)
  3. +3061: Jon Rumzis, 2004 National SCRABBLE Championship, (28–2, 1st place division 7)
  4. +2758: Bradley Robbins, 2008 National SCRABBLE Championship, (24–4, 1st place division 6)
  5. +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. 535: Kolton Koehler, September 26 2015, Chehalis WA
  2. 531.5: Jackson Smylie, 2013 National SCRABBLE Championship Early Bird, Las Vegas NV, (one-day 4 rounds)
  3. 503: James Leong, October 24 2015, Brandon MB
  4. 500+(?): Jim Geary (one-day)
  5. 496: Joey Krafchick, December 27 2014, Newark DE (one-day 8 rounds)
  6. 495.33(?): Kenji Matsumoto, June 30 2007, Reno NV Late Bird (one-day 6 rounds)
  7. 485.29(?): Christopher Sykes, November 2007, Brantford ON (one-day 7 rounds)
  8. 484.18: Doug Brockmeier, July 2011, Elmhurst IL, (11 rounds)
  9. 478: Edwin Roth, February 8 2015, Philadelphia PA, (7 rounds)
  10. 470.11: Chris Cree, May 2007, Houston TX (18 rounds)
  11. 467.36: Joel Sherman, October 1992, Wisconsin Dells WI (11 rounds)

Tournament, SOWPODS

  1. 548.50: Dave Wiegand, November 2–3, 2012, San Francisco, CA (4-0 one-day)
  2. 487.56: Dave Wiegand, May 2–4, 2014, Portland, OR (13-3 multiday)
  3. 487.43: Dave Wiegand, September 11, 2010, Portland, OR (one-day)
  4. 473.07: Ron Hoekstra, October 2–3, Victoria BC (multiday)
  5. 470.33: Max Panitch, September 12–13, 2009, Toronto ON (multiday)

Club session, OTCWL

Most consecutive tournament 1st place finishes

  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)