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Current news

September 1, 2012: Canadian Committee Nomination Process Begins

The annual nomination process for the Canadian Committee election began on September 1. Canadian NASPA members may nominate others or themselves for the two vacancies to be filled. Incumbents Tony Leah and Randall Thomas have said they will not seek re-election.

August 15, 2012: Nigel Richards wins 2012 NSC

Nigel Richards has won the 2012 National SCRABBLE Championship in Orlando, Florida. This is his third consecutive title and fourth overall, both unprecedented achievements. He is also the reigning World Champion.

Both Richards and the runner-up, 1994 champion David Gibson, won 22 games (out of 31) but Richards had accumulated a better spread (+1579 vs. +1563, a difference of only 16 points) after winning the final game against Gibson by 177 points (475 to 298). Jesse Day finisher third.

Sam Kantimathi won the Collins division with a 24-7 +481 record. Brian Bowman was second and the 1999 World Champion Joel Wapnick third.

Adam Ginzberg won the second division, Chris Canik the third division and Amalan Iyengar the fourth division.

Complete results

July 2012

July 28, 2012: Director's Exam Expanded

Club/Director Committee expands the NASPA director's exam from 75 to 80 questions. A passing grade is now 72 out of 80 instead of 68 out of 75.

April 2, 2012: Michael Thelen joins Rules Committee

We welcome Michael Thelen to the Rules Committee.

March 18, 2012: Paul Mulik joins Dictionary Committee

We welcome Paul Mulik to the Dictionary Committee.

February 7, 2012: Adam Henderson joins Dictionary Committee

We welcome Adam Henderson to the Dictionary Committee, which is recruiting new members to help prepare the next edition of the OWL.

December 9, 2011: Joel Sherman scores record 803 points

At the Northeast SCRABBLE® Championship tournament in Stamford, CT, Joel Sherman, the 1997 world and 2002 national champion, set the new NASPA and world record for highest score in a tournament game using OTCWL, 803 points. His opponent Bradley Robbins, a member of the 2010 School SCRABBLE championship winning team, scored 285 points.

Joel made seven bingos, CRUMPLED, OUTRATED, COTHURNI, TRAVOISE, SHAKING, AVENGED and AIRLINE, which ties the record for most bingos by one player. Bradley made one bingo, ISOLATES, bringing the total to eight which ties the record for most bingos by both players. The game can be reviewed at cross-tables.com.


December 1, 2011: Lisa Kessler wins CC election

Lisa Kessler wins the 2011 Canadian Committee election, garnering 23 votes to Carl Madden's 21. Lisa's three-year term will begin on January 1.

September 1, 2011: Bulletin published

A 2011 issue (Volume 3, Number 8) of the NASPA Bulletin is available for member download.

The previous issue (Volume 3, Number 7) is available to the general public.

August 2011

August 10, 2011: Nigel Richards wins National SCRABBLE Championship

Nigel Richards from Malaysia wins the 2011 National SCRABBLE Championship with a 22-9 +1532 record. Congratulations!

See the final standings.

August 9, 2011: Club Sanctioning Fee goes away in 2012

It was announced at the Town Hall meeting at the 2011 National SCRABBLE Championship that the annual $30 club sanctioning fee will no longer be charged starting in 2012. More information about sanctioned clubs on the Clubs page.

August 8, 2011: Chris Lipe and Leesa Berahovich score −25 total

Chris Lipe and Leesa Berahovich set a new OTCWL tournament record for the lowest combined game score with a total of negative 25 points. The previous record was −22.

See NSC live commentary for details. Congratulations to both!

August 6, 2011: Live coverage of NSC

Links to live coverage of the 2011 National Scrabble Championship (including player lists, standings, and annotated games) can be found at NSC Live Coverage.

August 2, 2011: Advisory Board election results

Two new members for the Advisory Board have been elected:

July 2011

July 31, 2011: Bulletin published

July 2011 issue (Volume 3, Number 7) of the NASPA Bulletin is available for member download.

The previous issue (Volume 3, Number 6) is available to the general public.

July 15, 2011: Advisory Board voting started

The voting period for Advisory Board elections has started. There are four nominees in the eastern district and one nominee in the western district. Members may vote here through July 31, 2011.

June 2011

June 27, 2011: Bulletin published

June 2011 issue (Volume 3, Number 6) of the NASPA Bulletin is available for member download.

The previous issue (Volume 3, Number 5) is available to the general public.

June 23, 2011: New Rules Committee members

Rules Committee welcomes two new members, Diane Firstman and Mark Milan.

June 19, 2011: Advisory Board elections

NASPA has published details on the upcoming elections to fill two positions on the Advisory Board. The nomination period is already open.

June 8, 2011: New Code of Conduct published

The Advisory Board has published an updated version of the Code of Conduct. The new Code of Conduct takes effect immediately.

June 5, 2011: New rules published

The Rules Committee has published an updated version of the Official Tournament Rules. The new rules will take effect on June 16, 2011. The summary of changes was published in the May 2011 issue of the NASPA Bulletin.

May 2011

May 31, 2011: Bulletin published

May 2011 issue (Volume 3, Number 5) of the NASPA Bulletin is available for member download. This issue contains a summary of rule changes effective June 16, 2011.

The previous issue (Volume 3, Number 4) is available to the general public.

May 5, 2011: 2010 Form 990 released

On the financial reports page, NASPA has released its 2010 Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax) filed with the Internal Revenue Service. Please direct questions concerning the Form 990 return to CPA Kristina Simon, ksimon@hmlpc.com

April 2011

April 7, 2011: Juraj Pivovarov joins Web Committee

Juraj Pivovarov has joined Web Committee as a NASPAWiki editor.

March 2011

March 31, 2011: NSC registration open

Online registration for 2011 National SCRABBLE Championship is now open.

March 31, 2011: Bulletin published

Volume 3, Number 3 of the NASPA Bulletin is now available for member download.

March 16, 2011: CNSC QT hosts named

Canadian Committee determines the host clubs for the two regional qualifying tournaments for the 2011 CNSC: Cambridge, ON and Calgary, AB. These events will be held sometime in May. Details will follow.

February 2011

February 19, 2011: CNSC and WSC qualification

Canadian Committee establishes March 27, 2011 as the deadline for CNSC qualification and June 13, 2011 as the deadline for Canadian qualification for the 2011 World Scrabble Championship.

January 2011

January 27, 2011: Bulletin published

Volume 3, Number 1 of the NASPA Bulletin is now available for member download.

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