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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.
Adam Ginzberg won the second division, Chris Canik the third division and Amalan Iyengar the fourth division.
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.
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.
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.
The previous issue (Volume 3, Number 7) is available to the general public.
See the final standings.
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.
See NSC live commentary for details. Congratulations to both!
Links to live coverage of the 2011 National Scrabble Championship (including player lists, standings, and annotated games) can be found at NSC Live Coverage.
The previous issue (Volume 3, Number 6) is available to the general public.
The previous issue (Volume 3, Number 5) is available to the general public.
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.
The previous issue (Volume 3, Number 4) is available to the general public.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.