Nigel Richards wins 2019 World Scrabble Championship
(Photo credit: Bex Sutton, MSA)
Congratulations to Nigel Richards who secured his 5th
title with a 3 games to 1 victory over David Eldar at the Mattel World
in Torquay this weekend. Nigel overcame a game
1 loss to win 3 in a row to take the title in a high quality match that
featured very few sub-optimal plays by either player. He was presented
with the trophy by the recently elected head of WESPA, Chris Lipe.
The two finalists, seeded 1 and 2, had finished top of the standings
after the preliminary 35 games. On Saturday, Nigel beat Syed Imaad
Ali of Pakistan in the quarter-finals and then Paul Gallen of Northern
Ireland in the semi-final. David Eldar beat Dave Wiegand of the USA
and then Peter Armstrong, also from the USA.
Paul Gallen beat Peter Armstrong in a deciding game in the play-off for
third place - another strong tournament in 2019 for the Northern Irishman.
The remainder of the top ten was headed by the defeated
quarter-finalists, Dave Wiegand, Jason Keller, Harshan Lamabadusuriya
and Syed Imaad Ali, with Dave Koenig 9th and Rik Kennedy in 10th.
Daniyal Sanaullah won the challenger division play-offs, with Mirza
Taha being the runner-up.
Last updated: 25 November 2019