BEST 2019 Prizewinners
Congratulations to all prize winners, and thanks to everyone who took
part in 2019. There'll be plenty more fun and games ahead in 2020 so
come and sign up using the
BEST 2020 entry form and tell your friends, too!
Here's a full list of winners from the 2019 event.
| BEST CHAMPION || Brett Smitheram || £240 + Winner's Trophy || London East Regional Winner
| BEST RUNNER-UP || Wayne Kelly || £120 || North West Regional Winner
| BEST SEMI-FINALIST || Paul Allan || £90 || London West Winner
| BEST SEMI-FINALIST || Colin Northmore || £90 || North East Regional Winner
| BEST QUARTER-FINALIST || Ed Rossiter || £60 || South West Regional Winner
| BEST QUARTER-FINALIST || Paul Gallen || £60 || Ireland Regional Winner
| BEST QUARTER-FINALIST || Natalie Zolty || £60 || Midlands Regional Winner
| BEST QUARTER-FINALIST || Simon Gillam || £60 || Scotland Regional Winner
Each of the top 8 also received their own customised Regional Winner's Trophy.
| London East Winner || Philip Kelly || £40
| North West Winner || Robert Richland || £40
| London West Winner || Paul Steadman || £40
| North East Winner || Angela Margaret Brodie || £40
| South West Winner || Bob Lynn || £40
| Midlands Winner || Stewart Houten || £40
| Scotland Winner || James Squires || £40
Each Second BEST winner also received their own customised winner's
keepsake. The Second BEST final did not take place in Ireland by mutual
consent of both players. The prize money that would have been awarded
for this has been rolled over into the BEST 2020 prize fund.
4 ratings prizes were awarded for the highest one-off performances
above rating. These prizes were open to anyone, at all levels even if
they had already won a main prize.
| || Joseph Bennett || +71 || £40
| || Rachel Bingham || +58 || £40
| || Paul Steadman || +58 || £40
| || Amy Byrne || +54 || £40
Special & Spot Prizes
Thanks to Mattel and ABSP President Gyles Brandreth for
sponsoring/donating prizes for BEST 2019. As a result, we spent very
little on these added extras and could even have a couple more winners
than anticipated. Where possible we chose or allocated these prizes
with the recipients in mind.
Special Ratings Prize: Angela Margaret Brodie
Given the number of entrants exceeded the 64 budgeted for, we decided to
award a special ratings prize for average performance above rating across
the whole of BEST 2019. It was closely contested and ultimately won with
a phenomenal average performance above rating across 34 games of +22.5.
Angie wins a cash prize and a copy of the latest book by Gyles Brandreth,
"Dancing By The Light Of The Moon". The book is a collection of poems
which he encourages to be learnt by heart to aid memory techniques and
also includes a few of his stories and anecdotes. Please be aware that
now we know how to work them out, all ratings prizes for 2020 will be
awarded using this method and based on average performance above rating
across the whole event.
Most Interesting Match Venue: Temu Oluku & Barry French (Library of Birmingham)
It's fair to say there was not the greatest competition for this prize
and we are unlikely to repeat it in the future. However, the winners
are still worthy ones. Temu and Barry played their match at the Library
of Birmingham. As such it provided the biggest showcase opportunity for
Scrabble and given they had their own word wars, both Barry and Temu
will receive "Word Wars" DVD which follows 4 Scrabble fanatics on the
International Scrabble scene.
BEST Sportsmanship: Alan Abela
Alan lost out in an epic 9 game battle where he had been the favourite
going in and led most of the way. The match ran late into the night,
and yielded something of an upset when Bobbie Penn ran out the winner.
Bobbie nominated Alan for this prize because she said he remained
kind, upbeat, positive and encouraging despite the ultimate result.
Alan wins a copy of Mattel Balderdash, a board game about crazy and
High Game Score: Paul Gallen
We had 5 scores of 600 or higher, but the biggest was a 653 by Paul
Gallen. Paul also wins a copy of Mattel Balderdash.
High Word Score: Brett Smitheram (Consolation Prize Robert Richland)
Until the final weekend, this looked like going to Robert Richland who
managed not one, but two different nine-timers with the same score.
However, Brett managed to go 27 points better with his play of SKEWBALD on day 1 of the final. Brett also wins of
copy of Mattel Balderdash, but we awarded Robert a "Keep Calm &
Love Scrabble" mug in consolation for leading for such a long time.
"BEST" Word Prize: Gary Oliver (Consolation Prize Judith Moore)
We know this was a tricky task as all submissions had to include
the letters BEST together and in that order. Gary Oliver
rose to the challenge with a superb 82 point play of BESTIAL. Gary wins a special Scrabble mug for
being such a "Clever Dick". For embracing the difficult theme,
we also awarded a prize to Judith Moore of a pair of Collins Little
Scrabble Books by Barry Grossman and Mark Nyman to help her with her
ongoing progress up the ratings.
Last updated: 8 March 2020