Lewis Mackay wins the 2022 British Matchplay Scrabble Championship
Wayne Kelly presents the winner's prize and a trophy to the champion, Lewis Mackay
Lewis Mackay won a very close and high-scoring game in the 25th and final round in
the BMSC to claim the
title for the third time.
The top 5 (L-R): Brian, Wayne, Lewis, Harshan and Paul
Going into the final day's play, the top 10 featured 5 Grand Masters
and 3 Experts, separated by just 2 games, so everything was up for grabs
through the final 7 games and the final Monday was filled with crucial
matches between the players atop the standings.
Lewis defeated Brian Po 497-494 in their third matchup of the tournament
which was a winner takes all match for the title, finishing with a 18-7,
+1402 record, with Brian finishing as runner-up with a 17-8, +503 record.
Tournament organiser Wayne Kelly also finished with a 17-8 record, but
finished 55 spread points behind Brian, at +448. Harshan Lamabadusuriya
won his final game to finish 16-9, +794 whilst the
place prizes were rounded out by the only other player to win 16 games,
Paul Gallen, who finished at 16-9, +746.
Adrienne Berger, winner of division B
Whilst the other divisions had tight finishes, Adrienne Berger clinched
the division B victory with a round to spare, finishing at 19-6, +1553
- the highest spread of any player in any division. Alison Sadler won
her final match to confirm her runner-up spot at 17-8, +659, ahead of
Ginny Dixon who finished 15-10, +517.
Jake Berliner, winner of division C
The division C title came down to a final game, with Jake Berliner
securing first place by just 24 points to finish 19-6, +1338 with
Rosalind Wilson the runner-up at 18-7, +1676. Linda Barratt took the
third and final prize with a final round victory to finish with a 15-10,
A combined total of 68 players took part across the three divisions of
the main event, and over 70 across the two events. Together with June's
NSC, this was a chance to renew friendships and acquaintances after the
recent difficult times. Players from across divisions were able to mix
at breakfast, lunch and dinner - as well as in the bar after the day's
games were done! For some people, 36 games across 4 days wasn't quite
enough Scrabble, leading to additional consultation games going on in
the bar. What better way to improve than being able to pick up hints
and tips from players with more than 15 major championships between them!
Last updated: 29 August 2022