Tobias Outi wins the 2023 British Matchplay Scrabble Championship
Tobias Outi has won the
British Matchplay Scrabble Championship
held at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre in Milton Keynes over the
August bank holiday weekend.
Tobias beat Wayne Kelly 426-378 in the final round to win the title with
a 18-6 +998 record, just ahead of Brian Po (17-7, +900) with Wayne ending
up in third position (16-8, +860)
The fourth and fifth place prizes were split by just two spread points,
with Chris Cummins (16-8, +634) just edging out Nick Deller (16-8, +632)
Although Tobias had held a one game lead going into the final round
of games, none of the prize positions had been decided, so there was
everything to play for. Tobias' victory meant he secured the title,
with Brian having to settle for second after defeating Chris in that
final round. Nick defeated Craig Solomons (15-9, +763) by just 11 points
in their round 24 match to clinch fifth place.
There were also three ratings prizes in the championship division, with
the first going to Teresa Lyes (14–10, −220) who raised her rating by
nine points by achieving a tournament performance rating of 35 above her
initial rating, including a win against top seed and defending champion
Lewis Mackay. Rafal Dominiczak (19 above rating) and Rose Northmore
(17 above rating) won the other two ratings prizes.
In division B, Jared Robinson clinched victory with a round to spare,
finishing 18½-5½ +1452 to win by two games ahead of Paul
Thomson (16½-7½, +793) who was, himself, two games in front of
Colin Nicol (14½-9½, +572) The ratings prize in division B
was won by Janet Adams (12-12, +175) with a performance 12 points above
her initial rating.
Division C was also clinched before the final round, with the victory
going Margaret Pritchett (18-6, +827) just ahead of Paul Habershon (17-7,
+1141) and Paul Cartman (15-9, +1090) The division C ratings prize was
won by Lisa Atkins (11-13, +397) with a tournament performance rating
26 points higher than her rating.
Last updated: 29 August 2023