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World Scrabble Championship 2007

The World Scrabble Championship 2007 was held in the Taj President Hotel, Mumbai, India between 9 November and 12 November. The tournament began with a 24-round Swiss tournament, whose top two players contested a best-of-five final.

Results

The preliminary stage involved 104 players, the largest number of players in WSC history, over 24 rounds, using the "Chew Pairing" system to select the draw for each round.

The winner was Nigel Richards of New Zealand, who beat Ganesh Asirvatham of Malaysia 3-0 in the final. This was the first time either of them had reached the final. Ganesh was the number 1 rated player in the world at the time, and Nigel the form player had always been knocking on the door in majors and was a multiple winner of the Thailand International including 2007.

Nigel won the first game 412-316. He bingoed varsity; Ganesh bingoed seringa. Nigel's opening placement was gavot, and Ganesh missed a bingo outcrawl.

Nigel won the second game 400-371. Ganesh took an early lead with aether but had to exchange tiles twice, and although he caught up again with ANTIENTS and a late-game bingo duplied, and Nigel only bingoed once with odonate, Nigel won on the strength of the value he got out of the J, Q and X with jerbil, quohog and FAX.

Nigel wins 499-470 and becomes New Zealand's first world champion. This game was a bingo-fest with Nigel's recopy, equinias and OVERAPT to Ganesh's treck, adnation, DIrTIEST and brilliant triple-triple tailleur. However, once again, Nigel's luck with drawing the high scoring letters saw him have the edge in a fitting finale.

Complete Results

Position Name Country Win-Loss Spread Prize (USD)
1 Richards, Nigel New Zealand 19-5 align="right"
1594
15,000
2 Asirvatham, Ganesh Malaysia 18-6 align="right"
2501
6,000
3 Jighere, Wellington Nigeria 18-6 align="right"
1635
3,000
4 Wapnick, Joel Canada 17-7 align="right"
1075
2,000
5 Bhandarkar, Akshay United Arab Emirates 16-8 align="right"
1056
1,000
6 Litunya, Patrick Kenya 16-8 align="right"
845
900
7 Wee, Hubert Singapore 16-8 align="right"
824
800
8 Adamson, Tim United States 16-8 -363 700
9 Umujose, Emmanuel Nigeria 15-9 align="right"
983
600
10 Oyekunle, Lanre South Africa 15-9 align="right"
907
500
11 Eldar, David World Youth Champion 15-9 align="right"
578
12 Ong, Suanne Malaysia 15-9 align="right"
503
13 Okulicz, Edward Australia 15-9 align="right"
263
14 Sukhumrattanaporn, Charnwit Thailand 15-9 -103
15 Gipson, Helen England 14½-9½ align="right"
376
16 Fisher, Andrew Australia 14-10 align="right"
1154
17 Boys, David Canada 14-10 align="right"
682
18 Panyasophonlert, Komol Thailand 14-10 align="right"
542
19 Williams, Gareth Wales 14-10 align="right"
419
20 Sulaiman, Mohammad Pakistan 14-10 align="right"
414
21 Thevenot, Geoff United States 14-10 align="right"
407
22 Warner, Howard New Zealand 14-10 align="right"
365
23 Webb, David England 14-10 align="right"
266
24 Kramer, Jim United States 14-10 align="right"
198
25 Logan, Adam World Champion 14-10 align="right"
140
26 Camilleri, Theresa Malta 14-10 -124
27 Rio, Odette Carmina Philippines 13½-10½ align="right"
506
28 O'Laughlin, John United States 13-11 align="right"
1050
29 Kantimathi, Sam United States 13-11 align="right"
850
30 Gongolo, Michael Kenya 13-11 align="right"
516
31 Fernando, Naween Tharanga Australia 13-11 align="right"
371
32 Benedict, Nathan United States 13-11 align="right"
333
33 Cheah, Siu Hean Singapore 13-11 align="right"
322
34 Hovelmeier, Trevor Mark South Africa 13-11 align="right"
272
35 Chakrabarti, Amit United States 13-11 align="right"
207
36 Tamas, Adrian Romania 13-11 align="right"
96
37 Hoekstra, Ron Canada 13-11 align="right"
76
38 Carter, Gerald Thailand 13-11 align="right"
75
39 Robertshaw, Phil England 13-11 align="right"
5
40 Simmons, Allan Scotland 13-11 -4
41 Lobo, Ralph Oman 13-11 -80
42 Allan, Paul Scotland 13-11 -363
43 Appleby, Phil England 13-11 -538
44 Katz-Brown, Jason United States 12-12 align="right"
692
45 Dennis, Di England 12-12 align="right"
534
46 Kirk, Terry England 12-12 align="right"
251
47 Saldanha, Dean Canada 12-12 align="right"
248
48 Hingorani, Varisht India 12-12 align="right"
214
49 Baker, Michael United States 12-12 align="right"
167
50 Sujjayakorn, Panupol Thailand 12-12 align="right"
165
51 Philpotts, Adam England 12-12 align="right"
164
52 Berofsky, Evan Canada 12-12 align="right"
158
53 Schellenberg, Mark Canada 12-12 align="right"
100
54 Martin, Edward England 12-12 -91
55 Lamabadusuriya, Harshan England 12-12 -148
56 Saengsit, Weera Thailand 12-12 -177
57 May, Christopher Australia 12-12 -214
58 Iqbal, Wajid Pakistan 12-12 -285
59 Martus, Teodoro Philippines 12-12 -337
60 Ali, Mohammed Zafar Bahrain 12-12 -580
61 Pratt, Daniel United States 11½-12½ align="right"
69
62 Manase, Joshua Otieno Kenya 11-13 align="right"
507
63 Grant, Jeff New Zealand 11-13 align="right"
348
64 Gabriel, Marty United States 11-13 align="right"
211
65 Kelly, Wayne England 11-13 -66
66 Ikekeregor, Dennis Nigeria 11-13 -149
67 Linn, Robert United States 11-13 -258
68 Kenas, Mark United States 11-13 -315
69 Credo, Ronald Philippines 11-13 -319
70 Chow, Jie Ming Benjamin Singapore 11-13 -346
71 Jackman, Bob Australia 11-13 -356
72 Polatnick, Steve United States 11-13 -452
73 Matsuda, Manabu Japan 11-13 -975
74 Buddhdev, Anand Netherlands 11-13 -1035
75 MacNeil, Rod United States 11-13 -1090
76 Wachira, Francis Kenya 10½-13½ -417
77 Charles, Leslie Barbados 10-14 align="right"
102
78 Rodrigues, Sherwin India 10-14 align="right"
11
79 Anthonius, Ferdy Indonesia 10-14 -260
80 Chunkath, Mohan Verghese India 10-14 -270
81 Wanniarachchi, Lakshan Sri Lanka 10-14 -286
82 Delicata, David Malta 10-14 -306
83 Butler, Lynne New Zealand 10-14 -322
84 Delia, Jojo Malta 10-14 -406
85 Kalumba, Paul Yandisha Zambia 10-14 -443
86 Hemachandra, Sanath Oman 10-14 -576
87 O'Neill, Shane Wales 10-14 -950
88 Chakravarthy, Ranganathan India 9-15 -8
89 Leah, Tony Canada 9-15 -376
90 Craig, Joanne New Zealand 9-15 -445
91 Amarasinghe, Asanka Sri Lanka 9-15 -468
92 Amarasinghe, Indunil Sri Lanka 9-15 -531
93 Ajayi, Olajide Ademola Ireland 9-15 -533
94 Bohbot, Herve France 9-15 -542
95 Esmail, Mushtak Tanzania 9-15 -551
96 Jegels, Llewellin Germany, Federal Republic of 9-15 -686
97 Collins, Frederick Guyana 9-15 -786
98 Usakiewicz, Wojciech Poland 8-16 -844
99 Reshamwala, Shakir Kuwait 8-16 -883
100 Ntege, Chris Uganda 8-16 -984
101 Kuroda, Kunihiko Japan 8-16 -1003
102 Modeste, Anthony Trinidad and Tobago 8-16 -1011
103 Nassen, Greger Sweden 6½-17½ -2347
104 Alban, Loreta Qatar 5½-18½ -1345

  • FINALS:
  • Game 1: Nigel 412 - Ganesh 316
  • Game 2: Nigel 400 - Ganesh 371
  • Game 3: Nigel 499 - Ganesh 470

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