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World Scrabble Championship 1995

The World Scrabble Championship 1995 was the third World Scrabble Championship. The winner was David Boys of Canada.

A fifteen round, Swiss-paired preliminary event was used to determine initial placement. The top four players then played a three-game round-robin (with the results of the first 15 games carrying over) to determine the finalists, who played a best-of-five final.

The first game of the finals was a close one with Sherman winning 431-421. Sherman missed a bingo (pentroof) but at that point, the game was already in the bag. In the second game, many felt that Sherman blundered in his opening play while Boys cruised to an easy 404-278 victory despite missing abomasa early on. Sherman and Boys traded wins again in games three and four, setting up a single game to decide the championship. The final game was a bit of an anti-climax with Boys winning easily 432-300 (after challenging off Sherman's early phony TWINNERS) to take the World Championship. With two tiles in the bag, Boys chose to bypass a 98-point bingo (ladybug) to block a triple-triple line that Sherman had a 1-in-18 chance of using for the game-winning 212-point pejorate. The blocking play left Sherman with no chance to win and left Boys as World Champion.

Complete Results

Position Name Country Win-Loss Spread Prize (USD)
1 Boys, David Canada 17-6 align="right"
1154
11,000
2 Sherman, Joel United States 17-6 align="right"
679
8,000
3 Grant, Jeff New Zealand 12-7 align="right"
453
3,500
4 Lipton, Bob United States 11-8 align="right"
645
2,000
5 Edley, Joe United States 12-6 align="right"
668
950
6 Gruzd, Steven South Africa 12-6 align="right"
422
800
7 Thobani, Shafique Kenya 12-6 align="right"
381
650
8 Logan, Adam Canada 10-8 align="right"
149
550
9 Saldanha, Allan United Kingdom 12-6 align="right"
389
450
10 Nderitu, Patrick Gitonga Kenya 11-7 align="right"
734
350
11 Cappelletto, Brian United States 11-7 align="right"
477
300
12 Appleby, Phil England 9-9 align="right"
193
250
13 Onyeonwu, Ifeanyi Nigeria 12-6 align="right"
701
225
14 Daniel, Robin Pollock Canada 11-7 align="right"
484
200
15 Wapnick, Joel Canada 10-8 align="right"
264
175
16 Felt, Robert United States 9-9 -35 150
17 Nyman, Mark World Champion 11-7 align="right"
256
18 Rosenthal, Joan Australia 11-7 -206
19 Sigley, Michael New Zealand 10-8 align="right"
11
20 Fisher, Andrew Australia 10-8 -92
21 Warusawitharana, Missaka Sri Lanka 10-8 align="right"
705
22 Okosagah, Sammy Nigeria 10-8 align="right"
451
23 Fernando, Naween Tharanga Sri Lanka 10-8 -500
24 Scott, Neil Scotland 9-9 align="right"
426
25 Simmons, Allan England 10-8 align="right"
377
26 Bhandarkar, Akshay Bahrain 10-8 align="right"
48
27 Addo, Joshua Ghana 9-9 align="right"
117
28 Placca, Chrys Ghana 9-9 -155
29 Sim, Tony Singapore 10-8 align="right"
94
30 Byers, Russell England 10-8 -114
31 Tan, Teong-Chuan Malaysia 9-9 -146
32 Elbourne, Peter Malta 9-9 -266
33 Willis, Mike England 10-8 align="right"
367
34 Williams, Gareth Wales 9-9 align="right"
444
35 Widergren, Jeff United States 8-10 align="right"
294
36 Blom, Roger Australia 7-11 align="right"
112
37 Jackman, Bob Australia 9-9 align="right"
272
38 Polatnick, Steve United States 9-9 align="right"
238
39 Khoshnaw, Karl Kurdistan-Iraq 9-9 align="right"
133
40 Orbaum, Sam Israel 7-11 -301
41 Awowade, Femi England 9-9 -168
42 Avrin, Paul United States 9-9 -334
43 Thorogood, Blue New Zealand 8-10 -69
44 Norr, Rita United States 8-10 -110
45 Leader, Zelig Israel 9-9 -325
46 Spate, Clive United Kingdom 8-10 align="right"
102
47 Nevarez, Johnny United States 7-11 align="right"
55
48 Paolella, Libero Canada 7-11 align="right"
25
49 Holgate, John Australia 8-10 -69
50 Hale, Glennis New Zealand 8-10 -131
51 Lao, Armando Philippines 8-10 -247
52 Siddiqui, Anwar Pakistan 6-12 -255
53 Lobo, Selwyn United Arab Emirates 8-10 -5
54 Romany, Rodney Trinidad and Tobago 7-11 -349
55 Hossy, Debbe South Africa 7-11 -659
56 Springer, Robert France 6-12 -979
57 Arreola, Pepito Saudi Arabia 7-11 -503
58 Harrison, Trevor United Kingdom 7-11 -549
59 Kuroda, Kunihiko Japan 6-12 -1026
60 Samarasundera, Wimal Oman 6-12 -1405
61 Perez, Gerardo Kuwait 6-12 -545
62 Holmes, Michael Seychelles 6-12 -1044
63 Yeh, Winnie Hong Kong 5-13 -923
64 Broderick, Chris Ireland 3-15 -810

  • FINALS:
  • Game 1: Sherman 431 - Boys 421
  • Game 2: Boys 404 - Sherman 278
  • Game 3: Sherman 443 - Boys 398
  • Game 4: Boys 495 - Sherman 393
  • Game 5: Boys 432 - Sherman 300
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