2016 World Scrabble Championship – The Finals

The 2016 World Scrabble Champion will be a Brit – it’s Brett Smitheram vs Mark Nyman for the finals! Brett has never been a world champion, but has been a top expert for years and has come close several times. Mark won in 1993 and has also come very close in the following years. It should be exciting!

The best-of-3 quarterfinals went as follows:

Mark beat Joel

Lewis beat David

Adam beat Allan

and Brett beat Rob

However, for some reason the pairings for the semifinals were not winner of 1v8 vs winner of 4v5. Instead, Mark beat Adam 3-2 and Brett also beat Lewis 3-2. Some fun words – Brett played NEFARIOUS through an N and a U, and Mark triple-tripled (or played a nine-timer, as they say in the UK) with PIDDLERs against poor Adam Logan.

Good luck to both finalists!

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Scrabble Chat: Cesar Del Solar

ScrabbleTVLive’s very own Cesar Del Solar took home the victory at the California Open in San Francisco last weekend! We talked a little bit with him about what it was like to win his first big tournament, and he gave us a play by play of his final game against Rafi Stern.

 


Starring Cesar Del Solar, creator of Aerolith.org
Directed & Edited by Emily Dowgialo

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North American Scrabble Champion Does A Reddit AMA

North American Scrabble champion Matthew Tunnicliffe did an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit today. A Redditor asked Tunnicliffe what his favorite weird word he has learned from Scrabble, and Tunnicliffe revealed that he could not answer that question because it was actually his Reddit password. We’ll see if he gets hacked.

Check it out here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3voegl/iama_north_american_scrabble_champion_ama_about/

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Matthew Tunnicliffe

-Emily Dowgialo

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Oakland Nerd Nite: War Of The Words

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Nerd Nite East Bay: 20K Leagues, Scrabble & Human Senses

I’m presenting at Oakland Nerd Nite tomorrow night! One of my buddies from college, Rick Karnesky, organizes the event, and asked if I’d be interested in speaking about Scrabble (apparently Scrabble is acceptably nerdy). Come nerd out and drink some brewskis with us! This event is 21 and up.

When: Monday, November 30th, 2015 @ 7-10:30PM (lectures begin at 8)
Where: Club 21 – 2111 Franklin St, Oakland, CA
Cost: $10

Check out the Nerd Nite website for information: http://eastbay.nerdnite.com/

-Cesar Del Solar

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