North American and World (English language) Scrabble Championships


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North American Scrabble Championship winners

year locale field, # contestants winner notes
1978
May 19-21
New York invitational (1 division), 64 David Prinz Funk & Wagnalls 1973
1980
November 14-16
Santa Monica invitational (1 division), 32 Joe Edley OSPD1 adopted
1983
August 10-12
Chicago qualifiers (1 division), 32 Joel Wapnick  
1985
July 28-31
Boston open (1 division), 302 Ron Tiekert  
1987
July 5-7
Las Vegas open (1 division), 327 Rita Norr  
1988
July 31-August 5
Reno open (2 divisions), 323 Robert Watson  
1989
July 29-August 3
New York open (2 divisions), 221 Peter Morris  
1990
August 5-9
Washington open (2 divisions), 300+ Robert Felt  
1992
August 9-13
Atlanta open (2 divisions), 320 Joe Edley OSPD2 adopted
1994
August 14-18
Los Angeles open (3 divisions), 300+ David Gibson  
1996
July
Dallas open (4 divisions), 416 Adam Logan OSPD2+ adopted
1998
August 8-13
Chicago open (4 divisions), 535 Brian Cappelletto OTCWL98 adopted
2000
August 6-10
Providence open (6 divisions), 598
31 rounds
Joe Edley  
2002
August 17-20
San Diego open (6 divisions), 696 Joel Sherman  
2004
July 31-August 5
New Orleans open (7 divisions), 700+
30 rounds + 5-game final
Trey Wright  
2005
August 20-24
Reno open (6 divisions), 700+
28 rounds + 5-game final
Dave Wiegand  
2006
August 5-9
Phoenix open, 632
28 rounds + 5-game final
Jim Kramer OWL2 adopted
2008
July 25-30
Orlando open OWL2

Canadian Scrabble Championship winners

1996, Oct 18-21, Toronto: invitational, 40 contestants; OSPD2+
Adam Logan
1998, Oct 16-19, Toronto: invitational; OTCWL98
Joel Wapnick
2000, Nov 17-20, Toronto: invitational; OTCWL98
Ron Hoekstra
2003, Dec 5-8, Toronto: invitational (18 rounds + 5-game final) OTCWL98
David Boys
2005, Jun 9-11, Toronto: invitational (18 rounds + 5-game final) OTCWL98
Adam Logan

World (English Language) Scrabble Championship winners

OSPD + OSW ("SOWPODS") has been used at each. Each has been invitational.

1991, 27-30 September, London: 48 contestants
Peter Morris (USA)
1993, 27-30 August, New York: 64 contestants
Mark Nyman (UK)
1995, 2-5 November, London: 64 contestants
David Boys (Canada)
1997, 20-24 November, Washington: 80 contestants
Joel Sherman (USA)
1999, 4-7 November, Melbourne: 98 contestants
Joel Wapnick (Canada)
2001, 13-17 December, Las Vegas, NV: 88 contestants
Brian Cappelletto (USA)
2003, 21-24 October, Kuala Lumpur: 90 contestants
Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand)
2005, 17-20 November, London: 102 contestants
Adam Logan (Canada)
2007, 9-12 November, Mumbai: 104 contestants
Nigel Richards (New Zealand)

A joint policy of Hasbro and Mattel for future WSCs states that any of the US, UK and Canada will be given an extra place if at least 50% of its team placed in the top 25% of the previous WSC and no more than 1 player in the bottom 25%. It hasn't yet applied.


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Steven Alexander (stevena@teleport.com)