Wednesday, October 02, 1991

1991 World SCRABBLE® Championship

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History of World SCRABBLE® Championship (WSC)
The World Scrabble Championship is the most prestigious title in competitive English-language Scrabble. It has been held every second year since 1991.

Sponsorship formerly alternated between Hasbro and Mattel, respectively the owners of the Scrabble trademark in North America and the rest of the world. However, Hasbro declined to sponsor WSC 2005, and instead Mattel has organised and sponsored all championships since 2005.

The number of players competing in the tournament has risen steadily over time, from 48 in the World Scrabble Championship 1991 to 108 in the World Scrabble Championship 2009. In 2011, it remained stable with 106 contestants. A set number of places is allocated to each competing country and it is then up to individual countries' national associations to determine which of their players will represent them. This is typically done by means of a national ratings system or qualifier tournaments or some combination of the two. A good performance by a national team according to specific criteria will earn further permanent places for that country.

The dictionary used is colloquially known as SOWPODS, which is the word authority used in the majority of English-language Scrabble-playing countries.

On May 17, 2013, Mattel announced that the event would be renamed the Scrabble Champions Tournament (SCT), and would be held as part of Mind Sports International's 2013 Prague Mind Sports Festival.
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1991 World SCRABBLE® Championship 

Details:
Venue: London, England 
Dates: Sep 26-30, 1991 
No. of Players: 48
Dictionary: SOWPODS
Challenge Rule: Free Challenge
Winner: Peter Morris
Runner-Up: Brian Cappelletto
Top Prize: $10,000
Format:
 On day one, players were placed (by random draw) into one of eight round-robin groups. The top two finishers from each group were eligible to play in the finals while the remaining 32 players played in an "alternate 'plate' event". The top 16 would be paired based on the first day's results with each pair playing a best 2-of-3 elimination match that reduced the field to 8 then 4 then 2 players. 
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Complete Results:  (Go to Top)
1. Morris, Peter (Canada)
2. Cappelletto, Brian (Usa)
3. Boys, David (Canada)
4. Edley, Joe (Usa)
5. Tiekert, Ron (Usa)
6. Cansfield, Joyce (United Kingdom) 
7. Simmons, Sandie (United Kingdom) 
8. Benjamin, Larry (South Africa) 
9. Fisher, Stephen (Canada) 
10. Southwell, Charlie (Usa) 
11. Finley, Peter (England) 
12. Cohen, Evan (Israel) 
13. Carroll, Charlie (Usa) 
14. Elbourne, Peter (Malta) 
15. Warusawitharana, Missaka (Sri Lanka) 
16. Ndiritu, Gitonga (Kenya) 
17. Grant, Jeff (New Zealand) 
18. Sapong, Kwaku (Ghana) 
19. Holgate, John (Australia) 
20. Fisher, Andrew (Australia) 
21. Spate, Clive (United Kingdom) 
22. Nyman, Mark (England) 
23. Violett, Bob (United Kingdom) 
24. Schonbrun, Lester (Usa) 
25. Sigley, Michael (New Zealand) 
26. Kane, Alistair (Australila) 
27. Wapnick, Joel (Canada) 
28. Pratesi, Diane (United Kingdom) 
29. Filio, Roland (Philippines) 
30. Donkoh, George (Ghana) 
31. Brown, Christine (Eire) 
32. Harridge, Barry (Australia) 
33. Appleby, Phil (England) 
34. Butler, Lynne (New Zealand) 
35. Lawrie, Glenys (Australia) 
36. Felt, Robert (Usa) 
37. Filio, Candido (Philippines) 
38. Rowe, Dennis (European Community) 
39. Saldanha, Norbert (United Arab Emirates) 
40. Sandahn, Allan (United Kingdom) 
41. Sim, Tony (Singapore) 
42. Berger, Averil (South Africa) 
43. Thobani, Shafique (Kenya) 
44. Ismal, Muhammed (Malaysia) 
45. Cleary, Paul (Australia) 
46. Thompson, Martin (United Kingdom) 
47. Levine, Eli (South Africa) 
48. Nakai, Ken (Japan) 

The Finals (Best of Three)
Brian Cappelletto vs. Peter Morris at WSC 1991


Game 1  (Go to Top)
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Scoresheet Summary:
Peter Morris



vs.
Brian Cappelletto



Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
Turn
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
EGLMNNO
GNOME
8D
20
20
1
?IINOTT
OmITTING
D1
68
68
DEJLMST
JOLTED
1C
42
62
2
EENOPRW
POWER
7F
26
94
AEIMSSV
MASSIVE
K5
109
171
3
ADEENUV
SUAVE
8K
27
121
EEGIPRY
PERRY
L1
33
204
4
ADEEINO
DEPONE
1J
27
148
AABEGIS
JAB
C1
33
204
5
AIKLRRW
WARLIKE
11E
28
176
AEGIISZ
GLAZES
H10
51
288
6
AELORRU
AUREOLAR
M8
68
244
ACHIIIL




7
AELORRU
Lost challenge

-68
176
ACHIIIL
HILI
2G
22
310
8
AELORRU
LOUR
B2
17
193
ABCIITU
BISCUIT
15F
12
322
9
ACENRUY
CAY
10D
34
227
AAAINRT
TZARINA
13G
36
358
10
DENORUX
OX
2N
31
258
AHNOQST
QATS
N10
50
408
11
DEEFNRU
UNFREED
A5
84
343
?DEHNOO
HOOFeD
B10
56
464
12
G
DOG
11A
5
348
(N)


-1
463
13
N


1
349


Game 1 Final Score: Morris 463-Cappelletto 349

Game 2   (Go to Top)
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Scoresheet Summary:
Brian Cappelletto



vs.
Peter Morris



Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
Turn
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
ADGIOPR
PIROG
8D
22
22
1
AILMNOT
MOIL
9G
20
20
ADEOORZ
DOOZER
F3
36
58
2
AAHKNOT
HANK
E2
39
59
AEGIMOR
EMPORIA
D6
22
80
3
AIIOSTTX
THAT
1E
33
92
?AFGRRU
FRUG
E11
28
108
4
BDOSSUX
SUBS
15E
27
119
??AAAIR
AquARIA
14H
62
170
5
DDENOSX
DEX
13K
45
164
ADEEEUY
DEADEYE
3C
28
198
6
DFNOSTW
WONT
2G
23
187
AEIJLUV
VILE
O12
39
237
7
DEEFLRS
FLED
C12
12
209
AGIJSUY
JUGAS
K5
33
270
8
AEINRSU




AGIJSUY
Lost challenge

-33
237
9
AEINRSU
URD
15A
12
221
AGIJSUY
GAILY
J6
21
258
10
AEINNOS
NONA
B9
13
234
AEEJRSU
JEE
A7
32
290
11
BEINPQS
Exch. BPQ

0
234
AORSTUW
OW
4H
20
310
12
EEILNSV
ENVIES
1J
41
275
AQRSTTU
QUARTER
L8
52
362
13
BCIILPT
CRIB
11K
16
291
CNST
CAN
7I
8
370
14
ILPT
SPILT
O1
8
299
ST


-2
368
15
(ST)


2
301








Game 2 Final Score: Cappelletto 368-Morris 301

Game 3   (Go to Top)
Morris and Cappelletto split their first two games then met for a final game to decide it all. On his tenth move, Cappelletto made a rare blunder by playing the phony SMAIL* instead of CLAIMS. The move may have cost him the championship. As it was, Morris pulled out a complicated end game for a 4-point win and the first world title.
Play through by clicking Forward button or any part of the board.
Scoresheet Summary:
Peter Morris



vs.
Brian Cappelletto



Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
Turn
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
CEGINOU
CUEING
8D
24
24
1
IINORRW
Exch IINORRW

0
0
AEEEOSY
YEA
7E
17
41
2
AFIIOTU
OAF
6D
34
34
EEIIIOS
Exch. EIIIO

0
41
3
AGILOTU
GUILT
C3
21
55
EEEEJOS
OGEE
I7
7
48
4
ADKOSTT
TOKED
10F
16
71
EEEJLOS
JOULE
4A
40
88
5
?AAQRST
QATS
F1
28
99
AEEEINS
JEANS
A4
36
124
6
?AEHILR
InHALER
B8
86
185
?EEINOT
ELEcTION
12A
68
192
7
INPRSVY
PRIVY
J3
26
211
BCHOPST
QOPH
1F
54
246
8
DNNSUWZ
UNWIND
5G
20
231
BCEMRST
BERET
A11
29
275
9
DDIRSUZ
SIDDUR
11I
25
256
ACILMOS
SMAIL
O11
39
314
10
AGORTWZ



ACILMOS
Lost challenge

-39
275
11
AGORTWZ
WAG
13G
24
280
ACILMOS
MOSAIC
M3
33
308
12
ABORTXZ
ZAX
N2
51
331
AEFIILR
FRAIL
N10
32
340
13
BMNORTV
MIB
13M
14
345
EEIR
PRIMA
3J
9
349
14
NORTV
REV
C11
29
374
EE
CEE
8M
15
364
15
NOT


-3
371
(NOT)

3
367
16








Game 3 Final Score: Cappelletto 367-Morris-374


RECAP:

Semifinals
Mark Nyman 3 - David Gibson 2
Joel Wapnick 3 - Gareth Williams 2

Consolation Match
David Gibson 3 - Gareth Williams 2

Finals
Game 1: Wapnick 446 - Nyman 408
Game 2: Wapnick 443 - Nyman 357
Game 3: Nyman 530 - Wapnick 374
Game 4: Nyman 469 - Wapnick 460
Game 5: Nyman 417 - Wapnick 369

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