Monday, November 06, 1995

1995 World SCRABBLE® Championship

Venue: Park Lane, London, England
Dates: Nov. 1-5, 1995
No. of Players: 64
Dictionary: SOWPODS
Challenge RuleFree Challenge
Winner: David Boys
Runner-up: Joel Sherman
Top Prize: $ 11,000

Format:
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.

Complete Results:
(except semifinal results for Lipton and Grant) 
1. Boys, David (Canada) 17-6 +1154
2. Sherman, Joel (USA) 17-6 +679 
3. Grant, Jeff (New Zealand) 12-7 +453
4. Lipton, Bob (USA) 11-8 +645 
5. Edley, Joe (USA) 12-6 +668 
6. Gruzd, Steven (South Africa) 12-6 +422 
7. Thobani, Shafique (Kenya) 12-6 +381
8. Logan, Adam (Canada) 10-8 +149
9. Saldanha, Allan (United Kingdom) 12-6 +389
10. Nderitu, Gitonga (Kenya) 11-7 +734 
11. Cappelletto, Brian (USA) 11-7 +477 
12. Appleby, Phil (England) 9-9 +193 
13. Onyeonwu, Ifeanyi (Nigeria) 12-6 +701 
14. Pollock, Robin (Canada) 11-7 +484 
15. Wapnick, Joel (Canada) 10-8 +264 
16. Felt, Robert (USA) 9-9 -35 
17. Nyman, Mark (England) 11-7 +256 
18. Rosenthal, Joan (Australia) 11-7 -206 
19. Sigley, Mike (New Zealand) 10-8 +11 
20. Fisher, Andrew (Australia) 10-8 -92 
21. Warusawitharana, Missaka (Sri Lanka) 10-8 +705 
22. Okosagah, Sammy (Nigeria) 10-8 +451 
23. Fernando, Naween (Sri Lanka) 10-8 -500 
24. Scott, Neil (Scotland) 9-9 +426 
25. Simmons, Allan (England) 10-8 +377 
26. Bhandarkar, Akshay (Bharain) 10-8 +48 
27. Addo, Joshua (Ghana) 9-9 +117 
28. Placca, Chrys (Ghana) 9-9 -155 
29. Sim, Tony (Singapore) 10-8 +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 +367 
34. Williams, Gareth (Wales) 9-9 +444 
35. Widergren, Jeff (USA) 8-10 +294 
36. Blom, Roger (Australia) 7-11 +112 
37. Jackman, Bob (Australia) 9-9 +272 
38. Polatnick, Steve (USA) 9-9 +238 
39. Khoshnaw, Karl (Kurdistan-Iraq) 9-9 +133 
40. Orbaum, Sam (Israel) 7-11 -301 
41. Awowade, Femi (England) 9-9 -168 
42. Avrin, Paul (USA) 9-9 -334 
43. Thorogood, Blue (New Zealand) 8-10 -69 
44. Norr, Rita (USA) 8-10 -110 
45. Leader, Zelig (Israel) 9-9 -325  
46. Spate, Clive (United Kingdom) 8-10 +102 
47. Nevarez, Johnny (USA) 7-11 +55 
48. Paolella, Libero (Canada) 7-11 +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:
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 LADYBUGS 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.

Results:
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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