Tuesday, November 25, 1997

1997 World SCRABBLE® Championship

Contents:
  • WSC 1997 Details
  • Complete Results
  • Finals Game 1
  • Finals Game 2
  • Finals Game 3
  • Finals Game 4

WSC 1997 Details:
Venue: Stouffer Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Dates: Nov. 20-24, 1997
No. of Players: 80
Dictionary: SOWPODS
Challenge Rule: Free Challenge
Winner: Joel Sherman
Runner-Up: Matt Graham
Top Prize: $ 25,000.00
Format:
Eighty players played a Swiss tournament of twenty-one games each, with each player playing seven games on each of the first three days. The two top players from this tournament then played a best-of-five game final to decide who would be World Scrabble Champion 1997.

Complete Results:
(Standing after 21 rounds)
1
Sherman, Joel
United States
16-5
829
2
Graham, Matt
United States
15-6
993
3
Edley, Joe
United States
15-6
915
4
Felt, Robert
United States
14-7
814
5
Nyman, Mark
England
14-7
741
6
Boyd, Kendall
New Zealand
14-7
401
7
Byers, Russell
England
14-7
396
8
Bhandarkar, Akshay
Bahrain
14-7
353
9
Logan, Adam
Canada
13-8
1064
10
Cappelletto, Brian
United States
13-8
946
11
Boys, David
World Champion
13-8
935
12
Acton, David
England
13-8
517
13
Grant, Jeff
New Zealand
13-8
478
14
Saldanha, Allan
United Kingdom
13-8
234
15
Tiekert, Ron
United States
13-8
-27
16
Okosagah, Sammy
Nigeria
12-9
816
17
Nderitu, Patrick Gitonga
Kenya
12-9
750
18
Warusawitharana, Missaka
Sri Lanka
12-9
709
19
Fernando, Naween Tharanga
Sri Lanka
12-9
588
20
Holgate, John
Australia
12-9
556
21
Downer, Penny
United Kingdom
12-9
408
22
Fisher, Andrew
United Kingdom
12-9
382
23
Thobani, Shafique
Kenya
12-9
85
24
Cleary, Paul Stephen
Australia
12-9
82
25
Ndungu, Stanley Njoroge
Kenya
12-9
16
26
Williams, Gareth
Wales
12-9
-179
27
Spate, Clive
United Kingdom
11½-9½
344
28
Awowade, Femi
England
11-10
711
29
Onyeonwu, Ifeanyi
Nigeria
11-10
613
30
Yawo, Anaga Takyi
Ghana
11-10
545
31
Perrins, Esther
Australia
11-10
377
32
Pui, Cheng Wui
Malaysia
11-10
305
33
Sukhumrattanaporn, Charnwit
Thailand
11-10
94
34
Gruzd, Steven
South Africa
11-10
63
35
Addo, Joshua
Ghana
11-10
48
36
Wapnick, Joel
Canada
11-10
27
37
Carter, Gerald
Thailand
11-10
-439
38
Daniel, Robin Pollock
Canada
11-10
-503
39
Hahn, Albert
Canada
11-10
-719
40
Sigley, Michael
New Zealand
10½-10½
516
41
Webb, Mark
England
10½-10½
127
42
Klaphajone, Jakkrit
Thailand
10-11
606
43
Blom, Roger
Australia
10-11
520
44
Hersom, Randy
United States
10-11
511
45
Mead, Jeremiah
United States
10-11
507
46
Schonbrun, Lester
United States
10-11
379
47
Geary, Jim
United States
10-11
218
48
Khan, Rashid Ateeq
Pakistan
10-11
-333
49
Luebkemann, John
United States
10-11
-400
50
Elbourne, Peter
Malta
10-11
-435
51
Grayson, John
Wales
10-11
-447
52
Khoshnaw, Karl
Kurdistan-Iraq
10-11
-582
53
Jonah, J.J.
Israel
10-11
-645
54
Chinnaiyah, Suresh
Sri Lanka
9½-11½
124
55
Mensah, Edem Kafui
Ghana
9½-11½
-296
56
Butler, Lynne
New Zealand
9½-11½
-745
57
Lao, Armando
Philippines
9-12
246
58
Lipton, Bob
United States
9-12
12
59
Quek, Sim Ho
Singapore
9-12
-284
60
Raychbart, Paloma
Israel
9-12
-351
61
Lobo, Yvonne
Bahrain
9-12
-413
62
Saldanha, Norbert
United Arab Emirates
9-12
-551
63
Saliba, Mario
Malta
9-12
-586
64
Davids, Gerald
South Africa
9-12
-643
65
Tan, Kiat Hing Austin
Singapore
9-12
-769
66
Nanavati, Jim
Canada
9-12
-964
67
Ul-Haq, Assad
Qatar
8-13
306
68
Abdullah, Raja Fuadin
Malaysia
8-13
137
69
Salih, Sala Fadl Mohamed
Saudi Arabia
8-13
-47
70
Pray, Linda Hazel
Oman
8-13
-234
71
Chune, Albert
Trinidad and Tobago
8-13
-828
72
Nakai, Ken
Japan
8-13
-865
73
Clenaghan, Nuala
Ireland
8-13
-872
74
Meghan, Eileen
Éire
8-13
-891
75
Springer, Robert
France
8-13
-1097
76
Mamadou, Wone
Kuwait
7-14
-755
77
Paolella, Libero
Canada
7-14
-862
78
Sandu, Dan Laurentiu
Romania
5-16
-1528
79
Gibbons, Randall
Guyana
4-17
-913
80
Nanayakkara, Harischandra
Seychelles
3-18
-2141
Best-of-Five Finals: 
WSC 1997 Finalists, Joel Sherman and Matt Graham

Game 1
Graham started strongly with two consecutive bingos, FUSTIAN and MiSTHrOW (two blanks). Sherman was struggling after his TORNADIC. Graham nailed down another bingo, GUINEAS and Sherman never recovered. Graham took the first game for a 1-0 lead.
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Scoresheet Summary:
Matt Graham
vs.
Joel Sherman
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
Turn
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
AFINSTU
FUSTIAN
8D
78
78
1
DIJLNRZ
DJIN
J5
28
28
??HMOTW
MiSTHrOW
F6
78
156
2
ADILNRZ
ZILA
K2
32
60
CLNNRRW
CROWN
12D
22
178
3
ACDNORT
TORNADIC
H2
62
122
DEHLNPR
NEPHROL
3C
28
206
4





DEHLNPR
Lost challenge

-28
178
5
EEIIOPU
TIE
G8
15
137
DEHLNPR
PH
E5
21
199
6
EIOPRUV
NOUP
H12
18
155
DELLNRT
TROLLIED
3F
22
221
7
AEIKQRV
QUAKIER
14G
30
185
EGGNSST
TEGG
15L
26
247
8
ELNORVY
LEVO
13L
23
208
EEINSSU
ZEES
2K
31
278
9
ANORXYY
NOX
1M
36
244
AEGINSU
GUINEAS
L5
64
342
10
AAIORYY
YAY
K10
27
271
EEEINOS
AEONS
I8
24
366
11
AFIORRV
NOVA
8L
21
292
ABEEIIU
BIVIA
N6
18
384
12
DFIMRRT
DRIPT
15E
21
313
ABEEEOU
BEAUT
2D
15
399
13
FMR
EMIR
9L
18
331
EEO
BEE
D2
10
409
14
F
IF
7N
11
342
O




15

(O)

2
344





16

(time)

-10
334


Game 2
Graham missed a good move, BOWNED in the pre-endgame and played DOWF instead. Sherman found the right moves in the endgame to even the match.
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Scoresheet Summary:
Joel Sherman
vs.
Matt Graham
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
Turn
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
?AIOUVZ
ZOUAVe
8d
54
54
1
?EILRSS
SIZzLERS
d6
82
82
ACEGIIU
GUAIAC
g4
13
67
2
EIIOTWY
YOWIE
c2
24
106
DEEINPT
ENDITE
h1
32
99
3
HIIQTVY
QIS
13b
24
130
EFIKPTX
KIF
14a
47
146
4
EHIOTVY
HOVE
b6
32
162
AEOPSTX
SEXPOT
15c
54
200
5
BEILTTY
BENTY
2f
24
186
ADEPRRR
PARE
d1
35
235
6
AIILRTT
LITERATI
11a
66
252
DMNORRU
URN
b1
21
256
7
AAEEENS
ALAE
10c
14
266
DGJMMOR
MM
f5
28
284
8
CDEEENS
SCENED
j8
29
295
DGJLOOR
DOJO
13j
24
308
9
BDEFNOW
DOWF
14k
39
334
ADGLLNR
GLAD
15l
48
356
10
ABEGHNT
GU
1a
9
343
AILNNRR
REIN
1g
13
369
11
ABEHNTU
EATH
3j
20
363
ALNOR
RELOAN
10i
8
377
12
BNU





(BNU)

10
387
13






Game 3
Graham made another error when he played HERB instead of BERTH and Sherman took another close game
Play through by clicking Forward button or any part of the board.
Scoresheet Summary:
Matt Graham
vs.
Joel Sherman
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
Turn
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
ADGHINN
HANDING
8D
82
82
1
ACDFLUY
YUCA
9I
25
25
EEIOSVX
VIXEN
F4
31
113
2
DDEFILT
FLED
8L
45
70
AAEIOOS
AIAS
9C
28
141
3
DEFINRT
NIFTIER
5E
40
110
EJLOOOT
JOE
N6
26
167
4
ADIIIOR
IDIOT
H1
21
131
ELOORTZ
ZOO
O4
31
198
5
ACGIORT
ARGOTIC
B8
83
214
BEHLLRT
HERB
A5
39
237
6
?ADEOQV
QI
3G
21
235
AEILLMT
MALLET
B1
29
266
7
?ADEEOV
AMOVE
1A
42
277
EGIIOST
GIO
A11
13
279
8
?DENRSW
WIDeNERS
1G
62
339
EEEISTU
EE
10I
16
295
9
AKLMNSW
MAWK
4J
32
371
EEISTUY
GOUTY
11A
18
313
10
BLNPSUU
PULU
10L
16
387
EEEIRRS
REX
6D
12
325
11
ABNNOST
BATONS
H10
32
419
EEIPRST
POETRIES
13G
78
403
12
?N





(?N)

2
405
13






Game 4
Sherman got off to a big lead and began shutting down the board. Graham took a chance on FLEXERS for 101 points, but Sherman successfully challenged it off. Graham drew a rack full of consonants. Sherman won the game and was crowned World Scrabble Champion, after losing in the final two years earlier.
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Scoresheet Summary:
Joel Sherman
vs.
Matt Graham
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
Turn
Rack
Main Word
Pos.
Score
Total
EHORRRU
HOUR
8G
14
14
1
AAEEGIT
TAIGA
7F
24
24
AEPRRUY
YAUPER
6B
31
45
2
AEEEFIJ
JEFE
6J
56
80
ABGOORT
TABOO
5I
40
85
3
AEEEGIZ
ZIP
E4
28
108
EEGLNRS
GLEANERS
C3
72
157
4
AEEEGOQ
GLOZE
4B
30
138
??ALRTW
StALWaRT
10C
63
220
5
ACEEIMQ
MEtIC
D8
31
169
IIINNUY
UNCINI
12B
8
228
6
AEIOQSX
QUAI
B11
26
195
ADILSUY
SLAY
15A
47
275
7
ELMOSWX
MOW
14D
23
218
BDEINOU
OBIED
15F
29
304
8
EEFLRSX
FLEXERS
13G
103
321
AENNSTU




9
EEFLRSX
Lost challenge

-103
218
AENNSTU
NUT
13G
8
312
10
EEFLRSX
EXEME
8A
42
260
AEHIINS
HI
11G
16
328
11
EFLRRSV
REV
A7
6
266
AEIKNOS
SINK
N6
27
355
12
DEFLRST
FEND
8L
36
302
AACENOO
OCEAN
14J
23
378
13
DLPRSTV
PRE
F2
11
313
ADOT
ODA
4L
24
402
14
DLSTV
DEV
L13
11
324
T
TA
N3
2
404
15
LST





(LST)

6
410
16






FINALS RECAP:
Game 1: Graham 409 - Sherman 334
Game 2: Sherman 387 - Graham 363
Game 3: Sherman 419 - Graham 405
Game 4: Sherman 410 - Graham 324

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