Monday, October 27, 2003

2003 World SCRABBLE® Championship

Contents:
  • WSC 2003 Details
  • Complete Results
  • Finals Game 1
  • Finals Game 2
  • Finals Game 3
  • Finals Game 4
  • Finals Game 5

WSC 2003 Details:
Venue: Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dates: Oct. 21-24, 2003
No. of Players: 90
Dictionary: SOWPODS (OSW-I/OSW4+TWL98)
Challenge Rule: 5-Point Penalty
Winner: Panupol Sujjayakorn
Runner-Up: Pakorn Nemitrmansuk
Top Prize: $ 17,500.00
Format:
The format was notably different from previous WSC's. The tournament began with the Australian Draw system, with each player playing sixteen games over two days. On the third day the players played eight games in a King Of the Hill format. After this, the top two players competed in a best-of-five final to decide who would be the seventh World Scrabble Champion.

Complete Results:
(Standing after 24 rounds)
1
Sujjayakorn, Panupol
Thailand
18-6
1461
2
Nemitrmansuk, Pakorn
Thailand
17-7
1383
3
Perry, Andrew
England
17-7
1202
4
Nyman, Mark
England
16-8
975
5
Kramer, Jim
United States
16-8
712
6
Panyasophonlert, Komol
Thailand
16-8
418
7
Davis, Andrew
England
16-8
188
8
Fernando, Naween Tharanga
Sri Lanka
15-9
613
9
Allan, Paul
Scotland
15-9
532
10
Adamson, Tim
United States
15-0
438
11
Gipson, Helen
England
15-9
317
12
Geary, Jim
United States
15-9
198
13
Grant, Jeff
New Zealand
15-9
-58
14
Appleby, Phil
England
14½-9½
424
15
Litunya, Patrick
Kenya
14-10
1043
16
Boys, David
Canada
14-10
843
17
Wapnick, Joel
Canada
14-10
690
18
Sanni, Moshood Olasunkanmi
Nigeria
14-10
581
19
Cleary, Paul Stephen
Australia
14-10
436
20
Warner, Howard
New Zealand
14-10
316
21
Bhandarkar, Akshay
Bahrain
14-10
315
22
Asirvatham, Ganesh
Malaysia
14-10
144
23
Sim, Tony
Singapore
14-10
-9
24
Lipton, Bob
United States
13½-10½
541
25
Carter, Patrick
New Zealand
13½-10½
229
26
Hersom, Randy
United States
13-11
738
27
Dennis, Di
England
13-11
537
28
O'Laughlin, John
United States
13-1
360
29
Fisher, Andrew
Australia
13-11
286
30
Kurnia, Andy
Singapore
13-11
270
31
Linn, Robert
United States
13-11
251
32
Williams, Gareth
Wales
13-11
132
33
Delicata, David
Malta
13-11
80
34
Balogun, Rasheed Olajide
Nigeria
13-11
-55
35
Capuno, Leonardo
Philippines
13-11
-161
36
Lobo, Ralph
Oman
13-11
-195
37
Golding, Andrew
Canada
13-11
-357
38
Polatnick, Steve
United States
12½-11½
226
39
Jackman, Bob
Australia
12-12
666
40
Placca, Chrys
Ghana
12-12
569
41
Ikekeregor, Dennis
Nigeria
12-12
515
42
Willingham, Walker
United States
12-12
248
43
Iqbal, Wajid
Pakistan
12-12
168
44
Ndungu, Stanley Njoroge
Kenya
12-12
126
45
Berofsky, Evan
Canada
12-12
58
46
Kirk, Terry
England
12-12
11
47
Khoshnaw, Karl
Kurdistan-Iraq
12-12
-173
48
Finley, Peter
England
12-12
-267
49
Anthonius, Ferdy
Indonesia
12-12
-304
50
Quao, Michael Arthur
Ghana
12-12
-350
51
Withers, Ben
United States
12-12
-757
52
Hirai, Keiichiro
Japan
12-12
-794
53
Hovelmeier, Trevor Mark
South Africa
11½-12½
929
54
Lam, John
Malaysia
11½-12½
120
55
Wiegand, David
United States
11-13
367
56
Pui, Cheng Wui
Malaysia
11-13
198
57
Chong, Aaron
Malaysia
11-13
30
58
Mamadou, Wone
Kuwait
11-13
-209
59
Chakrabarti, Amit
United States
11-13
-243
60
Credo, Ronald
Philippines
11-13
-257
61
Hoekstra, Ron
Canada
11-13
-297
62
Holden, Stewart
England
11-13
-328
63
Lobo, Selwyn
United Arab Emirates
11-13
-342
64
Abordo, Chris
Bahrain
11-13
-453
65
Lloyd, David
Australia
11-13
-841
66
Kenas, Mark
United States
11-13
-947
67
Gruzd, Steven
South Africa
10½-13½
-270
68
Talosig, Rogelio
New Zealand
10½-13½
-480
69
Kamath, Pramit
India
10½-13½
-698
70
Gongolo, Michael
Kenya
10-14
675
71
Kantimathi, Sam
United States
10-14
89
72
Baker, Rich
United States
10-14
-92
73
Saldanha, Dean
Canada
10-14
-272
74
Recedes, Mario
Philippines
10-14
-467
75
Gonzalez, Ricardo V
Gulf Champion
10-14
-469
76
Manase, Joshua Otieno
Kenya
10-14
-542
77
Kpentey, Bennet
Ghana
9½-14½
-449
78
Kalumba, Paul Yandisha
Zambia
9-15
-45
79
John, Robin K.T.
Trinidad and Tobago
9-15
-125
80
Wanniarachchi, Lakshan
Sri Lanka
9-15
-232
81
Chicoine, Emanuel
Canada
9-15
-468
82
Abela, Kevin
Malta
9-15
-844
83
Chishty, Ishtiaq
Saudi Arabia
9-15
-958
84
Kuroda, Kunihiko
Japan
8-16
-1201
85
Sandu, Dan Laurentiu
Romania
8-16
-651
86
Abordo, Ferrer
Bahrain
8-16
-799
87
Bohbot, Herve
France
8-16
-844
88
Saeyorn, Sivanesan
Sri Lanka
8-16
-989
89
Esmail, Mushtak
Tanzania
7½-16½
-190
90
Kenny, Bronagh
Ireland
2-22
-3166

Best-of-Five Finals
Panupol vs. Pakorn at WSC 2003

Game 1
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Game 2
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Game 3
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Game 4
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Game 5
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