WSC

World SCRABBLE Championships
(This page will take you to the depth of World Class Scrabble Championship level)

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.


Year
Winner
Runner up
Blog Link
1991
Peter Morris (USA)
Brian Cappelletto (USA)
1993
Mark Nyman (England)
Joel Wapnick (Canada)
1995
David Boys (Canada)
Joel Sherman (USA)
1997
Joel Sherman (USA)
Matt Graham (USA)
1999
Joel Wapnick (Canada)
Mark Nyman (England)
2001
Brian Cappelletto (USA)
Joel Wapnick (Canada)
2003
Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thailand)
Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand)
2005
Adam Logan (Canada)
Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand)
2007
Nigel Richards (1) (New Zealand)
Ganesh Asirvatham (Malaysia)
2009
Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thailand)
Nigel Richards (New Zealand)
2011
Nigel Richards (2) (New Zealand)
Komol Panyasophonlert (Thailand)
2013
Nigel Richards (3) (New Zealand)
Andrew Fisher (Australia)
2014
Craig Beevers (England)
Chris Lipe (USA)
2015
Wellington Jighere (Nigeria)
Lewis Mackay (England)
2016
Brett Smitheram (England)
Mark Nyman (England)

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