NSA News Updated: November 10, 2013 4:05 AM CST
2013 National School Championship
A pair of 8th graders from Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill, NC defeated 88 other teams from all over the United States and Canada to win the 11th annual event. Kevin Bowerman and Raymond Gao finished the event with a 6-1 record and +717 point spread. Some of the more unusual words played were YUAN (a monetary unit of China), PAEON (a metrical foot of four syllables) and KUDU (a large antelope)
2013 National Scrabble Championship
Nigel Richards, a New Zealander and resident of Malaysia, was named the winner of the 2013 National Scrabble Championship. Richards, a 45-year-old professional Scrabble player and reigning World Champion, took home the $10,000 prize and has now won the title five times, four times consecutively. Richards' final record was 24 wins, 7 losses and 1934 cumulative points.
2013 Can-Am Challenge
Congratulations to Rafi Stern for winning the 2013 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge Tournament in Vancouver, BC, held September 21-22.
The tournament pitted the seven highest rated qualifying players from Canada and the United States against each other in a team challenge format. The U.S. team won the challenge.
2013 World Scrabble Championship
On May 17, 2013, Mattel announced that the World Scrabble Championship would be renamed the Scrabble Champions Tournament, and take place as part of the 2013 Prague Mind Sports Festival, organized by Mind Sports International (MSI) at the Andels Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic, from December 3–8, 2013.
For details about the event, visit MSI's forum page.