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WSC 2001

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CONTACT:

John D. Williams Jr.
Yvonne Lieblein
(631) 477-0033
yg@scrabble-assoc.com

WORD EXPERTS FROM 40 COUNTRIES COMPETE FOR $25,000 TOP PRIZE IN LAS VEGAS AT LARGEST WORLD SCRABBLE® CHAMPIONSHIP

Greenport, NY -- Some of the brightest minds from around the globe are heading for the bright lights of Las Vegas to vie for the $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights at the largest World SCRABBLE® Championship (WSC) in history. Over 100 SCRABBLE® experts, seeded from 25,000 tournament players and representing 42 countries, will face-off for four days of grueling competition December 13-17 at The Venetian Hotel. The total cash prize package is over $50,000.

All games are played in English, and although many WSC competitors barely speak the language, they sure can spell it. National champions from Qatar, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Thailand and Kuwait will test their skills against word experts from the US, England, Canada and Australia, playing 8 games a day.

"This is the sixth WSC, and we're anticipating a close competition," explains John D. Williams Jr., Executive Director of the 10,000 member National SCRABBLE® Association, Greenport, NY, organizers of this year's WSC. "The tournament scene has truly gone global, and it's closing the existing performance gap between predominantly English-speaking countries and the rest of the world."

Hasbro, Inc., manufacturer of the board game in the US and Canada, continues the tradition of underwriting the biannual WSC every fourth year. "This tournament showcases everything we love about the SCRABBLE® game," said Hasbro Games President E. David Wilson. "It's the perfect blend of having a smart strategy and having fun. The top players are here for some serious competition and the chance to win big money, but they're also having a good time."

While 50 million people play the game casually, WSC competitors train like athletes, studying word lists, memorizing dictionaries and competing in tournaments to stay in top SCRABBLE® form. All of them know specialized words such as the Q-without-U words (i.e. QAT, an evergreen shrub), the vowel-heavy words (i.e. OURIE, chilly) and the consonant-only words (i.e. CWM, a deep basin).

The World SCRABBLE® Championship final will be a best of five on Monday morning, December 17. Defending champion Joel Wapnick, 55, is a music professor from Montreal.


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