1978 Tournaments

1978 NSC

On May 19th, 20th and 21st, 1978, 65 players from across North America competed for $8400 in prizes and the glory of being crowned the first North American SCRABBLE Champion in the North American Invitational SCRABBLE Players Tournament.

After an opening reception on Thursday evening (May 18th), players played seven games Friday, six games Saturday and three games Sunday under the direction of TD Joel Skolnick. Clocks were set to twenty minutes per player, the word reference was Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary, 1973-74 edition and a special set of tournament rules governed the event. Players were ranked according to credits (3 for a win, 1.5 for a tie, 0 for a loss, 1 for every 50 points scored, 1 for every 50 points of winning game spread), with ties broken by wins and average score.

(Subsequent NSCs used the OSPD, the first edition of which was released in 1978, and ranked players based on wins, losses and cumulative spread.)

Below are the final standings, courtesy of the estate of Mike Wise, reformatted using John Chew's tournament software. Further information about the event can be found in issues 17-19 of our official newsletter.

Rank Name (online)       Creds Wins Cumul For Agn  Hi Prize
  1  David Prinz         173.0 10.0 +1058 396 330 553 $1500 (N.A. Champion)
  2  Daniel Pratt        170.0 13.0  +862 401 347 489 $1000
  3  Michael Senkiewicz  169.0 11.0  +677 403 360 500  $750
  4  Linda Gruber        162.0 11.0  +695 376 332 464  $650
  5  Charles Goldstein   161.0 10.0  +842 394 341 498  $600
  6  Bernie Wishengrad   160.0 11.0  +510 378 346 487  $550
  7  James Neuberger     159.0 11.0  +613 380 342 464  $500
  8  Ronald Tiekert      157.0  9.0  +516 389 357 481  $450
  9  Shazzi Felstein     155.0  9.0  +513 381 348 498  $150
 10  Steven Pfeiffer     155.0  8.0  +167 373 362 523  $150
 11  Steve Williams      151.0 11.0  +544 357 323 439  $150
 12  Edward Hepner       150.5 11.5  +192 360 348 415  $150
 13  Frank Kuehnrich     150.0  9.0  +287 371 353 438  $150
 14  Edward Andy         150.0  9.0  +439 366 338 413  $150
 15  Gordon Shapiro      148.0  8.0  +235 375 361 517  $150
 16  Janet Smith         148.0  7.0  +227 381 367 481  $150
 17  Steve Polatnick     147.0 10.0  +153 369 359 453   $75
 18  Roz Grossman        147.0 10.0  +403 362 336 484   $75
 19  Michael Wise        146.0  9.0  +190 359 347 468   $75
 20  Gary Brown          144.5 10.5   -14 359 360 419   $75
 21  Christine Sigel     144.0  8.0  +358 360 338 428   $75
 22  Paul Brandts        143.0 10.0   -20 351 352 423   $75
 23  Jerold Lowenstein   143.0  7.0  -171 373 384 491   $75
 24  Joel Wapnick        143.0  7.0  +172 368 358 503   $75
 25  Arnie Alpert        142.0  9.0  +157 359 349 422   $75
 26  Reuben Reinstein    142.0  9.0  -110 354 361 450   $75
 27  Paul Avrin          142.0  8.0  +192 352 340 443   $75
 28  Claire Nepell       141.0  9.0   +36 362 360 484   $75
 29  Mark King           140.0  9.0   -11 369 369 454   $75
 30  George Roe          140.0  9.0  +217 348 335 460   $75
 31  Louise Wolfe        140.0  8.0   +72 364 359 481   $75
 32  Joel Lipman         140.0  8.0   -74 353 358 451   $75
 33  Barry Patten        139.0  8.0   +31 352 350 540
 34  Howard Herbert      139.0  7.0   +92 363 357 484
 35  Stuart Goldman      139.0  6.0    -8 367 368 523
 36  Tim Maneth          138.5  8.5  -290 357 376 412
 37  Emely Weissman      138.0  9.0  +121 358 350 419
 38  Barbara Amster      138.0  9.0  -188 348 360 429
 39  David Shulman       136.0  9.0   -17 350 352 477
 40  James Guillot       135.0  7.0  -341 354 376 488
 41  Josh Silber         133.0  6.0  -293 346 364 463
 42  John Ozag           132.0  8.0  -235 336 351 460
 43  Michael Schulman    132.0  7.0  -176 352 363 414
 44  Andrea Siegel       132.0  6.0   -29 356 357 466
 45  Patricia Rutt       131.0  8.0  -330 343 363 439
 46  Robert Brown        131.0  7.0  -474 338 368 460
 47  James Pate          130.0  8.0  -354 334 356 454
 48  Carl Stocker        129.0  8.0  -161 337 347 402
 49  Bea Hashmall        128.0  6.0  -308 350 369 454
 50  Robin Proud         127.0  6.0  -377 349 372 468
 51  Irene Osborne       126.0  8.0  -452 338 366 426
 52  Frank Hertz         126.0  6.0  -378 340 364 455
 53  James Holicky       126.0  5.0  -197 354 367 406
 54  Gregg Johnson       126.0  5.0  -666 350 392 504
 55  Louise McCormick    125.0  5.0  -127 351 359 433
 56  Stan Rubinsky       122.5  6.5  -318 335 355 433
 57  Joyce McLaughlin    122.0  6.0  -447 338 366 421
 58  Doris Carney        120.0  7.0  -459 321 350 447
 59  Jean Carol          119.0  7.0  -628 319 358 440
 60  Ethel Sherard       118.0  6.0  -350 327 349 401
 61  Hildagard Powell    118.0  5.0  -822 324 375 407
 62  Norma Hein          115.0  6.0  -636 325 364 386
 63  Janette Koenen      114.0  4.0  -567 326 361 452
 64  Paulita Thompson     65.5  3.0   -91 318 331 406
 65  Dolores Stoll        62.5  0.0  -452 316 366 346

 1  David Prinz         L28 W33 W25 W49 L02 L06 W20 W17 L05 W41 L03 W08 W04 L07 W13 W09 
                        334 434 351 433 303 347 446 403 322 553 400 427 406 323 416 439 
 2  Daniel Pratt        W13 W32 W27 L08 W01 L07 W04 W19 W03 W22 W05 W06 W16 L09 W10 W18 
                        393 438 465 356 432 377 387 457 396 489 384 362 396 327 385 371 
 3  Michael Senkiewicz  W63 W10 W41 W04 L05 W08 W07 W23 L02 L06 W01 W16 L13 W12 L09 W15 
                        500 452 392 417 344 374 465 354 388 353 418 462 404 356 306 459 
 4  Linda Gruber        W60 W40 W42 L03 W10 L05 L02 W08 W23 W07 L06 W09 L01 W16 W15 W13 
                        449 399 391 324 452 285 351 417 308 401 281 381 332 413 464 365 
 5  Charles Goldstein   W45 L09 W50 W36 W03 W04 L23 W10 W01 W08 L02 L13 L06 L15 W12 W07 
                        480 323 466 498 360 331 408 432 360 410 329 390 347 350 425 389 
 6  Bernie Wishengrad   W57 L29 W45 L18 W49 W01 L17 W36 W10 W03 W04 L02 W05 W13 L07 W08 
                        351 271 444 320 487 349 361 486 429 423 331 328 352 387 313 421 
 7  James Neuberger     W17 W25 W14 W27 W23 W02 L03 L22 W19 L04 L09 W10 W08 W01 W06 L05 
                        389 422 324 374 420 397 346 341 445 345 293 464 403 369 373 374 
 8  Ronald Tiekert      L38 W61 W12 W02 W41 L03 W09 L04 W16 L05 W23 L01 L07 W22 W18 L06 
                        370 481 441 373 425 268 408 362 420 324 473 311 393 394 383 397 
 9  Shazzi Felstein     W58 W05 L36 L14 W50 L41 L08 W29 L22 W10 W07 L04 W23 W02 W03 L01 
                        421 333 300 387 471 388 373 498 317 390 392 289 469 418 352 290 
10  Steven Pfeiffer     W51 L03 W49 W41 L04 W22 W35 L05 L06 L09 L13 L07 W40 W17 L02 W16 
                        523 329 425 354 294 402 423 288 325 359 318 262 442 473 312 434 
11  Steve Williams      W59 L22 W47 W15 W14 L23 L29 W50 W21 W19 L40 L39 W35 W36 W34 W20 
                        339 302 421 439 332 343 340 371 386 311 332 298 400 337 380 378 
12  Edward Hepner       W50 W35 L08 W53 T56 W27 L16 W43 W36 W39 W17 W23 W15 L03 L05 W21 
                        402 386 315 325 336 380 267 365 415 383 380 383 384 342 286 412 
13  Frank Kuehnrich     L02 L47 W61 L24 L30 W32 W28 W34 W44 W38 W10 W05 W03 L06 L01 L04 
                        250 357 361 327 311 400 362 406 419 408 432 394 438 367 344 355 
14  Edward Andy         W31 W28 L07 W09 L11 L19 W53 W38 W35 L23 W41 L22 L18 W39 L20 W26 
                        377 406 308 413 308 302 386 400 387 365 405 361 313 356 360 403 
15  Gordon Shapiro      L29 W55 W32 L11 L24 W46 L39 W20 W17 L16 W21 W40 L12 W05 L04 L03 
                        357 363 380 284 380 517 326 461 340 352 310 486 374 394 305 378 
16  Janet Smith         L49 L43 L24 W47 L57 W59 W12 W35 L08 W15 W22 L03 L02 L04 W21 L10 
                        352 326 386 457 313 481 421 445 309 370 406 429 361 365 363 315 
17  Steve Polatnick     L07 T20 W63 W25 T36 W21 W06 L01 L15 W40 L12 W41 W22 L10 W39 W30 
                        221 377 435 450 382 339 453 351 339 398 329 391 380 313 353 390 
18  Roz Grossman        W48 L56 W52 W06 L21 L40 W51 L39 W42 W24 W27 W19 W14 W30 L08 L02 
                        371 341 400 385 328 358 372 309 391 311 339 395 351 484 319 332 
19  Michael Wise        W20 L36 W35 W56 L22 W14 W38 L02 L07 L11 W29 L18 L26 W44 W41 W28 
                        394 368 400 358 309 372 350 429 262 301 310 330 326 405 359 468 
20  Gary Brown          L19 T17 W60 W32 W55 W24 L01 L15 W51 W35 L28 W27 W42 W23 W14 L11 
                        266 377 353 395 397 378 280 276 419 394 346 404 404 395 383 284 
21  Christine Sigel     W52 W53 W34 L23 W18 L17 W40 L41 L11 W43 L15 L38 W32 W26 L16 L12 
                        355 405 428 316 357 309 367 323 352 394 309 340 428 416 341 318 
22  Paul Brandts        W37 W11 W40 W59 W19 L10 W41 W07 W09 L02 L16 W14 L17 L08 L30 W31 
                        298 357 393 423 365 304 367 346 417 262 304 374 375 298 333 400 
23  Jerold Lowenstein   W43 L41 W31 W21 L07 W11 W05 L03 L04 W14 L08 L12 L09 L20 L28 W36 
                        491 246 478 404 356 476 418 346 299 467 278 264 316 318 375 435 
24  Joel Wapnick        L27 L31 W16 W13 W15 L20 W25 L40 W26 L18 L39 L32 L48 L50 W55 W51 
                        304 382 394 380 406 301 350 330 413 286 403 345 340 351 406 503 
25  Arnie Alpert        W65 L07 L01 L17 L39 W63 L24 L26 W46 W53 W45 W43 L37 W48 W32 W38 
                        422 391 315 309 278 407 298 327 323 357 341 408 395 404 380 383 
26  Reuben Reinstein    L40 L45 W55 W48 W53 L39 L57 W25 L24 W52 W50 W31 W19 L21 W42 L14 
                        349 354 338 450 350 294 323 389 265 378 447 365 431 263 401 262 
27  Paul Avrin          W24 W42 L02 L07 L29 L12 L43 W55 W56 W44 L18 L20 W50 W35 L36 W41 
                        366 443 417 267 307 300 284 344 400 377 290 314 370 380 350 423 
28  Claire Nepell       W01 L14 L59 L45 W60 W54 L13 W48 W53 L29 W20 L37 W44 W31 W23 L19 
                        385 259 321 325 319 442 329 343 484 351 370 256 421 396 419 371 
29  Mark King           W15 W06 L56 W57 W27 L38 W11 L09 L40 W28 L19 L36 L31 W45 W51 W34 
                        391 396 332 352 387 402 381 326 369 363 280 340 338 437 348 454 
30  George Roe          L34 W48 L43 L42 W13 L45 W47 W52 W33 W50 L35 W54 W41 L18 W22 L17 
                        324 337 364 347 342 258 347 405 303 380 323 460 390 306 347 337 
31  Louise Wolfe        L14 W24 L23 W35 W46 L56 L42 L37 W48 W54 W43 L26 W29 L28 W40 L22 
                        318 451 341 360 334 308 265 291 481 406 330 325 420 378 418 397 
32  Joel Lipman         W61 L02 L15 L20 L48 L13 W58 W47 W45 L42 W57 W24 L21 W43 L25 W39 
                        400 303 304 373 283 298 371 413 388 301 451 353 272 427 353 365 
33  Barry Patten        L36 L01 L48 W65 W61 W52 W46 L57 L30 L45 W58 L44 L43 W53 W56 W54 
                        329 227 301 343 385 392 420 329 249 347 433 264 276 420 376 540 
34  Howard Herbert      W30 W39 L21 L50 L51 L43 W59 L13 L37 W46 W42 W35 L36 W38 L11 L29 
                        354 406 316 333 323 322 409 292 342 484 411 445 336 382 222 426 
35  Stuart Goldman      W46 L12 L19 L31 W45 W36 L10 L16 L14 L20 W30 L34 L11 L27 W50 W42 
                        441 368 300 358 523 477 276 364 239 392 365 358 322 325 347 422 
36  Tim Maneth          W33 W19 W09 L05 T17 L35 W56 L06 L12 W57 L38 W29 W34 L11 W27 L23 
                        412 401 367 306 382 322 374 270 358 380 358 408 342 287 395 357 
37  Emely Weissman      L22 L57 W54 L39 L40 L55 W60 W31 W34 W51 W44 W28 W25 L42 L38 W47 
                        294 359 394 419 284 365 382 357 381 352 407 285 414 312 342 381 
38  Barbara Amster      W08 L49 W51 W43 W59 W29 L19 L14 W57 L13 W36 W21 L39 L34 W37 L25 
                        375 278 365 363 396 429 250 344 403 305 359 369 341 253 402 339 
39  David Shulman       W54 L34 L53 W37 W25 W26 W15 W18 L41 L12 W24 W11 W38 L14 L17 L32 
                        344 402 268 423 380 360 347 435 233 275 477 337 358 346 324 298 
40  James Guillot       W26 L04 L22 L46 W37 W18 L21 W24 W29 L17 W11 L15 L10 L41 L31 W43 
                        466 230 323 334 488 361 305 387 411 383 382 273 275 331 310 410 
41  Josh Silber         W62 W23 L03 L10 L08 W09 L22 W21 W39 L01 L14 L17 L30 W40 L19 L27 
                        459 463 369 301 373 419 289 361 388 245 329 343 267 364 311 257 
42  John Ozag           W47 L27 L04 W30 W43 L50 W31 W56 L18 W32 L34 W57 L20 W37 L26 L35 
                        362 268 317 359 407 369 348 333 315 346 338 460 319 322 250 264 
43  Michael Schulman    L23 W16 W30 L38 L42 W34 W27 L12 W50 L21 L31 L25 W33 L32 W45 L40 
                        324 375 397 313 322 403 351 356 414 282 318 390 395 312 321 362 
44  Andrea Siegel       L53 L52 L46 W63 W58 W57 L50 W45 L13 L27 L37 W33 L28 L19 L47 W48 
                        319 337 269 387 466 403 309 398 361 305 325 425 388 340 321 336 
45  Patricia Rutt       L05 W26 L06 W28 L35 W30 W49 L44 L32 W33 L25 W61 W54 L29 L43 W50 
                        303 379 308 362 290 391 312 317 325 386 281 439 378 372 319 319 
46  Robert Brown        L35 L50 W44 W40 L31 L15 L33 W49 L25 L34 L55 L47 W62 W56 W58 W60 
                        344 279 408 359 302 320 303 358 308 278 279 288 460 389 342 394 
47  James Pate          L42 W13 L11 L16 W62 W60 L30 L32 L58 L64 W64 W46 W53 W55 W44 L37 
                        263 362 295 310 349 371 289 216 328 254 454 436 426 379 332 283 
48  Carl Stocker        L18 L30 W33 L26 W32 L53 W55 L28 L31 W63 W60 W51 W24 L25 W52 L44 
                        340 263 363 386 392 281 373 325 336 279 355 402 359 288 320 328 
49  Bea Hashmall        W16 W38 L10 L01 L06 L51 L45 L46 L54 L58 W63 W56 L52 L60 W59 W55 
                        384 454 317 271 324 294 281 318 406 268 390 393 344 367 386 395 
50  Robin Proud         L12 W46 L05 W34 L09 W42 W44 L11 L43 L30 L26 W53 L27 W24 L35 L45 
                        339 468 349 358 308 416 324 260 325 304 373 415 321 387 322 312 
51  Irene Osborne       L10 W63 L38 W52 W34 W49 L18 W53 L20 L37 W56 L48 W57 W54 L29 L24 
                        259 392 328 405 329 360 291 342 332 346 346 340 378 426 338 195 
52  Frank Hertz         L21 W44 L18 L51 L54 L33 W61 L30 W59 L26 L53 W55 W49 W57 L48 L56 
                        308 353 252 329 390 252 422 270 455 325 344 388 353 359 289 350 
53  James Holicky       W44 L21 W39 L12 L26 W48 L14 L51 L28 L25 W52 L50 L47 L33 L54 W57 
                        358 382 374 309 344 391 324 317 316 312 373 330 373 384 375 406 
54  Gregg Johnson       L39 L59 L37 L55 W52 L28 L63 W58 W49 L31 W61 L30 L45 L51 W53 L33 
                        331 310 352 351 402 307 324 350 504 322 424 327 295 295 427 280 
55  Louise McCormick    L56 L15 L26 W54 L20 W37 L48 L27 L61 W62 W46 L52 W61 L47 L24 L49 
                        360 341 309 404 291 394 334 294 293 372 407 342 433 309 402 328 
56  Stan Rubinsky       W55 W18 W29 L19 T12 W31 L36 L42 L27 L61 L51 L49 W60 L46 L33 W52 
                        362 433 345 326 336 364 277 292 271 306 307 319 387 259 355 428 
57  Joyce McLaughlin    L06 W37 W62 L29 W16 L44 W26 W33 L38 L36 L32 L42 L51 L52 W60 L53 
                        255 369 421 324 333 388 367 387 330 320 360 231 334 355 322 316 
58  Doris Carney        L09 L62 W65 W61 L44 W65 L32 L54 W47 W49 L33 L60 L59 W62 L46 W62 
                        173 320 349 348 294 324 355 300 381 356 261 293 293 447 271 369 
59  Jean Carol          L11 W54 W28 L22 L38 L16 L34 W63 L52 L60 L62 W63 W58 W61 L49 W64 
                        317 372 440 285 241 323 277 313 288 295 296 310 355 386 294 305 
60  Ethel Sherard       L04 W65 L20 W62 L28 L47 L37 L61 W65 W59 L48 W58 L56 W49 L57 L46 
                        285 308 339 346 300 330 321 279 374 360 303 355 339 401 297 299 
61  Hildagard Powell    L32 L08 L13 L58 L33 W62 L52 W60 W55 W56 L54 L45 L55 L59 W64 L63 
                        359 259 302 344 353 335 293 386 407 350 287 307 257 309 351 286 
62  Norma Hein          L41 W58 L57 L60 L47 L61 W65 W65 L63 L55 W59 W64 L46 L58 W63 L58 
                        251 335 295 313 333 332 342 383 294 336 386 308 305 268 381 332 
63  Janette Koenen      L03 L51 L17 L44 W65 L25 W54 L59 W62 L48 L49 L59 L64 L64 L62 W61 
                        267 376 263 323 452 257 343 291 368 248 340 281 333 311 316 440 
64  Paulita Thompson    B-- B-- B-- B-- B-- B-- B-- B-- B-- W47 L47 L62 W63 W63 L61 L59 
                                                            328 300 297 406 331 278 285 
65  Dolores Stoll       L25 L60 L58 L33 L63 L58 L62 L62 L60 B-- B-- B-- B-- B-- B-- B-- 
                        297 290 319 307 341 306 329 346 310                             

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