NSA: Tourneys: 1998: CSC : Monday
|CSC98 Final Press Release|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DONNA GARBER (905) 883-4700 DONNA PIASENTINI (905) 602-0343 CANADA'S FINEST SCRABBLE STAR SHINES 52-Year-Old Joel Wapnick's Winning Way with Words Earns Him First Place Prize of $7,000 and World-Class Standing Today the "Spell-a-bration" begins for Canada's most ingenious SCRABBLE(R) expert who beat out 49 other elite players in four-days of board game battles. His name Joel Wapnick, a 52-year-old McGill University music professor from Montreal. And a man who has emerged $7,000 richer by winning one of the country's most scholarly showdowns -- the Second Canadian SCRABBLE(R) Championship, a contest held during the game's 50th anniversary year. Wapnick will represent Canada at the next World SCRABBLE(R) Championship. His win is all the more remarkable, given that his opponent drew all ten blanks. Wapnick was one of 50 highly advanced tournament-ranked players from across Canada who participated in this fiercely intense war of words hosted at Toronto's celebrated Arts and Letters Club. He was pitted against such SCRABBLE(R) luminaries as the former World, North American, and Canadian SCRABBLE(R) Champions. The tournament was organized so that each contender played 18 games of SCRABBLE(R) over a three-day period in an effort to accumulate points and qualify as one of the top two finalists. After securing his spot as one of these finalists, Wapnick captured the SCRABBLE(R) title this morning by winning three games out of a best of five round against Albert Hahn, a 50-year-old truck driver from Calgary. During his final three winning games, Wapnick tallied impressive scores of 432, 453, and 542 remarkable considering that even a very good amateur SCRABBLE player averages between 250 and 350 points per game. Wapnick also entertained the crowds by playing such unusual and obscure words as REOVIRUS, ACYLATES, BEGLADS, CHUFA, and DRACAENA. Although thousands of SCRABBLE(R) experts participate in very senior-level sanctioned tournaments in Canada and the U.S., SCRABBLE(R) still belongs to the millions of amateur enthusiasts who play it for family fun. This year marks SCRABBLE(R)'S 50th anniversary as the world's most popular word game, a milestone few board games ever celebrate. An estimated 100 million SCRABBLE(R) games have been sold to-date with between one and two million additional games sold in North America each year. Available in 30 different languages, it is estimated that approximately 50 million people around the world play the game regularly.
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