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Melbourne, Australia
November 3 - 7

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On Thursday, November 4, SCRABBLE® players representing 35 countries went head-to-head at the 1999 World SCRABBLE® Championship held at the Carlton Crest Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. Competitors competed for a total prize package of $35,000 (US). Play continued through November 6 with the best-of-five finals on Sunday, November 7.

As per event organizer J.W. Spear, a division of Mattel, over 100 competitive slots have been allotted making this the largest World SCRABBLE® Championship ever. As the host country, Australia has been awarded 2 extra competitors for this event only. By placing two players in the top five at the 1998 Asia - Pacific Championships, the Philippines has been recognized with an extra place. Representing the United States were 1997 World SCRABBLE® Champion Joel Sherman and a team of 13 American players. Team Canada had 6 representatives, including current Canadian National Champion Joel Wapnick.

For the complete allocation of contestants and the prizes awarded for the top 16 places, check out Issue 147 of the SCRABBLE News. Details of the event appeared round by round at this web site, and in Issue 152 of SCRABBLE News. If you're not a subscriber, find out how you can join the NSA and start receiving the newsletter.

The WSC is held in odd-numbered years with sponsorship alternating between J.W. Spear/Mattel and the National SCRABBLE® Association/Hasbro. The 2001 World SCRABBLE® Championship will be held in Las Vegas. For further information, please contact us at .

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