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The 2001 World SCRABBLE® Championship (WSC) took place on December 13-17, 2001 (see detailed schedule) at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following registration and a private reception on the evening of Thursday, December 13th, players played eight games on each of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the end of this twenty-four game preliminary, the two players (Joel Wapnick of Montreal, QC, Canada and Brian Cappelletto of Chicago, IL) with the best records faced each other in a best-of-five final on the morning of Monday, December 17th to determine the new World SCRABBLE® Champion.
Congratulations to the new World Champion, Brian Cappelletto!
For more information on 12/17, contact John D. Williams Jr. at 702/414-1000 ext 33106. After 12/18, contact Yvonne Gillispie at email@example.com or 631/477-0033 ext. 17.
World SCRABBLE® Champions (L to R): Mark Nyman, Joel Wapnick, David Boys and Joel Sherman
The WSC has been held every two years since 1991, and is hosted every four years by Hasbro and the National SCRABBLE® Association. In total, 236 players have competed in the event.
|2001||Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.||Brian Cappelletto, U.S.A.|
|1999||Melbourne, Australia||Joel Wapnick, Canada|
|1997||Washington, D.C., U.S.A.||Joel Sherman, U.S.A.|
|1995||London, U.K.||David Boys, Canada|
|1993||New York City, U.S.A.||Mark Nyman, U.K.|
|1991||London, U.K.||Peter Morris, U.S.A.|
A total of $50,100 in prizes will be paid out at the 2001 World SCRABBLE® Championship:
|3rd place:||$5,000||9th place:||$400|
|4th place:||$3,000||10th place:||$300|
|5th place:||$2,000||11th-15th place:||$250|
|6th place:||$1,000||16th-20th place:||$150|
The WSC will be played under NSA Tournament Rules with changes described WSC Rules. In particular, the word references will be OSW-I, MWCD and TCD, and a five-point penalty will apply to failed challenges.
To find out more about the Venetian Hotel, including contact and reservation information, please see our Hotel Information page.
All competitors are requested to complete our biography form, which asks for information that may be used for publicity purposes. Each contestant is asked to email a JPEG format photo suitable for use in our photo gallery to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible or post a scannable photo to NSA, PO Box 700, Greenport, New York, 11944 USA. Players should also check our Information for Players page for frequent updates.
The list of registered players can be viewed by country, by photo or by standing.
U.S. and Canadian players compete in a qualification system run by the NSA, the details of which can be found at the following pages.
Players representing other countries should contact their national player organizations or SCRABBLE® distributor.
In addition to defending World Champion Canadian Joel Wapnick, ninety-six players have been invited to represent their countries or regions at WSC 2001 as shown below. Where two numbers are listed after a country's name, the first is the number of players they will send and the second is the total number of players they are eligible to send.
This page will be updated with more about the players as information becomes available.
As of May 3rd, 2001, the National SCRABBLE® Association (NSA) is please to announce the Committee for the 2001 World SCRABBLE® Championship. Assisting the NSA staff will be
Charlie Southwell (VA)
Laura Klein (NY)
RA Fontes (OR)
Mary Rhoades (TX)
Luise Shafritz (NV)
Rick Wong (CA)
Sherrie Saint John (MA)
John J. Chew (ON, CAN)
Kristen Chew (ON, CAN)
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