Phil Robertshaw has claimed his 6th major UK title, winning the
National Scrabble Championship in a nail-biting finish at Warrington
With the top spots all to play for in the final round, the deciding
game was a 1-point victory for Phil over Paul Gallen, which left the top
3 players all with a 12-4 record, but with a 31 point spread advantage
Wayne Kelly (TO, CO and TD for the weekend) presented Phil
with the winner's cheque and the champion's shield - the second time
that Phil's name name will have been engraved on the shield, as he
also won the 2016 championship.
In his acceptance speech, Phil paid tribute to his opponents' skill
and tough competitive play, and then dedicated his win to his late mother.
The top 5 finishers won place prizes - none of them new to major
championships. They own 31 major titles between them!
Paul Gallen, already winner of two majors in 2019, finished as
runner-up. The overnight leader, Harshan Lamabadusuriya also finished
on 12 wins but 152 spread points behind the winner. Dave Koenig made
fourth place with 11 wins, having only qualified for the tournament in
the Last Chance Qualifier on Friday, with Lewis Mackay in fifth position
heading the group of 10 game winners.
There were two ratings prize for best performance above rating which
were won by Stu Harkness and Tim Hebbes.
The board from the final round game between Phil Robertshaw and
Paul Gallen is pictured here. Many great words, but the talking point
as everybody gathered around to see the winning board was the play of
SURANCE and EYEHOLES in the bottom
two rows, which combined to make a phoney hook of EO!
Gary Oliver went unbeaten on Sunday in the Plate tournament to win by
4 clear games with a dominant 15-1 record, and was Gibsonized for most
of the final afternoon. Ray Tate, who narrowly missed out on qualifying
for the main event in Friday's Last Chance Qualifier, finished runner-up
(11-5) one game clear of Steve Graston in 3rd place.
Only Graham Harding managed to beat Gary over the weekend, and he
finished in 4th place, heading a group of 5 players who finished with
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