Three Busy Weeks of Tournaments
There was a veritable feast of Scrabble on offer across the country over
three weeks, culminating in the National Scrabble Championship
on the first weekend of October.
The weekend of 21st & 22nd September saw 4 events take place.
Colin Nicol, Samantha Beckwith and Lucy Beckmann won the three divisions
at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne tournament; Ross MacKenzie took down Hexham;
Gareth Williams and Sue Lilley were the division winners at Nailsea;
and Ed Martin and Janet Adams triumphed at Ilford.
The weekend of 28th & 29th September saw 4 more events take place,
starting with a couple of one day events on the Saturday at Warrington
and Glasgow. 40 players played at Warrington, split into 5 divisions
won by James Burley, Diane Bromilow, Steve Balment (unbeaten), Bernard
Mayhew and Mike Handley (also unbeaten) Meanwhile, north of the border,
another 22 players contested 7 games with Simon Gillam and Rory Kemp
taking the division wins.
Sunday saw 28 players take part in Caroline McLaughlin's inaugural
Holmfirth tournament. Wayne Kelly (unbeaten), Marjorie Struggles and
Michael Thomas triumphed in the three divisions there.
Sunday also saw the final day of the Irish Open at Waterford in
the Republic of Ireland. Congratulations to Feargal Weatherhead, who
clinched victory on spread from Kay McColgan and John Kennedy, after all
three finished on 11 wins. Kay beat Feargal by six points in a close
final game, but short of the 164 point margin of victory required to
take the title.
The first weekend of October is National Scrabble Championship weekend,
starting with the Last Chance Qualifier on Friday, then the main event
and plate event over the Saturday and Sunday. See the later articles
for more coverage of the NSC.
Last updated: 6 October 2019