Paul Allan wins the 2023 UK National Scrabble Championship
Paul Allan, 2023 UK National Champion, sporting his snazzy Scrabble shirt
Paul Allan posted a 17-4, +1825 record to secure the tournament victory
and be crowned UK National Scrabble Champion for the third time.
Paul was Gibsonized with two rounds to go, finishing with a two game
lead over Phil Robertshaw (15-6, +1419) with three players ending with
14 wins to win the remaining place prizes, with Ryan Wee (14-7, +1038)
taking third, Harshan Lamabadusuriya (14-7, +849) in fourth and Lukeman
Owolabi (14-7, +409) in fifth.
The tournament was tight going into the final day's 8 games, with over
a third of the field of 44 players within 3 games of the tournament lead.
However, by the lunch break half way through the day's play, the field
had started to thin out, with the final prize winners occupying 5 of
the top 6 places. Paul's win over Harshan in round 19 put him in an
Joshua Moisey, winner of the Plate at the 2023 NSC
Meanwhile, in the Plate division, Joshua Moisey (16-5, +2272) was
Gibsonized with one round to go due to holding a 1 game lead with a
spread of more than 1000 at the time over Ruth MacInerney, who finished
in second place with a 16-5, +1402 record. Nicky Huitson (15-6, +1155)
won the third place prize.
While Ruth started the final day with a one game lead over Joshua
and Samuel Crispin, Joshua and Ruth were neck and neck throughout the
final day, but Joshua's 89-point win in the penultimate round sealed
the victory and Nicky overtook Samuel in the final round.
Joshua had a remarkable tournament, averaging 484 points per game,
posting 4 of the highest 5 scores through the 21 games in the division,
including a score of 740 in the first round of the final day to surpass
his previous division-leading best score of 609 from the day before.
Joshua's 10,154 total points scored was the most of anybody at the tournament,
including Paul Allan!
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Last updated: 29 May 2023