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2006 U.S. Scrabble Open

Coverage of the 2006 U.S. Scrabble Open

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Updated December 11, 2010
The 2006 U.S. Scrabble Open (formerly the National Scrabble Championship) took place in Phoenix, Arizona.

Commentary on significant games and photos are available at the National Scrabble Association web site.

Winner

Jim Kramer of Roseville, Minnesota, has won the 2006 U.S. Scrabble Open. Kramer swept Geoff Thevenot of Austin, Texas, in the best-of-5 finals.

Kramer won the three games 388-374, 402-391 and 433-326.

In the last 10 games of this tournament, Kramer was a perfect 10-0.

In the first game of the finals, Kramer got away with a phony word, ZOOEA, allowing him to dump a lot of vowels onto the board. At one point during the second game, Thevenot missed a bingo play (LIMONITE; he played ITEM instead). In the third game, Thevenot led 261-206, but after that Kramer took over.

During the awards ceremony, Thevenot credited the Stefan Fatsis book Word Freak with getting him into competitive Scrabble. Kramer thanked his parents for always believing in him.

In addition to the title and a trophy, Kramer won $25,000. Thevenot received $10,000 for second place.

End of Day 4

The finals are set: Jim Kramer will take on Geoff Thevenot. Neither has won this event before.

On Day 4, Kramer was unstoppable. He was a perfect 7-0 on the day, finishing with a 21-7 overall record. (Kramer was also 7-0 on Day 1.) By contrast, Thevenot was just good enough. He went 4-3 and edged out Pakorn Nemitrmansuk of Thailand for a spot in the finals based on point differential (+1310 vs. +1213).

Kramer and Thevenot played twice during the preliminary rounds, splitting their games 1-1. The best-of-5 finals will begin today at noon eastern U.S. time.

The final top 5 included:

  • #1: Kramer (21-7)
  • #2: Thevenot (19-9, +1310)
  • #3: Nemitrmansuk (19-9, +1213)
  • #4: Mark Pistolese (18-9-1) of Pahoa, Hawaii
  • #5: Scott Appel (18-10) of Trenton, New Jersey

Among the other notable competitors:

  • #6: Brian Capalletto (18-10), 2001 and 1998 National Champion
  • #14: Joe Edley (16-12), 2000, 1992 and 1980 National Champion
  • #17: Marlon Hill (16-12) of Baltimore, Maryland
  • #21: Robin Pollock Daniel (15-12-1), former leader
  • #23: Trey Wright (15-13), 2004 National Scrabble Champion
  • #24: Panupol Sujjayakorn (15-13), 2003 World Champion
  • #32: "G.I." Joel Sherman (14-13-1), 2002 National Champion and 1997 World Champion
  • #47: Dave Weigand (13-15), 2005 National Scrabble Champion

End of Day 3

Thevenot moved up a spot and took over the top position by posting a 5-2 record on Day 3. Daniel (4-3 on the day) fell to third.

The top 5 at the end of Day 3 include:

  • #1: Thevenot (15-6)
  • #2: Appel (15-6)
  • #3: Daniel (14-6-1)
  • #4: Kramer (14-7)
  • #5: Stefan Rau (14-7)

Among the other notable competitors:

  • #6: Capalletto (14-7)
  • #7: Edley (13-8)
  • #20: Hill (12-9)
  • #39: Wright (10-11)
  • #41: Sujjayakorn (10-11)
  • #42: Weigand (10-11)
  • #52: Sherman (9-11-1)

It was a day of extremes for some former champions.

Capalletto surged toward the top (from #34 all the way up to #6) with an impressive 6-1 day. Sherman fell just as dramatically, going 1-6 on the day.

End of Day 2

Daniel led at the end of Day 2, with a record of 10-3-1. No woman has won the title since 1987, when Rita Norr earned it.

The top 5 at the end of Day 2:

  • #1: Daniel (10-3-1)
  • #2: Thevenot (10-4)
  • #3: Joey Mallick (10-4)
  • #4: Kramer (10-4)
  • #5: Appel (10-4)

Other notable competitors:

  • #6: Hill (10-4)
  • #11: Edley (9-5)
  • #13: Sherman (8-5-1)
  • #34: Capalletto (8-6)
  • #35: Sujjayakorn (7-7)
  • #51: Weigand (6-8)
  • #52: Wright (6-8)

Sherman made a big jump in the rankings, reaching #13 from #39. Sujjayakorn tumbled dramatically with a 2-5 record on Day 2, falling from #9 to #35. Wright started to climb up from his former #75 position, reaching #52 by going 5-2 on the second day.

End of Day 1

At the end of Day 1, the top-ranked players in Division 1 were:

  • #1: Kramer (7-0)
  • #2: Mallick (7-0)
  • #3: Thevenot (6-1)

Kramer and Mallick were the only two players to finish the first day with perfect 7-0 records.

Other notable competitors:

  • #9: Sujjayakorn (5-2)
  • #10: Hill (5-2)
  • #21: Edley (4-3)
  • #38: Capalletto (4-3)
  • #39: Sherman (4-3)
  • #48: Weigand (3-4)
  • #75: Wright (1-6)

Format

The tournament consists of 28 preliminary rounds followed by a best-of-five finals. The 28 preliminary rounds are played over four days, seven rounds per day. The players are sorted into groups of 8 each day and play a round-robin event.

After the Division 1 preliminary rounds, the two top-ranked players faced off in a best-of-five series to determine the champion. 76 players were placed in Division 1, the top division. More than 550 additional players took part in the event's lower divisions.

Prizes

The winner of Division 1 takes home $25,000. Second place earns $10,000, third place earns $5,000 and fourth place earns $2,500. The top prize for Division 2 is $4,000; for Division 3 it's $2,500; and for Divisions 4, 5 and 6 it's $1,500.

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