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2007 National SCRABBLE(R) Championship

About the Event

The finals of the 2007 National Championship were held on Sunday, October 21st at The Cavendish Conference Centre, Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT. Finalists Stewart Holden, 28 from Nottingham and Paul Allan, 37 from Glasgow played a best-of-five match to determine the new National Champion.

Congratulations to 2007 National Champion Paul Allan, who defeated Stewart Holden three games to one: 537-364, 491-419, 409-418 and 462-366.

Players competed in six regional events to qualify for a semi-final event, held in Leeds on 15–16 September. Holden and Allan finished at the top of a 60-player field that weekend, each winning ten games and losing two, with Holden finishing in first place with a spread of +1222 ahead of Allan on +582.

The public was invited to attend the finals. Doors opened at 10:00 A.M. (or earlier, if the weather is inclement), and entry was free. The UK’s only ever World Champion – Mark Nyman – was on hand to explain and comment on the moves as they occur and the audience was able to make their own comments and ask questions as the action unfolded.

Each of the (NSC) final games were posted live to this web site in interactive form, through the links listed below. To find out more about the event and about Scrabble in the U.K., please visit the ABSP web site.

About the Secondary Schools Championship

Also taking place at the same location this year were the finals of the first Secondary Schools Championship: the following top eight Schools Champions in the country battling for a £500 first prize and for money for their school.

Here are the final standings:

14.0-0.0+991Shin, Austin
23.0-1.0+588Hawes, Annie
32.0-2.0+135Field, Ben
42.0-2.0-94Butcher, Tim
52.0-2.0-200Rigler, Ben
62.0-2.0-311Olayzola, Dimitri
71.0-3.0-634Barnett, Harry
80.0-4.0-475Mather, Nicholas

[photo of auditorium] Tournament Results

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10:30 A.M. Game 1 – NSC
Game 1 – Schools Tournament
10:00 A.M.
  • Simultaneous Games – featuring one of the country’s top players, Terry Kirk
  • Club and ABSP membership information
11:30 A.M. Game 2 – NSC
Game 2 – Schools Tournament
12:30 P.M. Lunch Break
1:30 P.M. Game 3 – NSC
Game 3 – Schools Tournament
2:30 P.M. Game 4* – NSC
Game 4 – Schools Tournament
3:30 P.M. Game 5* – NSC
4:30 P.M. Prize presentation*

* NSC Games 4 and 5 will be played only if necessary: the final is the best of five games. The presentation will take place once both tournaments have been completed.


Stage PresentationPaul Chadwick (MC), Mark Nyman (Commentator)
Large BoardAllie Nelkon, Alice King
Tournament DirectorWayne Kelly
Schools Tournament DirectorKat Wilkes
Game AnnotatorsJo Kollar, Mauro Pratesi, Mike Whiteoak
Internet RelayWayne Kelly
WebmasterJohn Chew
Simultaneous GamesTerry Kirk
ReceptionJulie Nelkon
Tournament OrganiserPhilip Nelkon
Press Officer (Mattel)Charlotte Bird, Emma Holmes

Past Champions

YearChampion YearChampion
1971Stephen Haskell 1989Russell Byers (2nd title)
1972Olive Behan 1990Philip Nelkon (3rd title)
1973Anne Bradford 1991Phil Appleby
1974Richard Sharp 1992Philip Nelkon (4th title)
1975Olive Behan (2nd title) 1993Allan Saldanha
1976Alan Richter 1994Mike Willis (2nd title)
1977Mike Goldman 1995(not contested)
1978Philip Nelkon 1996Andrew Fisher
1979Christine Jones 1997Andrew Cook
1980Joyce Cansfield 1998Mark Nyman
1981Philip Nelkon (2nd title) 1999Evan Simpson
1982Russell Byers 2000Brett Smitheram
1983Colin Gumbrel 2001Mark Nyman (2nd title)
1984Mike Willis 2002Mark Nyman (3rd title)
1985Esther Byers 2003Harshan Lamabadusuriya
1986Viraf Mehta 2004Mark Nyman (4th title)
1987Nigel Ingham 2005Wale Fashina
1988Margaret Rogers 2006Jake Jacobs