On Sunday, after the final game, Allan Simmons, a Scrabble consultant from Coldingham Village in the Scottish Borders, and Paul Allan, a teacher from Rushden, Northamptonshire, successfully secured the two coveted spots at the final of this year’s 42nd National Scrabble Championship.
The word that secured Allan’s place in the final was ‘naperies’, Scottish for table napkins, whilst Paul’s winning word was ‘wirildas’, plural for Acacia tree.
Both players are now one step closer to being crowned National Scrabble Champion and winning a £2,500 cash prize. The two finalists will go head-to-head at the final which will take place on Sunday 3rd November in London, consisting of a gruelling best of five games showdown.
Allan was previously crowned National Scrabble Champion in 2008, and has competed at major tournaments for 30 years. Paul won the title back in 2007, and has won a number of tournaments since starting to play Scrabble competitively in 1993.
The National Scrabble Championship semi-final was held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, in conjunction with the Cardiff Mind Sports Festival, organised by Mind Sports (International). The event also featured chess, the collector-card game Magic: The Gathering and the ancient Chinese game, Go.
On Saturday, Channel 4’s Countdown team were present, holding open auditions to find contestants who were willing to put their letter and number skills to the test. Countdown presenter and Mind Sports (International) ambassador, Rachel Riley, was present on the Sunday to provide on-hand support for the players.
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