After competing against 57 Scrabble professionals in 14 hard-fought games at the semi-final in September, Paul has clinched the title of National Scrabble Champion 2013.
Paul was declared the winner on Sunday after a best-of-five showdown; as well as achieving the ultimate accolade for any Scrabble fan, Paul also won £2,500 in cash. Paul sealed the win by playing ‘bandura’, a Ukrainian lute, scoring 86 points and giving him an incontestable lead in the deciding match. The last match finished with an overall score of 503 for Paul beating Allan’s 389.
The 42nd National Scrabble Championship has secured widespread coverage across broadcast, national and regional titles with highlights including BBC Breakfast, Sky News, local ITV channels, BBC Radio 4, and many of the national newspapers in print and online.
Following the final is the debut of The Scrabble Champions Tournament, from the 3-8 December in Prague. Formerly known as the World Scrabble Championships, the new annual tournament celebrates top-ranked players and encourages up-and-coming Scrabble game enthusiasts to take part in a refreshing new forma as part of the wider Mind Sports Festival operated by Mind Sports (International). For more information, go to: www.praguemindsportsfestival.com.
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