David Eldar, 27, claimed the title after three intense rounds of play.
After competing against some of the most accomplished and enthusiastic Scrabble players from over 26 countries at the MSI World Championships, Australian born David Eldar, 27, who now lives in London, claimed the ultimate title and is this year’s World Scrabble Champion.
David was declared the winner after beating runner-up, Sri Lankan born Harshan Lamabadusurilya from West London, 3-0 in the best of five final over the bank holiday weekend. As well as the title of World Scrabble Champion, David will also be taking home the prize fund of £7,000.
The crucial word that sealed this year’s championship was ‘carrels’ (a desk) scoring 74 points. Other interesting words played throughout the final included; ‘obvs’ (slang: obvious), scoring 10 points and ‘asinicos’ (stupid fellows), scoring 64 points.
David commented: “This means a lot to me, I went into the third game with a huge mental advantage having won both previous games, so I knew I just had to keep focused and if the tiles went in my favour I could clinch it.”
David has been playing Scrabble for 14 years and is currently ranked No. 2 in the world. He works in real estate in London and has lived in the UK for seven years.
The World Scrabble Championship final took place on Sunday 27th August at The Old Museum, Nottingham, UK in association with Mattel and Mindsports International.