Harpenden Scrabble maestro pipped at the post in national championships
PUBLISHED: 20:00 20 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:33 06 May 2010
A HARPENDEN Scrabble whiz narrowly missed out on the first place prize at last weekend s National Scrabble Championships. David Webb, 47, of Milton Road, took on Craig Beevers of Stockton-on-Tees at Sunday s final and after nearly three hours of non-stop
A HARPENDEN Scrabble whiz narrowly missed out on the first place prize at last weekend's National Scrabble Championships.
David Webb, 47, of Milton Road, took on Craig Beevers of Stockton-on-Tees at Sunday's final and after nearly three hours of non-stop play, Craig, a former Countdown series winner, was crowned champion.
Despite conjuring up gems such as bumbazed - a word meaning 'to be perplexed' - which won David an impressive 101 points, Craig's extensive vocabulary couldn't be topped and the former mathematics graduate ended up beating David 3-0.
David, who spent three hours a day learning new words in preparation for the competition, said it was a tough three games: "Craig is an excellent player and I'm pleased with my performance against him because all three games were quite close. Also, I think lady luck was on Craig's side on Sunday and we all know that that's a very important element in Scrabble."
But David, co-author of How to Win at Scrabble, said he can only get better: "I'm currently in the middle of a three-year computer programme to learn all the words in the dictionary and I think that by the time next year's championships come about, I might be good enough to clinch first place.
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