After five days of competitive Scrabble play, Matthew Tunnicliffe of Ottawa was crowned the 2015 North American Scrabble Champion. Tunnicliffe, a 28-year-old technical writer, defeated several top competitive Scrabble players, including last year’s champion Conrad Bassett-Bouchard. Along with the champion’s title and trophy, he earned a cash prize of $10,000.
This year’s event took place at the Reno Ballroom and consisted of 31 head-to-head rounds. The 2015 Championship allowed players who finished among the top eight from each of five Scrabble divisions to move on to elimination play-offs, which determined who competed in the final rounds.
In the final round, Tunnicliffe, the third Canadian player in history to win the title, defeated runner-up Jesse Day by a score of 495 to 344. More than 45 words including huipil, bighead, nonelite, leucomas, and kiva were played.
The North American Scrabble Players Association, the nonprofit organization licensed by Hasbro Inc. to administer competitive play in the U.S. and Canada, organized the 2015 North American Scrabble Championship.
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