The Scrabble field is heating up, one of the most formidable and famous Scrabble players has confirmed his attendance at this summer’s 4th Mindsports World Championships.
Top Scrabble player Nigel Richards confirmed with MSA that he will be participating in the World Scrabble Championships hosted at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, Qatar in August.
New Zealander Nigel has taken the title home twice, having last done so in 2013. Since then he has been knocked out of the previous two World Scrabble Championships by the current World Champion Brett Smitheram, but will it be third time lucky for this undisputed Scrabble legend?
Nigel, , known to challenge himself, previously took part in the French World Championships as a non-French speaker and succeeded in taking home the French title in 2015. This year Nigel will be mainly focused on taking part in the World Scrabble Championships.
Not one to take part in interviews, Nigel did quietly chat to MSA Ambassador and roving reporter, Daniel Stembridge, at the World Championships last year. When asked about his thoughts of his chances of winning both the World and French titles, this humble player was quoted to say “Not much. The standard in both games is improving all the time. I just enjoy playing.”
The Scrabble Event will kick off with the Junior World Championships followed by the Main World Scrabble Championship, with multi-language tournaments throughout the week.
Organised by Mindsports Academy (MSA) and Qatar Tourism Authority, the 4th Mindsports World Championships will take place between 19th and 27th August 2017 in Doha, Qatar. In addition to Scrabble, the nine-day tournament’s headline events include Chess, Go, Backgammon and e-Sports. The championship is expected to attract 1,500 mindsports enthusiasts from over 40 different countries. Players, professional and new, will be competing for their mindsport championship title, which will come with their share of a record total of $200,000 in cash prizes.
Full tournament details, a list of all the events, schedules and accommodation information are available at www.msawc2017.com