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August 5, 2004
New Orleans, LA — The word is out. Trey Wright, a 30 year-old concert pianist from Los Angeles, CA, orchestrated his way into first place at the National SCRABBLE® Championship (NSC). After five days and 33 rounds of play, Wright took home the $25,000 first prize and bragging rights among North America's 10,000 SCRABBLE® tournament players. The action was taped and will be telecast on ESPN this fall.
Wright won by playing words like FEIJOA (an evergreen shrub), ZEBU (a domesticated ox) and CALUTRON (an electromagnetic device). Runner-up David Gibson, 53, of Spartanburg, SC and the SCRABBLE all-time top money winner, fought hard to the end but couldn’t overtake the determined Californian. He walks away with the second prize of $10,000.
Over 850 word wizards from 40 states and 5 countries went head-to-head at the largest SCRABBLE tournament in history. Competitors of ages 12-93 vied for a total prize package of $100,000.
Internet coverage including standings, play-along games, color commentary and photos is featured on www.scrabbleassociation.com.
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