Player Profiles


Most Scrabble players know Darryl Francis as the hard-working man behind our international word-list efforts, if nothing else. Derek McKenzie, in his Word-Buff site, profiles the WESPA Dictionary Committee leader. Go to:
Word Buff — Darryl Francis Talks About Collins Official Scrabble Words
Mar 2011


Canadian former world champ and all-time legend of the game Joel Wapnick talks to Derek McKenzie about the release of his new book 'How to Play Scrabble Like a Champion'. Read the interview on McKenzie's Word-Buff site, at:
Word Buff — How to Play Scrabble Like a Champion
Jan 2011


The baby-faced veteran

Alastair Richards is ranked 10th in Australia and 96th in the world. He has played 2871 competive games in Australia and 620 in world tournaments. He has won numerous events in Australia, including a couple of majors, and represented his country at one Causeway Challenge. Sounds like a grizzled veteran. Read more.


Mystery man

Nigel Richards is profiled by New Zealand's Sunday Star-Times newspaper as the enigmatic "greatest player ever". Yet the journalist never actually spoke to the man himself. Read the full story.

The Nigel Richards outtake from Stefan Fatsis's celebrated best-selling book 'Word Freaks: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble' (with permission of the author). Read the full chapter.











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