Friday, October 27, 2006

Lexington's Own Mr. 830!

How could I not know that there were Scrabble champs among us? Fortunately, Stefan Fatsis--Scrabble's uber-scribe--knows and tells all in Slate this week:
On Oct. 12, in the basement of a Unitarian church on the town green in Lexington, Mass., a carpenter named Michael Cresta scored 830 points in a game of Scrabble. His opponent, Wayne Yorra, who works at a supermarket deli counter, totaled 490 points. The two men set three records for sanctioned Scrabble in North America: the most points in a game by one player (830), the most total points in a game (1,320), and the most points on a single turn (365, for Cresta's play of QUIXOTRY).

In the community of competitive Scrabble, of which I am a tile-carrying member, the game has been heralded as the anagrammatic equivalent of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962 or Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series: a remarkable, wildly aberrational event with potential staying power. Cresta's 830 shattered a 13-year-old record, 770 points, which had been threatened only infrequently.
One of the most interesting things, Fatsis points out, is that Cresta and Yorra aren't considered particularly good players--they rank in the bottom third of tournament players nationwide. A case of, eh hem, "score" one for the little guys, right?

(Triple bonus points for the event occurring on my mom's birthday. No one loves words like my mother!)


Blogger Rebecca said...

I LOVE scrabble! But I always lose...I play it for the vocabulary and literary challenge; my husband plays for the mathematical challenge - and he beats me every time! :)

7:00 PM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

I love Scrabble, too, but the whole idea of having to memorize dozens of two-letter words (the kind that often lead to victory) makes my head hurt. I say, let's stick to the fun!

3:49 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Where have you been?!? Miss you!

9:49 AM  

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