Buffalo, N.Y. • The world's best Scrabble players are squaring off for the title of Scrabble champion, which will be awarded Wednesday.
The 25th National Scrabble Championships began Sunday with 525 players from 11 countries competing for the $10,000 top prize.
By the time it is over, contenders in five divisions will have played 31 games each over five days, with rankings based on win-loss records and the number of points by which they outscore opponents.
The player to beat is five-time champion Nigel Richards, an Australian who lives in Malaysia. Will Anderson, an editor from Croton-on-Hudson, was hoping to spell out a serious challenge after finishing third last year.