Our ladies are crazy smart and while away their leisure hours playing world class Scrabble games. I was an English major in college, but they’re way above my pay grade.
Sorry, Feminists, Men Are Better at Scrabble
Scrabble World Champion Nigel Richards displays his final winning board in London, Oct. 28.
The 2018 World Scrabble Championship was held last month in London. The champion, 51-year old Nigel Richards, played “groutier” (meaning “sulky”) for the winning 68 points. This was Mr. Richards’s fourth world title in English Scrabble; he also took the French Scrabble title this year for the second time, even though he doesn’t speak French.
If Mr. Richards’s dominance of competitive Scrabble is clear, there is a less noticed but more significant pattern in the game: Since the World Scrabble Championship began in 1991, all winners have been male. The North American Scrabble Championship has had one female winner (in 1987) since its founding in 1978. All eight finalists in this year’s French World Scrabble Championships were men.