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WSC 2007 Commentary:
After the Finals
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When Nigel Richards (NZL) and Ganesh Asirvatham (MYS) finished their game, they quickly recounted the
game, and then Ganesh reached across the table to shake Nigel's hand.
The atmosphere in the audience air remained festive. Everyone was keyed
up and ready for more games; indeed the prize ceremony wasn't ready yet,
so Philip Nelkon asked for everyone's patience for 20-25 minutes while the
last preparations were made. Players had no trouble finding things to
talk about to occupy the time: the finals, their own games, the
future of WESPA and international Scrabble, and so on.
Eventually the ceremony started and the necessity of the preparations
became clear. I'll have to see what I can adapt for the next
Canadian NSC. Speeches from Mattel digniatries, loudspeakers
blaring out Stand Up For The Champions (prompting some prizewinners
to show off their dance moves), confetti guns, the traditional
oversized cheque, glass trophies, certificates, photographs with
dignitaries, full group photographs, and so on.
Nigel Richards (NZL) received USD 15,000, a glass trophy, a certificate, a SamTimer
(from event sponsor SamTimer.com) and a cake (from the hotel).
Players may download full size versions of the group photo from
(I have noticed subsequently that Flickr has a cap on image sizes, and
that the ones posted there are 1280 by 851 pixels. If anyone would like
the original 6 MB photos, please let me know and I'll post them elsewhere.)
The room is being torn down now, and I'm off to the airport in
five hours. The site will be updated as much as I can before then,
and reports of corrections are welcome beginning Wednesday morning