I've put a career's worth of work into Scrabble, but ultimately, it is a labor of love.

 
  The "big check", August 2014

The "big check", August 2014

 

Introduction

I played my first tournament in 2004, at age 14. Little did I know, a pro career I could've never dreamed of unfolded over the next decade. If only it paid more! With lifetime winnings of over $40,000, I'm one of the few Scrabblers who have actually profited from the game. A huge sum of money to a formerly directionless teenager-turned-twenty-something, but let's just say Scrabble players aren't quitting their day jobs left and right. 

 

My Scrabble career by the year

2002-2003 (age 12-13)

  • I discovered competitive Scrabble in middle school by way of [now defunct] Shizmoo's turnless Scrabble variant Word 'Em Up and the Internet Scrabble Club (www.isc.ro)
  • I played over 10,000 games online as I worked up the courage to play in a real tournament
     

2004 (age 14)

  • I played my first tournament in Oakland, CA
     

2005 (age 15)

  • I achieved my first expert-level rating (youngest at the time)
     

2006 (age 16)

  • I took 2nd place in Division 2 of the National Scrabble Championship
  • I became the highest rated youth player in North America
     

2007 (age 17)

  • I took 13th place in division 1 of the [unofficial] National Scrabble Championship
  • I attained a top 20 ranking in North America
     

2008 (age 18)

  • I won Division 2 of the National Scrabble Championship
     

2009 (age 19)

  • I attained a top 10 ranking in North America
     

2010 (age 20)

  • I took 7th place in Division 1 of the National Scrabble Championship
  • I attained a top 5 ranking in North America
     

2011 (age 21)

  • I won the inaugural North American championship for the unofficial Word Game Players Organization
  • I won the Princess Cup in Bangkok, Thailand over world #1 ranked Nigel Richards
     

2012 (age 22)

  • I attained the world #1 ranking
  • I took 9th place in Division 1 of the National Scrabble Championship
     

2013 (age 23)

  • Cast in lead role for almost-successful TBS reality TV show Scrabblers
     

2014 (age 24)

  • I won the National Scrabble Championship (youngest American to do so)
  • I won the Mind Sports International US Scrabble Championship
  • I more or less finished learning all the 2-8 letter words in the dictionary
     

2015 (age 25)

  • Mentored one of the 2015 National School Scrabble Champions
  • Finalist in the first Words With Friends "Wordie Games"
     

2016-2017 (age 26-27)

  • (Mostly) taking a break to focus on my Masters' degree
  • 5th place finish at Niagara Open Championship


Complete North American Results

Complete International Results