“Scandal” can be as much as 76 points as an opening Scrabble play, and one is certainly brewing in Torquay, England.
Ghanian player Alexius Quashie was ejected from the 2018 World Scrabble Championships today after a cheating incident from earlier in the tournament came to light.
It was discovered that early in his live-streamed Round 13 match against Brett Smitheram, Quashie was clearly spotted looking at a drawn tile and then immediately attempting to put that unwanted tile back into the bag.
See the video and screen shots here:
Amazingly, that brazen act was not sufficient to beat the former World Champion; Smitheram still won the game 517-395. That being said, cheating is cheating, and Quashie was rightfully ejected from the event, currently being led by New Zealand’s Nigel Richards.
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