- The game’s national championship tournament, held over the last five days in Orlando, Fla., was shaken by the disqualification of one young player for pocketing blank tiles in an attempt to cheat. Suspicious opponents flagged him, and the young man fessed up, tournament officials said. They would not release his name because he is under 18, but in the small world of the game’s culture, the news is already a bombshell.
“People were just appalled,” said Stefan Fatsis, author of the book “Word Freak,” about competitive Scrabble, who was competing at the tournament. “It’s easy to poke fun at Scrabble, but people who play it competitively take it very seriously. The community prides itself on integrity and honesty and sportsmanship.”
But as with anything that involves winning and losing — particularly with money involved — it is not above cheating.
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