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No Loss For Words: Canadian Scrabble Champ Heading To World Championship
June 25, 2013
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A promotional t-shirt from the 2005 event, where Logan was the winner (Photo: Reuters)

There are talented Canadians all over the place - and the world of Scrabble is no exception.

A former world champion was crowned Canadian National Scrabble champion yesterday for the fourth time, and he will now attempt to become the latest Canadian to shine on Scrabble's world stage.

scrabble-champion-logan.jpgAdam Logan, a 38-year-old mathematician and civil servant from Ottawa, scored major points with words like 'Gardyloo', 'Eglomise' and 'Zoecia' (quickly now, try to use all three in a sentence). That's him on the right, in a 2007 photo by Anne Sanfedele.

"This was one of my favourite championships, with most of the drama coming toward the end of the game," said Logan, who won $5,000, plus $2,000 for the charity of his choice - the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation.

Logan will now head to Prague for the Scrabble Championship Tournament, part of the International Mind Sports Festival - an 11-day event that also includes chess, e-Sports and the trading-card game Magic: the Gathering.

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Competitors at the 2011 competition in Montreux, Switzerland (Photo: AP)

The event - previously titled the World Scrabble Championship - is the jewel in the crown of Scrabble experts like Logan, who won the title in 2005. In fact, the top prize has been awarded more times to players from Canada than from any other country in the 22-year history of the tournament, held every two years.

Here's a quick rundown of how our fellow Canadians achieved world domination (or at least triple-word score). Click the Scrabble boards to check out an interactive account of each match from beginning to end:

In 2005, Logan clinched the title with a 465 score in the final round, beating out Pakorn Nemitrmansuk from Thailand with words like 'Aurates', 'Recoined' and 'Ancones'.
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In 1999, Joel Wapnick from Montreal achieved a single-point victory over Mark Nyman, making him one of only two players to have won the U.S., Canadian and World titles. This, in spite of losing a turn when he tried to bluff with the illegal word 'Furour'.
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In 1995, Quebec's David Boys won easily over Joel Sherman after challenging his word 'Twinners'. Apparently, UrbanDictionary.com wasn't a legal resource in 1995.
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The inaugural year of the tournament was won by Canadian Peter Morris, who actually competed for the United States. With 'Toked', 'Inhaler' and 'Guilt' on the board, it sounded like quite the party.
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Adam Logan will try to reclaim his international title beginning Nov. 29.

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