Starting his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word "zilch," 24-year-old Conrad Bassett-Bouchard from Portland, Oregon, beat 29-year-old Jason Li of Montreal in the final round of the five-day 25th National Scrabble Championships played at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, and finished with the opposite — the $10,000 prize and title of national Scrabble champion. He led for most of the match, winning by a score of 477-350. The tournament began days after the announcement that 5,000 new words had been added to "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary." The 25th National Scrabble Championships drew 525 players from 11 countries.
TOP 10: BOARD GAMES OF ALL TIME
1) MONOPOLY ( PARKER BROS ) The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly—the domination of a market by a single entity.
2) CLUE (PARKER BROS. ) The classic detective game! In Clue, players move from room to room in a mansion to solve the mystery of: who done it, with what, and where?
3) SCRABBLE ( MILTON BRADLEY ) Two to four players score points by placing tiles, each bearing a single letter, onto a game board. The tiles must form words which that must be defined in a standard dictionary.
4) TRIVIAL PURSUIT ( PARKER BROS. ) Progress is determined by a player's ability to answer general knowledge and pop culture questions.
5) LIFE ( MILTON BRADLEY ) The game simulates a person's travels through his or her life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and possible children along the way.
6) OPERATION ( MILTON BRADLEY ) Patient "Cavity Sam" has a large red lightbulb for his nose. In the surface are a number of openings, which reveal cavities filled with fictional and humorously named ailments made of plastic. The general gameplay requires players to remove these plastic ailments with a pair of tweezers without touching the edge of the cavity opening.
7) STRATEGO ( MILTON BRADLEY ) Each player controls 40 pieces representing individual officers and soldiers in an army. The objective of the game is to find and capture the opponent's Flag, or to capture so many enemy pieces that the opponent cannot make any further moves.
8) TROUBLE ( MILTON BRADLEY ) Players compete to be the first to send four pieces all the way around a board. Pieces are moved according to the roll of a "pop-o-matic" die.
9) PARCHEESI ( PARKER BROS. ) Played with one or two dice and the goal of the game is to move each of one's pieces home to the center space.
10) BATTLESHIP ( MILTON BRADLEY ) Each player deploys his ships secretly on a square grid. Then each player shoots at the other's grid by calling a location. The defender responds by "Hit!" or "Miss!". You try to deduce where the enemy ships are and sink them. First to do so wins.