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Winner crowned at World Scrabble Championships

David Eldar has been crowned winner at the MSI World Championships in Nottingham. Credit: Deft Productions

A new world Scrabble champion has been crowned thanks to his knowledge of classroom furniture.

David Eldar beat his opponent Harshan Lamabadusurilya 3-0 in a best of five final - placing the word "carrels", a cubicle desk, to score 74 points.

He claimed victory at the Old Museum, Nottingham Conference Centre, after competing against players from more than 26 countries across three rounds of the MSI World Championships.

27-year-old David Eldar was crowned champion of the competition. Credit: PA
meaning a cubicle desk - the word that secured David Eldar's victory

As well as the title, Mr Eldar, who has been playing the board game for 14 years, took home £7,000 in prize money.

He is ranked second in the world.

This means a lot to me, I went into the third game with a huge mental advantage having won both previous games, so I knew I just had to keep focused and if the tiles went in my favour I could clinch it.

– David Eldar, MSI world champion
The winner of the competition takes home a £7,000 cash prize, while the runner up gets £3,000. Credit: PA

The runner up, who is ranked 16th in the world and has been playing Scrabble for two decades. He will take home £3,000.

Some of the words the pair managed to produce during the final included:

slang for obvious, scored 10 points in the competition
meaning stupid fellows, scoring 64 points in the competition