Northants man wins Scrabble Championship

Paul Allan Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Northamptonshire has beaten off competition to become the National Scrabble Champion 2013.

Paul Allan, a teacher from Rushden clinched the title on Sunday after a gruelling best-of-five showdown at the finals in London.

He sealed the win by playing "bandura" a Ukrainian lute, scoring 86 points. He finished with an overall score of 503. His competitor scored 389.

Paul has previously champion in 2007 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Other words played throughout the final included....

Kernite – a mineral – 100.

Mete – to measure – 34.

Exordial – to begin - 92.

Shrieval - relating to a sheriff - 97.

Valerate - a chemical salt - 36.

Coniines - a poisonous alkaloid found in poison hemlock - 98.

Paul said: “I am delighted to have won, especially given the fact that the final is played to a public audience of players who expect to be impressed!"

Paul was previously crowned champion in 2007 and has won a number of tournaments since starting to play Scrabble on a competitive level in 1993.