8:00am Monday 2nd September 2013
By James Wilson
A FATHER-of-two from Knutsford will battle it out to become the UK Scrabble champion next month.
Four-time champion Mark Nyman will be one of 58 wordsmiths at the National Scrabble Championship semi-final in Cardiff this September.
He joined the London Scrabble League in 1980 after being inspired by his dad.
He has since gone on to win the World Scrabble Championship in 1993 and has written a book called The Little Book of Scrabble Secrets, published by Collins, in 2011.
With two places available at the final – being held in London in November – the pressure is certainly on for the Knutsford salesman to qualify and take the grand prize of £2,500.
“I believe Scrabble is the best word game in the world, and I am feeling quite confident about the Cardiff semi-finals,” Mark said.
“I’m especially looking forward to playing at the Millennium Stadium.
“The last time I went was for a FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Liverpool – this year I’m hoping to win my own.
“I’m much better prepared for it this year than I have been for a very long time.
“I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Scrabble. I hardly played at all last year, but this year I’m ready for it.
“I’m probably one of the favourites, but there are many players who will share that same belief.
“Sometimes Scrabble can be about luck, but usually the very best players can overcome any challenges that are put in front of them.”
The semi-final takes place at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday 15.
Wish Mark the best of luck on our website at knutsfordguardiangrp.co.uk.
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