Man Wins French Scrabble Championship Without Speaking A Word Of French

http://news.yahoo.com/shy-kiwi-stunned-francophone-scrabble-lovers-030022417.html Via Yahoo!

Nigel Richards is the best damn Scrabble player in the English language. He is the highest ranked player in the world, and has won numerous international titles, including the world championships three times, the U.S. national championships five times, the Singapore Open Scrabble Championship eleven times, and the King’s Cup, the world’s biggest Scrabble tournament, an astonishing twelve times.

The New Zealand native was obviously bored of crushing his clearly inferior English-speaking opponents, so eight weeks ago he started memorizing the French dictionary. His memory is so good that he took his knowledge and proceeded to whoop all the people who actually speak French.

According to a friend of his, “[Richards] doesn’t speak French at all, he just learnt the words. He won’t know what they mean, [and] wouldn’t be able to carry out a conversation in French…”

An article from the New Zealand Herald stated that his French opponents were completely “gobsmacked” by his performance, even questioning if he might be an extra-terrestrial with super brain powers.

It’s only a matter of time until Richards takes over Scrabble in other languages.