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Noel Turner - Scrabble Expert

Noel Turner has been a member of Newport Scrabble Club since 1988. He ranks in the Top 50 or so players in the UK. He possesses the title of "Expert", which is Scrabble's equivalent of the "Master" status in chess.

Noel appeared on Channel 4's "Countdown" in 1993, winning 4 of his 5 appearances in the opening section, and going on to lose - on the conundrum - to future Champion of Champions, Don Reid, in the semi-final. After all his many appearances, Don described his match with Noel as his closest. He was horrified, later, to discover that Noel had a "system", based around his Scrabble word-learning. It had never even occurred to Don that one could have a system for "Countdown"!

Here are some of his best achievements:

Noel Turner - Achievements

1991

ABSP Prestige - 4th
Isle of Wight Matchplay - Winner

1992

Southampton Open - Runner-Up
London Matchplay - Runner-Up

1993

Southampton Open - Winner
"Countdown" Semi-Finalist

1994

Southampton Open - Winner

1995

Highest Rating - 181
Highest National Ranking - 13th

1996

Isle of Wight Matchplay - Runner-Up

1998

Bournemouth Open - Winner
Southern Counties' League - Individual Champion

2000

Southampton Open - Runner-Up
Isle of Wight Matchplay - 3rd

2001

APSP Isca Matchplay - Winner
Bournemouth Open - Winner

2002

Bournemouth Open - Winner
Isle of Wight Matchplay - Runner-Up

Newport (I.W.) Scrabble Club
Champion

4 Times:
1992, 1995, 1999, 2002

Newport (I.W.) Scrabble Club
Knock-Out Winner

4 Times:
1992, 1999, 2001, 2002

Ryde (I.W.) Scrabble Club
Champion

Twice:
1990 ("High-Score"), 1993

Ryde (I.W.) Scrabble Club
Knock-Out Winner

Twice:
1993, 1994

Ryde (I.W.) Scrabble Club
League Winner

Twice:
1993, 1995