Occupation: Postgraduate student
Australian National Champion 2001
Trans Tasman representative: 2000, 2004
Queensland Champion 2003, 2004, 2005
New South Welsh Champion 2005
WSC Representative: 2001,
A major interest?
Edward is the youngest of three children. He grew up in Brisbane, and
lived there most of his life. Edward graduated from Queensland
University of Technology with a Bachelor of Education, and in 2004
moved to Canberra to work. He has keen interests in trivia,
writing, music and politics, and is an avid player of the card game
Five Hundred. He hates studying words, but enjoys the
ins and outs of Scrabble game-playing theory.
Edward began playing Scrabble competitively in October 1998 at the
suggestion of Queensland scrabble identities Michael Vnuk and Olga
Visser. Armed with some experience but with OSPD-only (not SOWPODS)
Edward managed to narrowly win the bottom section at his first
tournament. Edward graduated to Masters in his fourth tournament and
began a meteoric ratings increase.
Edward nearly doubled his rating in just two years to a whopping 1852
by the end of year 2000. Along the way, he became the top-rated State
player in Queensland in April 2000 and maintained that position until
his move to Canberra, following which he became the top-rated player in
the NSW area. Edward scored particularly strong rating gains at
interstate tournaments. The stronger the field, the better he plays...
A rise in "class"
In his debut international tournament, Edward proved his mettle against
the Kiwis with an impressive 5th place overall in the 2000 Trans-Tasman
He improved on this in 2004, coming 2nd. He qualified for, but was
unable to attend the 2002 event.
Edward won the 2001 Australian Championships by starting with an
unprecedented 17 consecutive wins. He followed up with a run of four
straight losses! But the massive margin he had already built up secured
his hold on the national title.
Edward played for Australia at the World Championships in Las Vegas in
2001, finishing 23rd. Following his win at the 2004 City of Sydney
Masters, Edward spent a number of months as Australia's top-rated
player. He moved to Wollongong
in 2005 to study a Master of Education, and won both the Queensland and
New South Wales Championships.