Three-time English scrabble world champion wins French language championship after memorizing most of the French dictionary. Sharon Reich reports.
Three-time world champion in English scrabble, Nigel Richards, nabs the winner's trophy at the French Scrabble World Championships, even though he doesn't speak a word of French. So what's his secret? Apparently, the New Zealander memorized the French dictionary in just nine weeks. Vice-President of the Belgian Scrabble Federation, Yves Brenez, says Richards has been the talk of the town this week. SOUNDBITE: Yves Brenez, Vice-President of the Belgian scrabble federation, saying (French): "The participation of Nigel Richards made the championship more exciting. The fact that he won without speaking French was a big surprise. He left everybody astonished." Richards declined all media interviews, but is no stranger to the Scrabble circuit. He has three English-language World Championship and five U.S. Championship titles under his belt.