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David Gibson (Scrabble)

David Gibson is a mathematics professor and professional Scrabble player from South Carolina. He is currently ranked the #1 player in North America.[1] He was the winner of the 1994 and 2016 North American Scrabble Championship, the 1995 Scrabble Superstars Showdown, and the 2003 Scrabble All Stars Championship. He currently resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

As of 2006, despite having played in a comparatively small number of tournaments, Gibson is the 2nd all-time leading money winner in Scrabble, primarily from winning the two largest tournaments in the game's history.[2] Due to his tendency to clinch tournaments before their final rounds, he has given his name to the term Gibsonization for a process of pairings in a single-elimination final.[3]


  1. ^ "Cross-Tables". January 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Leaders -". Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  3. ^ NASPA Director Manual (PDF). Dallas, TX: North American Word Game Players Association. 2013. p. 54.

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