Highgate teen becomes Scrabble youth champion of UK

A Highgate teenager has been crowned the UK’s youth scrabble champion in a closely fought tournament, one of the youngest to ever win the competition.

Jack Durand, 13, who lives in North Hill with his parents and three siblings, triumphed at the finals of the National Youth Scrabble Championship, beating his opponents in seven games.

It was the first time Jack, who has been playing the word game since he was six and competing since he was nine, entered the championship.

The City of London School pupil has won several junior Scrabble tournaments but he usually plays against adults as there are not many British children who play the 78-year-old game.

Jack played in the tournament in preparation for this year’s World Youth Scrabble Championship in Dubai in December, which he has entered for the past three years.

He said after his win: “I am thrilled to have won the national championship, though it was nerve-wracking and a number of us could have won.

“I’m really looking forward to the World Championship in a couple of weeks, and it will be great to see so many of my friends again from around the world who also play Scrabble.”