The boy was not “one of the top young Scrabble players” in America, as reported in the press, writes Fatsis. “Rather, he’d gained renown because of a performance at a previous tournament that seemed too good to be true.” That’s why his opponent was watching so closely.
The boy confessed and was ejected from the tournament, a five-day marathon.
Fatsis is the author of Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players. I enjoyed the book very much.