Marty Gabriel is a competitive person by nature. The Charleston resident spent much of his life as an athlete playing football and basketball. Several years ago however, he got hooked on something much different, Scrabble.
“It seems to be forever interesting.” says Gabriel
What began as a fun hobby turned into something more serious when he met fellow Scrabble lover Scott Garner. The two began playing each other often, despite the fact that Garner lives all the way in Memphis. Eventually, the two got the idea that they would work to break a world record for the most points scored in a 24 hour period.
“We saw online that someone tried to break the existing record and had failed. We just wondered if we could do that ourselves.” says Garner.
The duo began practicing for longer amounts of time and eventually in July of 2016 were able to break the record by scoring 216,000 points in 24 hours. While the record was set a year and a half ago, the pair just recently received official certification of the record from Guinness.
While the record is something they were both excited about, it is not the reason they play the game. They say that the real reason is the friendships they have formed with other Scrabble lovers. Through groups like the Charleston Scrabble Club, which Marty and his wife Daiva Markelis help run, people are able to come together to enjoy the game together.
If you are interested in learning more about the Charleston Scrabble Club, you can visit their website.