Hundreds of Scrabble players are in Lille, France to compete in the World Scrabble Championship.
Players from 27 countries compete to qualify for the playoffs but organizers say skill level ranges from casual participants to the expert level.
"Players will play in lots of tournaments around the world but you can tell really from the amount of people here that you have and also from the variety of countries that you have here that are representative that it's a really, really important event," says former World Scrabble Champion Philip Nelkon.
The top eight players will then proceed to the finals to compete for an individual prize and a prize pool, both awarding money.
The individual champion is announced Sunday, Sept. 4.
Last year's winner was from Nigeria.