Taking Stock – Russell’s a champ, take our word for it.

Russell Byers, an accountant with Nottinghamshire-based firm Blythens, has proved that accountants are good with more than just numbers when he came sixth in the World Scrabble Championships. The finals, which were held in Melbourne, Australia last month, have proved to be a happy hunting ground for Byers, 44, who finished seventh in the last championship. He gave TS an insight into what makes a truly great player when he said: ‘You have to play regularly and have a memory for the English language.’ This may all sound too easy to be true, but then Russell did confess that he found it much easier to handle words than figures!

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