Lexicological expert Allan Simmons, is working on his word skill as he prepares for the 42nd National Scrabble Championship.
Mr Simmons, of Coldingham Village in the Scottish Borders, won the regional tournament north of the Border earlier this year to secure his place at the final next month.
Like Chess, tournament Scrabble is played against the clock and each player has 25 minutes to make all their moves.
The final will be decided by the best of five matches, and Mr Simmons, who compiles Scrabble puzzles for national newspapers, said that he has been training hard for the challenge. He said: "Aside from brushing up my vocabulary, it's a case of going over words that are likely to come up and thinking strategically.
"I am thrilled to have made it to the National Scrabble Championship final again, especially given the ever-increasing number of top-quality players competing."
Joining Mr Simmons in the final is opponent Paul Allan, who was previously crowned champion in 2007.
He has won a number of tournaments since playing Scrabble at a competitive level since 1993.
The competition will be held in London on November 3.