"In March 1998, the New York Times sponsored an exhibition match between MAVEN and a team consisting of world champion Joel Sherman and runner-up Matt Graham. It is not clear whether the collaboration helped or hindered the human side, but the computer won convincingly by a score of six wins to three. The result was not an anomaly. In July 1998, MAVEN played another exhibition match against Adam Logan (at AAAI-98), scoring nine wins to five."
– from A Gamut of Games, Jonathan Schaeffer, AI Magazine 22(3): Fall 2001, 29-46.
Men spent much more time analysing past games and practising anagrams - which gave them the winning edge in tournaments. 'The National Tournament divides players into six ranked divisions, and males dominate at the highest levels of performance', researchers wrote in the paper published in Psychological Research. 'In 2002, 86 per cent of competitors in the division with the best Scrabble players were male, while in the division with the lowest performance only 31 per cent of competitors were male. Men spent much more time analysing past games and practising anagrams - which gave them the winning edge in tournaments.