Karachi(Cliff News)Youngster Saad Vohra was declared the winner of the “player of the month” award announced by Pakistan Scrabble Association for the month of October 2019.The award was announced by the Director Youth Program Mr. Tariq Pervez to encourage participation in the weekly scrabble games.The award is presented to the player that improved their game the most during the month and not based on the number of wins. This means that every player; new or experienced has an equal chance of winning the award. The improvement is measured by the rating points gained during a one month period using the international standard rating system.An unprecedented large number of players have been turning up for games every Friday at Beach Luxury hotel after the announcement of the award by Pakistan Scrabble Association.8 years old Saad Vohra gained 50 rating points in October to clinch the award. Mahrukh Zaim improved her rating by 45 points in october to clinch the second prize while Noor Shaukat finished 3rd after gaining 32 points in the same period.The winners were presented with cash and certificates.It must however be noted that a senior player Mr. Abdul Wahid gained 48 points and was 2nd in the list but he very kindly volunteered to pass on the award to the next player in the list in order to encourage a younger player.This gesture was appreciated by all the players.
Karachi(Sports Reporter)The reigning youth world champion Syed Imaad Ali won the Universal Trophy Scrabble Tournament played at the Generation”s School South Campus.The tournament acted as the qualifier to pick the Pakistan team for the WESPA Youth Cup which is being played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November.Imaad who won the WESPA Youth cup last year has a great chance to become the first player in history to defend his title since he is only 14 years old and is eligible to play at least four more years before he turns 18.Imaad dominated proceedings on the second and final day in such a way that he was declared the winner with one match to go. Imaad finished the tournament with a 14-4 win record and a spread of 1710.Reigning national champion Hasham Hadi Khan finished second with 12 wins and a spread of 1004.Ali Rashid made a strong comeback on the second day to clinch the 3rd spot with a 11-7 record and a spread of 770 while Sohaib Sanaullah slipped to the 4th position with the same win record but a lower spread of 493.The rest of the top ten were Saim Waqar, Taha Mirza, Monis Khan, Basil Khan, Misbah ur Rehman and Hamza Naeem.In Division B Azlan Qazi dominated with 14 wins and a spread of 635 while Shan e Abbas was the runner up with 12 wins and Anas Farhan finished 3rd with 11 wins. 7 years old Bilal Asher stunned everyone by clinching a spot in the team while Kamran Ahmed took the 5th and final spot in the team from Division B.The chief guest Mr. Faisal Ashraf of Universal Cables distributed the prizes to the winners.The team will leave for Malaysia at the end of November to defend its title.
Karachi(Sports Reporter)The Universal Trophy Scrabble Tournament kicked off at The Generation’s School, South Campus.This tournament serves as the qualifier for the WESPA Youth Cup that will be played at Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia in November. Pakistan is the defending champion of WESPA Youth Championship.Nine matches were played on the opening day. At the end of day one Sohaib Sanaullah was on top in Division A with 7 wins and a spread of 801.The reigning world youth champion S. Imaad Ali is currently second with 6 wins and a spread of 619 while the current national champion Hasham Hadi Khan is 3rd with 6 wins and a spread of 435.Basil Khan, Ali Rashid, Monis Khan, Usman Shaukat, Hamza Naeem, Misbah ur Rehman and Taha Mirza make up the rest of the top ten in division A that consists of all international players.Division B saw a much closer contest on the opening day with the top three players on seven wins each and only the difference of spread separates them. Zehra Zaim is on top with a spread of 705 to go with her 7 wins while Bilal Asher and Azlan Qazi are on 2nd and third with spreads of 559 and 375 with 7 wins each.Shan e Abbas, Mahrukh Zaim, Rumaisa Waseem, Kamran Ahmed, Hamda Adnan, Manamah Mukarram and Huzaifa Faisal occupy 4th to 10th positions.Nine more rounds will be played tomorrow. Team Pakistan will be announced at the end of the tournament.
Karachi(Cliff News)The 3 days 2nd Shangrila Foods Scrabble Champions Trophy ended here today with teenage sensation and former Pakistan champion Sohaib Sanaullah displaying complete domination by winning 17 of his 24 games and being gibsonised for 2 games.8 times national champion Waseem Khatri made a remarkable recovery over the last 2 days to end second with 15.5 wins followed by current National and U-14 and U-16 World Champion Hasham Hadi Khan (also in his teens) in third place after winning 15 games.Ms Asma Ali Shah, Chairperson Sports Committee of North Nazimabad Gymkhana gave away the prizes.The Champions Trophy, an invitational tournament involving the top 30 ranked players of Pakistan is a nationally and internationally ranked tournament and the toughest tournament on the local circuit as there are no easy games.The future of Pakistan Scrabble appears to be in the pink of health as it is currently holding all the possible world titles at youth level (6 age categories of Junior World Scrabble Championship, WESPA Youth Cup and Princess Cup) and with 7 of the top 10 of the Champions Trophy still eligible to represent Pakistan at this level besides other players who have shown a lot of potential, there is every possibility that the Pakistan team is able to retain these titles in the upcoming world events to be staged in the UK in November and Malaysia in December.
The 20th Inter School Scrabble Championship will be played on February 02 & 03, 2019 at BVS Parsi School, Karachi.This was announced by Pakistan Scrabble Association in a press release today .There will be ten (10) age categories. Top three players in each category will be awarded trophies. Certificate of participation will be given to all players.There is no limit to the number of entries from one educational institute. Registration will be on first-come-first-serve basis. There will be no on-the-spot registration on the championship day.Top 200 players from this championship will be selected for free training and coaching for the World Youth Scrabble Championship (WYSC). A team of ten players will ultimately be selected for the WYSC.Entry forms can also be downloaded from our website www.pakistanscrabble.org.This championship is open to all schools, colleges and universities.All students from any part of the country can download the entry form, submit as per the information provided on the form and participate.Scrabble guide and useful word lists can be downloaded from our website. For regular updates follow the Facebook page “Pakistan Scrabble Association”.
Dubai(Cliff News)The WESPA Youth scrabble championship kicked off at the American Academy in Dubai today. Widely regarded as the largest and the toughest youth tournament in the world. There are about 120 players from all parts of the world in the championship this year.Pakistan is vying to create an unprecedented record of winning all the major youth scrabble events having already won the The Junior world scrabble championship, the princess cup (twice) and the Causeway Challenge.At the end of day one Napat Vatjaranurathon of Thailand was on top with 7 wins from as many matches. he is maintaining a healthy spread of 1470.Radinka Dissanayeke of Sri Lanka is second with 6 wins and a spread of 776.Debutant Basil Ali Khan of Pakistan won his first 6 games but lost the last game to end the day one on the 3rd spot with six wins and a spread of 648.S. Imaad Ali and Sohaib Sanaullah of Pakistan are also on six wins and a currently 5th and 6th respectively.Pakistan is currently on top in the team rankings with four players in the top ten.In the side tournament for adults Tariq Pervez is on top having won 5 games with a spread of 629.Douglas Tsnag of Hong Kong is 2nd while Jackson Thomas is 3rd.
Penang(Cliff News)Widely regarded as the toughest scrabble tournament of all times the Alchemist Cup is a world team event. Ten teams comprising five players each compete against 5 players from another team over five days.Only the top 50 players in the world are eligible based on their international rating.At the end of day-one team USA was on top with 25 wins and a spread of 1196 overall.Thailand ended day one on the second spot with 24 wins and a spread of 540 while Rest of the World is currently 3rd with 24 wins and a spread of 310.Three Pakistani players are representing Rest of Asia team. Waseem Khatri started the tournament well winning his first four matches but lost the next 4 to end the day with a 5-4 record.Reigning junior world champion Moiz Baig also has 5 wins from 9 games.The star of the day was undoubtedly the 16 year old Sohaib Sanaullah who got a chance to play the tournament only after Sherwin Rodrigues of India dropped out at the last minute.The youngster had the toughest debut imaginable with no less than 5 of his 9 opponents on the opening day were current and former world champions! Sohaib created a sensation by beating no less than four of them to earn praise from experts all over the world.