WESPA Youth Cup Scrabble Championship started in KualaLumpur

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KualaLumpur(Cliff News) WESPA Youth Cup (WYC); formerly known as World Youth Scrabble Championship started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Known to be the toughest youth tournament in the world the 2019 edition features well over 200 players from 20 countries.As in every previous WYC the defending champion had a terrible opening day. Syed Imaad Ali was visibly tired and jelagged after a 40 hour journey from England and suffered three shock defeats on the opening day.Pakistan overall had a very good day with Saim Waqar holding the flag aloft with 7 wins out of 7 games played today.The Canadian/Thai boy Tarin Pairor, one of the favorites to win this year was on top at the end of the day with 7 wins and a spread of 1064. He is followed by another favorite and the runner up of 2017 and 2018 Janul De Silva of Sri Lanka also on 7 wins while Saim Waqar is one of the only three player who remained unbeaten throughout the day.Hasham Hadi Khan is currently 4th with 6 wins while Sohaib Sanaullah is 6th with 6 wins. Hasham also made the highest game score of the championship so far with 688.Overall Pakistan is on top among countries with 3 of its players in the top 6 at the moment.Usman Shaukat, Basil Khan, Ali Rashid, Aehzam Ahmed, Kamran Ahmed and Monis Khan all have 5 wins out of the 7 games played.11 matches are scheduled on the second day of the tournament.

Imaad Ali gatecrashed his way into the QF of World Scrabble Championship

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Torquay(Cliff News)It was a historic day for Pakistan as the whiz kid Syed Imaad Ali gatecrashed his way into the quarter finals of the World Scrabble Championship at Torquay, England becoming the first ever Pakistani player to do so.Imaad who became the youngest ever Junior World Scrabble Champion only days ago also become the youngest quarter finalist in history of the World Scrabble Championships.Imaad’s opponent in the quarter final is Nigel Richards who is nicknamed the GOAT (greatest of all times) in a game billed as the GOAT vs the Kid.

The other quarter finalist are

David Eldar (Australia) vs Dave Wiegand (USA)
Harshan Lamabadusuriya (England) vs Peter Armstrong (USA)
Paul Gallen (Northern Ireland) vs Jason Keller (USA)

The division B was completely dominated by the young Pakistani players in a way that the top five positions were occupied by Pakistani players.The first position kept changing hands between the Hadi twins until finally Hammad Hadi finished on top at the end of round 35. His twin brother Hassan Hadi had the same number of wins (27) and a slightly lesser spread.It is the first instance of two brothers finishing at 1st and 2nd in the World Scrabble Championship.Daniyal Sanaullah finished 3rd and Taha Mirza 4th while the 12 year old Monis Khan managed to hold firm til the end to occupy the 5th position.This is also a unique instance in the world championship history that the top five positions were occupied by players from one country.

World Scrabble Championship:Imaad have a good chance to qualify for QF

London(Cliff News)New Zealand’s Nigel Richards stood firm on the third day of the World Scrabble Championship. The defending world champion has 21 wins and a spread of 2175.Paul Gallen of Northern Ireland had a good day that saw him climb to the 2nd spot with 19 wins while Dave Koening of USA continued to be in good form despite losing two games to the teenage sensation Imaad Ali. Koening ended day three on the 3rd spot.The story of the day was definitely the 13 year old Imaad Ali from Pakistan who stunned the world by beating one great player after another, Imaad proved his ice cold temperament by winning both the live telecast matches and earned praise from millions watching. Imaad is now on the 7th spot with a good chance of qualifying for the quarter finals.Pakistan’s ace Waseem Khatri finally got back into form and got into the quarter final position by finishing 6th at the end of day three. Moiz Baig slipped to 17th while young Sohaib Sanaullah is on 21st.The Division of the World Scrabble Championship continued to be dominated by the Shangrila Pakistan team although there was a stiffer competition from other countries on day three.The Hadi twins made the world championship look like a family affair. Hassan Hadi snatched the No. 1 spot from Taha Mirza with some impressive wins. He is now on 20 wins and a spread of 2408.As always the other twin Hammad Hadi has similar number of wins and is right next to his brother with a slightly lower spread.Taha Mirza is still fighting on and is standing firm on the 3rd spot with 19 wins while Daniyal Sanaullah occupied the 4th position with 19 wins.There was finally some competition from other countries as Omijeh Osas from Nigeria, Terry K. Rau from USA and Sapong Kwaku from Ghana got into the quarter final positions while little Monis Khan is still in the top 8.9 more games will be played tomorrow and the top eight from each division will qualify for the quarter finals.

Syed Imaad Ali became youngest player to win Junior World Scrabble Championship

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London(Cliff News)Pakistan’s wonder boy Syed Imaad Ali at 13, became the youngest player ever to win the Junior World Scrabble champion here at Torquay, England.Imaad remained in the lead right throughout the championship and was declared a champion with one match to go with a 17/3 record and a spread of 2159. He is only the second player in history to have won both the World Youth Scrabble Championship (now renamed WESPA Youth Cup) and the Junior World Scrabble Championship; the first one being compatriot Moiz Baig.Pakistan players dominated the championship throughout and walked away with a number of trophies as well as the top five positions.Daniyal Sanaullah capped a great tournament by winning the runner up trophy with 15 wins and a spread of 1335. Hassan Hadi finished third with 15 wins and a spread of 1024 while Sohaib Sanaullah and Hammad Hadi finished 4th and 5th respectively

Following are the age category titles

Under-18 World Champion, Taha Mirza (Pakistan)
Under-16 World Champion, Rory Kemp (England)
Under-14 World Champion, Saim Waqar (Pakistan)
Under-12 World Champion, Monis Khan (Pakistan)
Under-10 World Champion, Misbah ur Rehman (Pakistan)

Former world champion Brett Smitheram awarded trophies to the winners.

Pakistan Scrabble team announce for World Junior Championship

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Karachi(Cliff News)Director Youth Program of Pakistan Scrabble Association Mr. Tariq Pervez announced the team for participation in the World Scrabble Championship and Junior World Scrabble Championship during a press conference today.Mr. Tariq informed that Pakistan is the defending champion and and overwhelming favorite to defend its title as there are no less than five players in the team that are in the running for the top slot.The team comprises of the following players
Hassan Hadi Khan

Hammad Hadi Khan

Sohaib Sanaullah

Daniyal Sanaullah

S. Imaad Ali

Taha Mirza

Saim Waqar

Usman Shaukat

Monis Khan

Misbah ur Rehman

Absar Mustajab

Noor Shaukat
The World Scrabble Championship will start a day later at the same venue. Pakistan’s No. 1 player Moiz Baig and No. 2 Waseem Khatri will join the team for the adults event.Addressing the press conference, Mr. Nadeem Omar, president of Karachi Cricket Association and himself a keen scrabble player expressed his sincere wishes to the team.The team is called Shangrila Pakistan team which will depart for London on Thursday night to take part in the championship that starts on November 16th at Torquay, England.

Sohaib Sanaullah displaying complete domination in 2nd Shangrila Foods Scrabble Championship

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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.  

Hassan Hadi Khan won Princess Cup Youth Scrabble Championship

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Bangkok(Cliff News)Hassan Hadi Khan capped a great year for Pakistan by winning the Princess Cup Youth Scrabble Championship at Bangkok, Thailand today.Intrestingly his identical twin Hammad Hadi won the same championship last year. This is only the second time Pakistan has participated in the Princess Cup and won each time.Hassan was in great form throughout the championship and remained in the top three positions almost from the beginning.
His twin brother Hammad was also in the race for the title. With one match to go there was a real possibility of an all-Pakistan final but Hammad list his last game and finished 4th.Hassan finished the main round on top of the ladder and faced Thailand’s Tanaphon Kamenkij in the best of 3 final.The final was a unique experience which was played on a giant 12 feet scrabble board and watched by thousands of spectators at the arena.Hassan won the first game 454-383 but Tanaphon made the finals exiting by winning the second 498-410.It all came down to the last game of the championship which turned out to be a nail-biting affair. Hassan kept his cool and won 413-397.This is Pakistanis fourth global youth title in the last year or so. Incredibly all four have been won by different players.This is probably Pakistanis greatest performance in any sport. The Director Youth Program of Pakistan Scrabble Association hoped that the Government will take notice of these achievements and play its due role in further development of the game