Pakistani youngsters Monis Khan, Imaad Ali and Hasham Hadi won U10, U12 and U14 titles respectively at the World Youth Scrabble Championship (WYSC), held at Lille France.
Pakistan’s scrabble contingent ended tournament as the second best side as hey bagged victory in three out of five categories.
After standing second after Sri Lanka in this event, this is Pakistan’s second time to conclude as the runner ups.
Pakistan’s highly rated player Abdullah Abbasi couldn’t perform well, and this time fell on 20th spot.
“We’re disappointed with Abdullah’s result but proud of the great performances by Monis, Imaad and Hasham,” Pakistan Scrabble Association (PSA) Youth Director Tariq Pervez told The Express Tribune. “These three will definitely have long WYSC careers, and will hopefully go beyond in the seniors categories in the future.”
The premier U18 event title was clinched by UAE’s Sanchit Kapoor.
“It’s a remarkable and historic feat, given the extremely high level of competition. As one of the smaller countries in the fray, we aren’t expected to finish top of the rankings, but Sanchit has shown the way with his intelligence and sheer determination. He’s worked extremely hard over the past few years and especially in the course of this last school summer break to realise this dream of his,” said Nikhil Soneja, Sanchit’s coach and chairman of the UAE Scrabble Club
Best Team Sri Lanka
High game: Okikioluwa Hector (NGA) – 653
High word: Sohaib Sanaullah (PAK) BASCINET – 158
High word: Hansi Weerasooriya (LKA) FILAMENT – 158
High word: Aabid Ismail (LKA) OBEDIENT – 158