Four Pakistan players were placed among the top 10 on the opening day of the inaugural Penang International Scrabble Championship in Malaysia, according to information provided by the Pakistan Scrabble Association.
The competition started with Tariq Pervez winning his first four matches to take the lead in the morning session. However, the second saw him struggling and he finished the day in 10th place.
Seventeen-year-old Yash Gandhi was the most impressive performer for Pakistan, finishing third at the end of the opening day. Veteran M Inayatullah was placed seventh, while 18-year-old Shahzaib Khatri ended fifth. Shahzaib also claimed the highest single move score of 185 points.
Choo Zi Wei of Malaysia is currently leading the event ahead of Christian Oktavius of Indonesia.
In the Elite category, Pakistan national champion Waseem Khatri remained less than impressive as he finished 20th.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2013.
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