Pakistan off to a flyer in scrabble tournament

Four players in top 10 on first day of international event.


News Desk July 04, 2013
Seventeen-year-old Yash Gandhi was the most impressive performer for Pakistan, finishing third. PHOTO: FILE

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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COMMENTS (1)

Hassan | 7 years ago | Reply

Kudos to our guys for showing the entire world that we're the best spellers in the whole wide world. Unlike spelling "bees" which Indians dominate due to their irrational love for honey, scrabble requires both spelling prowess and strategic smarts, which, juxtapositionally speaking, we've got plenty of, and all that.

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