KARACHI: Arham Abidi was the star of the show on the opening day of the 28th King’s Cup Scrabble Championship that commenced in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday.
The 16-year-old Pakistani won six of his eight matches, beating several world renowned players ranked higher than him.
The 1024-rated player also inflicted defeat on Pichai Limprasert of Thailand.
The 18-year-old Shahzaib Khatri also registered five wins on the day, ahead of his cousin Waseem Khatri who once again was off to a slow start losing his opening two matches.
The winner of the recently concluded Penang International, Mohammad Inayatullah, endured a mixed day, winning four of his eight matches.
Tariq Pervez and Yash Gandhi also won four matches each.
Mariam Arif was also able to impress as she beat several world class players. She lost a close game to former world champion Pakorn Nemitrmansuk.
Reigning world champion Nigel Richards currently heads the table followed by Cheah Siu Hean of Singapore and Helen Gipson of Scotland.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2013.
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