KARACHI: After an impressive opening day, Pakistan players suffered mixed fortune on day two of the 28th King’s Cup Scrabble Championship in Bangkok yesterday
Javeria Arshad Mirza was the only saving grace for Pakistan, winning six out of her eight games and finishing in 30th position out of 99 participants at the end of the 16th round. She finished with a score of +448.
Four-time national champion and Pakistan’s main hope Waseem Khatri continued to struggle, losing five out of his eight games. He finished day two in 43rd position with +349 points.
Waseem was closely followed by his younger cousin Shahzaib Khatri, who finished the day in 46th place with +241.
Sixteen-year-old Moizulah Baig was ranked 52nd with -105 points.
Inayatullah languishes at 82nd position
Muhammad Inayatullah, who won the Division II title at the Penang International Scrabble Championship last week, failed to impress as well.
He won only six games out of 16 in the competition, languishing in 82nd position with 131 points on day two.
King’s Cup is the biggest scrabble competition in the world, offering a prize money of $10,000 to the winners.
So far, Thailand’s Jakkrit Klaphajone is leading the event with 13 wins and three defeats in the competition and a spread of +467.
He is followed by Australia’s Cameron Farlow with 12 wins and four defeats in second place, while Thailand’s Pakorn Nemitrmansuk ended the second day in third position.
Tournament favourite and two-time King’s Cup champion Nigel Richards wrapped up the day in 10th position with 11 wins and five defeats.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2013.
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