Four-time national champion Waseem Khatri endured a see-saw third day at the 28th King’s Cup Scrabble Championship in Bangkok, winning five of the seven games he contested yesterday.
He defeated India’s Goutham Jayaraman 419-359 and then beat Malaysia’s Cedric Lewis 469-444 in round 22 to break into the top 20, securing 18th position in the overall rankings.
However, he lost to Thailand’s Thacha Koowirat 526-428 in the 23rd round to fall seven places down to 25th spot at the day’s end.
Meanwhile, Javeria Mirza ended the day in 37th position in the 99-player event, winning three games, drawing one and losing three.
Muhammad Inayatullah jumped to 40th place from the 82nd spot on day three. He won 12 games and lost 11 to end with +711 points.
World champion Nigel Richards of New Zealand continued to head the table as he won 17 out of 22 games.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2013.
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