Five previous winners are currently in the top 50 of the WESPA Ranking List and include Chinedu Okwelogu (2012), David Webb (Main Events 2015 and 2016), Evan Berofsky (Main Event 2017). Nicky adds that “you can also count Nigel Richards amongst the notable previous winners if you consider the European Open Scrabble Championship which was held every year in Malta between 2010 and 2014 back-to-back with the MISO. The EOSC was owned by CentreStar (Amy Byrne) but its logistics and organisation were in our hands. Nigel won the 2010 edition.”
This year’s tournaments are intended to have more of a communal aspect to it than did previous editions. All participants will have lunch at the restaurant that is part of the complex that includes the playing hall. There will also be a BBQ Dinner in the lido within the same complex.
After four days of play, an excursion, dubbed tourISMO, will be organised to allow participants to discover the natural and historical beauties of Malta.
If you are looking to stay on, Nicky recommends “visiting Valletta in 2018 since it will be the European Capital of Culture. There will be a special vibe in the capital city because of this and a host of cultural events. This is over and above what Malta always has to offer, the history spanning millennia, its fantastic weather and sea, and the typically Mediterranean tranquillity that can be felt just by walking around any of its village cores.”
Organised Scrabble in Malta is made up of one club, the Malta Scrabble Club, co-founded in 1984 by Angele Andrews, who now lives and plays in the UK. Whilst the Club is made up of around 30 active members, Malta has a relatively high rate of 7 registered Scrabble players per 100,000 of its population.
The Malta Scrabble Club meets twice a week and has almost a one-day tournament a month, other than the MISO.
You can also find them online
and on Facebook.
Text with thanks to Nicky Vella Laurenti