Tournament news in the past six weeks has been very momentous and there is much to look back on. Our report this month had been postponed to include the events of WESPAC, an event which witnessed around 200 players take part in a week long festival of Scrabble; as such, we hope you enjoy this summary.
We start in the UK, and its National Championship that was held in the first week of October. The warm up tournament saw Anand Buddhdev and Anne Ashmore go 1-2 in a field that featured two England represenatives for WESPAC (John Ashmore and Mark Nyman).
Austin Shin, fresh from his third in the World Championship, continued to score well and notched up a deserved win: his last round match against the eventual runner up, Harshan Lamabadasuirya, was an amazing game to witness. You can view the stream of this game on YouTube
and see what unfolded! David Webb came in third, signalling some good form on his way to Kenya a month later.
A week earlier, on a long weekend in Australia, the NSW Scrabble Championships was won by Edward Okulicz, winning 20 of his 24 games. Joanne Craig, Esther Perrins, Victor Tung and Bob Jackman completed the top five respectively (all four would be flying the flag for Oz in WESPAC a month later).
2017 UK National Scrabble Champion, Austin Shin
It’s an event that both top Singapore player Toh Weibin and Malaysian player Alex Tan were sad to miss but saw the return to competitive play for two others; the Causeway Team Challenge featured the might of Malaysia up against the might of Singapore and seeing the returns of Vannitha Balasingham and the former World Number One, Ganesh Asirvatham.
It was a popular tip that Malaysia would win this one, and as the second day of play continued, any doubt this result would have been contrary to expectation was quickly erased. Ganesh, in his international tournament return, blasted his way to a victory with 17 wins and an average of 521 per game: with it, a return to the number one spot was assured. The new Number Two, Nigel Richards, was runner up.
Marlon Prudencio's 670 game on Day One was never beaten for high game.
Hubert Wee was the top placed Singapore representative.