2018 Junior World Scrabble Championship: Green Jr’s Dominate; Occupy Top 3 Positions
ENGLAND: The Shangrila Pakistan team was off to a rollicking start at the Junior World Scrabble Championship which kicked off at Torquay, England.
As expected the boys in green dominated the proceedings on the opening day with some sterling performances. At the close of play on day-one each of the top three positions was secured by the Pakistan boys.
Pakistan’s ace Moiz Ullah Baig shot into an early lead winning the first four matches. Moiz suffered a huge loss against Jason Yin of Hong Kong which displaced him from the top slot briefly but Moiz recovered swiftly and reclaimed the No. 1 spot.
Moiz ended day-one of the championship with 6 wins out of 7 matches played today and maintained a spread of 830.
Former national champion Sohaib Sanaullah was also in fine form winning 6 of his 7 matches today with his only loss coming at the hand of compatriot Moiz. Sohaib ended day one on the second spot with 6 wins and a spread of 810.
Hammad Hadi Khan completed Pakistan’s dominance on day one by finishing on the 3rd spot with 5 wins and a spread of 682
The defending champion Matthew O’Connor of USA found the going much tougher this time as he lost two of the 7 matches today finishing 4th on day one after losing a closely fought match with Taha Mirza of Pakistan.
Hassan Hadi who was the only unbeaten player after 5 games lost his next two to finish 7th.
11 year old Monis Khan started the day with a huge win in the first game found the going tougher as the tournament progresses. Monis’ score of 684 against Moisey Joshua of England remained the highest match score of the tournament so far.
Earlier, the tournament was inaugurated by the chairman of District Council Mr. Ian Doggett which was followed by a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Scrabble. The local Member of Parliament Mr. Kevin Foster joined the festivities by playing exhibition matches with the former world Scrabble Champion Brett Smitheram of England.
Another nine matches will be played on the second day and 8 more on the final day.
Junior World Scrabble Championship – List of registered players
Full Name – Country – Rating
- Matthew O’Connor – USA – 1801
- Moiz Ullah Baig – Pakistan – 1741
- Sohaib Sanaullah – Pakistan – 1550
- Hammad Hadi Khan – Pakistan – 1544
- Hassan Hadi Khan – Pakistan – 1480
- Wolfram (Ying Ming) Poh – USA – 1469
- Hasham Hadi Khan – Pakistan – 1441
- Jason Wai Yin Tsang – Hong Kong – 1408
- Daniyal Sanaullah – Pakistan – 1308
- Syed Imaad Ali – Pakistan -1273
- Mirza Taha Hassan – Pakistan – 1263
- Sumbul Siddiqui – UK – 1133
- Absar Mustajab – Pakistan – 1102
- Dustin Brown – USA – 976
- Monis Hussain Khan – Pakistan – 953
- Muhammad Saim Waqar – Pakistan – 938
- Basil Ali Kham – Pakistan – 871
- Muhammad Hamza Naeem – Pakistan – 863
- Muhammad Umar Naeem – Pakistan – 841
- Oluwapese Alo – Nigeria – 669
- Muhammad Misbah Ur Rehman- Pakistan – 646
- Ernest Yat Long So – Hong Kong – 610
- Muhammad Mazammil Bin Asim – Pakistan – 605
- Warnasuriya Patabendige Inuri Supuni Amaya De Silva – Qatar – 578
- Andra Diana Sandu- Romania – 499
- Fatima Siddique – Pakistan – 474
- Ana Delia Diac – Romania – 470
- Zaina Inas Zarook – Qatar – 463
- Daniel Lawal – Nigeria – 442
- Fortune Ezennia – Nigeria – 383
- Janindu Winuth Chintaka De Silva – Qatar – 379
- Cristian Dimitrie Caba – Romania – 362
- Sadeera Thevni De Silva Warnasooriya Patabendige – Qatar- 300
- Angela Osaigbovo – Nigeria – 300
- John Muti – Kenya
- David Ampah Baiden – Ghana
- Deborah Asirifi – Ghana
- Elkanah Boadi – Ghana
- Evans Tetteh – Ghana
- Lydia Egyiri – Ghana
- Samuel Obeng – Ghana
- Wai Yan Oo – Myanmar
- Adegboyega Odunaiya – Nigeria
- Jasmine Lawal – Nigeria
- Kesiena Great Akpobasah – Nigeria
- Priscilla Akhabue – Nigeria
- Seliat Odunaiya – Nigeria
- Duaa Ilyas – Pakistan
- Wisha Naeem – Pakistan
- Krishanthan Sarvesh – Qatar
- Krishanthan Vidyesh – Qatar
- Reuben Moisey – UK
- Joshua Moisey – UK
- William Raichura – UK
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