The Gladiators 22nd Inter School Scrabble Championship held at Karachi Expo Centre turned out to be the biggest single-day Scrabble tournament in the world with about 1200 players from more than 100 schools and colleges.
HHS-Happy Home School dominated the 22nd edition of the inter school championship by winning 4 of the first positions. A major factor is Waseem Khatri, Pakistan’s Master Title winner being a full time scrabble coach at HHS. BVS Parsi High School having won 3 positions, kept the tradition of regularly producing young talent.
As a special talent recognition gesture, the sponsors – The Quetta Gladiators also honoured the the ‘Young Masters’ and the ‘Reigning World Youth Champion.’ Details appended below.
Players were divided in 8 age categories ranging from 8 to 20 years of age. The winners were:
Muhammad Ali Mansoor (Happy Home)
Ali Fahad (BVS Parsi)
Rayyan Lodhi (Army Public School)
Mohid Ayaz (Happy Home)
Maaz Faridi (BVS Parsi)
Ayesha Naqvi (Happy Home)
Manhamah Mukarram (Happy Home)
Mustajab Naseem (BVS Parsi)
The event was organized by the young volunteers of Pakistan Scrabble Association, after a two year gap due to COVID market the resumption of in-person tournaments.
The chief guest Mr. Nadeem Omar, franchise owner of Quetta Gladiators distributed prizes to the winners. Including honouring the two ten-year olds Ahmed Salman and Bilal Asher with the “Young Master” trophy for being selected to represent Pakistan in international tournaments.
Reigning world youth champion S. Imaad Ali was given a special prize by Mr. Nadeem Omar for being the only player in history to have won three world youth titles.