Alchemist Cup Scrabble Tournament: 3 Pakistan Players In “Rest Of Asia” Team

Alchemist Cup Scrabble Tournament
Waseem Khatri, Moeez Baig, Sohaib Sanaullah (Left To Right)

Three players from Pakistan have been selected to represent “Rest of Asia” team in the Alchemist Cup Scrabble tournament. This was announced by Mr. Michael Tang, the organizer of the tournament which is scheduled to be played at Penang, Malaysia from 5th – 9th December, 2018.

Alchemist cup is a world team event with ten teams of five players each. A gruelling 45 rounds will be played over 5 days. It is an elite tournament therefore only the top players in the world are selected.

The Alchemist cup is dubbed as the toughest scrabble tournaments in the world with several current and former world champions and national champions of their countries participating.

16 years old Sohaib Sanaullah got the opportunity of his life when Sherwin Rodrigues of India dropped out from the Rest of Asia team due to personal reasons. Sohaib is the youngest player in the competition and will relish the chance of rubbing shoulders with the greatest players in the world.

Playing against players rated much higher will give Sohaib an ideal opportunity to polish his skills ahead of the WESPA Youth Cup scheduled in mid December in Dubai. Sohaib is a strong contender of the youth title.

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Former world youth champion Moiz Baig and 8-time national champion Waseem Khatri are also selected for Rest of Asia along with Goutham Jayaraman of India and Lakshan Wanniarachchi of Sri Lanka.

The following teams are announced for the Alchemist Cup Scrabble tournament:

1. Australia

  • David Eldar
  • Chris May
  • Edward Okulicz
  • Andrew Fisher
  • Naween Fernando

2. Malaysia

  • Ganesh Asirvatham
  • Darren Khoo Beng Way
  • Vannitha Balasingam
  • Andrew Chang
  • Kong Chock Heng

3. New Zealand

  • Nigel Richards
  • Alastair Richards
  • Howard Warner
  • Joanne Elizabeth Craig
  • Lyres Freeth

4. Nigeria

  • Eta Karo
  • Moses Peter
  • Nsikak Etim
  • Saidu Ayorinde
  • Olatunde Oduwole

5. Singapore

  • Hubert Wee
  • Toh Weibin
  • Jeremy Khoo
  • Ricky Purnomo
  • Marlon Prudencio

6. Thailand

  • Panupol Sujjayakorn
  • Chollapat Itthi-aree
  • Akkarapol Kwansak
  • Thacha Koowirat
  • Jakkrit Klaphajone

7. USA

  • Conrad Bassett-Bouchard
  • Dave Wiegand
  • Evans Clinchy
  • Jesse Day
  • Will Anderson

8. Rest of Africa

  • Gitonga Nderitu – Kenya
  • Allan Oyende – Kenya
  • Stanley Njoroge – Kenya
  • Charles Tachie Menson – Ghana
  • Edwin Boama – Ghana

9. Rest of Asia

  • Goutham Jayaraman – India
  • Lakshan Wanniarachchi – Sri Lanka
  • Waseem Khatri – Pakistan
  • Moiz Ullah Baig – Pakistan
  • Sohaib Sanaullah – Pakistan

10. Rest of World

  • Adam Logan – Canada
  • Lewis Mackay – UK
  • Austin Shin – UK
  • David Webb – UK
  • Theresa Camilleri – Malta

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