Shangrila Scrabble Champions Trophy: Day 1 – Moiz Baig Leads

The inaugural Shangrila Scrabble Champions trophy kicked off at the Arts & Science Academy, Karachi.

This is an elite internationally rated tournament which features, the 26 of the top ranked scrabble players of Pakistan, including current and former national champions.

During the trophy in total 27 games will be played with the winner receiving the Shangrila trophy. Plus a cash pool of Rs. 85,000 will be distributed between the position holders.

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Commenting on the event, the Director Youth Scrabble Mr. Tariq Pervez said “It is warm-up session for the youngster before the world Championship to be held in Torquay, UK.” He elaborated that Pakistan will be defending five titles in the upcoming world championship and is confident that this time, Pakistan will also win the premium title of Junior World Scrabble Championship.

The Day 1 overview is as follows:

  • At the end of day-one, former world youth champion Moiz Baig was on top with 6 wins out of the 7 matches played and a spread of 586. Moiz started the day with 6 consecutive wins but lost the final match of the day to Sohaib Sanaullah former young national champion.
  • 8-time national champion Waseem Khatri started the day disastrously losing to newcomer Umar Naeem in the very first match. This was the biggest win for the youngster.
  • Waseem ultimately recovered and is currently 2nd with 5 wins and a spread of 655
  • Hassan Hadi ended day-one on the 3rd position with 5 wins and a spread of 438
  • Hassan’s younger brother; 12 year old Hasham Hadi did very well on the first day finishing 4th with 5 wins and a spread of 371
  • Another youngster Sohaib Sanaullah is 5th with 5 wins and a spread of 303.
  • Jawed Shamim, Tariq Pervez, Rashid Khan, Faheem Naqvi and Ahmed Salik made up the rest of the top ten at the end of day one.

On 7th October ( Tomorrow) – Ten matches will be played.

PSA broadcasts all table 1 matches on Facebook Pakistan Scrabble Association official page. Youngsters are encouraged to suggest their top move on the available rack of the table 1 players.

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