Intl scrabble tournament in Karachi announced

KARACHI: The Pakistan Scrabble Association (PSA) announced to organize an international event in Karachi, and PSA President Tariq Pervez says that more than a dozen teams are ready to come Pakistan including tams from Japan, India, Australia, Sri Lanka and many other countries.

Tariq said it was pleased with Pakistan’s performance at the World Scrabble Championships as both the national and the youth teams amassed 2,400 international rating points, the most by any side, in the week-long event in Perth, Australia.

The success has earned Pakistan a berth in the World Championships in France next year and Director Marketing Shangrila Foods Mohammad Irfan announced to sponsor Pakistani team for the event.

Performance of Pakistani players can be seen by observing that 7 out of top ten players belong to Pakistani team.

National champion Waseem Khatri and Moizullah Baig finished in the top half of the World Championship which featured 136 players, while Quetta’s Abdullah Abbasi ended the tour in second at the World Youth Scrabble Championship.

According to Khatri, who improved his world ranking from 142nd to 68th, both teams played as a unit and managed to support each other during the championships.

Besides the World Championships, we also played the Perth International Open and Saturday and Sunday Open on the side, which was a great exposure for us, Khatri told. I was able to defeat former world champion and the best player our time Nigel Richards twice in the worlds too.

Despite their feat, Khatri believes the players need to improve their vocabulary even further in order to replicate their success next year.