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Ladies first


Chance contrived a starting lineup with a rare perfect parity of male and female players. But the day's play delivered a lopsided finishing order with four lady participants occupying the top five final positions, including the top two.    This sums up in a nutshell the outcome of the Mnarja One-Day Tournament held on 29 June at the University Residence in Lija. 10-time National Champion Theresa Brousson (seen left of...

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Mayo, Micallef reap the rewards


Charles Micallef and Josephine Mayo are the two victors of two twin leagues that ran in parallel in the course of Spring.   In Spring League 1 , Micallef (right of photo) overcame stiff opposition in the semi-final from eventual third placed Moira Fenech, who lost one of five games despite registering a high 454 game score. The former National Champion then went on to win comfortably over runner-up Nicky Vella Laurenti in the...

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It's raining Scrabble!!!


In the dry heat of summer, Scrabblers are keen on keeping themselves hydrated with cupfuls of their beloved game.   All is set for the Summer League 1 and Summer League 2 to flow from the reservoir of the Malta Scrabble Club from early July up until late September .    A mouth-watering prospect is opened up by the likely return of newly crowned National Champion David Delicata and by another intriguing...

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Bouncing back


She left on a high, she came back on a high. Two years after claiming  her tenth consecutive National title , Theresa Brousson (seen in photo) came out of competitive exile in the same way as she had gone into it, lifting trophies.    After falling just short of winning the Freedom Day One-Day Tournament and placing second and third in the 10th MISO Early Bird and Main Event respectively, Malta's Scrabble...

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More fruit from the Scrabble tree


Still savouring the sweet aftertaste of the 10th MISO whilst also nibbling at the Spring Leagues , Scrabblers in Malta are about to raise their hands aloft to pick some prickly pears off their Club tree.   The Sette Giugno One-Day Tournament and the Mnarja One-Day Tournament are the two juicy treats for June. Members will meet on two public holidays at the University Residence in Lija to play and dine, for some to shine and...

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Stefan wins seven in a Rau to claim Late Bird


Things got slightly edgy for Stefan Rau (right of photo) when, after a run of seven wins and needing just one more win in the last three games, the American top seed entered the last game needing to beat Karen Richards (left of photo) of Australia in order to claim the 10th MISO Late Bird , held at the be.Hotel and sponsored by SportMalta, Malta Tourism Authority, Intercomp and Dolce Plus.     But win that tense last...

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Brave Berofsky in late lunge past Webb


Just when it seemed that defending champion David Webb (right of photo) was on course to claiming his third Malta International Scrabble Open title in a row, the Canadian Evan Berofsky (left of photo) rallied to beat him in the last two games, equalling the Englishman's number of wins and edging past him by a marginal points difference of five . (Click here to view the last game on video.)   In the 25 games of the Main Event...

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Early Bird, Early Boil


The 10th Malta International Scrabble Open, better known by its catchy acronym MISO, came to an early boil with the second seed from Scotland Vincent Boyle (shown in photo) winning the opening one-day Early Bird with an unbeaten run of nine straight wins. First seed and Malta hopeful, Theresa Brousson, on her return from a two-year absence from the game, could not arrest Boyle's march to victory, losing twice to the Scotsman but placing a very...

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Falling back into winning habits


Neither of them is new to victory. And neither of them had savoured its sweet taste for many years.   These were the parallel fortunes of David Delicata and Frans Farrugia, newly crowned National Champion of the first and second divisions respectively.    From here on, however, the paths of the two veteran players diverge as widely as can be. For while Delicata strolled to victory on the strength of gargantuan...

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New harvest in fecund Spring


While the National Championship delivers its final yield of results and the  M I S 0 th  prepares to sprout to six days of lush competition , another Scrabble tourney is slowly ripening towards fruition.   The Spring League 2017 , running from 11 May to 26 June, promises to be every bit as exciting as last year's edition when five-time National Champion, David Delicata (shown left...

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