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Three tenners to sing together


Now hanging by a thread on the cusp of Spring, Scrabble in Malta is set to come abloom with lots of colourful activity.    The Freedom Day One-Day Tournament , on 31 March, will be seasoned with the near certain return to the playing scene of ten-time National Champion Theresa Brousson (shown in photo). How intact her amazing word knowledge and playing skills will be after a near two-year absence is anybody's guess....

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A day white clean


It was a feat not managed even by five time National Champion David Delicata, who dropped his opening game to eventual third-placed Sammy Mangion before finding his way to a narrow win on spread over runner-up Moira Fenech.    Winning seven, all seven, games in a row was to be the exclusive cherry on the cake for Anna Borg (shown in photo), who thus won Section B of the St Paul's Shipwreck One-Day Tournament in great...

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The tables are turned


With the 34th Malta National Scrabble Championship nearing its halfway stage, the observer's gaze is turned down then up to the summit of the Division II table, where Maria Scicluna, who before the start of the competition was ranked third from last, is the surprise leader of the pack.     Another factor that renders Scicluna's run impressive in absolute terms is that she has so far registered only one loss more than...

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Seize the day, with Scrabble!


With the 34th Malta National Scrabble Championship nearing its first month of competition, a day entirely free from the toils of work and Scrabble would seem like an enticing prospect. Not for Malta's Scrabble community for which playing Scrabble, even competitively, is an eminent form of rest and relaxation.   Thus while for most the 10th of February is the first public holiday of the year, for the members of this community...

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The humorous humble wordsmith


Despite his quiet demeanour, he has a knack for telling jokes, which invariably end in peals of laughter from his amused audience. As a seasoned Scrabbler boasting a playing activity spanning over thirty years, he obviously has a way with words.    This, in a nutshell, is Alfred Xuereb (shown in photo), a man who loves playing with words and who has just won the title of  Sportperson of the Year 2016 .   ...

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Champion Charles seeks confirmation


The defence of a title is arguably more of a tall order than is the maiden victory. Beaten opponents thirst for revenge, the urgency of winning one's first title is replaced by a sense of complacency.    Charles Micallef (shown in photo) is not immune to these sort of pressures as he prepares to defend the National Championship title he won for the first time last year . With five-time National Champion David Delicata...

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Delicata wins all in the fall


The 2016 competitive Scrabble season has been neatly but regrettably split in two for  David Delicata (shown right of photo) .   After failing in his bid to capture his sixth national title in the first quarter of the year, the five-time National Champion was simply unbeatable from then on, placing an impressive third in the 9th Malta International Scrabble Open Main Event and grabbing all of the subsequent league titles....

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First in, First out


They led into the final straight, they led out of the final straight.   In Day 2 of the Yearend Two-Day Tournament, reigning National Champion Charles Micallef and Alfred Xuereb maintained their leadership to win the race and title.    In Section A, Micallef, with 11 wins out of 14 games, finished well ahead of runner-up Christine Strawbridge on 7 and a half wins and third-placed Josephine Mayo on 6 wins....

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A Scrabble New Year!


No differently from past years, the Malta calendar for 2017 is dotted with many a Scrabble event.   4 months-long leagues, a week-long international open, 8 day tournaments and 4 social events, the new year promises to be abuzz with the rattling sound of Scrabble tiles being picked from the bag and rueful analyses that animate the moments immediately after a Scrabble game.    Standing out from the other events...

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From pining and whining to wining and dining


The day after Charles Micallef start his National Championship title defence , the Malta Scrabble Club will be convening  to crown him as the reigning National Champion .   Immediately after the official presentation ceremony that will highlight the importance of Micallef's achievement, Scrabblers, in the company of relatives and friends, will indulge in some culinary and social mirth through a buffet meal and a raffle....

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