News

Celebrating the advent of a new Scrabble season


Just like Christians before Christmas, members of the Malta Scrabble Club are living this short break from Club events in the heat and light of four candles, each candle repesenting the promise of a particular kind of event and enjoyment in 2018.    The first candle that is burning sheds light on the competitive aspect of the 2018 Scrabble season. This will come aglow almost immediately, on 8 January, when the 35th Malta...

+read more

Maiden victory


After scoring many a one-day tournament win and a string of second and third places in leagues, Nicky Vella Laurenti (shown in photo) has finally registered his first ever league victory after triumphing in Section A of Autumn League 2.    In managing the feat, Laurenti got the better of top seed David Delicata who, despite scoring the highest average game score and registering the same number of wins as the winner, had to...

+read more

Charles Micallef scores a hat-trick


3 leagues, 3 titles.    This terse phrase sums up what has been a very positive playing season for Charles Micallef (shown in photo) , the newly crowned Autumn League 1 Champion. After having to withdraw from the National Championship for personal reasons, Micallef took all the remaining league titles for which he was in contention .   His latest success came after an unsmooth and erratic passage to the...

+read more

Mayo encore


After ending Day 2 on a roll , Josephine Mayo (shown in photo) maintained her momentum to claim Day 3 and the overall honours in the Yearend 3-Day Tournament .    The day at the Hilltop Gardens in Naxxar had not started all too well as she lost the first game to Nicky Vella Laurenti by just 4 points. Four games later, Mayo got her revenge, beating the top seed of the day by just one point.   Coupled with...

+read more

From Mario to Mayo


After a robust peformance by Mario Saliba on the first day of the Yearend 3-Day Tournament , Day 2 produced an equally strong showing, this time by Josephine Mayo (seen in photo) , who garnered six wins out of seven.   Her partial victory allows Mayo to edge past Saliba in the weighted classification thanks to a higher denominator of games played. However, she will need to produce a flawless run on the third day of the...

+read more

Super Mario Reloaded


Judging by a spate of impressive results, 3-time National Champion and veteran player Mario Saliba (shown in photo) is enjoying a new spring in his long playing career.   After a slow start in the ongoing Autumn League 1, he ralllied to cause a whole series of stumbles and tumbles amongst higher-rated players .   Another cataclasymic albeit indirect effect of his resurgence has been the elimination of six-time...

+read more

More stumbles and a tumble


The league of the fall is living up to its name. After a bumpy first phase , the second phase of Autumn League 1 has not been any smoother for the top seeds and title favourites.   Top seed and reigning National Champion David Delicata faltered more than once before finally securing first place in his group.    Second seed Charles Micallef looked set for a first-place berth in the semifinals before losing...

+read more

Playing Solidaire


Just days after launching the Open by the ocean~~~ , the Scrabblers of Malta are opening their hearts, minds and pockets to welcome those souls who are not or cannot be part of that warm and convivial atmosphere which the game and Club never fail to create.    On 8 December, feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Scrabblers will form a congregation for a mass held specifically to pay their respects to the departed amongst...

+read more

lucent, luscious, luxurious, LUZZU!!


Surrounded by sea, Malta is a quintessentially maritime nation. Its most iconic sea vessel, the luzzu (pronounced loottsoo), is a traditional fishing boat whose typically vibrant colours and eyed bow (see photo) allow it to stand out against and find its way around the vast bright blue expanse of the Mediterranean sea.     Berthed on the shore of the quiet and picturesque Qawra Bay just yards away from the glitz of...

+read more

David takes down Goliath


Goliath was not so much a fearsome opponent as a formidable challenge, the challenge of proving his worth, so well known and celebrated locally, on the big international stage.   David Delicata (seen in photo) rose to this challenge in an impressive show of grit and strength to place 19th in the 119-player field of the WESPA Championship 2017, held in Nairobi, Kenya.    By all accounts, Delicata produced a...

+read more