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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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Dimmed but not damned


After almost two years away from competition and less than a month before her confirmed participation in the  M I S 0 th ,  all eyes were wide open to see how brightly Theresa Brousson would shine on her return.   In the end, while her finish in second place with five wins out of seven games in the Freedom Day One-Day Tournament , just a handful of spread points behind winner Moira...

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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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