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Shakes and ladders


A group of players vertically arranged from top to bottom on the basis of past success. Fast forward seven rounds of play and what you get is a noticeably changed order.    This is the story of the 1-Day Tournament organised by the Malta Scrabble Club on June 29, a day when the second seed Charles Micallef (seen in photo) , despite losing the direct encounter with reigning National Champion Theresa Brousson , beat the top...

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Fair and on fire


She was crowned by her opponents as Malta's Sportsmanship Scrabble Champion . Eight months on from that honour, Christine Strawbridge (seen in photo)  has again worked her magic on her adversaries to claim the title of 2018 Spring League Champion, her first ever league title.   To do this, Strawbridge climbed up from fourth rank to reach the final where she beat the top seed Nicky Vella Laurenti by 3 games to 1 in a...

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Enter the estival Scrabble festival


If you thought summer was a period of rest from Competitive Scrabble, think again! Starting with the Mnarja 1-Day Tournament on 29 June, the Malta Scrabble Club Calendar is teeming with events during the hot season.     Less than a week after 11-time National Champion Theresa Brousson (seen left in photo) attempts to win her second day tournament in a row , two parallel Summer Leagues running weekly till the end...

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Off-the-back riders glide uphill to reduce gap


Amongst Malta's Scrabble players, whose undying passion for the game was recently channelled into the tired legs of the brave members of the Alive Charity Foundation cycling across Europe to raise funds for and give hope to the cancer sufferers of today and tomorrow, it was the laggards who stole the show, catching up with the peloton and in some cases moving up close behind the breakaway riders and eventual race winners.  ...

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Physical stamina meets lexical expertise in fight against cancer


At the crack of dawn on June 7, while most people in Malta were sound asleep in the sweet assurance that they could have a lie-in, a group of determined people woke up to start their daily cycling routine in preparation of an impending challenge that will see them pedal their way from Vienna to Milan as part of the 2018 campaign organised by the Alive Charity Foundation to raise funds for cancer research and treatment.    But...

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More play out from new springs


The gush of  MISO 11 , powerful and captivating, naturally petered out into a lull. But nobody was in any doubt that the moment when Scrabble activity started flowing out again would come very soon. Just a week on from the international bonanza, that moment is now with two parallel  Spring Leagues  running from May 14 till June 25.    In Spring League 1 , Nicky Vella Laurenti  (shown in action in photo)...

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HAa-PP-Yy MIii-SOoo TOo YOUuu!....HAa-PP-Yy MIii-SOoo TOo YOUuu...............!!!!


It was  his birthday, the third and last day of his first MISO, and it turned out to be the day when he was crowned the MISO 11 (Main Event) Champion.    Despite not being at all new to competitive success, Tuesday, 1 May, 2018 was a very lucky day for Alastair Richards   (seen right in photo) , a day the young Aussie will remember for a very long time.   Things had not started too well for the...

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First in the ST(EF)ANdings, second in a RAU


Stefan Rau (left in photo) completed a successful defence of his title to win the MISO 11 Late Bird , his second in a row .    The tall man from New York flew to an early Late Bird victory, which he sealed at the penultimate round of the two-day event in which he dropped four out of sixteen games.     Finishing behind Rau were two men who had already placed in MISO 11. The Englishman Bob...

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From Dangoor to grandeur


In the first stage of MISO 11, which got underway yesterday with the Early Bird, the Englishman Elie Dangoor (seen right of photo) equaled the feat accomplished in the same tournament last year by the Scotsman Vincent Boyle to win unbeaten .     Going into his last game against then second-placed Theresa Brousson, Dangoor beat the home favourite to allow both Rafal Dominiczak, of Poland, and another Englishman, Bob...

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Brousson hits the eleventh


Attaining success is never easy. But succeeding eleven times, one more than that tenth-time summit that almost inevitably brings about a sense of satiety and cyclical completeness, is by all means a remarkable feat.    After winning her tenth nationals in 2015 , Theresa Brousson took a two-year sabbathical from the game, which many had interpreted as her permanent retirement. But Brousson showed her undiminished grit and...

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