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Like walkers twitching on a tightrope


SEYCHELL SCRAPES PAST SALIBA THROUGH TO KNOCK-OUT PHASE.   No sooner had Mario Saliba finished counting his lucky stars for the  narrowest of qualifications to Phase 2 of the Auburn Autumn League than the 3-time National Champion’s prospects of progressing to the final stage hung ominously in the balance.  Seeded second in Group A, Saliba was able to garner only a win and...

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Chic, lunar & pyrotechnic


Scicluna & Pirotta are the Stars of Phase 1 of Autumn Scrabble Leagues 2019. The sombre hues of the  Auburn Autumn League  took on a brighter tinge as Maria Scicluna (photo) and Kevin Pirotta (photo) outshone and eclipsed stronger opponents to book their place in Phase 2.  Ranked bottom of her group, Scicluna broke the hierarchy as she won three games out of four off second and third...

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Pair break hiatus to bust the rust


Nicky Vella Laurenti, Frans Farrugia make successful return to Competitive Scrabble in SIT 3. If it is true that practice makes perfect, it follows that little or no practice breeds imperfection.   Judging by the performance of Nicky Vella Laurenti (photo) and Frans Farrugia in the third  Short Interleague Tournament  of the season, this statement might be a non sequitur. Making their first...

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A summer of warm extremities


Brousson, Saliba,  Farrugia and  Cutajar register big net gains in summer leagues. Two leagues, two extremes  Malta’s hot summer of Competitive Scrabble can be boiled down to this simple formulaic expression.  In the Azure Summer League , Theresa Brousson and Mario Saliba, both old and mighty in terms of competitive strength and experience, shone brightly...

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Micallef shoots to emphatic win in summer day tourney


There are two reasons that make the word EPINASTY a most fitting epithet for Charles Micallef.  (seen in photo)   The first reason is that it is arguably the word that won the one-time National Champion the Santa Marija 1-Day Tournament, the only tourney of its kind to be organised this summer by the Malta Scrabble Club. Micallef hooked a very nice rack to a Y floating just short of a double-word premium to score a 4-timer...

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A stander among sitters


Fitting snugly between the newly wrapped up Spring and impending Summer Leagues, the second Short Interleague Tournament, or SIT 2, was a welcome opportunity for some to slow down the unrelenting beat of competitive Scrabble without allowing themselves a complete albeit brief pause.   Not for Alfred Xuereb (seen in photo). With close to 4000 rated games under his belt, the veteran player not only was one of a handful of players who...

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Fenech coup catapults dormant Delicata to top spot


At first she lay low, topping her qualifying group by the narrowest of margins. Facing Mario Saliba in the quarter-finals, she stepped up a gear, defeating the three-time National Champion with a solid +400 average game score. She then went a notch higher with a comfortable semi-final win that allowed her to advance to the final.    And despite coming up against the mighty twelve-time National Champion, Theresa Brousson, and...

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A hairline short of a victory


Phew!!   Such was the utterance as could be heard distinctly when one-time National Champion Charles Micallef realised much to his relief that, despite losing in the last round, Moira Fenech (seen in photo), who had registered a very comfortable win in her final game, had fallen short of snatching the lead and victory of the Sette Giugno One-Day Tournament from him by a mere five spread points.    Despite such...

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Small, short and sweet


When something simply tastes divine, even a tiny morsel of it placed delicately on your tongue is enough to give you gustatory bliss.    The Malta Scrabble Club recently applied this basic rule of gastronomy when holding the first ever Short Interleague Tournament (SIT), consisting of no more than six games played over two evenings in the same week. This novel event, of which another three are planned for the course of the...

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Small fish eat bigger fish


They lay low and meek like bottom feeders, living off the odd win to fight another day. When the day arrived, Kevin Pirotta (upper photo) and Frans Farrugia (right in lower photo), third ranked in their respective Phase 1 groups in the Rich Red Spring League, boldly swam up to shallower waters thanks to the repechage of the best two third placed and, opening their mouths wide, swallowed their bigger higher-ranked opponents in the quarter-finals,...

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