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Last in, first out


A music rehearsal delayed her entry into the tournament to not before the third of seven rounds. But from then on, Maria Scicluna (see image) did not miss a beat,  winning all five of the remaining rounds  to clinch victory in the B Section of the  St Paul's Shipwreck 1-Day Tournament .   None of her fellow participants, all of whom played the full complement of games, managed as many wins as did Scicluna, with...

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Diehard David saves best for last


David Delicata Wins 2019 Season-ending Autumn League Defeat, and the ability to bounce back from it, define a true competitor much better than does victory. Time and time again, David Delicata (right in photo) has demonstrated such an ability. In 2018, the six-time national champion rose from some season lows to end the year on a high .    A year later, David did it again after successfully...

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Anagrams in word and in deed


Moira And Mario Rise The Ranks In Yearend 1-Day Tournament. With two of Malta’s top three among the participants in the Yearend 1-Day Tournament, the odds seemed heavily stacked in favour of a final table topped by Theresa Brousson and with Charles Micallef following immediately behind.    But after Spring League champion Moira Fenech (top photo) beat both the reigning...

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Native and victorious


Muscat & Caruana Come Out On Top In 2-Day Tournament There’s always that something special in the air when Cecil Muscat (photo) and Joseph Caruana, two Maltese veteran Scrabble players and longtime overseas residents, return to their home land and club.   But rarely has this vibe been as strong as it was recently when the two men placed first and second respectively in the 2-day Scrabble Tournament...

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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 thanking 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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