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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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Maiden MISO win for Mr Tony Sim


Looking back in retrospect on the 12th Malta International Scrabble Open, one can see that each tourney told a different story of personal achievement. The Early Bird sang of David Delicata's first ever international title . The Main Event paid tribute to Vincent Boyle's long sought and imperiously conquered MISO success . And, lastly, who was the subject of the Late Bird's song?   Clearly, it was Tony Sim (see photo),...

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Vintage Vincent storms to victory


In ten MISO attempts, he had never placed in a prize-winning position in the Main Event, falling painfully short, in fourth, in 2014 . Success, though, had not eluded him in the side events, of which he won the Early Bird in 2017 .   But in retrospect this long string of misses by Vincent Boyle (left in photo) in the centrepiece of the Malta International Scrabble Open was but a buildup to the phenomenal achievement the tall...

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Another D-Day for Maltese Scrabble


Barely a week after Dominic Borg recorded a remarkable comeback from temporary retirement to a most prestigious victory, another daring dude from Malta rose peremptorily through the ranks to claim the title. Starting from fifth-ranked, David Delicata (see photo) went on a roll of nine conesutive wins to win the MISO12 Early Bird unbeaten.   Averaging an impressive 471 points per game, Delicata's progress actually got harder...

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Vitamin D for victory


After spending the summer and autumn months soaking up Malta's sun in a caravan site, Dominic Borg (photo) typically ends his yearly estivation by returning all energised to playing and often winning at competitive Scrabble.   The 36th Malta National Scrabble Championship, which ran from early January to late April 2019, was the latest example of this annual cycle, with Dominic triumphing in Division B for the second year in a...

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Playing on the thin edge of victory


He's got the second worst spread and the second worst average game scores. But far from languishing at the tail end of the provisional 36th Malta National Scrabble Championship premier division table, Sammy Mangion, a former National Champion  (shown in photo) , is holding his own in third place.    Ranked seventh going into the competition, Mangion has been uncanny in his ability to eke out narrow wins even against...

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