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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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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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Practice makes perfect


She leads Malta's top ten not only in terms of rating and titles but also in terms of the number of tourneys and games played. For Theresa Brousson (right in photo) , an 11-time National Champion who is well on course to winning a twelfth honour , quality and quantity are but two sides of the same coin.    Yet another token of her insatiable and fearless appetite for the game was her participation in the St Joseph...

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Delicata, Brousson in perfect duopoly


They've dropped just three games apiece, creating a ten-point hiatus from third place.   This is how, after eighteen games and one round-robin, David Delicata and Theresa Brousson*  (seen in photo) , winners of seventeen National Championship titles between them, have raced well ahead of their closest rivals Moira Fenech and Sammy Mangion in the first division of the 36th Malta National Scrabble Championship. Further down,...

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Delicata ends year on a high


Six-time National Champion David Delicata (see photo) this year's Autumn League 1 rather meekly, ranked a low third on a trail of promising but anticlimactic performances. After bravely holding his own but folding in the final direct encounter against eventual eleven-time National Champion Theresa Brousson , Delicata was lacklustre in MISO 11 before again finishing behind Brousson in Summer League 1 . Autumn League 1 was thus his last...

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Triple Jumper Jo


5th strongest participant, 13th strongest player.    Jump forward to the end of Thursday December 13, 2018, Malta's Republic Day and date of the Yearend 1-Day Scrabble Tournament to find Josephine Mayo (see photo) placed further ahead as the 2nd best-performing participant and as Malta's number 10 player .    Landing immediately in front of and behind Mayo were respectively the top seed Mario...

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