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Reigning champion wins war of words


Playing Competitive Scrabble is not too different from engaging in a military conflict. Two sides meet on a battlefield, or over a board, to unleash their firepower, or word knowledge, on one another. While strategy and luck are major factors, the side that possesses the better arsenal is always more likely to triumph.    This was arguably well illustrated by the Santa Marija 1-Day Tournament where, after seven game battles,...

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A multi-strand experience called MISO


Understanding MISO   MISO (acronym for Malta International Scrabble Open) is a classic on the  international Scrabble calendar , a unique point of convergence for scores of Scrabble players from all over the world. For all these players, MISO is not just something they do but something they live. For them, MISO is not just an event but an experience.   The thrill of the MISO Experience stems from its four...

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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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Brousson without a blemish in exhibition tourney


There could have been no better way for Scrabble to showcase its prime position in Malta's games galaxy than for its foremost practitioner to emerge from a tournament unbeaten.    This was the fairytale outcome of the 2-Day Tournament that took place in the context of the inaugural edition of the  Mediterranean Gaming Week , where the eleven time and  reigning National Champion Theresa Brousson   (right in...

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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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