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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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First in the ST(EF)ANdings, second in a RAU


Stefan Rau (left in photo) completed a successful defence of his title to win the MISO 11 Late Bird , his second in a row .    The tall man from New York flew to an early Late Bird victory, which he sealed at the penultimate round of the two-day event in which he dropped four out of sixteen games.     Finishing behind Rau were two men who had already placed in MISO 11. The Englishman Bob...

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From Dangoor to grandeur


In the first stage of MISO 11, which got underway yesterday with the Early Bird, the Englishman Elie Dangoor (seen right of photo) equaled the feat accomplished in the same tournament last year by the Scotsman Vincent Boyle to win unbeaten .     Going into his last game against then second-placed Theresa Brousson, Dangoor beat the home favourite to allow both Rafal Dominiczak, of Poland, and another Englishman, Bob...

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Brousson hits the eleventh


Attaining success is never easy. But succeeding eleven times, one more than that tenth-time summit that almost inevitably brings about a sense of satiety and cyclical completeness, is by all means a remarkable feat.    After winning her tenth nationals in 2015 , Theresa Brousson took a two-year sabbathical from the game, which many had interpreted as her permanent retirement. But Brousson showed her undiminished grit and...

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Brousson and Delicata set for final showdown


With just four weeks to go to its conclusion, the Malta National Scrabble Championship has rarely been as hard to predict in terms of who will lift the coveted shield of Malta Champion as it has been this year in its 35th edition.    Malta's two most accomplished players, ten-time National Champion Theresa Brousson and six-time national title holder David Delicata are set apart by a meagre two points at the very top of...

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The M factor


Although touted as a two-horse race between the main contenders for the National title , Theresa Brousson and David Delicata, the St Joseph One-Day Tournament panned out differently with the two aces having to settle for third and fourth place respectively behind the marvellous namesakes Mario Saliba (right of photo) and Mario Camilleri.   The margin of victory was even more startling, with the two favourites each managing four...

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On a March for the honours


March is a pivotal month in Malta's competitive Scrabble season . It is the time when the Malta National Scrabble Championship reaches its critical phase and when Scrabble players and administrators poise themselves to live a memorable week of world Scrabble on their home soil, namely the MISO (Malta International Scrabble Open).   In the midst of so much expectation, March also offers two one-day tournaments within less...

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Let's Talk Scrabble!


'How I wish I were a better player!'    How many of us have thought or said just this while dolefully signing in the loser's column on a result slip?   Some of us go on to blame it on bad luck, others on lack of word knowledge, while others still more discerningly attribute their playing failures to missed plays, faulty strategy or a combination of both.    To this latter group...

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Mayo and Seychell climb the ranks


At the outset,  they both lay in the lower half , she just halfway up, he at the very bottom of the pack. But after a day and a half and ten rounds of play, he was lifting the Rating Prize trophy on the strength of fifth place whilst she was perched in third position.    These were the parallel success stories of Mario Seychell (seen during play in photo) and Josephine Mayo in the St Paul's...

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