Chance contrived a starting lineup with a rare perfect parity of male and female players. But the day's play delivered a lopsided finishing order with four lady participants occupying the top five final positions, including the top two.
This sums up in a nutshell the outcome of the Mnarja One-Day Tournament held on 29 June at the University Residence in Lija. 10-time National Champion Theresa Brousson (seen left of photo) kept up the momentum of her return to form after a two-year absence from the game by winning the tournament with six wins out of seven games. She was trailed by Josephine Mayo who pipped former National Champion Mario Saliba to the runner-up spot.
Fourth place earned Maria Scicluna (seen right of photo) the Ratings Prize whilst the prize for the highest-scoring non-bonus word of the day (see Word of the Month to the right) went to fifth-placed Pauline Ciilia.
In addition to Saliba's good showing, male pride was partially salvaged by Albert Zammit, who was the biggest gainer of rating points of the day.
(penned and published by Nicky Vella Laurenti)