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Playing Solidaire


Just days after launching the Open by the ocean~~~ , the Scrabblers of Malta are opening their hearts, minds and pockets to welcome those souls who are not or cannot be part of that warm and convivial atmosphere which the game and Club never fail to create.    On 8 December, feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Scrabblers will form a congregation for a mass held specifically to pay their respects to the departed amongst...

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lucent, luscious, luxurious, LUZZU!!


Surrounded by sea, Malta is a quintessentially maritime nation. Its most iconic sea vessel, the luzzu (pronounced loottsoo), is a traditional fishing boat whose typically vibrant colours and eyed bow (see photo) allow it to stand out against and find its way around the vast bright blue expanse of the Mediterranean sea.     Berthed on the shore of the quiet and picturesque Qawra Bay just yards away from the glitz of...

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David takes down Goliath


Goliath was not so much a fearsome opponent as a formidable challenge, the challenge of proving his worth, so well known and celebrated locally, on the big international stage.   David Delicata (seen in photo) rose to this challenge in an impressive show of grit and strength to place 19th in the 119-player field of the WESPA Championship 2017, held in Nairobi, Kenya.    By all accounts, Delicata produced a...

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David takes on Goliath


In Malta, he is ranked a high second , behind only the legendary Theresa Brousson . In the wider world of competitive Scrabble, he is ranked a lowly one-hundred and eighty second .   Yet, in spite of this deep chasm between his national and international rankings, six-time National Champion David Delicata (seen in photo) is in Nairobi, Kenya for the WESPA Championship where he will pit himself against many of those players who...

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The art of calming and disarming the opponent


Though not exactly a champion, in a one-off encounter, she can get the better of the best players. But her uncanny ability lies not so much in beating her opponents as in winning them over with her mild-mannered and unaffectedly gentle bearing at the playing table, which puts even her most nervous and temperamental opponents at ease.    This is Christine Strawbridge (seen in photo) according to her opponents, the majority of...

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Top seeds stumble through


All's well that ends well. This is what the title favourites must be making of their shaky performance in the first phase of Autumn Leagues 1 & 2.   Top seed David Delicata dropped three out of ten games on his way to the second phase of both leagues. The reigning six-time National Champion will be called to up his game not only further on in the leagues but even more so when he takes on the world's best players in...

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Delicate times ahead for Delicata


The new year had dawned with the sweet warm light of his sixth National Championship title .   But after that shining moment, the star of David Delicata (seen in photo) lost some of its brilliance with the 39-year old champ eclipsed by his longtime competitive foe Theresa Brousson in the 10th MISO Early Bird and Main Event as well as by his newer arch-rival Charles Micallef in Summer League 1 .   Engulfed in...

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Of tortoises and hares


They won it almost by stealth, coming back from behind to upstage the title favourites on the last day and match of the league. This is, in a nutshell, how Summer Leagues 1 & 2 panned out.   In League 1, second seed Charles Micallef edged past top seed David Delicata with whom he went into the final decisive three-game encounter level on points. Steely nerves helped Micallef secure a 2-1 victory over the six-time and reigning...

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Theresa Brousson wins swimmingly


She glided through the water like a fish, completing seven laps twice over, outswimming all her opponents.    This is how the ten time National Champion Theresa Brousson (seen in photo) fared in the two one-day tournaments held in September. In her first dry swim, on 8 September , her opponents seemed to stray tiredly into each other's paths as Brousson won all her games with only runner-up Moira Fenech winning more than...

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Boys get buoyant again


After being all but submerged by their female counterparts in the summer opener , the bearded Scrabblers have now raised their heads above the water.    In the Santa Marija One-Day Tournament , three men, headed by Charles Micallef, followed by Mario Camilleri and Nicky Vella Laurenti, came out on top. After being the only player to beat Micallef on the day, Camilleri (seen in photo) was  the highest riser up the...

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