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From finished to favourite


After putting himself in the unenviable position of having to face both of his two rival contenders for the top spot midway through Autumn League 1 , former National Champion Charles Micallef made a decisive break by beating both six time National Champion David Delicata and eleven time National Champion Theresa Brousson by 2 games to 1 apiece.   In so doing, Micallef has ousted Brousson from a place in the semifinals after the...

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From stutters to the gutters


It has been a shaky start to Autumn League 1 for Malta's three top-ranked players , but all the more so for the man in the middle of the trio, Charles Micallef. The 2016 National Champion dropped three out of six games to finish runner-up in his qualifying group to an ever buoyant Mario Camilleri (see photo) , who triumped 2-0 in the direct encounter with Micallef.   But more striking than these unexpected results in...

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A tail of three tourneys


The 2018 Malta Scrabble season enters its final quarter with three autumnal competitions. Eleven-time and reigning National Champion Theresa Brousson (seen in photo) will be vying to add her fourth and fifth league titles this year by competing in both Autumn League 1 and Autumn League 2, two parallel leagues that span the whole length of this latter period of the year. For Brousson’s two strongest...

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MISO12 plays 4 S(trand)’s & 4 bingos


Like the world-class player that it is,  M I S O 12  has played all 4 S’s to great effect. This provisional board (click on image to enlarge) and the below analysis of  M I S O 12 ’s game of duplicate Scrabble tells you exactly how.   S porting Strand M I S O 12   is an opening to the WORLD (d8) of competitive Scrabble in English. Since 2008, 270...

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Dark horses win in broad daylight


Under a bright blue afternoon sky in the midst of a breezy sometimes gusty wind and the occasional curious passer-by, a group of people sit snugly in their chairs playing Scrabble as part of two parallel Summer Leagues organised by the Malta Scrabble Club. Two players shine out from the cool shade that envelopes the group. Mario Camilleri  (seen left in photo)  and Kevin Pirotta had started out in the shadows of their...

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Moira flies higher and higher


She went into the thirteenth tourney organised by the Malta Scrabble Club in 2018 on a decidedly upward trajectory. Eight hours later, Malta’s second strongest female player, Moira Fenech  (see photo), emerged from the Independence 1-Day Tournament held on 21 September soaring ever more vertically thanks to a runner-up position above former National Champion Charles Micallef and below only the 11-time National Champion Theresa Brousson....

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Winning at the MISO11th hour


At the end of an exhilarating week of World Scrabble  in mid-spring, MISO 11  looked done and dusted. But somehow the 2018 edition of the annual multi-strand MISO Experience  has come back to life for one last curtain call.   The protagonist called out on stage is Cecil Muscat (left in photo) , the proud and worthy recipient of a cash prize for the most improved participating member of the Malta Scrabble Club...

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Dark horses win in broad daylight


This tranquil scene is set in the summer of 2018, in the King George V Recreational Gardens, Floriana, Malta. Under a bright blue afternoon sky in the midst of a breezy sometimes gusty wind and the occasional curious passer-by, a group of people sit snugly in their chairs playing Scrabble as part of two parallel Summer Leagues organised by the Malta Scrabble Club. Two players shine out from the cool shade that envelopes the...

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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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