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Practice makes perfect


She leads Malta's top ten not only in terms of rating and titles but also in terms of the number of tourneys and games played. For Theresa Brousson (right in photo) , an 11-time National Champion who is well on course to winning a twelfth honour , quality and quantity are but two sides of the same coin.    Yet another token of her insatiable and fearless appetite for the game was her participation in the St Joseph...

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Playing on the thin edge of victory


He's got the second worst spread and the second worst average game scores. But far from languishing at the tail end of the provisional 36th Malta National Scrabble Championship premier division table, Sammy Mangion, a former National Champion  (shown in photo) , is holding his own in third place.    Ranked seventh going into the competition, Mangion has been uncanny in his ability to eke out narrow wins even against...

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Delicata, Brousson in perfect duopoly


They've dropped just three games apiece, creating a ten-point hiatus from third place.   This is how, after eighteen games and one round-robin, David Delicata and Theresa Brousson*  (seen in photo) , winners of seventeen National Championship titles between them, have raced well ahead of their closest rivals Moira Fenech and Sammy Mangion in the first division of the 36th Malta National Scrabble Championship. Further down,...

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Delicata ends year on a high


Six-time National Champion David Delicata (see photo) this year's Autumn League 1 rather meekly, ranked a low third on a trail of promising but anticlimactic performances. After bravely holding his own but folding in the final direct encounter against eventual eleven-time National Champion Theresa Brousson , Delicata was lacklustre in MISO 11 before again finishing behind Brousson in Summer League 1 . Autumn League 1 was thus his last...

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Triple Jumper Jo


5th strongest participant, 13th strongest player.    Jump forward to the end of Thursday December 13, 2018, Malta's Republic Day and date of the Yearend 1-Day Scrabble Tournament to find Josephine Mayo (see photo) placed further ahead as the 2nd best-performing participant and as Malta's number 10 player .    Landing immediately in front of and behind Mayo were respectively the top seed Mario...

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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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