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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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From fun to funds


The Malta Scrabble Club is the proud recipient of a certificate, signed and presented by Her Excellency, the President of the Republic of Malta, Dr Marie Louise Coleiro Preca (left in photo) in grateful recognition of the Club's efforts to contribute to the national fund-raising campaign L-Istrina , organised by the Malta Community Chest Fund . These efforts yielded a total donation of €250.    Receiving the...

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Playing with words, numbers and fractions


Although Scrabble is primarily a game of words, it also entails a great deal of number-crunching by the tournament contestant and director alike. But Scrabblers in Malta are also in for some number-splitting when they meet on 8 and 10 February to play in the  St Paul’s Shipwreck 1 ½-Day Tournament .     With a section of players playing all 10 games over the three half-days, others playing 7 games while...

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Celebrating the advent of a new Scrabble season


Just like Christians before Christmas, members of the Malta Scrabble Club are living this short break from Club events in the heat and light of four candles, each candle repesenting the promise of a particular kind of event and enjoyment in 2018.    The first candle that is burning sheds light on the competitive aspect of the 2018 Scrabble season. This will come aglow almost immediately, on 8 January, when the 35th Malta...

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Maiden victory


After scoring many a one-day tournament win and a string of second and third places in leagues, Nicky Vella Laurenti (shown in photo) has finally registered his first ever league victory after triumphing in Section A of Autumn League 2.    In managing the feat, Laurenti got the better of top seed David Delicata who, despite scoring the highest average game score and registering the same number of wins as the winner, had to...

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Charles Micallef scores a hat-trick


3 leagues, 3 titles.    This terse phrase sums up what has been a very positive playing season for Charles Micallef (shown in photo) , the newly crowned Autumn League 1 Champion. After having to withdraw from the National Championship for personal reasons, Micallef took all the remaining league titles for which he was in contention .   His latest success came after an unsmooth and erratic passage to the...

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