Scrabble players gear up for National tournament
Twenty five of the nation’s top scrabble players would vie for top honours, when the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) stages the 2009 National Scrabble Championships from May 26-31.
National champion, Fred Collins could be hard pressed to retain his dominance following improved performances from the likes of Abigail McDonald, James Krakowsky, Moen Gafoor, Colin Chichester, Leon Belony, Floyd Carmichael, Orlando Michael, Julian Skeete and Grace Hercules.
Furthermore, there has been marked improvement from among the lower rated players, and even the staunchest player would know that the sport has been riddled with upsets.
Activities get underway at the Malteenoes Sports Club on May 26 with 8 rounds and intense competition is anticipated. The following day the players move to the Bank of Guyana Sports Club for another 8 rounds before wrapping up with another 8 rounds at the same venue on May 31.
Several prizes would be up for grabs. The winner of the tournament would receive $50,000 and a trophy, while the second place receives $30,000 and a trophy.
The player occupying the third spot receives $20,000 and a trophy, while the 4th and 5th positions get $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.
There would be a special prize for the player forming the most bingos plus the highest individual play. A prize would also be given to best newcomer.
Players would compete using the complete “Round Robin” format with each player playing each other over the three stipulated days. Subsequently, at the end of the three days, the two top players will face-off in a best of five final at a date and venue to be decided and announced later.
The eventual winner would be crowned national champion thus earning the right to represent Guyana at this year’s World Championships slated for Malaysia from November 26-29. Guyana would attempt to change its fortunes after National Champion Fred Collins’ losing efforts at the very tournament last year.
The Honourable Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony will declare the event open by making the traditional first play.
The tournament commences at 9:00 hours each day.