Intense rivalry anticipated as GASP stages two tier tournament
The cream of the country’s word formers would be battling for top honors when the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) stages a two tier tournament in the pavilion of the famous GCC Ground Bourda this Sunday starting at 10:00hrs.
Players would be divided into two categories where those rated in the top ten would battle among themselves and those falling within the ratings comprising the second group to battle against each other.
The tournament would also serve as a worthwhile practice session for local scrabble champion, Abigail McDonald as she gears up for the toughest test of her life at the World Scrabble Championships later this year.
While McDonald would be aiming to sharpen her skills and even enforce her current local standing, she would have to be wary of the likes of former national champion, Fred Collins who could present problems on his day. James Krakowsky would also want to lift himself from being second best as happened in the last two tournaments while the ever improving Floyd Carmichael would be only too anxious to turn his flagging fortunes of late.
Julian Skeete has also improved immensely and has recently scored quite a few upsets none more devastating that that against Collins.
One cannot eliminate Moen Gafoor who has improved immensely and is on a winning streak, chalking up victories in three tournaments on the trot.
There would also be intense competition among the second tier players as there has also been marked improvement in this department. One can therefore, expect keen rivalry from Maurice Munroe, who has shown great improvement lately, Michael Benjamin, who had placed second in the last intermediate tournament as well as Ruby Cummings. Add Grace Hercules, a mean contender from Linden, Anand Mohabir and Kampta Ramnarine and a great day on the boards is envisaged.
Players are reminded that even though the tournament commences at 10:00hrs, they are requested to be at the venue at least by 9:30hrs to facilitate the registration period.