James Krakowsky plays unbeaten to capture Independence Open Scrabble Championship
James Krakowsky demonstrated superb word forming skills to amass an impeccable 6 points and a positive spread of 675 to cart off the honours when the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) staged the Wakefield Photo Studio, Independence Open Championship at the Maltenoes Sports Club, Saturday morning last. Krakowsky returned later on to claim the prize for the highest single play after forming ‘trioxide’ which netted him 124 points
Leon Belony also continued his good showing and narrowly missed out from the top spot but for a close 3rd round loss to Krakowsky (30). He finished on 5 points and a positive spread of 610. He also copped the special prize for forming the most bingos (10), edging out Gafoor and Krakowsky, both with a similar number of bingos, by dint of the tie breaker system.
Moen Gafoor amassed 4 points and a positive spread of 200 to close off the podium spots while Colin Chichester, with 3 points and a positive spread of 35 copped the special prize for the best player outside of the top 10 ratings.
Along with Belony, Krakowsky other victims were Ruby Cummings (47) Gafoor (218), Orlando Michael (143), R O Michael (128) and Chichester (11). Belony defeated Julian Skeete (205), Orlando Michael (97) during the pre-lunch session before cleaning up Gafoor (22), R O Michael (45) and Grace Hercules (171) in the post lunch session. Gafoor’s victories came at the expense of Michael Benjamin (149), Chichester (133), Cummings (60) and Orlando Michael (98).
Meanwhile, the respective winners received beautiful trophies and bottles of champagne compliments of proprietor of Wakefield Photo Studio who also celebrated his birthday Saturday last. Mr. Skeete said that he was indeed delighted to be able to give back to the sport since he had had joyous moments competing among his colleagues. He said that he was satisfied at the level of play and urged other corporate entities to contribute to the sustenance of the organization and by extension, the development of the sport.
The players would convene once again at the same venue on June 10 next for the GASP Open championships.