Stiff competition but Belony etches name in Earl Vigilance Memorial scrabble lien trophy
On a day of fluctuating fortunes, when the bag delivered equitable selections, Leon Belony held his nerve in what was arguably the most competitive tournament staged by the GASP. He amassed 5 points and a positive spread of 486 to emerge victorious, inscribing his name on the lien trophy when the 5th edition of the Earl Vigilance Memorial Scrabble championships concluded at the McKenzie Sports Club, Linden, Sunday evening last.
Belony surrendered his 3rd game to Collins by the slimmest of margins (5) after he had defeated Colin Chichester (107) and Moen Gafoor (15). The loss to Collins resulted in him going off to lunch on 2 points and a positive spread of 117. The eventual champion then stamped his authority in the post lunch session with wins over Ruby Cummings (76), Orlando Michael (203) and Wayne Cave (90).
Former national scrabble champion, Fred Collins, survived several close encounters to register 5 games and a positive spread of 168. His victories came at the expense of Michael Benjamin (12) and Colin Chichester (8) in the pre-lunch sessions but surrendered a close game to Grace Hercules (14) to finish the morning sessions with a similar amount of points as Belony but a lower spread of 168. His other victim was Wayne Cave (86).
Moen Gafoor closed off the podium spots with 4 points and a positive spread of 454. He lost to Belony (15) and Collins (79) but defeated R O Michael (50), Deonarine Devraj (139), Kamta Ramnarine (143) and Chichester (203).
Ruby Cummings sounded the presence of the females with 3 points and a positive spread of 57 to claim the 4th spot and the prize allotted for the best performance for players outside the top ten rankings. She defeated Orlando Michael (2), Ramnarine (27) and Benjamin (100) but lost to Hercules (20), Belony (26) and Cave (4).
Meanwhile, Vigilance’s children were present and handed over the prizes to the respective winners. They once again acknowledged the gesture by the executive of GASP in honouring their dad. The players, in turn, observed a one minute silence for their fallen colleague. They will convene for the next tournament slated for Caricom Day at the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC), Thomas lands. Players are also reminded that practice sessions will be held at the MSC on Thursdays from 18:00hrs. (Michael Benjamin)