In the not so distant past predicting a winner in scrabble tournaments proved to be a relatively simple task since only a choice few played their way to championship honours. And so it was that even before the tournament got underway names like Abigail McDonald, Fred Collins and Moen Gafoor among other top seeds were destined for the prime podium spots.
In an effort to remove such advantages and create opportunities for the lower placed seeds to compete instead of just participate the executive of the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) decided to issue a special prize for the player outside of the top ten rankings in the hope that the standard of play of those players would improve.
The ploy seemed to have worked and several lowly rated players have shown remarkable improvement to the extent that they are currently posing a treat to the top seeds. These players will get a chance to showoff their skills this morning when the GASP hosts the Labour Day Open championships at the Malteenos Sports Club this morning.
Activities get underway with the registration period starting at 09:45hrs and the first tile would be moved at 10:00hrs. Players are also reminded that those arriving late would be at a disadvantage as their clocks would be activated in their absence. As is now the norm, prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers and the best player out of the top 10, the registration fee remains at $500. The tournament is sponsored by Serious off Roaders, the authorized distributors of ARB 4×4 accessories.
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