Six-member Pak team selected for World Youth Scrabble C’ship

The Nation  |  Aug 02, 2021

ISLAMABAD- A six-member Pakistan team has been selected to feature in the WESPA Youth Cup (formerly known as World Youth Scrabble Championship) to be played from August 7 to 22 and hosted by the Pakistan Scrabble Association. “The team includes Hasham Hadi Khan, Ali Salman, Usman Shaukat, Syed Imaad Ali, Affan Salman and Ahmed Salman,” said Pakistan Scrabble Association Director Tariq Pervez. He said Hasham won the qualifying tournament held in Karachi for the selection of team Pakistan at the WESPA Youth Cup Scrabble Championship. “The tournament was held in two stages with over 60 top youth players participating. In the first leg 50 players fought it out for a place in the grand finale. Top 10 players from the first leg qualified for the final round where they were joined by 10 players that have previously participated in international tournaments. “The final qualifying round was a grueling 19 game tournament on round robin league basis played over two days. The 16 year old ‘veteran’ Hasham Hadi emerged as the only player that remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Hasham won all his 19 games with an impressive spread of 2288. Ali Salman wasn’t far behind winning 17 games and had a spread of 1441. Usman Shaukat finished 3rd with 15 wins and a spread of 1519. Imaad Ali finished 4th with 13 wins. Affan Salman was hugely impressive and beat several senior and experienced players to clinch the fifth position and little Ahmed Salman claimed the six place.

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