The power of words

Scrabble Scramble

Nearly 70 participants from all over the world took part in the seventh edition of the competition. The winners were awarded with a total prize money of Rs 6 lakh. Word experts from 12 countries including ‘World No 4 Champion’ Nigel Richards and World Scrabble Champion Sherwin Rodrigues participated in the tournament, giving a strong competition to their opponents.

There were a total of 26 rounds spread over a span of three days. “Along with logical thinking and analytical abilities, luck also plays an important role in this game. Hence there was no knock-out round. Each contestant had to play each round,” explained Rex D’Souza, the director of the tournament.

After giving a tough competition to the opponents, Nigel Richards from New Zealand emerged as the winner of the tournament.  He took away a prize money of Rs 2.5 lakh. “I enjoyed the game. Each contestant gave me a tough competition. I started playing in 1995 and the game is gaining popularity every year,” he felt.

There were also inter-corporate and inter-collegiate competitions. Major companies like Infosys, Cognizant, Siemens, Goldman Sachs, ARM Embedded Tech, AOL, Headstrong and iGate fought in the third edition of iGate inter-corporate scrabble tournament. Goldman Sachs emerged as the winner.  

Forty two teams from 31 companies had participated in the preliminary round. But only eight succeeded to enter the finals. The inter-collegiate scrabble tournament was introduced for the first time this year.

Over 45 colleges had participated in the preliminary tourney which was held last month. Only six colleges from different cities were able to enter the finals.  Students from BITS Pilani, IIT Chennai, NMAM IT Mangalore, SSN College Chennai, SVCE Chennai and Dr B V Raju Institute of Technology Hyderabad vied for the prize money of Rs 1.5 lakh. Finally, IIT Chennai was the winner.

Nigilya, a student of SSN College Chennai, said this was the first time she had played the game in a competition.

“It helped me learn about the international players and gave me a chance to interact with them. I am so inspired by them,” she said.

Abhishek Anurag and Rajnikant from BITS Pilani were quite confident of their success as they were leading at the end of the third round, which comprised five rounds.

“It has been more than a year since I began playing this game seriously. Rajnikant, who is a strong contender in our college, is my partner in this tournament. We started our preparations with the help of dictionaries. These days, Scrabble is being included in various college fests, which is a good sign,” he summed up.

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