KARACHI: The group stage of the Pharmevo WESPA Youth Cup (World Youth Scrabble Championship) was completed at the Pakistan-managed Pharmevo residence in Karachi.
After slogging through 36 games spanning across two weekends, two Pakistani players qualified for the finals.
Noah Slatkoff of Canada finished first in the group stages with 29 wins and a 3499-point margin. Thailand’s Napat Vatjaranurathorn came in second with 28 wins and a 3130-point margin. Syed Imaad Ali of Pakistan is in third place with 27 wins and a margin of 2616.
With 26 victories and a margin of 1948, Hasham Hadi Khan is the other Pakistani to reach the finals.
Ali Salman and Usman Shaukat, two more Pakistani players, remained in the top ten until the final round, but were unlucky to miss out by a whisker after losing their final games.
Pakistan, Thailand, and India each had two players in the top 10, while Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, and Sri Lanka each had one.
What is Scrabble game?
Scrabble is a board and tile game in which two to four players compete to build words on a 225-square board using lettered tiles; the words spelled out by the letters on the tiles interlock like words in a crossword puzzle.
At the start of the game, players draw seven tiles from a pool, which they replenish after each turn. The tiles in the pool, as well as those of other players, are kept hidden so that a player can only see his own tiles and those on the board. Any or all of a player’s tiles might be exchanged for those in the pool if he or she forfeits his turn. There are 100 letter tiles, each with a point value for each letter that roughly corresponds to the letter’s frequency of occurrence in English words. Words are scored by multiplying the letter point values by one of the 61 premium squares available, such as double letter, triple letter, double word, and triple word.
Scores can be earned both horizontally and vertically as the game progresses, with better scores being earned by forming two or more interlocking words at the same time. When one player has no tiles left or the board is tied at the end of the game, the player who has scored the most points win. The value of any unused letters left to players is added together and subtracted from their final score.