Sohaib, a student of St Patrick’s High-school Sohaib, clinched the Signature 29th Pakistan Scrabble Championship at Generation’s School with an astonishing display of tactical skills.
The highly-talented student showed remarkable control and temperament rarely seen in a boy so young while competing against players several times his age by staging a spectacular late rally to win his last six games in a row to emerge as the proverbial dark horse.
The final of the championship was between Sohaib and 17-year-old Abdullah Abbasi.
Abdullah, the runner-up in the 2015 World Youth Scrabble Championship, finished second with 18 wins and a spread of 1,721. Former world youth champion Moiz Baig, who led for most part of the tournament, was outgunned by his younger counterparts. He finished third with 18 wins and a spread of 1,492.
Tariq Pervez, the only senior in the top five, finished fourth with 18 wins and a spread of 1,492.
It was a big disappointment for the defending champion Waseem Khatri, who was unable to practise well enough due to personal reasons. He finished fifth with 17 wins and a spread of 1,571.
M. Inayatullah, Hassan Hadi, Rashid Khan, Hammad Hadi and Yasir Jamshaid occupied the remaining top 10 positions.
Later, a delighted Tariq Pervez, director Youth Programme of the Pakistan Scrabble Association, informed the media that the youth he has been training have finally come of age.
“Apart from the defending champion Waseem Khatri there were three more former national champions playing in the championship, who became national champions before either Sohaib or Abdullah were even born,” he said, hoping that Pakistan would win the junior world scrabble championship scheduled in Nottingham next month.
Khadija Noorani, vice principal of Generation’s School, presented trophies to the winners.
Source: Dawn News