Sports Desk, Feb 19, 2018: Former world youth scrabble champion Moiz Ullah Baig became Pakistan’s No 1 scrabble player ending Waseem Khatri’s decade-long supremacy.
Moiz won the 7th Signature Ranking Scrabble Tournament at Beach Luxury hotel and improved his overall rating to a career-best 1567 which put him ahead of his good friend and mentor Waseem Khari who has dominated the scrabble scene in Pakistan for a whole decade.
Playing in the Premier category Moiz won 8 matches with a spread of 366. This was Moiz’s third consecutive win at the ranking tournaments confirming his status as the top player in Pakistan
“Reaching No 1 in Pakistan scrabble ranking is the proud moment I was waiting for so long” Baig said afterwards.
21 year old Inshal Shahbaz making a return to competitive scrabble after a long gap was the surprise runner-up with seven wins and a spread of 590 while the 8-time national champion Waseem Khatri finished third
Fahim Naqvi won the Master category title with eight wins and a spread of 892 while Taha Mirza and Nasir Mehmood stood second and third respectively.
Advance category: Hammad Hamid (8/1244), Foaad Sami (7/1113), Salha Khatri (7/860).
Recreational Category: Aaish Salahuddin (6/483), Afham Imtiaz (5/596), Aniq Maniar (5/166).
Novice category : Abdul Hadi (7/603), Pankaj Kumar (6/554), Shayan Saqib (5/436). Image PSA
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