Karachi, Pakistan, July 17, 2018: Moiz Baig staged an incredible comeback to snatch the title of National Champion by winning the 30th Pakistan National Scrabble Championship played at Lincoln Corner Karachi (Moiz Pakistan Scrabble Champion).
The former WORLD YOUTH CHAMPION Moiz seemed nowhere in contention at the end of round 20; three wins behind the leader Waseem Khatri.
The 21 year old then recomposed himself and launched a spectacular ascend to the top winning all of remaining 7 matches including the last two against Waseem in the king-of-the-hill format
This is the first national title for Moiz and he managed to retain the No. 1 ranking at the end of the season.
It was an utter heartbreak for the 8 time national champion Waseem Khatri who looked comfortably placed to regain his lost title before Moiz’s incredible comeback.
Waseem finished 2nd with 19 wins to Moiz’s 20 (Moiz Pakistan Scrabble Champion).
Young Hassan Hadi maintained his form, never dropping out of the top 5 and finished 3rd with 18 wins.
The player finishing next to Hassan was NOT his twin brother but his 13 year old sibling Hasham Hadi who surprised everyone with some sterling display of vocabulary and tactical skills.
He is the youngest player ever to finish in the top 5 at the nationals.
Jawed Shamim and M. Inayatullah finished in the money remaining 5th and 6th respectively.
The defending champion Sohaib Sanaullah finished 7th followed by Ali Rashid, Daniyal Sanaullah and Taha Mirza. —- Pakistan Scrabble Association
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