Torquay, England, Oct 29 2018: The main round of the World Scrabble Championships came to a close today with the completion of 35 matches here at Torquay, England.
Nigel Richards of New Zealand maintained his supremacy by finishing on top in the A division. He was four games clear of the nearest rival. Nigel finished with 29 wins
Top 8 players will now meet up for the quarter finals. The players qualifying for the quarter finals are:
Nigel Richards, New Zealand
Jesse Day, USA
Kevin McMahon, Ireland
Brett Smitheram, England
Paul Gallen, Northern Ireland
Wellington Jighere, Nigeria
Chris Lipe, USA
Paul Allan, Scotland
Moiz Baig of Pakistan who climbed up to the 3rd position on day three finally succumbed to fatigue at he has been playing nonstop for 7 days.
A visibly tired Moiz dropped out of the race for the quarter finals on the last day.
Waseem Khatri who was also in the reckoning fell short and finished 18th in the toughest field of scrabble players.
The division B story began with Pakistan, continued with Pakistan and ended with Pakistan.
Hammad Hadi Khan played like a champion to end the main rounds in the first position with 27 wins and a spread of 3069.
Young Sohaib Sanaullah continued to give him tough competition and finished on the same number of wins.
Astonishingly 7 of the 8 quarter finalists are from Pakistan! This is a unique feat never witnessed in the history of scrabble
Timothy Lawrence of England just managed to sneak in preventing an all Pakistan show.
The quarter final lineup is as follows:
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Hammad Hadi Khan
S. Imaad Ali
Hassan Hadi Khan
Hasham Hadi Khan
Division A Nigel Richards of New Zealand Beat Paul Allan 2-0, Brett Smitheram beat Paul Galle 2-1, Jesse day beat compatriot Chris Lipe 2-1 while Kevin McMahan beat Wellington Jighere with the same score.
In the first semi final Nigel Richards beat Brett Smitheram 3-0 while Jesse Day overcame Kevin 3-1.
Into group B the only Englishman Timothy Lawrence was knocked out by Hammad Hadi on the first quarter final leaving only Pakistani players to fight for the top positions.
Sohaib Sanaullah beat his elder brother Daniyal Sanaullah 2-1, Imaad Ali beat Hasham Hadi by the same score while Tariq Pervez shattered Hassan Hadi’s dream by beating him 2-0.
The Semi-Final proved to be very exciting as Tariq Pervez surprised Hammad by winning the first two matches of the best of five.
Hammad eventually recovered to win the next three albeit by very small margins.
12 year old Imaad Ali kept his nerves to edge out Sohaib Sanaullah 3-1 to reach the final.
World Scrabble Championships all Pakistan final will be played tomorrow.