Pakistan’s youth scrabble competitors made us all proud as Monis Khan who wins the under 10 Champion Award, Imaad Ali who is only 11 yrs old wins under 12 Champion & Encouragement Award, and was the youngest in top 25 and Hasham Hadi Khan bagged under 14 champion title respectively at the 2016 World Youth Scrabble Championship (WYSC) in Lille, France. Team Pakistan also finished as the second best team of the tournament leaving behind Team Sri Lanka. They had already qualified for the World Scrabble Championship which has already begun on the 31st of August.
Meanwhile 16 year old Sanchit Kapoor of the United Arab Emirates grabs the 11th under 18 World Youth Scrabble Championship (WYSC) . Sanchit Kapoor created history by becoming the first ever Scrabble World Champion from United Arab Emirates in the mind sport. He won 20 out of 24 games in the competition which has 107 participants under 17 from 14 different countries.
Some other titles includes Shoaib Sanaullah’s highest score award of 158 in a single move with the word BASCINET and national champion Waseem Khatri also won the side tournament for the seniors with 13 wins out of 17 rounds. Pakistan Scrabble Association Youth Director Tariq Pervaiz is hopeful that Pakistan will likely get a chance to host the International Tournament soon because of their amazing performance at World Youth Scrabble Championship every year.
In 2012, Hasham Hadi Khan was the youngest member of the Pakistani team taking part in the 6th International Scrabble Championship. He then made a world record by scoring astonishing 878 points against Sri Lankan player Matheesha De Silva. Over 80 of the world’s best players were taking part in the astounding show of tactical skills and vocabulary where Hasham Hadi Khan who was just 9-year old at that time proved as the next champion in the world of Scrabble.
The first World Youth Scrabble Championships was held in Wollongong, Australia in 2006. Players from different countries including Pakistan have competed so far. World Youth Scrabble Championship is open to anyone who is under the age of 18 on January 1 of the year of each tournament. The World Scrabble Championship used to be held at the start of December, but was brought forward to August from the year 2014. World Youth Scrabble Championship is not only a great opportunity for the players to show their Scrabble skills but it is also a great way of making friends with other players from different cultures.
Below is the list of the winners of the World Scrabble Youth Championship so far.
2016 Lille (FRANCE) Sanchit Kapoor United Arab Emirates
2015 Perth (AUSTRALIA) Nicholas Hong Singapore
2014 Colombo (SRI LANKA) Jack Durand England
2013 Dubai (UAE) Moizullah Baig Pakistan
2012 Birmingham (UK) Michael McKenna Australia
2011 Johor Bahru (MALAYSIA) Anand Bharadwaj Australia
2010 Manila (PHILIPINES) Ker Jen Ho Malaysia
2009 Johor Bahru (MALAYSIA) Ong Suanne Malaysia
2008 Penang (MALAYSIA) Charnrit Khongthanarat Thailand
2007 Johor Bahru (MALAYSIA) Toh Weibin Singapore
2006 Wollongong (AUSTRALIA) David Eldar Australia