Monday, January 19, 2015

Nigel Richards triumphed anew at the 11th IGATE International Scrabble Tournament

Another great performance by Nigel Richards winning the 11th IGATE International Scrabble Tournament 2015 for the 6th time, besting the other 24 players in the 35 rounds, four-day battle of word power! Richards was Gibsonized before the start of day 4 or as early as round 29. He finished with a 32-3 win-loss record and a whopping +3873 points spread. Douglas Lobo and Lakshan Wanniarachchi took the 2nd and 3rd spot, respectively.

Final Standing (After 35 Rounds)
Rank
Player (Seed No.)
Won-Lost
Spread
1
Nigel Richards (A1)
32–3
+3873
2
Douglas Lobo (A10)
23–12
+996
3
Lakshan Wanniarachchi (A8)
21–14
+589
4
Sherwin Rodrigues (A2)
20½–14½
+1348
5
Rasheed Balogun (A3)
20–15
+1223
6
Sanjoy Gupta (A13)
20–15
+1076
7
Goutham Jayaraman (A4)
19½–15½
−182
8
Udayan Grover (A9)
19–16
+162
9
Mohan Chunkath (A17)
19–16
−190
10
Varisht Hingorani (A5)
18–17
+694
11
Michael Tang (A11)
18–17
+343
12
Alex Tan (A15)
18–17
+45
13
Tony Sim (A7)
17–18
−131
14
Mohsin Ahmed (A18)
17–18
−855
15
Nakul Prabhu (A6)
16–19
+678
16
Shaila Amalean (A19)
16–19
−559
17
Shaikh Ahmed (A12)
16–19
−613
18
Jose de Abreu (A14)
16–19
−745
19
V Ramachandran (A21)
15½–19½
−415
20
Olajide Akinyemi (A22)
15–20
+264
21
Suthiraphan Assarat (A23)
14–21
−264
22
Bhushan Pradhan (A20)
14–21
−1753
23
Charles Carneiro (A16)
13½–21½
−1003
24
Cecil Fernandes (A26)
13–22
−1156
25
Radhika Mahalingaiah (A25)
12–23
−1071

The talks of the event were the two great plays by Nigel Richards. Here it goes:

The final board position below showed a nine-letter word, ASAFETIDA. It was nicely fitted by Nigel from the rack of AAAEIST through separate F and D on the board.

(Final Board Position of Nigel's game with the 9-letter word, ASAFETIDA)

Another jaw-dropping move was an awesome bingo, but an extension play, this time. Take a look at the board position after his opponent played ZAP.


(It's Nigel's turn)
Find out what Nigel did 



Nigel played a 10-letter word, ZAPATEADOS for a big 111 points (+5 point challenge penalty).

IGATE International Scrabble Tournament has been held every year in India since 2005, and has attracted Scrabble players around the world.

The winners of the event from 2005 up to the present are updated below:
Year
Champion
Runner-up
2005
Ganesh Asirvatham (1)
Akshay Bhandarkar
2006
Varisht Hingorani (1)
Ralph Lobo
2007
Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (1)
Akshay Bhandarkar
2008
Ganesh Asirvatham (2)
Ayorinde Saidu
2009
Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (2)
Nigel Richards
2010
Nigel Richards (1)
Sherwin Rodrigues
2011
Nigel Richards (2)
Sherwin Rodrigues
2012
Nigel Richards (3)
Akshay Bhandarkar
2013
Nigel Richards (4)
Olaiya Kabir
2014
Nigel Richards (5)
Alastair Richards
2015
Nigel Richards (6)
Douglas Lobo

(Nice hilarious pose of Nigel at the 11th IGATE)

2 comments:

bwalaw said...

BRAVO, HURRAY MAY KASAMANG PALAKPAK NG KAMAY AT PAA AT SIGAW NA MALAKAS! FOR POSTING THIS INFO.

Rajveer Rawlin said...

Truly amazing was there, Zapateados was fantastic.