Category Tourneys

Alchemist Cup 2018 – A Travelogue & Personal Reflection

One of the most eagerly anticipated events in the 2018 tournament calendar – the Alchemist Cup – was held in Penang, Malaysia, from 5 to 9 Dec 2018. The invitational team event featured 10 teams of 5 players, competing in a 45-game round-robin (i.e. each player gets to play every other player from opposing teams once) […]

Fascinating

“Like all autocracies, the Mubarak government understood the power of a true public square, of a place where citizens meet, mingle, promenade, gather, protest, perform and share ideas; it understood that a true midan—Arabic for public square—is a physical manifestation of democracy. A truly public Midan al-Tahrir would have been feared as a threat to regime […]

Where I am in Scrabble now

So, I’ve been playing this game for about 10 years, with about 7-8 fairly active years from 2006-present. I never imagined myself playing continuously for so many years. A few years back, I asked Marlon (Prudencio) how long he’d been playing Scrabble for, and his reply “7-8 years” at that time struck me as being […]

Mostly disorganised

Travel and Life in London, in that order So I really did enjoy every moment out of London – Vienna is really a place everyone needs to visit in Europe, to experience old European hospitality (I mean this – some waiters appeared TOO experienced, dispensing “bitte schön” as a tired mutter), see their rather tasteful […]

Quick Update

It’s reading week, so I am doing the necessary travelling, with friends this time! Am now in Vienna for the night, having spent the day in Bratislava. Will have a couple of days to look around before the Scrabble tourney starts on Saturday (event page http://www.viennamindsportsfestival.com/, will update with a link to follow results!) The […]

WYSC Pictures

Blogging from Nürnberg, where my housemates and I are waiting for our train to Munich. We’ve had a great time so far. I’ve always been rather supportive of this event; because of my participation in the first two iterations of the tournament, and also because I feel it is generally a good experience to young players. […]

Prague Pictures

Scrabble players usually don’t have much time to go way out for food (the Prague tourney was a bit of an exception with 1.5 hour lunch breaks, but we took a while to get used to it). We had most of our meals at a Thai fusion cafe called Yam Yam. It was rather tasty, […]

Brief Scrabble Report – MSI Prague

Can’t seem to start on my homework, so I guess I’ll do this instead. The Tournament It’s always nice to play in an international tourney for its atmosphere – I’m one who enjoys talking about games, moves and words in general so I don’t think I’ll get tired of the scene anytime (or is it […]

Prague

In Prague now, doing fairly above expectations for the tournament (and playing surprisingly OK). I’m thoroughly enjoying the fatigue and the mad rush. The above picture was taken in Stansted Airport – our flight got delayed (technical problem) so we waited in the plane for an hour and back at the terminal for another hour. […]

Games #42 and #43

The end of the series, at long last. Badly played last game. Play games 19 and 20 of Millennium Cup here and here! Feel free to examine and criticise!