Ninth World Youth Scrabble Championship 2014-15 at Colombo, Sri Lanka
COLOMBO: Jack Durand of England rounded off a great week by dethroning Moiz Baig and taking the tile of the ninth World Youth Scrabble Championship, which came to a conclusion today at Colombo, Sri Lanka. Durand was fit touch throughout the championship and remained in addition almost right from tournament.
A defeat at the hands of Arham Abidi in the final match didn’t cash affect on his position as he was declared the champion with two matches to supplemental. Durand is the first ever youth champion to emerge from England. Pakistan’s Mariam Arif and Abdullah Abbasi remained in the hunt for the title till finish but couldn’t dislodge a determined Durand. Yong Jian Rong of Singapore just pipped Marian to second most important position. He won 17 matches and encompasses a spread of 1244. Mariam Arif narrowly missed the runner up position after losing her last match and had to be contended is not third position. She also won 17 matches coupled with a spread of 1054. The 14-year-old Abdullah Abbasi was second most important Pakistani in order to complete among very best ten. He won 16 matches and had a spread of 966. He obtained ninth position. Identical twins Hammad Hadi and Hassan Hadi finished 12th and 19th, respectively, having won 15 matches apiece. Arham Abidi was your fifth Pakistani player in the top 20.
Defending champion and pre tournament favorite Moiz Baig had a colossal loss of form. The weight of expectations put him down. Moiz finished at disappointing 22nd while Pakistan’s hero of initial day Absar Mustajab finished 34th. Debutant Abbas Shabbir who started last day on the 91st position made rapid strides to climb up to the 51st position. Pakistan team remained relating to the No. 1 spot till the very last match but defeats suffered by top three Pakistanis in their final match pushed their country for the second spot behind Singapore.