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World Scrabble Championship : Thais taking on the world in English - Korat teen in 8th

 

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The Thai team at the WESPAC World Scrabble event in India

A team of six Thai men are taking on the world in India at the World English Language Scrabble Players' Association Championships.

They are led by Chiang Mai physician Dr Jakkrit Klaphajone and include teen sensation Tarin Pairor from Korat, a young man of mixed Thai and Canadian parentage. After day one he is currently in eighth place.

The biennial event, considered by many players to be a world championship, has attracted a field of 140 international players from around the world, many of whom are considered grand masters of the English Language word game.

It is being played in a large stadium in Goa, befitting the claims of many Scrabble players that the game is a true sport as well as a sport of the mind.

The top Scrabble playing nations in the world are all represented; these include the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Nigeria, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Kenya and Thailand.

 

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Chiang Mai doctor Jakkrit (left) at the WESPAC event in Goa


The field includes the undisputed greatest Scrabble player of all time Nigel Richards of New Zealand who lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nigel has been crowned world champion in both English and French lexicons.

Surprisingly missing from the event is the world's currently highest rated player Ganesh Asirvatham of Malaysia who told Thaivisa that moving into a new role and his father's worsening health had kept him away.

Also missing from the Thai team was Taewan Sutthasin who had a car accident on the way to the airport. He is recovering now.

Day one on Wednesday saw the field play nine games. Tarin from Nakhon Ratchasima was the best of the Thai players finishing the day with 7 wins and two losses to lie in eighth place two ahead of tenth placed Nigel.

 

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Top ten standings at the WESPAC after Day 1


Jakkrit was in 39th place on 5-4 while Bangkokian Thacha Koowirat was in 21st on six wins and three losses.

Jesse Day of the US - second in the King's Cup in Bangkok in July - leads the way with a perfect 9-0 record. 

 

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Riveting stuff....and I missed it again!

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

grand masters of the English Language word game.

Pat, I would like to buy a vowel??

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I've taught English in China and Thailand. My experience has been most Thais couldn't care a hoot about learning English compared to the Chinese who value it most highly.

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A great game to keep dementia at bay.

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33 minutes ago, leeneeds said:

A great game to keep dementia at bay.

 I can't remember who said that and when.

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Seems these Pattaya  farang pensioners scrabble players haven’t been released back into society yet? 

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14 hours ago, colinneil said:

Must be fake news, as Rooster is not on the list..... Rooster, rooster where for art thou?😎

Despite qualifying to play for Thailand I decided to stay home in Bangkok on this occasion, Colin. That's why the news has been so, er..... interesting this week 🙂

 

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22 minutes ago, Fred white said:

Watching people play Scrabble sounds about as exciting as watching a chess game

Watching grandmasters play chess is great. Some good videos on youtube that run you through the thought processes of some of legendary matches.

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