Sri Lanka Open International Scrabble Championship 2013 from 9 Aug.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013 00:00 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Sri Lanka Scrabble League announced that the Sri Lanka Open International Scrabble Championship is scheduled to be held from 9 to 11 August 2013 at Global Towers, Marine Drive, Colombo 6. Over 25 international players are expected to play at this tournament, in a contingent that includes several prominent players such as reigning World Champion Nigel Richards, three-time Gulf Champion and fifth ranked in the World Championships, Akshay Bhandarkar, and Sherwin Rodrigues, the reigning National Champion of India. Sri Lanka will be represented by the premier local scrabble players such as reigning Sri Lankan Champion and World Championship representative Lakshan Wanniarachchi. 25 games will be played over three days, with a total prize money packet of Rs. 700,000 to be awarded. This is the fifth occasion Sri Lanka is hosting its international championship, which is now a regular tournament in the global scrabble calendar, and is a much awaited event. The past champions of this tournament have been Ranganathan Chakravarty of India (2003), Nigel Richards of New Zealand (2009 and 2010) and Pichai Limprasert of Thailand (2011). Both former champions Nigel Richards and Pichai Limprasert will also be taking part in this year’s edition. The Sri Lanka Scrabble League (SLSL) is a non-profit organisation that has taken a keen interest in promoting the game of scrabble in Sri Lanka. Scrabble can be a useful tool to develop vocabulary and analytical skills, in addition to being a thoroughly enjoyable word-game. The SLSL has been home to quite a few world class Sri Lankan scrabble players such as Naween Fernando (third in the World Championships 2005), Missaka Warusawithana, Harshan Lamabadusuriya and Suresh Chinnaiyah.