Word nerds unite! Dubai nabs a triple word score with upcoming Scrabble championship
The youth Scrabble championship is heading to Dubai. (Image courtesy of wikimedia commons)
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Some 140 children, aged 17 and under, from 20 countries will battle it out over the course of 24 rounds and 1,500 games of Scrabble to decide the winner.
It is the first time the region has hosted the event, which is taking place on December 12-14 at the Etisalat Academy in Mirdif.
The participants have qualified from local tournaments around the world, which have seen thousands of youngsters take part in a war of words to secure their seat in the global competition. The WYSC is the flagship tournament for the World English-language Scrabble Players’ Association (WESPA), the international body for the fast growing âmind sport’ and has been held since 2006 in countries such as Australia, the UK and the Philippines.
“We are delighted to bring the tournament to Dubai. The superb performance of the UAE team at the 2012 WYSC in Birmingham cemented this position, and we seem set to have our biggest tournament yet in terms of participation,” Karen Richards, youth committee chair of WESPA and founder of the WYSC, said,
“We are very excited to host the WYSC. Our training sessions have been going exceedingly well, the kids have put in a lot of hard work for word study and practice, and we expect this intense preparation will bear results against the more experienced countries, as it did last year,” said Nikhil Soneja, chairman of the UAE Scrabble Club.
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