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Nigeria finishes as best Scrabble playing nation at the 2017 WESPA Championship

Nigeria finishes as best Scrabble playing nation at the 2017 WESPA Championship

Nigeria might have missed out on reclaiming the WESPA (World English-Language Scrabble Players Association) Championship but the country ended as the best scrabble nation.

Peter Moses lost 4-3 to Akshay Bhandarkar of Bahrain in a tight best of 7 Final in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday while the 2015 champion, Nigeria’s Wellington missed out by the whisker finishing fourth after the round of 32 games played from Wednesday till Saturday.

Wellington Jighere led the championship chart on Wednesday and Thursday but errors and defeats against opponents he would beat on his day on Friday and Saturday led to him missing out on a place in the final.

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After the 32 games, he finished with a record of 21 wins, 11 defeats, and point spread of +1181.

The finalist, Peter Moses defeated scrabble great Nigel Richards in his 32nd game by 457 to 418 to secure a place in the final with a record of 22 wins, 10 loses and point spread of +1762.

Peter Moses, however, lost in the final 4-3 to Dubai-based Akshay Bhandarkar of Bahrain.

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Olaiya Kabir finished 6th with a record of 21 wins, 11 loses and point spread of +791. Eta Karo finished 9th with a record of 20½ wins, 11½ loses and point spread of +706.

With 4 Nigerians in the final 10 of the world Scrabble championship table: Peter Moses (2nd), Wellington Jighere (4th), Olaiya Kabir (6th) and Eta Karo (9th) Nigeria once again became the best Scrabble playing Nation.

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Dennis Ikekeregor finished 13th, with a record of 19½ wins, 12½ loses and point spread of +894.

Although Nsikak Solomon finished outside the top 20, he won the international open title on Sunday.

By: Tope Adefala

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