|Jan 28th – 29th||WESPAC Q1 / ECASA Q7||Lira Club||Pierre Opio
0755 142 077
|Feb 25th – 26th||WESPAC Q2 /
|Mbale Club||Dr. Mark Okwir
0782 352 356
|Mar 25th – 26th||WESPAC Q3 /
|Mbarara Club||Chris Kalibbala
0772 507 016
|Apr 14th – 16th||ECASA 2017||DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA||DR. MARK OKWIR
0782 352 356
|Apr 29th – May 1st||WESPAC Q4||Soroti Club||Justin Opolot
0772 464 538
|May 27th – 28th||WESPAC Q5||Spa Club||Chris Ntege
0756 845 227
|Jun 24th – 25th||WESPAC Q6||Fort Portal Club||Jimmy Ategeka
0705 652 704
|Jul 29th – 30th||WESPAC Q7||Kampala Open||Edgar Odongkara
0779 664 836
|Aug 26th – 27th||ECASA Q1||Kabale Club||Greens Kamugisha
0772 410 947
|Sep 15th – 17th||ECASA Q2||SAJEKI OPEN (Wespa-rated)||John Byenkya
0752 308 209
|Oct 7th – 9th||ECASA Q3||Mukagwa Club||Nelson Kyagera
0772 619 706
|Nov 6th – 12th||WESPAC||NAIROBI, KENYA||Dr. Mark Okwir
0782 352 356
|Dec 16th – 17th||ECASA Q4||SAU – Jinja||Elizabeth Kintu
0772 667 906
NEW TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE FOR SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
With a myriad of sponsors coming along, the second half of the year promises an action-packed period for tournament scrabble in Uganda.
|1.||23-24th July||Soroti (Aloha hotel)||ECASA Q1||SAU|
|2.||20-21st August||Fortportal (Sports Club)||Kalibbala|
|3.||27-28th August||Mbale (Sports Club)||ECASA Q2||SAU|
|4.||31st August-4th September||Lille France||MSI WSC||MSI|
|5.||17-18th September||Kampala||SAJEKI / ECASA Q3||SAJEKI|
|6.||8-9th October||Kampala||Independence / ECASA Q4||SAU|
|7.||29-30th October||Kabale||Kabale Open||Greens Kamugisha|
|8.||26-27th November||Bandores (Kampala)||Bandores Open / ECASA Q5||Edgar Odongkara
*Dates still subject to change
|28th Nov-3rd Dec||Causeway (Malaysia)||Causeway Challenge||SAU|
|9.||3rd-4th December||Jinja||Scrabble on the Nile / ECASA Q6|| *Dates still subject to change
*Tournament will be WESPA rated
|10.||14th-18th December||Accra, Ghana||ASC||PANASA|
THE DR. ALLAN MPAIRWE SOROTI SCRABBLE OPEN.
The annual Soroti scrabble open is on July 24-25. See tournament poster below for full details. In case you are unable to attend, go to our live events page to follow all the action from Aloha restaurant.
WSC QUALIFIERS RESULTS
- Best 4 out of 6 qualifiers considered.
- Ties are broken by last 2 qualifiers, after which they may be broken by National ratings.
- Those who have played 4+ qualifiers take precedence over those who have played less.
- Only those who have played 3+ qualifiers are listed here.
|Player||Q1 (Lira)||Q2 (KIU)||Q3 (ECASA)||Q4 (Ndejje)||Q5 (Mbarara)||Q6 (Spa)||Total (Best 4/6)|
|1. Mugisha, PE||1||1||2||1||–||2||5|
|2. Odongkara, E||2||3||1||3||2||6||8|
|3. Geria, R||5||2||3||2||–||1||8|
|4. Onai, D||3||–||4||5||3||8||15|
|5. Onyoin, L||7||4||6||9||1||7||18|
|6. Kisembo, R||6||–||5||6||–||10||27|
|7. Ntege, C||15||7||9||4||8||13||28|
|8. Apuuli, D||13||6||8||7||–||24||34|
|9. Okwir, M||12||8||14||11||11||17||42|
|10. Opio, RP||19||11||12||15||7||19||45|
|11. Ssali, S||4||10||16||17||–||18||47|
|12. Nakyanzi, A||14||–||10||–||4||26||54|
|13. Alyek, L||24||–||15||8||16||16||55|
|14. Ojok, S||8||–||11||–||13||27||59|
|15. Kalibbala, C||26||13||17||–||18||32||74|
|16. Sentongo, I *||9||9||–||–||–||4||22|
|17. Tawoda, J *||10||5||7||–||–||–||22|
|18. Ojok, J *||11||15||13||–||–||–||39|
|19. Kizza, P *||–||16||–||13||–||14||43|
|20. Kyobe, T *||–||12||–||12||–||25||49|
In line with one’s WESPA rating, every individual is eligible to play in at the MSI Scrabble World Championships in Lille in August this year since there are several divisions. Find all tournament information HERE.
A champion’s round up: [PHENOMENON: SULTAN OF MOMBASA, KING OF KENYA]
The 18-game event in Mombasa, the Golden City in the Sun, doubled as a WSC Qualifier.
DAVID NJENGA (KENYA)
With his curly hair and pouting matinee idol looks, David Njenga makes the girls go bananas.
I had to admit to some trepidation as I was paired with this masterful Young Turk who had painfully outmaneuvered me in a previous tourney.
David arrived with a scant 8 minutes left on his clock but any thought of my having a field day were quickly dispelled as I had to wash an abominable vowel-only rack. He opened with ZERK (34) trying to WHOP (39) me. I battled to find LEARNING (61) but David was intent on SLOWING (74) me down with ACETONE (76).
I got lucky to JIVE (28) with XU (50) but my opponent countered with LAMINATE (74). Incredibly, despite the fact that David was 7 minutes over on his clock and that I balanced for the 9-letter zinger OVERRAtEd (88), my goose was cooked. I was saved only by the fact that he missed STOGIES.
EDWIN-MUGISHA 480 DAVID NJENGA 370
FRED MAGU (KENYA)
Breezy, confident, prosperous Fred has been working hard on his game and proved a hard nut to crack. The leader of 600 Africans covered by the ECASA regions and the President who has never lost an election pounded me with MADRONES (83) and QUASI (73).
The Man of History JIGGED (48) during this tactical, strategic encounter to REALISE (74) a triumph and ENRICH (39) himself with another point.
The second Kenyan down, 16 to go.
EDWIN-MUGISHA 418 FRED MAGU 361
DAN MUSUKU (KENYA)
Dan, a multi-talented athlete who starred in the National Soccer team, wasted no time making me WAIL (11) with TINGLER (75) and INMATES (78). I scraped together RATIONS (73) short of the triple lane, desperately playing setup. I was very, very relieved Dan overlooked the front hook of RATIONS as the Eagle pounced with RETOX (67) to survive by 7.
EDWIN-MUGISHA 417 DAN MUSUKU 410
CHRIS NTEGE (UGANDA)
In Uganda, Chris the Enforcer has built up a terrible record against me, winning at least 3 of our last 5 rated contests. He called me a LEMUR (22) just like King Julian of the Penguins of Madagascar. Then the Enforcer made out like the bloodthirsty FOSSA with WAZ (48) exclaiming it was good the new words had come along.
ENROBING (76) further cemented his position and the Chosen One needed TENSORS (82) and SHIV (30) to avoid getting SCREWED (80).
EDWIN-MUGISHA 458 CHRIS NTEGE 360
JACK OMONDI (KENYA)
After a hiatus from the Beloved Sport, the animated veteran Jack was back with a bang. He played hard as we went pound for pound until after the UNfaded (17) dump, my supernatural SPIRITS (68), intervened with IGNORES (87) and ROTCHIE (85).
EDWIN-MUGISHA 462 JACK OMONDI 353
MARTINS MUTAHI (KENYA)
The towering intellect of Emirates Martins aka Smartex aka Matu lay in my way. This future African Champ and Young Turk accused me of spending the tournament running away from him.
Crazy talk. East Africa’s Alpha Male is scared of no one.
In the middle of the game Martins accused me of calling him an IDIOT (16).
Again, crazy talk. I wouldn’t stoop so low; I am Scrabble’s Humanitarian of the Year.
Obviously more Emirates paranoia.
After FAQIR (34), the CELEB (36) Martins unleashed IODINATE (68). I was forced to burst the game wide open with the placement of ONSTEAD (88). Luckily for me, Martins missed KARSEYS for a barnstorming 93, going for KADE (42 + 5) which I challenged.
A basic 4-letter word. Oy vey.
After that miss Martins tried to BUOY (27) himself up to no avail as I UNMEwED (47), going on to VEX (48) him with ADZ (51) and ROPINGS (78).
EDWIN-MUGISHA 462 MARTINS MUTAHI 353
BERNARD AMUKE (KENYA)
At lunch time the young superstar Allan Oyende incredibly accused me of having already wrapped up the tournament without even playing him. More crazy talk. There were 12 games to go and I was sure I was bound to collide with this menacing World number 14 who would do what he usually does; slice and dice his opponent!
The tall, dark and handsome Ben Amuke lay in wait. I ran with GROSZ (50) and he went ZORRO (28) on me. That’s when I made a blunder as suddenly unsure of the GROSZ back hooks I scored MEINEYs for 29 marks instead of GROSZE/MEINEY for 14 more.
Of course the hunky Ben should then have come down that juicy lane with his BLUSHED for a humongous 109 instead of pluralizing ZORROS for 12 less.
I LOITERED (68) with my Iranian PAHLAVI (80) but the Kenyan Scrabble Vice-Chairman made me feel the HEAT (38) with PUY (35) as he got GOATIER (66). The GROSZ hook finally clicked in my pinpointed mind as I enjoyed the EX (50 + 5).
However my nightmare game continued with UNCAN* challenged off and as I CURST (23) in frustration Ben fought back, making me feel the PAIN (23) with SMOKE (34).
I scraped home in this absurd comedy of errors.
By the way, there’s both the Polish GROSZE and GROSZY.
EDWIN-MUGISHA 476 BENARD AMUKE 430
LAWRENCE ONYOIN (UGANDA)
Lawrence de Lorenzo was in the form of his life. Fresh off a dominating Mbarara Qualifier victory where he had ran up a sperm count spread of 1 800, he had that very morning taken the mighty Edgar Dragon Odongkara to the cleaners with a tournament High Game of 669, scalping the Fiery Lizard by a 300 + spread. De Lorenzo had now stormed into 2nd place in the tournament, leaving the shell-shocked scattered personages of the hapless local natives all over the playing hall!
I opened with RABATOS (74). Lawrence caught fire with CONSTER (89) and little else as Africa’s largest vocabulary dumped BoUVIER (24) to run riot with ADENOID (79), the defensive JINN (31), EMOVE (20), BEZ (47), DANDLER (91) and TWEEP (42).
EDWIN-MUGISHA 527 LAWRENCE ONYOIN 388
ALLAN OYENDE (KENYA)
An amazing match against Allan, the darling of Kenya, who had swept into the Australian WSC and caused utter havoc, taking no prisoners. I hit the front with REBOARDS (66) and ZOA (42). Allan wrote KHOR (26) before his SANGUINE (74) PLEBEIAN (76) suddenly gave him a stranglehold on the contest.
I cried NAY (34) being forced to burn an S with MASTIFF (57). Allan should not have attempted COLLeGED* as despite his bouncing back with GECKO (24) and SOLIDeST (77) my brilliantly crafted final move SLOTTER (84) ensured that the Immortal lived another day. Against all odds, a draw.
EDWIN-MUGISHA 455 ALLAN OYENDE 455
PATRICK NDERITU (KENYA)
Out of the frying pan into the fire. Facing the nuclear word head called Gigaton; there was nowhere to hide in the intense cauldron of Table 1. A series of early abominable racks meant for a strategic, cagy affair but WESPA’s Shining Light balanced to pull ahead with the baby bonus ORNATELY (86). Gigaton, the former World number 8, continued to struggle with combos like MIHI (30) as I solidified my advantage with ZOBU (30) and DESTINE (72). After FLIX (28) I am forced to admit I goofed BIGTIME as I went out with SOREDiAL (77) instead of hOARDERS which would have denied the reigning ECASA Champ his face-saving SQUINTED for a humongous 106.
EDWIN-MUGISHA 424 PATRICK NDERITU 352
MUEMA MUUMBI (KENYA)
9.5 points from a possible haul of 10, unbeaten for the whole of Day One, near perfection for the winningest player in the game.
In the absence of Chris, Nick and Emily Okioma I was having a field day. I could finally breathe easy on Table 1 in Kenya without being hunted down ruthlessly by the deadliest family in Global Scrabble!
Dr. Muema Muumbi was out for blood but he didn’t let me know this beforehand. I piled mistakes upon mistakes, not taking advantage of his opening DRIFT (22) with the optimal UNAU/DRIFT. Getting lazy about using the DRIFT front hook cost me dearly as UNAU would have blocked his MODERNER (77). I thought I was right back after LEISTER (80) and GOURDY (26) but Muema was having none of it as he kicked me in the nuts with ESTOILE (74).
I was crying soprano, hobbling as I danced awkwardly with beauties like MIRITI (18) and Muema went AHA! (39) as he mercilessly finished off the Living Legend with UNTACKLE (68).
A devastating washout.
With doctors like these, who needs coroners?
MUEMA MUUMBI 468 EDWIN-MUGISHA 356
EDGAR ODONGKARA (UGANDA)
Muema had given the field renewed hope I could be overhauled. For the feared Vampires in the field, there was the sickly sweet scent of haemoglobin in the air. My haemoglobin.
Cool as cucumber, a Scrabbler who encapsulates the qualities of both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Edgar Odongkara is the fastest rising young player in World Scrabble.
Unfortunately matters became ARIDEST (73) for the Dragon in this contest as I handled the Weight of Wisdom well, pulling out consecutive scores of TRANQ (47), CYANITES (84), REMERGED (86 + 5), TEARGAS (77) and JOIN (43).
EDWIN-MUGISHA 516 EDGAR ODONGKARA 350
King of the Hill
PATRICK NDERITU (KENYA)
I was 2 and a half points adrift of the field and a win here could make the event a runaway rout for the Man of Destiny.
There was a determined glint in Gigaton Nderitu’s eye as he opened his account with AREACHES (68) in response to my CHEZ (36). Gigaton swiftly balanced for INTROMIT (80) as I REVVED (26) up with TIX (39) and INTRADOS (77). That’s when I shot myself in the foot, missing the Dave Sutto Sutton CSW 15 addition, NIBLETS, by a million miles.
I guess the 26 hour bus ride was starting to take its toll.
BLINI (20) was my poor 2nd best choice as my opponent took full advantage with RONDEAUS (59), BRUNG (28) and FLETTON (33). Pressure was turning my environment HUMID (27) as I fought back from Stupidville with ZESTIEST (69) and WOODIE (33).
WOODIE only opened for Gigaton’s Deathblow LOOF (49). I was toast.
GIGATON 403 EDWIN-MUGISHA 385
PATRICK NDERITU (KENYA)
The heat was on. With the bit between his teeth, Gigaton opened with the punishing HYENOID (84). He didn’t hang around as he piled on the misery with QIN (46), XI (37), GOEL (35) and BLAIZE (43). It’s like the man was holding a whip, a cat o’nine tails, and was beating me with setup after setup like I was a thief. The Great One fumbled around for PASTIER (76) and DEMENTS (73) but I was to later INFER (39) from Gigaton that he chose the massive double double FUBSIER (99) over BUFfERS or REBUFfS.
Suddenly Mombasa was looking less like the City in the Sun and more like the City of Doom and Gloom.
PATRICK NDERITU 522 EDWIN-MUGISHA 381
PATRICK NDERITU (KENYA)
Feeling my energy levels tanking, I scampered to the nearest watering hole for a Redbull. I tried to be upbeat, telling Kenya’s seed one that I still led by half a point and I would have to be physically prised off the lead.
Alas, this was false bravado as feeling run down and rattled by an opening rack of CCEGRRV – I changed keeping CER – I proceeded to miss ROsACEA or ACEROlA. What ho!
The former World number 8 stormed off with RESILED (68) and I desperately hang on to his coattails with HEARERS (64). Gigaton called me a HOBO (27) as I suddenly started to pick like Sammy Okasagah or Brett Smitheram, blazing with MUTATES (76) and ZEP (49). This is when Gigaton was to tell me he made a rare stumble of his own, by not changing a move earlier instead of battling with AIERY (16).
As a result, later on his JETS (41) and NAILERS (71) were no match for my QUAG (38) and QUINAS (46) as I ran for dear life to reopen my Table 1 lead.
EDWIN-MUGISHA 469 PATRICK NDERITU 354
ALLAN OYENDE (KENYA)
No rest for the Scrabble wicked as Allan was back to torment Scrabble’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). A bizarre match ensued on a board that quickly closed up. Allan scored MAIK (27), FAUVE (22) and NIXY (30). I cobbled together FORDO (26) and JAPE (36). I picked a blank but the genius that is Allan blocked my ECOGIFt. After picking the H, I displayed why I handle the Burden of Brilliance better than any other man alive as I played the setup OXIC (30) below the triple lane. It allowed me to explode with CH/HILLERS (84 + 5).
Allan committed the howler NONPLAnT* which gave me breathing room. He redeemed himself with POTTLeS (73 + 5) but -to heck with Equity Loss- I proceeded to block like a man possessed.
Current reigning World Champ Wellington Jighere lectured me to my face in Cape Town that I don’t play enough rough, dirty Scrabble. I am too flashy, too exhibitionist.
EDWIN-MUGISHA 377 ALLAN OYENDE 310
PATRICK NDERITU (KENYA)
For a change, it was my turn to commence with a bingo as I chose BELACED (80) over DEBACLE. Patrick BLAZED (38) right back. I then went on a terrible tear with FIQUE (34), ZITE (28), COASTING (95) and THANAGES (76). It left me with a fat “impregnable” 175 point lead.
Obviously Coach Wellington Jighere’s lessons were paying off.
This is when Gigaton tried to put a HEX (34) on me with POPERA (22) and the dangerous OKA (30) setup short of the triple lane. Not satisfied with this torture, Gigaton also played DERATION (72) opening up the second potential triple triple opportunity in the match.
At this juncture my high-powered Coach Wellington would get miffed as what I should have done with my rack is play the defensive COITS on the S of THANAGES, killing off one nine-timer chance and the looming OKA opening. Instead I kept the board wide open, going for marks and rack leave with SWIG (24).
I did decide to later block one triple triple opening with CONDO (27) but my high-powered Nigerian Coach would get incensed at the delayed action as Patrick unleashed YONDERS on the OKA setup for 110!
Amazingly now, with a prestigious Qualifier and National pride on the line, he had all but erased a 175-point lead to claw to within 20. The Phenomenon continued to sin heavily against Coach Wellington, playing rack leave with NIRL (20). On the expansive board Gigaton had the good fortune to pick the second blank and he erupted again with MaUVEINE (66) to go 18 ahead!
That’s when fickle Lady Luck decided to saunter over to my side with her voluptuous curves, flashing her painted eyelids at me as she rendered the charging Gigaton impotent with a final JST pickup. The guy couldn’t finish in one move except through the U of MAUVEINE.
That’s also when commonsense finally penetrated my thick skull. With 30 seconds left on my clock and holding a final ADLORU? rack I avoided the suicidal temptation of trying OUtDRAWL*, was unsure of ADULAtOR but really should have played LAUDAtOR. Instead I did the 100% sure thing. Having earlier confirmed marks, made absolutely dead sure, I blocked the U of MAUVEINE with ALOUD for 28, wiping out my deficit of 18 marks to build a slender lead of 10.
As I foresaw, Patrick could only offload JS with JamS for 15 whereupon I simply went out with RaW for 7 marks to take his T and win the Qualifier and the Kenyan number 1 rating by 4 marks.
Yeeesh. Coach Wellington will shake his head in disgust but bottom line, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
EDWIN-MUGISHA 462 GIGATON NDERITU 458
MAGWANGA ONANI (KENYA)
The King of Scrabble had done it yet again, getting Phenomenonized for the umpteenth time.
I quickly ran into fierce headwinds against the grizzled veteran Onani who bluntly told me I couldn’t just walk into Kenya, where everyone knows there are National Parks teeming with man-eating lions, and simply swagger around untroubled, just smelling the roses. He was going to thoroughly discipline me, finish me off.
And true to his word he did, finding ZAMPONI early on for 109. I balanced for SAUTOIRS (62) and HELMING (88) but was no match for his ACQUIRED (83) lust for revenge.
MAGWANGA ONANI 426 EDWIN-MUGISHA 397
– 13.5 wins out of 18 games, tournament-high spread of 800, Bingo Merchant honours with 41 at a rate of 2.3.
– 59th Championship in 159 career tournaments. The most potent player in the game.
– I can only hope that there will be decent competition in Lille. While I accept that fatigue still leads to lapses that deny me the excellent discipline of David Eldar, it is still a genuine concern to hope that Nigel and the Nigerians are actually working hard, not just snoozing in slumberland.
– The big problem of why Global Scrabble is dominated by one player who will just run away with everything is the fault of none other than Elie Dangoor and the WESPA Rules Committee. I clearly told these respectable folks some years back that there should be a WESPA bylaw decreeing that The Phenomenon should, to introduce some unpredictability into the Sport, be subjected to a 20.5 point handicap per game. This is the ONLY way to be fair to the International field in Lille otherwise I fear the very worst!
– Alternatively, I shall have no choice but to look beyond ANI, beyond even AGI and build an Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI). While waiting for Ray Kurzweil’s technological Singularity, I can while my time playing against it or better yet, get it to build a von Neumann probe and sail away into the heart of the Universe looking for serious competition.
KENYA SEED ONE
UGANDA SEED ONE
REPRESENTATIVE OF 5 BILLION HUMANS
AFRICAN CHAMPION, 2016
CAUSEWAY CHAMPION, 2016
WORLD SCRABBLE CHAMPION, 2016
UGANDANS DOMINATE IN KENYA!
The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Mbaraki Sports Club hosted the Mombasa Scrabble open Championship over the weekend. The event in its second edition saw a record turn out total of 50 players from Kenya and Uganda, 6 being from Uganda. In the premier division, third seed Phillip Edwin Mugisha (The Phenomenon) of Uganda emerged victorious dropping only 4.5 points on his way to be crowned Champion becoming the only visiting player to win
on Kenyan soil. He managed to pip Kenya’s top seed Gitonga Nderitu (Kirinyaga County) in the penultimate round 17 462 – 458 to finish on 13.5 points +826 and gain enough rating points to become the top rated player in Kenya.
Gitonga Nderitu on 12 +451 was runner up, closely followed by seed two Allan Oyende half a point back 11.5 +762. Uganda’s prodigy, Edgar Odongkara of Makerere university tied on 11 wins with Kenya’s Amuke narrowly losing out fourth place on inferior spread. The Enforcer, Chris Ntege emerged 9th with 10 -109, after a successful strategy he engineered for the team to attain National pride across the border.
In the open category, the home players dominated the field with Central Bank’s Hillary Busienei earning his promotion to the premier division on 14 +886, Jacinta Kiragu 12 +1126 was runner up with KPA’s Michael Onyango 12 +868 third. Uganda’s only representative in this division, Linda Alyek finished a credible seventh with 10 +531 in this division.
Action now heads to Kampala on the 25th and 26th of this month as Uganda starts the selection process for the team that will represent the country in the East Central and Southern Africa (ECASA) Championship to be held in Lusaka – Zambia over the Easter weekend next year and the WESPA Championships in Kenya in November 2017.
Publicity Secretary SAU
The multi-Nation, 74 player East & Central African Champs (ECASA) took place in Nairobi over Easter weekend. Barely had the various visiting countries landed than the celebrated Nic Mbugua produced a Roll Call of Honour of past Champions. Featuring the likes of Stanley Njoroge, the late David Kangethe, Patrick Litunya, Manase Otieno, Allan Oyende and Gigaton Nderitu, it was an all-Kenyan lineup. Zambian honcho Mwenya Munkonge led a posse who just “didn’t want to know.”
With Beauty and Brains to spare, the eye-catching Wamucii Cii Irungu will never ever again place in the 60s. The skilled young god Martins Mutahi fell short as did the handsome heart throb Daniel Machanje. President Sydney Kalema knows he would have placed higher than 32nd but he was scoring 510 and losing! Zambia’s beloved Dominic Tresha finished respectably in the top half of the field as did Queen Wenwa Akinyi. The dashing, charismatic Chris was 26th, disappointed to finish behind his brother Nick. Rose Kisembo made history capturing the glittering trophy for Uganda for the first time ever as Best Lady.
The Phenomenon was a scandalous 10th, a position that might require a deeper game by game analysis as everyone is befuddled, including WESPA’s Shining Light himself!
Former World Number 6 and Double ECASA Champion, the great Dr. Patrick Litunya, charged into 7th. Edgar Dragon Odongkara continues his unrelenting fiery march to the top of Global Scrabble in 6th and the sensational master strategist Allan Oyende, current Number 14 and the Pride of Kenya came from the absolute dead to capture 3rd. The legendary Vaquero Gigaton Nderitu was unlucky to lose his Championship defence by just 2 marks in the final cliffhanger match to his good buddy Willie Mwangi, a fully deserving Champ who captures his second title.
Zambia ended up as 3rd placed Nation while Uganda were Runnerup.
Dr. Muema Muumbi forced the Team Captain of Uganda, Geria Richard and of Zambia, Mwenya Munkonge to come forward and unfurl the colours of the winning Nation. It was a all big mystery but we slowly saw the black, red and green magically revealed then the shield and two crisscrossing spears. Loud cheers erupted to confetti pouring down from the rafters and to the sounds of Queen blaring from the speakers;
“We are the CHAMPIONS, we are the CHAMPIONS, no time for LOSERS, we are the CHAMPIONS of the World!”
Almighty Team Kenya had pulled it off yet again.
Thus all of Muema Muumbi’s fantasies came true in 2016.
2016 World Champion
RECOLLECTIONS OF LIRA, first tournament of the year.
The Washing bay is a nonchalant piece of real estate lying on Kwania road right in the middle of Lira town. It is an easy, sleepy and an unassuming location that a passersby would completely miss when he trudges the road. The roof is low, the spaces airy and the bar and restaurant laid back. It is a perfect environment for a consuming game of scrabble.
On the weekend of January 23rd and 24th 2016, the diehard scrabble player would come here to settle scores, establish fresh rivalries, bedazzle opponents, generally regale in brains, wits and word power. It was clear at some point, that 50 brave game addicts would pitch to prove their critics wrong, establish a new world order and retreat on Sunday into the future to bask in the glory.
The build up of to this tournament saw players display an amazing penchant for bravado, to say the least bruhaha. So then on Friday January the 22nd, teams embarked on the journey north with a boastful Bakagwa troop led by the declining machine, Bandore duo of Odongkara Edgar aka dragon and Ivan Van Gilbert, the Spa force of Stephen Lukwago Ssali, Rose Kisembo, Chris Ntege and yours truly, a Gulu invasion led by Oyo Sam. We were surprised by the attendance of Owiny Festo from Abim. The home club came in a swooping and menacing number of 15. Mwila of Milton Obote from Zambia broadened the international appeal were Muema Muumbi and the Kenyan invasion had failed.
Around Migyera on Gulu Kampala high way, the Gaaga Bus carrying Phillip Edwin-Mugisha, Mwila and Ivan Van Gilbert got a mechanical problem. Inside one of the hind wheel hubs, a ball bearing had run free from its hold, heating up and starting a smoke. Memories of a bus from the same company burning on the same road two weeks ago being rife in the mind of passengers could not have helped matters. On sensing the smell of burning tyres, pandemonium broke out as people fled to the exit in terror at the thought of being roasted alive. Roasted alive they were not, but a replacement bus was to come six hours later. When the second bus finally arrived, our trio had to endure the remaining part of the journey by standing for four hours. They arrived tired and beaten, but in high spirits. Scrabblers here are training to be tough.
On the second day, while on the queen’s mission, 007 booked a room in a hotel where a horde of German Shepherds provided sentry duty. These dogs were soon to add an interesting twist to the ambitions of David Onai who harboured the sinister plan to win the tournament and make history. The queen’s agent had secured a mouth watering package of pork and fries for his supper. The strong urge to recce Lira town and discover its thrills was too strong for 007 to sit in his room, enjoy his meal and retire to bed. Soon he disappeared into the night to find the next watering hole and celebrate his progressive march to the title. For he was no.2 on the standings. When he returned from the sojourn, he was shocked to find his room had been ransacked and things strewn and scattered. He thought a thief had somehow gained entry and accomplished a debilitating mission. Strangely everything else was there save for his meal. The German shepherds were the culprits. They had found his meal and fled into the night with he booty. A helpless 007 slept on an empty stomach and with it his dreams of a first national scrabble trophy dissipated.
Finally, the Lion was held firmly to the ground by the might of Assumpta Nakyanzi, the Mukagwa machine Phillip Edwin-Mugisha, De Lorenzo, and the Dragon. This unholy alliance was almost joined by Chairman Dr. Mark Okwir who while playing the lion, provided a hair splitting moment of brilliance by finding BALANCES through two triple word play hotspots for a whooping 140 points. The alarmed and ferocious Lion fought back the assault to claim the point. FIGURES and PARDINE compensating the huge shortfall. You see. When you touch the A – spot of a lion as this presidential election has taught us, there are vigorous reprisals.
Congratulations to PEM for making a second win North of the Nile; overcoming a great disruption in the itenerary, to Lira Scrabble Club for raising the bar for tournament organisation, Stephen Lukwago Ssali for having the last laugh over De Lorenzo and co, to Linda Alyek for exploding with 28 bingos, and to everybody for fighting tooth and nail to earn the points.
By Geria Richard
Lion of Arua
ECASA 2016: ROAD TO KIGALI
Team Uganda is finalised and ready to go after the 6th qualifier in Lira last weekend. [Go to our live events page see how it went down]
The Phenomenon takes his position as Uganda number one. The Lion of Arua pips the fast improving Dragon for second while De Lorenzo and our new SAU chairman round up the top five.
- Best 4 out of 6 qualifiers considered.
- In cases of a tie, one with based individual performance finishes higher
- Players who have participated in 4+ qualifiers considered first.
- Players who have participated in 2 qualifiers have a chance to join the team by demonstration of improved performances in the two tournaments preceding ECASA
- Guest qualifiers noted.
- Invitational participants noted.
|No.||Names||1st -Soroti||2nd-Bandores||3rd -Sajeki||4th-Independence||5th -Scrabble on the Nile||6th -Lira||Best 4/6|
|5.||Mark Okwir, MD||6||7||11||8||6||12||27|
|Played Three Qualifiers|
|18.||Muumbi Muema, MD||–||–||6||–||4||–||10|
|1. John Paul Rutaremwa|
|2. Alan Mpairwe, MD|
|Played 2 Qualifiers|