[TR Sport] Scrabble: Nigeria finish 31st at world youth tourney

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Pese Alo emerged as the 31st best player at the 2016 World Youth Scrabble Championships in Lille, France.

The competition began on August 29 and ended on Monday. The World Youth Scrabble Championship is an annual tournament, which began in 2006, featuring players from different parts of the world. The players are mostly U-18.

The 2016 edition featured 107 players from more than 10 countries.

Nigeria after having visa hitches with the French Embassy in Nigeria, was represented by four players at the competition – Alo, Hector Okikioluwa, Fortune Ezennia and Esom Kemakolam. The country was expected to present more than 10 players in France.

Alo finished 31 after winning 13.5 games and having a points difference of +106. Hector finished 66th with a points difference of +675 after winning 11 games, while Ezennia finished 78th after winning 11 games and having a -754 points difference and Kemakolam finished as the tournament’s 92nd player with only nine wins and a -1600 points difference.

Nigeria’s Hector however won the High Game as he scored a point of 653 in a single game.

United Arab Emirates’ Sanchit Kapoor emerged the winner of the tournament with a point difference of +2027 points. He won 20 games to become the new youth world champion. Thavalakshman Yogan of Sri Lanka was the first runner-up with a 17-game win and +1627 points difference. His compatriot, Aabid Ismail, finished third with 17 wins and +1124 points difference. Ismail also emerged the U-16 champion at the event.

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