Goa’s Douglas 4th in scrabble tourney

PANAJI: Akshay Bhandarkar of Mumbai, one of India’s most accomplished scrabble players, won the 10th All India Open scrabble tournament, organised by Scrabble Association of Goa at Don Bosco Oratory, Panaji.

Akshay prevailed in 13 of the 15-game championship. He has the distinction of representing both UAE and India in the world scrabble championships where his best placings have been 5th
and 8th.
Sherwin Rodrigues finished second with 11 wins. He has honed his scrabble skills playing in Oman and has the distinction of being the youngest player at age 13 to be placed 2nd in the Mumbai International championships. Sherwin has also represented India in the WSC.
The highlight, however, was the performance of Goa’s Douglas Lobo. Rated fifth by the World English-Speaking Players’ Association (WESPA), Douglas bagged the fourth place in a strong playing field.  His brother Ralph took the eighth place. Veteran scrabbler Irineu Gonsalves won the
10th spot.