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The Scrabble Team is honored to share their recent international achievement in the WESPA Youth Cup 2018 (formerly called World Youth Scrabble Championship). Brian Po of 5B and Thomson Law of 2G finished in the top 10 at this top-class international Scrabble tournament, achieving Hong Kong’s best-ever results. Brian ranked sixth while Thomson ranked ninth among 116 players from 14 countries. Both players got 16 wins out of 24 games. Thomson was even awarded 3rd place in the Under-16 category.

On 11 December, Brian, Thomson and the three other team members – Ernest So and Julian Wong of 2R and Ian Tsoi of 1R - joined eight other elite youths to Dubai, UAE for the tournament. Under the arrangement by the Hong Kong Team leader and our coach, Mr. Douglas Tsang, the team had warm-up games with the Australian and Thai teams.

The three-day, twenty-four-game tournament kicked off on 13 December. During the first day of the tournament, Brian was a bit unlucky to win 5 out of 7 games and ranked 15th. His losses were to players from Singapore and Sri Lanka. He played disappointedly with six wins out of 12 games on the second day, and his rank dropped to 39th. The only chance for him to get into the top 10 was to win all five games during the final day. With the analysis and instructions by our coach Douglas, the miracle happened. Brian managed to win four games before the last round, and he climbed to seventh in the overall ranking.

In the last round, Brian played against Vignesh Pirapaharan from Sri Lanka. Brian was in deep water, by lagging more than 150 points behind his opponent, but he did not give up. He tried to make his every move carefully. He eventually spotted a mistake by his opponent with an empty space. He put a bingo word, “SIEVERT” (an SI unit for measuring dose) scoring 99, followed by another high scoring move “FEIS” (an Irish music and dance festival) for 66 points. It drove him to successfully fighting back with a winning score of 489-472.

Meanwhile, Thomson just got 4 out of 7 wins for the first day of the tournament. Then, after a deep discussion with Coach Douglas, he achieved a 9-3 streak on the second day, making him play against Janul De Silva of Sri Lanka in Round 19 on the top table on the stage. On the last day of the tournament, Thomson only lost to 2 Indian youth players and took the remaining 3 games, securing himself with a seat in the top 10, as well as the 3rd best Under-16 player in the world.

Both Ernest and Julian got 13 wins while Ian won 10 in the championship.

Our coach Douglas ranked fourth in the “Adult Side Tournament” affiliated with the WESPA Youth Cup 2018.

After the tournament, Brian said, “Scrabble is my favourite game. It’s a dream come true to finish top 10 at the best Scrabble competition for youths in the world. I practiced a lot before the competition and the hard work has finally paid off.”

To celebrate their success, Brian & Thomson were honoured to be invited to a tea gathering in the Government House on Feb 2, meeting government officials as well as other outstanding representatives joining various international tournaments.

Congratulations to our coach Douglas and the team members.

  • WESPA Youth Cup 2018_Hong Kong Team
  • Thomson Law & Brian Po