Muhammad Asif Khan
The 8th annual World Youth Scrabble Championship (WYSC) took place at the Etisalat Academy in Dubai, where Pakistan created history.
Moiz Ullah Baig kept his cool and warded off stiff challenge from 136 youth players to win the World Championship.
Moiz, who was playing his first ever world championship, was in great form throughout the mega event and never let his lead slip away. After reaching the 1st spot Moiz stayed No. 1 till the very end.
Moiz also created history by becoming the first Pakistani player to win a world championship. He is also the first player ever to win the WYSC in his very first appearance at this level.
Pakistan dominated the championship right from the beginning. Javeria Mirza was the runner up. This is also the first occasion that the top two positions were won by players from the same country.
Fifteen years old Maryam Arif grabbed 8th position. Javeria Salman was 15th, Hamza Sheikh 16th, Mirza Tayyab 18th and Yash Gandhi finished 19th.
Young 15-year old, Inshal faltered at the last moment and was defeated in his last two matches hence slipped to the 14th spot.
Pakistan also won the trophy for the No. 1 team as no other team came near Pakistan in terms of overall performance.
Director, Youth Development,
Pakistan Scrabble Association.