Sri Lanka excels at world scrabble championship
The winning team! (L-R) Thirandi De Silva
(Ladies College), Janul De Silva (Royal College), Vignesh
Pirapaharan (S. Thoma's College), Lambotharan Yoganathan (LIS
Wattala), Hasindu Arumapperuma (RC), Aabid Ismail (RC), Migara
Jayasinghe (LIS Wattala), Thalakshman Yoganathan (LIS Wattala),
Janidu Karunaratne (LIS Wattala), Radinka Dissanayake (Bishopís
Young Sri Lankan Scrabblers bagged several awards at the World Youth
Scrabble Championship (WYSC) including the prize for the Best Team.This
is the first time Sri Lanka won the Team award. It was placed third in
Janul de Silva of Royal College won the Best Player in the Under 14
category while Vignesh Pirapaharan won the second place.
Three time world champion Nigel Richards
with Junul, Thirandi and Lambotharan
This was Janul's second appearance at the WYSC who won fourth place
overall. Thirandi de Silva of Ladies College was the only girl in the
top ten and placed sixth place.
Veteran Lambotharan Yoganathan, making his final WYSC appearance won
the Eighth place (Trophies were awarded to top 10 players). Sri Lanka
was the only country with three top slots out of the ten and won the
award for Best Team. No other country had more than one in the top ten
Migara Jayasinghe, the previous winner of the Under 14 and Under 12
titles, making his 6th appearance won the prize for the highest game
with a staggering 693 points in the very first round of the tournament.
Other players also performed well with two others finishing in the
top 15. Both missed out on the top ten placings after being defeated by
other Sri Lankan players.
Highest rated scrabble player in the world
Nigel Richards with the best under 14 scrabble player in the
world Janul de Silva.
The WYSC was organized by the World English Language Scrabble Players
Association, for players under 18 years. Itís held once a year in
Best team -
Best player under 14 - Janul
Overall fourth place - Janul
Overall sixth place - Thirandi
Overall eight place - Lambotharan
The tournament was held at the University of Western Australia, Perth
from October 31 to November 2
Results could be viewed on:
The ten youngsters with the highest average ratings over the past 20
months were selected.