Nigeria has been invited to the first edition of the Alchemist Cup to be held from 5th to 9th December 2018 in Penang, Malaysia. According to the Organizing Chairman, Micheal Tang, the Alchemist Cup is a World Team event consisting of 10 teams with 5 players per team. Each team will play the other 9 teams or 45 games for a full round-robin. There will be "live" streaming of 1 game every round for 45 rounds.
Qualification for 8 countries will depend on local Scrabble Association. Rest of Asia and Rest of World team will be on invitation only based on WESPA ratings.
Registration Fees: US$300
Individual prize for those who are not in Top 3 teams:
Hotel Venue: G Hotel Gurney, Penang, Malaysia
Compulsory Hotel package:
Check-in 4th Dec and Check-out 9th Dec (5 nights, 5 Breakfasts and 5 Lunches)
Double Occupancy: RM1,695 net or USD435 net per person
Single Occupancy: RM2,915 net or USD750 net per person
The National Coach Senior Team, Anthony Ikolo acted as Technical Director and ensured that all games were entered using the standard format. There were youth players from Akwa Ibom, Edo and Rivers state. The children were well behaved and were very enthusiastic.
At the end 3 pupils (2 from Akwa-Ibom and 1 from Edo) qualified for the finals coming up in May at Lagos. They are Bassey Abasido (Akwa Ibom), Archibong Prestige (Akwa Ibom) and Ejenakevbe Ese (Edo).
Winifred Awosika Foundation a non profit, non-governmental organization focusing on the well being of children and women has been promoting the game among school children for the past few years. This year, the foundation has decided to give her annual youth Scrabble tournament, the Winifred Awosika Scrabble Tournament for Schools (WASTFS) a national outlook with the inclusion of qualifiers from each of the 6 geo-political zones.
The tournament is restricted to primary school pupils only. There will be zonal preliminaries in each zone at the zonal headquarters comprising of 3 qualifiers from each state in a particular zone.
At the end of the preliminaries, three players each will emerge to represent each zone. Lagos and Abuja are not inclusive as special arrangements are already in place for their representatives to emerge.
The qualifiers and one chaperone each for each state will be sponsored by the foundation to Lagos Chrisland School in Opebi Lagos where the finals will take place in May.
Participating students (youths) will be given T-shirts and bags while gifts will be given to participating schools. There will be medals and trophies for winning schools with cash prizes for top (youth) player and school. Find details of the cash prizes below.
Date: 31st May - 2nd June 2018
Venue: Chrisland High School, Opebi, Lagos