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List of Invited Players for WESPA Gladiators 2021 Selection Qualifier

S/NNameNational Ratings (as at 18/10/2021)National Ranking (as at 18/10/2021)Justification
1Emmanuel Umujose17041Satisfies basic criteria for selection (i.e. National Rating)
2Eta Karo
16952
3Godwin Victor
16773
4Anthony Odok
16624
5Rex Ogbakpa
16586
6Wellington Jighere
16537
7Dennis Ikekeregor
16528
8Oshevire Avwenagha
16489
9Olatunde Oduwole
161313
10Ezinore George
161014
11Emmanuel Ofidi
160615
12Doko Oluwatimilehin
159319
13Enoch Nwali
158720
14Prince Omosefe158621
15Pius Alhassan
158322
16Nsikak Etim
1519
46WILDCARD: Double Gold Medalist at Edo 2020 Ntnl. Sports Festival.
17Tuoyo Mayuku
1432
99WILDCARD: Highest Rated Female Player.
18Jimoh Abdulmumin
150751WILDCARD: Highest Rated Youth Player.
19Igali Precious
155234WILDCARD: Possesses potential to excel in "on-line" Scrabbling.
20Opeyemi Oloro
1520
44WILDCARD: Possesses potential to excel in "on-line" Scrabbling.
List of Invited Players for "Team Nigeria" Selection Qualifier - WESPA Gladiators Virtual Scrabble World Championship 2021

The above-listed names have been selected to participate in a qualifier for the selection of players to represent Nigeria at the "Scrabble Gladiators" WESPA Virtual Scrabble World Championship scheduled to hold from the 20th November to 5th December 2021 via the Woogles online Scrabble platform.

The aforementioned are expected to affirm participation on or before the end of Monday, October 25th, 2021 to the Technical Director - NSF either by GSM (08036257270), WhatsApp, SMS, or Email (jnrprof@yahoo.com), else slots would be reallotted to other players on standby.

For the purpose of this Qualifier, scheduled to take place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of October, 2021, respectively - basic requirements needed by Invited players for effective participation shall include:

  1. Access to functional Laptop computers, Android Phones, and or WebCams
  2. Uninterrupted Internet Access
  3. Attestation to a “Code of Conduct” which prescribes observance of “Good behavior” and Sportsmanship.
  4. Handy writing materials (i.e. biro and plain sheet/s).

Other necessary information/instructions would be communicated to invited players on confirmation of participation.

 

The Scrabble Gladiators WESPA Virtual Scrabble World Championship has been scheduled to hold from the 20th November to 5th December 2021 via the Woogles online Scrabble platform. In respect of the above, the following are criteria for the selection of players to be invited to participate in a qualifier from whence 7 players would be selected (as allotted) to represent Nigeria at the inaugural tournament.

You can also download a PDF copy of this document by clicking here.

Modalities/Rules For Selection

Invitees

  1. Top 15 Players as indicated by the current National Scrabble Ratings.
  2. 5 Players would be awarded Wild Cards (from a pool of Female/Youths Players and any other player deemed to possess the potential to excel in online Scrabble)

The Rating cut-off date for the selection of invitees is 18th October 2021.

Note: Players that have been inactive on the Nigerian Scrabble Circuit in the last 6 months shall not be eligible for selection, irrespective of ratings as indicated on the National Rating List.

Requirements

Basic requirements by players for effective participation shall include:

  1. Access to functional Laptop computers and Android Phones
  2. Uninterrupted Internet Access for effective participation
  3. Attestation to a "Code of Conduct" which prescribes observance of  "Good behavior" and sportsmanship.

No. Of Games

A total of 20 games shall be played over 2 days for the purpose of this qualifier.

Time Allotment

15 minutes will be allocated to each player per game/round.

Game Rules

The WESPA Virtual Scrabble Tournament Rules shall be used for the purpose of the qualifier (see Tournament link: - https://bit.ly/3BmUJsV).

Team Selection

  1. Games played on Days 1 and 2, respectively, shall be rated specifically (albeit independently) for the purpose of the qualifier.
  2. The average of respective placements from games played on days 1 and 2 shall be used to determine the Final Placements.
  3. The best-placed Player (1st) after completion of games played gets to be selected automatically.
  4. The next best placed 6 Players after completion of games played also get to be selected, albeit with a Proviso: Such player MUST fall within the top 12 Ratings (from the localized Ratings to be carried out specifically for the qualifier).

Please note: Further necessary information would be communicated to all (and subsequently,
Invitees and successful qualifiers) as they develop.

John Curtis
Technical Director – NSF

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Veteran broadcaster, musician and one of the pioneers of the growth of Scrabble in Nigeria, Prince Gbade Sanda is dead. He passed away at the early hours of the 18th of November 2019 at the age of 70 years.

A graduate of Theatre Arts at the University of Ibadan, Prince Sanda was former General Manager of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ibadan. He also worked at the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) and was also formerly the Public Relations Manager of the defunct Savanah Bank of Nigeria. Prince Sanda was a member of veteran folk artiste Tunji Oyelana's Benders Band where he played the guitar.

Prince Gbade Sande was one of the founding fathers of Scrabble in Nigeria. He was the first Chairman, Ibadan Scrabble Club widely acknowledged as the oldest Scrabble club in Nigeria. Along with elder Segun Adegbenro, Femi Fadahunsi, elder Lanre Agoro, Gen. (Rtd) Gold Eburu and others, the first organized Scrabble club/association was inaugurated in Nigeria in 1987. In 1989, Prince Sanda was elected as the first President of the Scrabble Association of Nigeria (SCAN) which later metamorphosed to the NSF.

Prince Sanda will be laid to rest in Ibadan on Tuesday, 17th December 2019.

Photo credit: Femi Simpson

The National Scrabble team led by the NSF President, Garba Gora successfully defended her 'Best Scrabble Team' trophy at the third edition of the WESPA Championship held in Goa, India. The Nigerian team had previously won the title at the inaugural WESPA championship in 2015 and successfully defended it at the last event in 2017.  Also, Nigel Richards (New Zealand) overcame stiff opposition from Jesse Day (USA) 4-3 in a gruelling seven-round final to join Jighere Wellington (2015) and Ashkay Bhandakar (2017/defending champion) as winners of the World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) Championship.

Nigeria Dominate Pre-Tournament Goa Open and the Indian Championship

Team Nigeria started brightly despite their late arrival to the tournament due to funding issues. At the 1-day pre-tournament (Goa Open) held on Wednesday 16th November, Nigeria's Emeka Mbagwu won the top prize, while Ojior Oshikhena and Jack Mpakaboari were first and second runners-up respectively. National coach, Anthony Ikolo and former president Toke Aka also picked the first and third-place prizes respectively in the A division of the Indian Open played from 18th to 20th November.

WESPAC Finals and Team Nigeria

In the main tournament, Nigeria was represented by Team Captain Moses Peter, former Champion Jighere Wellington, Olatunde Oduwole, Etim Nsikan, Dennis Ikekeregor, Ben Quickpen, Enoch Nwali, Eta Karo, Emmanuel Umujose, Bukunmi Afolayan (female) and Oshevire Avwenagha.  A total of 140 players from 32 countries participated in the tournament.

Nigel Richards WESPAC 2019 championAcclaimed world best player, Nigel Richards triumphed after round 30 of the 32 game round-robin to qualify in style for the finals with two games to spare. Jesse Day later joined him in the finals, after subduing Oduwole (544-362) in round 31 and fellow American David Wiegand (520-328) in the final round. In the finals, Nigel Richards beat Day in the first (523-445) and second (424-403) rounds while the American hit back (459-363) in the third and (457-402) fourth rounds. Day won the fifth round (414-393) and Nigel had to dig deep for a 503-434 win in the sixth round to make the tally 3-3 and set up a nervy final round. Nigel Richard later won the 7th and final game 562-408 becoming the third winner from three different continents to win the prestigious title. Tacha Koowirat of Thailand finished in third place.

Overall team Nigeria put up a creditable performance at the main event with youthful Enoch Nwali who finished in 5th place at the forefront. The National Scrabble Team shrugged off stiff opposition from hosts India and the very strong Malaysia team to come first overall. The team finished with an average rank of 19.9 to finish ahead of India (25.4) and Malaysia (36.4) in the team (country) rankings.

Team Nigeria (Individual) Final Positions

Enoch Nwali - 5th
Ben Quickpen - 10th
Eta Karo - 11th
Olatunde Oduwole - 12th
Umujose Emmanuel - 16th
Dennis Ikekeregor - 23rd
Avwenegah Oshevire - 25th
Wellington Jighere - 30th
Nsikan Etim - 31st
Moses Peter - 36th
Bukunmi Afolayan - 58th

PANASA representatives and other Notable Performances

Other Pan African Scrabble Association (PANASA) members viz Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Ghana also had representatives at the championship. Kenya's Alan Oyende who finished in 17th place was the best-placed non-Nigerian PANASA member at the tournament. Nigerian-born Niyi Adebayo (117th) and Lukeman Owolabi (78th) played for Scotland and Ireland respectively. Teenage sensation Tarin Pairor (17 yrs) of Thailand who finished in 23rd place turned more than a few heads for his stellar performance at the tournament.

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Jighere Wellington outscored 43 other players representing all the states of the Federation to become the Asaph Zadok National Scrabble Champion held from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August 2019. The annual event named in honour of the former Grand Patron of the NSF, was held at the VIP Lounge of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja. The tournament was graced with the presence of the Honorable Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare on the opening day. The minister revealed his delight in meeting the Nigeria Scrabble players and officials. He also expressed his belief that the National Championships "deserves more media coverage and support" on his Twitter handle.

With five games remaining it was evident that this year's national champion title was between three former African Champions viz Wellington, Moses Peter (defending National Champion) and Dennis Ikekeregor.

The ongoing National Scrabbles Championship deserves more media coverage and support, as do other sports. - Sunday Dare (Hon. Minister of Sports)

Wellington took over the lead from Moses Peter at round 21 by beating him 529-286 on Table 1 but by round 23 it was Dennis who occupied the apex leading with a point after a heavy 487-299 win against Wellington. The final round (24) was going to be the decider. Going into the final round, Wellington (18-5 +1957) paired against Ikekeregor needed only to win by any margin because of his hefty +1957 spread. Ikekeregor (19-4 +1241) needed at least a draw as he had the highest points while Moses (18-5 +1066) playing against Oshevire Avwenagha on table 2 could only aim for the second position.

Wellington showed resilience to beat Ikekeregor 407-374 for the title while defending champion, Moses Peter defeated Oshevire Avwenagha 516-355 to finish in second place. Ikekeregor finished in third while former national champion Olatunde Oduwole and Igali Precious placed fourth and fifth respectively.

GM Wellington who represented Delta State was presented with a trophy, two-hundred thousand naira cash prize and the traditional Green Jacket by the President NSF, Suleiman Gora at the closing ceremony. Delta State also won the Best State Trophy with Bayelsa and Oyo, the first and second runners-up respectively.

 

 

Collins released the much promised WESPA-approved official Scrabble Word List yesterday 2nd May 2019. The updated word list which according to the publishers is "the latest official Scrabble word list, endorsed by governing body WESPA for use in tournament and club play from 1st July 2019, contains all valid Scrabble words".  The list contains over 279,000 words approved for Scrabble.

According to Technical Director Faruq BabaInna, the Nigeria Scrabble Federation will adopt the new dictionary from July 1st 2019. The date also coincides with WESPA's official usage for international tourneys.

An Initiation Kit for the 2019 update is available on the WESPA website.

 

 

The new Collins word list aka CSW19 will be out in May 2019, WESPA Dictionary Committee announced recently. WESPA Chairman, Elie Dangoor confirmed that the guide date for adoption in WESPA related events is July 1st 2019 and member associations are 'free to choose their own adoption date, although we would expect them to comply for WESPA rated events, especially international ones'  in an interview on the WESPA website.
The Nigeria Scrabble Federation Technical Director, Faruq Baba-Inna has confirmed July 1st as the official adoption date for all Scrabble events in Nigeria.

A total of 2,862 (two thousand eight hundred and sixty-two) new words will be added into CSW19 while 29 words are to be deleted from the current (CSW15) list. The total number of words in CSW19 will be 279496 according to WESPA Dictionary Committee Chair, Darryl Francis in the interview. Dictionary Committee member, David Sutton confirms that an Initiation Kit will be made available in electronic (.pdf) form on May 2nd this year.

The new additions include 3 (three) new two-letter words like EW, ZE and OK and 6 (six) new three-letter words. EW (used to express disgust) and OK (all right) are adoptions from The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary 6th edition (OSPD6), while ZE (used as a gender-neutral third person) was adopted from the 2018 edition of Collins English Dictionary. According to Darryl, the new words are from three sources.

Sources : Collins Dictionary, Hasbro Scrabble Tools and  WESPA

 

 

 

 

The following players have been invited to the first of four Nigeria Scrabble Federation camping toward the WESPAC tournament holding in Goa later this year. They have until January 15, 2019, to respond and signify their intent to participate by contacting the National coach or the Technical Director.

Also, wildcards have been extended to the following persons

Schedule of activities

Date:  January 24 - 28, 2019.
Arrival Date: January 24, 2019.
Venue: NLNG Bonny
Number of games: 40
Round 1 - 2: SWISS Pairings
Round 3 - 34: Lagged Pairings
Round 35 - 40: KOTH Pairings
WESPA Rules Version 3 applies for the duration.

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