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.
Delta State overtook Edo State at the summit of the medals table by claiming Gold medals in the Masters and Open categories of the Men's Team event and a Silver in the Women's Team event to bring their tally to 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals (a total of 7).
In contrast, Edo State who also has a total of 7 medals was only able to add a Bronze medal to their tally today in the Open category of the Men's Team event. Edo finished in 2nd place with 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze medals. Bayelsa who could not add any medal to their tally in the Team events finished in third place with 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal. For the full medals table in Scrabble click here.
Here are the results and (final round scores) for medalists only. For round by round results and statistics click here.
|1||Team Ogun||9 - 1||+1759||a 101-100 WIN vs Team Edo|
|2||Team Delta||7 - 3||+1205||a 242-100 WIN vs Team Fct|
|3||Team Oyo||7 - 3||+950||a 394-100 WIN vs Team Rivers|
|1||Team Delta||8 - 2||+674||a 400-100 WIN vs Team Plateau|
|2||Team Plateau||8 - 2||+305||a 100-400 LOSS vs Team Delta|
|3||Team Niger||7 - 3||+1161||a 250-100 WIN vs Team Akwa-Ibom|
|1||Team Kebbi||9 - 1||+1388||a 249-100 WIN vs Team Fct|
|2||Team Lagos||7 - 3||+435||a 172-100 WIN vs Team Akwa-Ibom|
|3||Team Rivers||7 - 3||+434||a 101-100 WIN vs Team Plateau|
|1||Team Delta||8 - 2||+1123||a 309-100 WIN vs Team Edo|
|2||Team Lagos||7 - 3||+890||a 247-100 WIN vs Team Bayelsa|
|3||Team Edo||7 - 3||+369||a 100-309 LOSS vs Team Delta|
The 19th Edition of the National Sports Festival is slated for the 6th - 16th of December 2018.
The Nigeria Scrabble Federation will be using the ratings after Owerri as cut off for the festival.
Masters 1500 and Above.
Intermediate 1200 to I499
Open unrated to 1199
The events to be competed for are
A total of 33 games to be played over five days.
6th - Arrival (All-States)
7th - Accreditation (All States)
8th - Briefing with NSF Technical Officials, VIP Lounge Abuja National Stadium Package A, 12noon.
9th - Briefing with State Officials, VIP Lounge Abuja National Stadium Package A, 12noon.
10th- Open Competition (Registration N1,000) Five Games.
11th- Singles Event (Masters, Intermediate & Open Men and Women) - 8 Games
12th- Singles Event (Masters, Intermediate & Open Men and Women) - 7 Games
13th- Doubles Event (Masters, Intermediate & Open Men and Women) - 5 Games
14th - Doubles Event (Masters, Intermediate & Open Men and Women) - 5 Games
15th - Team Event (Masters, Intermediate & Open Men) - 8 Games
All athletes must have their complete equipment to participate.
This edition is open to all based on state representation, no restrictions whatsoever.
Umar Faruq Baba-Inna (Technical Director NSF)