The President, Nigeria Scrabble Federation Sulaiman Garba Gora has sent a congratulatory message to the members of the Nigerian team to the Alchemist Cup. See below for the full text of the letter circulated on Facebook..

Nigeria's Team to the Alchemist Cup

On behalf of the Nigeria Scrabble Federation and the entire scrabble community I extend our congratulation to our players for making us proud. You performances were amazing and inspiring considering your tight schedule leading to the tournament.
After playing at the African Scrabble Championship where you came out victorious, you have to jet out in less than 24 hours for long flights that took you to Addis Ababa, Singapore and Penang, only to start the gruesome 45 games of the Alchemist Cup a day after your arrival with no time to rest.
There is no doubt jet lag and fatigue was to set in at a given time. Moses Peter has to be taken to hospital during the tournament.
With all above, you still fought gallantly by proving to the world why we are still the best in the world. For us, we are proud of you guys and heartily congratulate you and shall be looking to welcome you home to a hero reception you all deserve.
I want to sincerely thank everybody who supported me in making sure we never missed our international engagements at this difficult and trying time in sports administration. Thank you also for understanding and representing this country in the most austere conditions. You have proven that flying the flag of your country comes first above any other consideration.
Welcome home our heroes and pride
God bless you all
God bless our country

Sulaiman Garba Gora

Nigeria's five-man team to the maiden Alchemist Cup finished in 4th place as the tournament ended yesterday (9th December 2018) in Penang, Malaysia. Members of the team include the reigning African Champion, Moses Peter, Eta Karo, Olatunde Oduwole and Etim Nsikan who all competed in the 13th Africa Scrabble Championship (Kenya 2018). After the tournament, they immediately jetted out from Kenya to Malaysia to join the fifth member of the team Saidu Ayorinde.

The Alchemist Cup is an elite invitational Scrabble tournament. Ten teams of five players per team will play a schedule where each player plays the 45 players from teams other than their own. The event is organized by Mr Micheal Tang who also organises the Causeway Challenge. The maiden event had teams from the best Scrabble playing nations in the world (with WESPA rating as at 28 Oct) viz Nigeria (mean rating 2065, the highest), USA (2048), Australia (eventual champions- mean rating 2043), New Zealand (1971),  Thailand (1962), Singapore (1896) and Malaysia (1886). They were joined by teams from Rest of the World (1960), East Africa (1785) and Rest of Asia (1785). A total of 45 games was played over 5 days from the 5th to 9th of December 2018.

Team Performance

The Nigerian team performed creditably considering the fact that the bulk of the team barely had time to rest after the ASC in Kenya. Results from the event website showed that our team never placed lower than the 5th position all through the 5-day event. Nigeria won 27 rounds and had 126.5 points with a spread of +4908 which placed her in the fourth position overall.

Games = 126.52227292325.5
Spread +4908+855+1033+1518+1035+467

Team Performance Table (courtesy Alchemist Cup website )

Australia won 31 rounds (with 133 points and +2739 spread) to finish as champions, the USA was first runner-up with 31 rounds, 131 points and a spread of +5362 while the Rest of the World team came third with 30 round wins, 125 points and +2609 spread. East Africa finished in 10th place (11 rounds won, 78.5 points and a spread of -6386).  The Champion team won USD 10000, second placed team USD 5000 while the third-placed team took home USD 3000.

Individual Standings

Ganesh Asirvatham of Malaysia won the top Individual Prize (for those not in the top 3 teams) of  USD 1000 with 31 wins and a spread of +2560. Nigel Richards (NZL) 31 +1499 and Thacha Koowirat (THA) 30 +1880 won USD 600 and USD 400 respectively as the 2nd and 3rd best performing players for those outside the top 3 teams.



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.

Invited Teams

Other Information

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

Prize Structure:

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


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