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The Nigeria Scrabble Federation (South-South Zone) invites you to the 2022 South-South National Scrabble Open Tournament which will be held from Friday the 22nd to Sunday the 24th of April 2022 at Asaba.  Arrival is latest on the 22nd of April 2022. Games start at 10 am on Saturday, the 23rd of April. (more…)

The NSF has announced the modalities and guidelines for the 2022 Interclub Challenge. The summary of the guidelines is as follows. A PDF document of the full details can be downloaded by clicking here

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The Nigeria Scrabble Federation in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force and the Oyo State Government invites you to the 1st IGP National Scrabble Open holding on Saturday 12th of March 2022 at Hidden Treasure Hotel and Suites Sharp Corner Behind Oaksview School Oluyole Extension Ibadan. Oyo State. Arrival is latest on 11th of March. Games start at 9am. (more…)

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

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

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.

 

 

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.

Important Notes

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
President

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.

Programme

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)

Scrabble Kenya and the Pan African Scrabble Association (PANASA) invites all member federations to the 13th (thirteenth) edition of the Africa Scrabble Championship holding in Kenya.

The event is based on country representation.

The event will be held from the 28th November to 2nd December 2018 in Kirinyaga County. Kirinyaga County is a county in the former Central Province of Kenya. Its capital is Kutus and its largest town is Wanguru. In 2009, the county had a population of 528,054 and an area of 1,205.4 km². It is a one to two hours journey from Nairobi.

Each country will field the qualified fifteen players following the country-specific selection process (an additional 5 wildcards can be fielded in consultation with the PANASA secretariat).

The registration fee is $250 per player with country registration at $100 per federation. A total of 32 games will be played over 4 days with awards for the top 10 and country trophies.

To this end, the Nigeria Scrabble Federation has written to the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development for sponsorship.

Team Nigeria will depart for Kenya on Monday 26th November to defend her title won in 2016 (Ghana) by Saidu Ayorinde.

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