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A long term resident of Bangkok was crowned senior Scrabble champion at an international Scrabble championships that were played in the capital at the weekend.
The 31st Brand’s King’s Cup attracted elite participants from 16 countries who played 29 games of the world’s favourite board game over four days. Gerry Carter, originally from London,who lives in Rachayothin, took the senior prize for participants aged 55 and over. The thirty year veteran of Bangkok was eleventh in the main event.
Emerging the overall winner at the Central Westgate shopping complex was Nigel Richards of New Zealand who is widely regarded as the greatest Scrabble player of all time. He beat local player Pichai Limprasert in the three game final in front of a huge crowd of curious shoppers. Five other Thai players made the top ten including former world champion Panupol Sajjayakorn who was fourth. The game is played using English vocabulary with top players possessing knowledge well in excess of 100,000 words.
Bangkok has been named on websites as the foremost city in the world for professional Scrabble play with many top players and high profile events held in the city.
Some 7,000 Thai schoolchildren competing in student divisions played English Scrabble, called crossword game in Thailand, Sudoku and maths equations games in the vast shopping centre. The King’s Cup is the largest and most iconic Scrabble tournament in the world. Saturday’s opening ceremony was presided over by a princess from the Thai Royal Family and sports and tourist minister Khun Kobkarn presented the prizes on Sunday.
She witnessed the final round saying that Scrabble was “very exciting” and “superbly promoted” in the kingdom by the Thai Crossword Game Association.