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The champion Abdul Majeed Khan (standing fourth from left) poses with the other group winners of the Riyadh Open Scrabble trounament which was held at the Al Yamam hotel. The others standing are Bong Micutuan, Naveed Khan, Oscar Arciga, Badar Islam Butt, Kamran Ahmad Khan and Sarfraz Khan (Photo Courtesy of Khalid Rasheed)

RIYADH, Dec. The president of the Riyadh Scrabble Group (RSG), Abdul Majeed Khan, representing IPDS (Orbit) office retained the Riyadh Open Scrabble championship after thrilling seven full rounds at the hotel Al-Yamama.
The Central region’s top best multi-national players from RSG and Riyadh Word Master’s Group (RWMG) participated. The action geared up at 9 a.m. and lasted for nine hours thus giving enough time to play all the seven rounds on King of the Hill format.
The champion won six out of the seven rounds, loosing only one game in a close encounter to Oscar Arciaga of RWMG by 374-406. He also placed ten bingos (7-tile word) in all the games, earning a total aggregate of 2904 with winning margin of 807 points.
On second place came Badar Islam Butt, a businessman who showed his prowess over words by winning five games with aggregate total of 2414. He placed five bingos in all. The third prize went to Arciaga of Sharaco who won four games. He placed nine bingos. The fourth place went to Sarfraz Khan of Riyadh Bank who also had four victories but with a lesser winning margin as that of Arciaga. The young wonder boy, Naveed Khan this time finished fifth.
 In the Class-B, a new entrant, Bong Micutuan from King Khalid Military hospital emerged the champion by winning four out of five games. Second place was captured by Captain Raziuddin Ahmed who won the three encounters. Akbar Hussain ended third.

Trophies to the top five winners in the Masters group and top two in the Class-B were given away. Medals were awarded to those who performed outstanding individual achievements.
One game high score (489) medal was presented to Hussain. K. A. Khan of Al Rashid Enginering claimed the highest bingo players medal. The one move highest scorer (100) for QUARTZES was given to N. Khan.
In his concluding speech, RSG president thanked the management of the hotel Al-Yamama for their continuous support to the game. He appreciated the efforts of the organizers and the contesting players in making this tourney a grand success.
The Saudis interested to joining the scrabble events, contact Elvis Escara on 462-7176 or Khan on 479-0345.

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