Ramaraj along with another eleven youths represented Malaysia in the Tokai 3rd World Youth Scrabble Championship which was held in City Bayview Hotel, Penang from 9th to 11th December 2008. There were 58 participants from eleven countries taking part in this tournament.
Raj & Rama
Nine games each were scheduled to be played in the first two days while another four games in the third day totaling to twenty two games. In the third day, a final playoff between the top two finishers would decide the WYSC Champion.
Rama and Andrew wearing SJCYFL sponsored T- shirt
While Rama was busy playing scrabble, Chitra and Priya were part of the team of annotators recording the games played by the top players to be uploaded in the website. I was busy taking the photos as the official photographer for the tournament.
Priya & Chitra annotating games between Khoo Beng Way and Samitha Amarasinghe
After the first day of tournament we were invited to the Official Reception Dinner at the same hotel, sponsored by the Island College of Technology, Penang. We were treated with a sumptuous eight course dinner.
When the dust settled after three hectic days of intense scrabble competition, Charnrit Khongthanarat from Thailand emerged WYSC Champion defeating Khoo Beng Way from Malaysia by 3 games to 1 in the final playoff.
Ramaraj achieved 4th position which was an tremendous improvement from his twenty- sixth finish in last year’s tournament. He won a trophy and prize money of RM 1,000. Rama also managed to win a trophy for the Highest Game award with a score of 655.
Scorecard for Ramaraj Sundraraj (Malaysia)
In round1 beat Kum Zi Peng 413:398. Position 24th with 1 +15
In round 2 beat Phillip Hamilton 478:352. Position 12th with 2 +141
In round 3 beat Albert Martono 655:189. Position 2nd with 3 +607
In round 4 beat Lahiru Elvitigala 420:298. Position 1st with 4 +729
In round 5 lost to Akaradech 372:444. Position 4th with 4 +657
In round 6 lost to Scott Chung 362:376. Position 9th with 4 +643
In round 7 beat Louie De Guzman 543:437. Position 5th with 5 +749
In round 8 lost to Ong Suanne 362:404. Position 11th with 5 +707
In round 9 lost to Alvin Lau 376:560. Position 17th with 5 +523
In round 10 beat Samitha 448:351. Position 11th with 6 +620
In round 11 beat Sean Chung 518:309. Position 8th with 7 +829
In round 12 lost to Alastair Richards 377:409. Position 14th with 7 +797
In round 13 beat Wong Zhi Yuan 517:252. Position 9th with 8 +1062
In round 14 lost to Samitha 346:494. Position 15th with 8 +914
In round 15 beat Mohsin Ahmed 420:327. Position 13th with 9 +1007
In round 16 lost to Alastair Richards 363:380. Position 16th with 9 +990
In round 17 lost to Akaradech 421:441. Position 20th with 9 +970
In round 18 beat Sunai Nitungkorn 417:385. Position 16th with 10 +1002
In round 19 beat Chang Ching Wei 546:277. Position 11th with 11 +1271
In round 20 beat William Kang 325:285. Position 7th with 12 +1311
In round 21 beat Ong Suanne 413:311. Position 4th with 13 +1413
In round 22 beat Scott Chung 460:436. Position 4th with 14 +1437
We are proud that four Malaysian players finished in the top five positions for this world scrabble tournament.
Final Playoff- Khoo Beng Way (Mal) 19 1882
- Charnrit Khongthanarat (Thai) 17 501
(Champion Charnrit winning by 3 games to 1)
Rank Player Wins Margin
3. Scott Chung (Mal) 15 683
4. Ramaraj Sundraraj (Mal) 14 1437
5. Ong Suanne (Mal) 14 1178
6. Mohsin Ahmed (Ind) 14 665
7. Wanchana Jirapitikul (Thai) 14 177
8. Samitha Amarasinghe (SriLanka) 13 786
9. Alastair Richards (Aus) 13 660
10. Akaradech Suppapittatorn (Thai) 13 602
High Game: Ramaraj 655
High Word: Wong Zhi Yuan 257 "ZANJEROS"
The organisation of the Tournament led by Mrs. Karen Richards, Prof Wilma (Tournament Director), Barry Harridge and Karl Chin Hon Yew (IT) together with a band of volunteers, was spot on and everyone involved especially the players and parents had a memorable experience.
For more info, results, games and photos etc, please refer to Tokai 2008 WYSC website : http://www.youthscrabble.org/wysc2008/