Last weekend, the best of the U18 scrabble players from thirty five (35) schools throughout Malaysia congregated at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur to take part in the CIMB Junior Circuit National Scrabble Competition. The seventy-seven (77) players, who took part, were invited for this tournament after qualifying from the respective CIMB Junior Circuit Scrabble Competitions which were held in six states namely Johor, Pahang, Melaka, Penang, Selangor and Perak, from March to May 2010.
The players played fifteen (15) rounds of competitive scrabble during the two day tournament on 5th and 6th June 2010. Registration started at 8.00 a.m. The first of nine rounds was delayed until 9.30 a.m. due to the late arrival of some of the outstation players.
CIMB Nationals participants
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After the eight rounds in the first day, it appeared that it would be duel between Cheong Yi Wei and William Kang for the top position as they were paired against each other from rounds ten to fourteen. However in the final fifteenth round, Ker Jen Ho managed to pip William Kang in Table 1 with a score of 462 to 443 to emerge Champion. Ker Jen Ho finished with 12 wins ( margin of 1324 points) followed by Cheong Yi Wei, William Kang, Amery Seow who had 11 wins each but margin of 1582, 1469 and 578 points respectively.
While there were some known players who have represented Malaysia in the past World Youth Scrabble Competitions in the top ten positions namely, Jen Ho, William Kang, Amery Seow and Markus Loke, the tourney marked the emergence of future national players like Cheong Yi Wei and Cheong Yi Hua, siblings from Penang. Cheong Yi Hua, who finished fifth in the tournament is only twelve years old.
The top thirty finishers qualify for the Malaysian National Youth Scrabble Competition (MNYSC) which would be held on 17th and 18th July 2010. All the participants were given a certificate of participation, and trophies and prizes were given for the top fifteen finishers. The Champion was presented with the CIMB Challenge trophy by Mr. Eugene, Project Manger of CIMB Foundation.
Prizes & Certificates
Alex Tan, MSA Vice President, giving his speech during the closing ceremony.
Mr. Eugene presenting the trophies to the Champion Ker Jen Ho, First Runner Up Cheong Yi Wei and Second Runner Up William Kang respectively.
Mr. Eugene, Mr. Alex Tan, Jen Ho, Yi Wei and Raj
Chitra presenting bouquet to Ms Ung Su Ling of CIMB Foundation
We would like to thank CIMB Foundation for sponsoring the CIMB Junior Circuit Scrabble Competitions which has given an opportunity for the U18 school players to participate in competitive scrabble competitions.
It was a tiring but rewarding work for the Malaysian Scrabble Association (MSA) organizing team consisting of Martin Teo (Principal Coordinator), P. Chitra, Chim Wai Main, Cedric and other volunteers. Kudos to the organizers and volunteers whose commitment and hard work has made the CIMB Junior Circuit a success.
The following are the thirty (30) players who have qualified for the MNYSC:
Results after game 15
JUNE 5, 2010 -- CIMB FINALS
Rank Player Wins Mar
1 Ker Jen Ho 12 1324
2 Cheong Yi Wei 11 1582
3 William Kang 11 1469
4 Amery Seow Su Yin 11 578
5 Cheong Yi Hua 10 1262
6 Markus Loke Qi En 10 1034
7 Mohd Syazwan Aidid 10 701
8 Gan Han Yang 10 676
9 Arvinran Rajendran 10 229
10 Wong Han Wey 10 210
11 Harendraraj Mohanraj 9.5 436
12 Mohd Zahanif M.Zaini 9.5 249
13 Thivagar Valaiyuthan 9.5 239
14 K. Sharsindra Prathe 9.5 102
15 Vinnith Ramamurti 9 1049
16 Jagan Narayanan 9 496
17 Foong Wene June 9 326
18 Johnston Tan Ee Jun 9 275
19 Marc Raphael Parrikl 9 117
20 Eow Li Ni 9 106
21 Ignatius Wong Chen G 9 62
22 Lee Wei Lun 9 -211
23 Beh Aaron 9 -421
24 Muhd Aizuddin Sukeri 8.5 -122
25 Muhd Amirul Azrie 8.5 -199
26 Michael Daniel Louis 8.5 -574
27 Samantha Loh 8 374
28 Jeihiin Subramaniam 8 299
29 Vignesh Venkitasamy 8 236
30 Wan Mohd Azril 8 173