A former African champion, Nsikak Etim, has emerged as winner of the maiden South-South Opens Scrabble tournament in the Masters category after edging fellow former continental “Word-Lord” Jimoh Saheed by seven cumulative points after 15 rounds of games in Asaba, Delta State last Sunday.
Nsikak and Saheed were part of the 138 Scrabble players who featured at the first major tournament in the zone this year with over N2 million cash prizes.
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Nsikak and Saheed end the two-day scrabble spectacle with scores tied on 11 wins and four defeats but with a difference of seven points separating the two after recording 827 and 820 points respectively.
David Ogedengbe finished third ahead of early runner Noble Oshevire and scrabble wordsmiths pre-tournament favourites, Olatunde Oduwole and Wellington Jighere who placed fourth and fifth on the log.
In the Intermediate category, Olumide Oyejide dominated the second tier with 13 wins and 963 cumulative points while Onota Ojiru and Orughele Akpofure come second and third with 10 wins each but are kept separate by cumulative points of 689 and 674 respectively.
And in the Opens category, Ijegbulem Clement bore his mark by picking the pole position ahead of 62 players who registered while Osikhena “Capo” Ojior claimed the Veterans category.
Another round of scrabble action shifts to the South-West zone where players will converge on April 30 for a closed tournament in Ibadan, Oyo state.