Benjamin Harris (BnB) defeated Roland J. Boykai (HERB) 2-0 (477-406 and 473-236 points) in the finals of the two-day (Feb. 11 & 13) first national awareness scrabble tournament organized by the National Scrabble Association of Liberia (NSAL).
Held at the J. L. Gibson Memorial School on Gurley Street, Monrovia, Joseph Gegeh (T4N) defeated J. B. Boima Kiazolu Sr., (Tarzan) 2-0 in two games to clinch 3rd place.
For the awards, BnB received a cash prize of L$3, 500; second place prize of L$2, 500 went to HERB; third place prize of L$1, 500 went to T4N and the final prize of L$1, 000 went to Tarzan.
The acting president of the National Scrabble Association, Fomba Swaray, said during the presentation of the prizes that the association is planning a series of tournaments that will be climaxed by a national tournament.
“We are determined to take ourselves serious and better give scrabble its due recognition in the country,” Swaray, who plays under the name ‘Scrabbler’ said.
He said the money used to award the winners came from fellow scrabbler, Kanio B. Gbalar.
Swaray said his administration is endeavoring to gain national and international recognition that will ensure the progressive development of scrabble in the country.
Contributing, Philip Gibson (Master G), who participated in the tournament and whose premises were used for the tournament, said the successful completion of the tournament was a good sign of progress.
“We must continue to elevate scrabble to another level where we can get it to schools in the country,” Gibson said.
Meanwhile responding after he received the first place award, Harris (BnB) expressed appreciation for the prizes and said it was meant to encourage the members, but the real motivator was the love for the scrabble.
“We want scrabble to be national game that is played nationally and internationally,” Harris said. There were 35 participants in the tournament. Some of players were varney A. Freeman (Boffin), Brima Cooper (BC), Snosio Twegbay (ExFire) and Alvin Roberts (Wizard).
Others were Cephus Ross (Blade), Malek V. Al Sherif (Topaz), Daniel Harris (Danio), Alex Jackson (Proxy), Jonathan Wesley (Ozark), Lemuel Gibson (Lem), Alex Kamara, (Boss), among others.