BBWBC hosts Charter Day scrabble tilt

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


SOME of the country’s best scrabble players will swarm this side of the country as the Baguio-Benguet Word Builders Club (BBWBC) hosts the annual Baguio Day Scrabble Tournament on August 30-31 at the Baguio City Museum.

More than 30 word addicts are expected to participate in the two-day event as part of the 105th Charter Anniversary of Baguio City.

BBWBC president Huub Luyk said the annual tournament aims to promote the Summer Capital as a pilgrimage for scrabble enthusiasts all around the country.

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“This tournament is not only to gather word builders from the country but also to join in promoting and boosting the economic and sports tourism here in the city,” Luyk said.

“This is an open invitation to especially to the locals who are passionate on word building games,” he added.

The tournament format will be “King of the Hill” where ranking of overall winners will be based on the points accumulated based on the win and loss record.

Registration for the tournament is pegged at P800 for novice and amateurs while P400 will be collected from students and newcomers to cover certificates and two snacks per day.

A total of P27,000 guaranteed pay-out will be given for cash prize. Top five winners will be chosen in the open division while the top three contenders will be awarded in the students and first timers division.

Former Panagbenga Open champion William Caluza is expected to lead the Baguio based squad against the Manila players that include veterans from Thailand’s King’s Cup.

Caluza has been the highest rated player from the highland when he made it to the top three. Other local players in the hunt will be Malou Coronacion and Brenda Ambler Reyes.

Other prominent players seen to be present on the tournament are Mohammad Abdul Suma, the 18-year-old who placed eighth in the 2011 World Youth Championship.

Suma is a marked man after his dominant game in last year’s Baguio scrabble tournament where he missed the first four games then went on a rampage to get 11 of the remaining 12 games to win.

The last time the Baguio-Benguet Word Builders Club and this city hosted a scrabble tournament was during the 12th Panagbenga which was also held at the same venue.

Interested participants may reach Luyk through (0918)959-3464 or William Caluza (0906)655-3393.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 28, 2014.

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