KARACHI: The brilliant 14-years old Syed Imaad Ali a wonder kid clinched the Gladiators 32nd Pakistan Scrabble Championship, master’s category after staging the most amazing comebacks ever witnessed in the national championship history Waseem Khatri enjoyed a great run on day two and was looking very safe at the top with a healthy lead.
The brilliant 14-years old Syed Imaad Ali a wonder kid clinched the Gladiators 32nd Pakistan Scrabble Championship, master’s category after staging the most amazing comebacks ever witnessed in the national championship history Waseem Khatri enjoyed a great run on day two and was looking very safe at the top with a healthy lead.
He was four wins behind Waseem after 20 rounds Imaad seemed out of argument. He is Known for his ice cool temperament, the ruling junior world champion Imaad didn’t give up and calmly started climbing up the ladder. While beating his mentor and 8-time national champion Waseem winner of four games in a row he saved his best for the king-of-the-hill stage and he snatched a fairytale victory.
The championship was quite tough as it is between seniors and juniors but the presiding world champion Imaad did not lose his temperament and won the match as he was 4 wins behind his senior Waseem and Waseem who was looking forward to the 9th national title of this championship lost the match being the runner up in the game.
Sadly, Waseem, who was looking pretty set for his 9th national title, had to be content with the runner up trophy for the third time in a row. Waseem and Imaad both won 19 of their 27 games as they both are on same lead but Imaad won on a better spread 1469 compared with 1210 of Waseem which clearly declare Imaad as the champion of this tournament.
Third was finished by Hammad Hadi Khan with 18 wins and a spread of 1333 just edging out his younger brother and defending champion Hasham Hadi Khan who also won 18 games but had a lower spread 967. It was a tough competition between senior and juniors but juniors proved that everything can be achieved through hard work.
The rest of top ten were Basil Khan, Ahad Riaz, Taha Mirza, Monis Khan, Sohaib Sanaullah and Hassan Hadi Khan. All senior and respectable players in the championship including former national champions found it very tough to compete with the rising wave of the youth. Even the Bilal Asher who is 9 years old finished ahead of all senior players including former national champions which really made a remarkable history. The chief guest Haroon Qasim distributed trophies on the occasion among the winners and also appreciated the youth for actively participating in the games and to win.