…As Wellington Jighere ends World Championship in fourth spot
By Maxwell Kumoye
Nigeria’s hope of winning the individual and team titles at the World Scrabble Championship holding in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA has finally faded away after Match Day 4 games were concluded.
Former World Champion, Wellington Jighere who stayed on top of the table for the past three days lost his last two rounds of games to Adam Logan of Canada and David Eldar of Australia.
The two back to back defeats means Wellington Jighere the 2015 World Champion will not play the best of 7 final today (Wednesday). Jighere secured 22 wins from 32 games to end the championship in 4th position.
David Eldar a former World Champion from Australia will now face Harshan Lamabadusuriya of England in the best of 7 final.
Harshan Lamabadusuriya who is playing in his first World Championship final won one game more than Wellington Jighere while David Eldar reached the final with 22 wins and a draw.
Nsikak Solomon Etim at number 14, Enoch Nwali at number 17, Tuoyo Mayuku occupied the 25th spot and Eta Karo at number 35 completes Nigeria’s top 5 at the end of the World Championship.
Charles Haizel Tachie-Menson is Ghana’s highest ranked player at number 8.
Patrick Mulemena Mpundu of Zambia finished in the 65th position as the best player from the Southern Africa, Steven Gruzd topped the South Africa’s chart at number 88 while the man who represented the Pearl of Africa, Uganda, Chris Ntege came 97th behind Sierra Leone’s Ibrahim Deen Swaray and 117th placed Wenwa Akinyi is finest Kenyan at Las Vegas.
The Team title went to host USA at the expense of Nigeria and Canada.