Pakistan’s Syed Imaad Ali wins World Youth Scrabble Championship Syed Imaad Ali from Pakistan has bagged the championship title of the World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) Youth Cup in the final that took place in Karachi. WESPA is formerly known as the World Youth Scrabble Championship.
The 15-year-old champion defeated his opponent in 9 out of 13 games, which helped him finish the tournament at the first spot. Meanwhile, another Pakistan named Hasham Hadi Khan, who qualified for the final with 26 wins, managed to secure the fourth spot after winning in seven games.
Imaad clinched the top spot by securing an early lead in the tournament with 11 victories and one tie after the completion of the first 12 rounds.
His achievement has made him the first and only scrabble player to win the World Youth title twice. Syed Imaad had previously clichéd the 2018 championship in Dubai, won the Junior World Scrabble Championship in Torquay, England, in November 2019, and was also the youngest player to do so.
Aside from Imaad and Hasham, two more players from Pakistan, Ali Salman and Usman Shaukat remained to stay in the top 10 till the last round of the WESPA’s group stage. However, both were pushed out of the top 10 list after they lost their last games.
The said championship is being held annually since 2006 in different parts of the world. Pakistan secured the rights to hold the Youth Cup event for the second year running. The tournament was put on hold after 2019 due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The country had also offered to host the 2020 edition online for the first time to make sure that every player was monitored and the games were played fairly.
WESPA granted the hosting rights to Pakistan and the first-ever virtual championship was played in 2020.