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iGATE 2013

November 7, 2012

iGATE International Scrabble Tournament Jan 17-20, 2013
Bangalore

 India’s biggest scrabble tournament is now a grand 35-game four-day event!

iGATE Global Solutions, the integrated technology and operations (iTOPS) company and Karnataka State Scrabble Association (KSSA) are proud to announce the 9th consecutive International Scrabble Tournament to be held in iGATE campus in Whitefield, Bangalore  from January 17-20, 2013.

 

Special feature: Two divisions and more prizes!

 

The four-day tournament will have a total prize award of over Rs. 750,000 (an increase of US $ 2500 from last year)

Date: January 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2013

Venue: iGATE Global Solutions, Whitefield, Bangalore.

 

Accommodation:

 

Ginger Hotel:  Less than a km from the tournament venue, but 10 km away from the city centre. Tariff ranges from Rs.1200 for single AC room (plus 15.5% taxes).This hotel is close to the venue; about five minutes walk to the venue. Bookings can be made directly – www.gingerhotels.com.

 The Park Residency: Situated in the heart of the city. Tariffs range from non A/C – Rs.1300 (single) to Rs. 1700 (double or twin); A/C– Rs.1700 (single) and Rs.2000 (double), inclusive of taxes. Rs.500 for extra bed, 24-hour check-in. Email:// theparkresidency@gmail.com.// This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it// Please mention scrabble tournament while booking, or Contact-// rexnd@dataone.com.// This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it//

Hotel Janardhana: Tariffs for non AC rooms – Rs.730 (single) Rs.980 (three beds). And Rs.80 extra for extra bed.

 Pranam Hotel: – Close to the City Railway Station. Tariff ranges from Rs.450 to Rs.900 (non-AC and AC rooms) per day.

 

 

Premier Division

1st prize – Rs.2,50,000 (about US $ 5000)

2nd prize – Rs.1,25,000

3rd prize – Rs.     75,000

4th prize – Rs.     30,000

5th prize – Rs.     25,000

6th prize – Rs.    20,000

7th prize – Rs.    15,000

8th prize – Rs.    12,000

9th prize – Rs.     9,000

10th prize – Rs.   6.000

 

Entry fee: US $ 100

 

Open Division (Eligibility-WESPA rating 1400 and below)

1st prize – Rs. 50,000

2nd prize – Rs. 30,000

3rd prize – Rs. 20,000

4th prize – Rs. 15,000

5th prize – Rs. 12,000

6th prize – Rs.  9,000

7th prize – Rs.  6,000

8th prize – Rs.  5,000

9th prize – Rs.  4,000

10th prize – Rs.3,000

 

Entry fee: US $ 50

Late Registration: Entries registered after January 1, 2013, will have to pay an extra amount of Rs 500.

 

*other exciting special prizes will be announced later. Please note that prize money is subject to tax deduction at source as applicable.

Format: A minimum of 35 games of 50 minutes each will be played over four days. Word source will be the latest Collins Scrabble Tournament and Club Word List 2012.

Challenge: 5-point penalty per word, the player does not lose turn.

 

Schedule:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

8.30- 9 am- Registration

9.00 am – 9.30 am-Inauguration and draw.
9.30 am – First Game
Nine/ten games to be played during the day.

Friday, January 18, 2013
9:00 am. Session Starts.
Nine/ten games to be played during the day.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
9:00 am. Session Starts.
Nine/ten games to be played during the day.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

9:00 am. Session Starts.
Eight games to be played during the day.

5.30 pm prize distribution.

 

  • Registration:  Contact Radhika Mahalingaiah – // spica57@yahoo.com// This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it//

 

Breakfast, lunch and snacks arrangements will be provided on all four days of the tournament. Local conveyance will be arranged for participants to the venue and back (Collective pick up and drop arrangement)

 

 Entry fee:   The tournament is conducted by KSSA who will collect the entry fee. The association promotes competitive scrabble in Karnataka, and in association with the Scrabble Association of India the rest of the country as well. Entry fee can be paid on the day of the tournament.

Note: Please remember to get the following details. Winners have to furnish the details as the prize money will be transferred directly to their bank account:

1. Name of the Bank

2.  Account Number

3.  Name of the beneficiary

4. Bank swift code for wire transfer

5. Email address

6. Your postal address

7. Your telephone number

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Change of guard

October 20, 2012

Hi everyone,

There has been a change of guard at the helm.

The new president of the Bangalore Scrabble Club is Nupur Sood.

( See our post dated 9th June 2010 )

We wish her all the very best in this new avatar.

Scrabble all day long

June 30, 2012
Buongiorno,
It has been a long holiday from scrabble, so to get back in the groove and also prepare for Pune,
we shall hv a full day tourney at the badminton club on July 8th.
The hall is subject to availability and shall revert.
This is advance notice so that you’ll are prepared.
Pls rsvp
Rex

Club meets

May 5, 2012

Hi everyone,

There will be no meet this Saturday and on the next Saturday

due to unavailabilty of the hall.

The whole day tourney however is on starting at 10 am on Sunday the 13th.

Rex

Day long tourney

April 29, 2012

Hi everyone,

There will be a day long tourney on Sunday 13th April from 10am onwards

at the  Badminton club, hall on the side of the squash court, first floor.

This will be a precursor to the Nationals.

If there are sufficient numbers of newcomers (at least four) to competitive scrabble, a

separate section can be arranged.

C U all there

Rex

 

Pune Scrabble Tournament

February 9, 2012

     PUNE SCRABBLE CHALLENGE

Dates : 3rd and 4th March 2012

Venue : Poona Club Ltd, 5 Bund Garden Road

Registration : 9 am to 9.30 am

Total No. of Games :  15  (8 on the first day  and 7 on the second day)

Entry Fee : Rs.750/- per person (This includes Morning and Afternoon Tea with biscuits and Light Lunch)
                   
Participants are requested to bring their own boards, tiles, racks and clocks

Lexicon : Collins CSW12

For Registration contact
Pooja Shah on 9890985404
pooja4380@gmail.com
         OR
Romilla Thakur
9371030834
email : romilla_thakur@yahoo.co.uk

Snippets from the 8th Igate Scrabble Tournament

January 24, 2012

Contributed by Lennie DSouza

Rex developed a throat infection just prior to the tourney. He has a frog in his throat now in spite of medication and a visit to the doctor. Here are a few reflections on the three days of the international tourney which I must admit,  went off smoothly.

Thanks to Ashok, who very graciously agreed to help Rex with conducting the tourney, there were no major glitches. We wish that there were more games as we were not short of time at any stage. , Rex remarked that the girls who assisted with the computers, were so good at their work that if he was not feeling so poorly, he could have played at the tourney!

Congratulations to Akshay Bandarkar who really did India proud by coming second. Nigel walked away with the first prize but he did have to put up a great fight with the others. Those who took part in the A division felt that the field was very tough and that each game was a “brain draining” session. The cut off point for players to this division was 1500. Rohaina Tanveer from Kuwait had registered for the A Division and suddenly had qualms about playing there. I told her that she could opt for the B division as her rating permitted her to enter this division. Of course I made a secret pact with her that she would have to pay me half her winnings if she won cause it was my bright idea!! Well she did very well throughout the tourney but lost out to Rajiv Antao and Arulraj from Malaysia.

Rajiv – what can I say? He was two points below the required rating for the A Division. I used all my wiles to get him to go play in the top division. I must say in his defense that he  agreed. He said he would step over if there was a bye in the A division.  Now that is a gentleman for you! Congratulations Rajiv – I saw you at the top tables throughout and we are proud that you represented India – we are coming to Goa in April and look forward to that fabulous treat that we know will lie in wait for us – :))))))

Rajveer and Radhika from namma Bangalore Club did very well from the first day itself and we were hoping they would make it to the top. Ramprasad, Nupur, Umita and Nalini too put up a brave fight. Considering this was Umita’s firt stint at an International tourney she was amazing! Nalani was a smooth player who claimed that she did not “beat” or “thrash” anyone like we normally would report. She used the expression, “I just tapped him or her”!!! Chris just returned from New Zealand a couple of days before the tourney. Was he studying down under? He did very well for himself by winning 14 games. Great going Chris!

Nupur was laughing hysterically and I waited patiently for her to stop and tell me her story. Apparently she played Ramprasad who put down a phoney towards the end of the game. At that time, Nupur had 4 I’s and 3 other terrible tiles. Since Ramprasad exposed his tiles, she happily changed all hers. I can imagine the scowl on his face when he saw his tiles!!!! Guess what! He made a great move – he played I?I. When Nupur asked him what the blank was, he said “W”!!!!! Ha ha ha – I found it very funny too.

Here is another howler. P.C Jose came up to me and said that he just had to tell me something that would make me laugh out loud. He then told me that he played Rajiv Antao, who played “LUNGIE,” almost towards the end of the game. Our lawyer, P.C was not too sure of the word so he let Rajiv’s lungie go. Strangely enough his own next rack was “LUNGIE.” Now he was in a major predicament. Since he had not challenged Rajiv’s lungie, he did not want to put his lungie down. What if Rajiv took his lungie away?  He was laughing all the time as he kept discussing taking down lungies. Guess what he did? He let Rajivs lungie remain and did not use his lungie. He played something else! Yes, I did find the story rather amusing.

If you guys have anything to report on the tourney or your moves, please do so. We would love to keep this blog active and get more people responding. Like they say in the Bangalore 9 News every night, “This is my news for the Bangalore Scrabble Blog.”

Cheers and may the Q be with U!

Lennie.

 

 

8th iGATE International tournament results

January 23, 2012

iGATE results

A         B      
                 
Results from round 26     Results from round 26  
   

WINS

SPREAD

 

 

 

WINS

SPREAD

1

Nigel Richards

21

2298

 

1

Rajiv Antao

19

1463

2

Akshay Bhandarkar

17

797

 

2

Arul Inthirarajah

18

1465

3

Alastair Richards

16

1356

 

3

Rohaina Tanveer

17

1274

4

Udayan Grover

16

1035

 

4

Wimal Fernando

16.5

709

5

Douglas Lobo

16

78

 

5

Rajveer Rawlin

16

852

6

Sherwin Rodrigues

16

25

 

6

Radhika Mahalingaiah

16

668

7

Lakshan Wanniarachch

15

709

 

7

PC Jose

16

-51

8

Nakul Prabhu

15

-62

 

8

Jacky Fernandes

15.5

484

9

Karen Richards

14

458

 

9

Lalantha Amarasinghe

15

651

10

Carolann Pais

14

-191

 

10

Nupur Sood

15

-12

11

Marlon Prudencio

13

488

 

11

Ramprasad Nuggehalli

14(+0.5)

+295(+0)

12

Sanjoy Gupta

13

485

 

12

Nidhi Singhvi

14

741

13

Tony Sim

13

360

 

13

R Nalini

14

589

14

Rasheed Balogun

12(+1)

+321(+0)

 

14

Lennie DSouza

14

455

15

Jose de Abreu

13

-81

 

15

Aruna Grover

14

347

16

Olobatoke Aka

13

-294

 

16

Chris Imison

14

-1157

17

Shaik Ahmed

13

-480

 

17

Umita Melwani

13.5

239

18

Shaila Amalean

12

322

 

18

Hyder Quraishi

13

378

19

Manju Sood

12

-436

 

19

Mekhla Mittal

13

123

20

Mohd Ali Savanur

12

-585

 

20

Purav Shah

13

-399

21

Cecil Fernandes

12

-1018

 

21

Satish Srinivasan

12.5

605

22

Irineu Gonsalves

11

272

 

22

Saraswathi Rammanoha

12.5

115

23

Suleiman Garba Gora

11

-336

 

23

Farida Akbarally

12.5

-162

24

Indunil Amarasinghe

10(+0.5)

-435(+0)

 

24

Phil Paes

12

-111

25

V. Ramachandran

10(+0.5)

-1058(+0)

 

25

Sunny Wright

12

-562

26

Mangala Bhandarkar

10

-433

 

26

Sylvia Coelho

12

-759

27

Marie Fernandes

10

-855

 

27

Hari Prasad

11

26

28

Pramit Kamath

10

-913

 

28

Abdul WaheedBelgaum

11

-109

29

Eric Kinderman

9

-740

 

29

Viji Ramachandran

11

-1336

30

Bhushan Pradhan

9

-1087

 

30

Aubrey Millet

10

-233

         

31

Purshottam Keswani

10

-1041

         

32

Siddarth Raman

9(+0.5)

-225(+0)

         

33

Pooja Shah

9

-1210

         

34

Shambhavi Rao

9

-1326

         

35

Kala Ganesh

7

-1394

         

36

Parvathy Raghunathan

6

-1392

 

 

Jan 15th day competition

January 7, 2012
Hi everyone,
There will be a whole day competition on Sunday, Jan 15th, at the Badminton club.
Starting time 10 am. Pls bring equipment, paper & pen.
We will collect Rs 100/- each towards lunch etc.
We will also be doing the registration for iGATE so pls be prepared for the same.
RSVP
Rex

The year that was

December 31, 2011

2011 is almost gone but it was a wonderful year.

Started with a bang with the iGATE international tournament and the announcement of 2 divisions in 2012 with increased prize money.

The club had it’s presence in  national tournaments in Goa, Mumbai, Pune ( 2 ).

On the International front , Colombo saw Lennie and Radhika participating, whilst at the Causeway, there were Sanjoy, Radhika, Lennie, Aubrey and self.

Sanjoy and Radhika did us proud by being amongst the prize winners.

On a less cheerful note, we bid farewell to Martin who went to California.

Then came the shocker for 2011 ———- Sanjoy announced his decision to relocate to Mumbai in Jan.

We shall sorely miss both of them.  We wish them all the very best.

Chris and Satish went to Trichy to help the Ladies club there, to setup scrabble.

The Collins New Dictionary has introduced another 2000 and odd words to muddle our befuddled brains further.

Fortunately, there are many words that we recognize as they contain Indian words like Alu, Saag and Dhal!

Our Club Members have been very co-operative and attended day-long tourneys at Coffee Day, and at our “winter” or “summer” residence when we could not get the KSBA hall.

Members who were with us years back came back to the fold and we welcomed them.

Nalini and Mekhla are enthusiastic members who brighten our club with their presence.

We look forward to Prashant coming back to India from Boston in the next six months.

Prithwi has made several visits and always made it a point to attend the Club meets.

In the meantime, we have our very senior members from inception, Mr Alimullah Khan and Mr. Syed Rehman who never miss out on a day tourney if they can.

This participation is heartening and we enjoy playing with them.

Cheers to a New Year and another chance to get it right!