A University of Ibadan student, Enyi Emmanuel has emerged as the runner-up in the just concluded 4th edition of National Scrabble Federation-rated competition, Dynamite Opens. The tournament which was held on 11-12th September in Lagos featured several entrants and players with rating points of 1199 and below.
Although the competition was individual-based and had over 50 participants, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife emerged as the best institution with a thin margin over the University of Ibadan and Priscilla Akhahube emerged as the winner in the female category.
Emmanuel Enyi (ranked No.7.) lost narrowly to Ogundokun Akeem (ranked No.3.) in the King of the Hill category after being tied on points after 17 rounds. Akeem’s prowess earned him the top spot as he won the tourney with 14 wins &4 defeats with a high cumulative spread of 1783 while Enyi who reigns as the Emmanuel Egbele Annual Scrabble Tourney(EEAST) champion, recorded 13 wins & 5 defeats to finish 2nd ahead of 3rd placed John Mosopefoluwa.
While other players who finished in the top 15 were presented with various cash prizes. An elated Ogundokun, a student of the University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Kwara State was presented with a cash prize and the Nemesis Trophy donated by Dr. Kayode Fashola. Also, Giwa Oluwaseyi claimed the Youth category while 10 year-old Edide Pereowei was awarded the Youngest Player in the tournament.
At the closing ceremony, the Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF) South-West Coordinator, Emmanuel Egbele underscored the strategic importance of the tournament which has created a pathway for future talents to be discovered. He appreciated the efforts of the organisers for sustaining the tournament which is fast becoming the biggest competition for players in the Opens category.
The competition has participants from Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos, Osun and Bayelsa over the two days in Lagos.