Scrabble: Karo Wins Ibadan Open


Eta Karo has won the ninth edition of the Ibadan Open scrabble tournament.

Karo from Delta State clocked 11 wins, 3 losses and a +592 score margin to win the tourney ahead of Noble Onoshevwe, Kabir Olaiya, former Africa champion, Dennis Ikekeregor and Ilori Wale, who were all separated on the log by marginal scorelines.

The Masters category, which had 28 players, saw Oladokun Esan recording the high game score of 635.

United Kingdom-based Awowade Femi was only able to finish on the 19th position with 6 wins and 8 losses.

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Speaking at the closing ceremony of the tourney, Karo said his determination to erase the defeat suffered at the National Scrabble Championship in Abuja was what led him to the victory in Ibadan.

“I wasn’t happy with the defeat I suffered in Abuja, coming immediately after my victory at the Kwete tourney in Adamawa, hence, my resolve to win this tourney for my fans.

“It was a tough tourney as the results can testify but I am really happy to finally get on my winning ways after all the hardwork I put into preparation for this championship,” an elated Karo said after he was presented with his prize money in Ibadan.

—Bamidele Olowosagba