Tournament Report: Inter-School Scrabble Championship 2016 - Secondary (Open)

On 12 March 2016, HKSPA organised the Inter-School Scrabble Championship 2016 - Secondary (Open) for local secondary schools of all levels. 15 schools participated in the tournament, fighting for the highest honour in Hong Kong secondary school Scrabble field.

Tournament in progress, with slides promoting the first-ever Hong Kong National Scrabble Championship

16 schools applied for the Championship, but only 15 showed up eventually. A team-based format is used in the competition. 3 players from the same school faced 3 from another school in each round, and a school wins by a 3-0 or 2-1 victory. Schools are divided into 4 groups for a group-based round-robin in the first 3 games, while the final 2 are knockout games.

The Gold Cup Final between Methodist College (left) and Cheung Chuk Shan College (right)

In the end, Methodist College (with Hong Kong Youth Scrabble Team 2016 members Calvin Ma and Po Chun Wo) beat Cheung Chuk Shan College in the Gold Cup Final to win the Gold Cup Champion, the highest honour in secondary school Scrabble field. CCC Mong Man Wai College (with 5 past and current Hong Kong Youth Scrabble Team members) got the Gold Cup 2nd Runner-up.

Our former President, Chris Lau (left), presenting the Gold Cup Champion trophy to the coach and students from Methodist College

Emika Chan from SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School got the High Word by placing QUIVERS/ALS, scoring 133 points in one move. The second highest scored move, ACQUIRE/AT (131 points), is also placed by her.

Tsang Pak Shing (left) and Ting Tsz Hin (right) from SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School playing

Tsang Wai Yin Jason (Hong Kong Youth Scrabble Team 2015 and 2016 member) from HKMA K S Lo College got the High Game with 841 points, setting a new record in HKSPA-rated games. He also got the Bingo Machine with 11 bingos placed in 5 games.

Tsang Wai Yin Jason playing

Below is the final school ranking:

Rank School School Wins
(out of 5)
Individual Wins
(out of 15)
1 Methodist College 5 12 +1175
2 Cheung Chuk Shan College 4 10 +1979
3 CCC Mong Man Wai College 4 12 +2827
4 HKMA K S Lo College 3 11 +2294
5 South Tuen Mun Government Secondary School 4 11 +829
6 SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School 3 10 +1838
7 CCC Kei Yuen College 3 8 -653
8 Ho Lap College 2 6 +231
9 Queen’s College 3 11 +968
10 The MCHK Wesley College 2 6 -1775
11 Kwun Tong Maryknoll College 2 4 -1644
12 Shun Tak Fraternal Association Cheng Yu Tung Secondary School 1 4 -2076
13 CUHKFAA Chan Chun Ha Secondary School 1.5 6 +69
13 St. Francis’ Canossian College 1.5 4 -1362
15 TWGHs S.C. Gaw Memorial College 1 4 -3200
Note: the school wins, individual wins and spread are for reference only. The final ranking was determined by the result of the knockout rounds instead of total wins.

The complete winner list can be viewed here.

We hope to see the young players in future competitions again!

Group photo after the tournament

More photos of that day can be viewed here.

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