Rex Ogbakpa wins 10th ASC

Nigeria has won the 2012 edition of the African Scrabble Championship held between the 22nd – 26th of November in Livinstone Zambia. The championship (the 10th edition) was won by Rex Ogbakpa a member of the Nigerian contingent which consisted of 12 players and 4 officials. 4 countries competed at the tournament viz Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and hosts Zambia with a combined total of 49 players. Rex Ogbakpa runner-up at the 2012 Godswill Akpabio Int. Classics and a member of the Uyo Scrabble Club, achieved the feat by winning 21 (+1639 margin) of the 30 games played. He was closely followed by Owolabi Lukeman (20 wins +1171) and Omosefe Prince (who lost to Ogbakpa in the final game) with 19.5points +1369.

Rex Ogbakpa ASC 2012 champion

Rex Ogbakpa ASC 2012 champion

Nigeria picked the first 5 spots at the championship in addition to the 8-11th positions. Kenya’s Nderitu Gitonga and Mugisha Phillip-Edwin of Uganda were the only non-Nigerians in the top 10 at the end of the championship. All players featured by Nigeria at the event finished within the top half of the field. The only non-Nigerian to have ever won the tournament, South Africa’s Trevor Hovelmeier who participated in the event placed a distant 26th. Nigeria also won the Best Team award and the Best Female player award through Mayuku Tuoyo.

Standings after Round 30

Rank Won-Lost Spread Player
1 21–9 +1639 Ogbakpa, Rex (#2/Nigeria)
2 20–10 +1171 Owolabi, Lukeman (#5/Nigeria)
3 19½–10½ +1369 Omosefe, Prince (#3/Nigeria)
4 19–11 +762 Etim, Nsikan (#4/Nigeria)
5 18½–11½ +862 Karo, Eta (#1/Nigeria)
6 18–12 +1394 Nderitu, Gitonga (#14/Kenya)
7 18–12 +672 Mugisha, Phillip-Edwin (#37/Uganda)
8 18–12 +642 Mayuku, Tuoyo (#9/Nigeria)
9 18–12 +620 Kabir, Olaiya (#7/Nigeria)
10 18–12 +109 Victor, Owokere (#11/Nigeria)
11 17½–12½ +728 Bright, Idahosa (#10/Nigeria)
12 17–13 +1031 Oyende, Allan (#19/Kenya)
13 17–13 +555 Otieno, Manase (#20/Kenya)
14 17–13 +374 Mbugua, Nicholas (#15/Kenya)
15 17–13 +362 Hromnik, Tristan (#36/SA)
16 17–13 +83 Mwangi, Willy (#17/Kenya)
17 16½–13½ −89 Chavutia, Joseph (#25/Kenya)
18 16½–13½ −198 Kimani, Macharia (#13/Kenya)
19 16–14 +1099 Ogbogu, Azu (#6/Nigeria)
20 16–14 +685 Litunya, Patrick (#18/Kenya)
21 16–14 +349 Page, Jarrod (#28/SA)
22 16–14 +217 Sodje, Paul (#8/Nigeria)
23 16–14 −12 Faruq, Baba-Inna (#12/Nigeria)
24 16–14 −222 Hossy, Debbe (#29/SA)
25 16–14 −388 Outi, Tobias (#22/Kenya)
26 15½–14½ +268 Hovelmeier, Trevor (#27/SA)
27 15½–14½ −284 Wheelwright, Fern (#32/SA)
28 15–15 +939 Kangethe, David (#21/Kenya)
29 15–15 +310 Kariuki, Charles (#26/Kenya)
30 15–15 −117 Mwape, Isaac (#42/Zambia)
31 15–15 −213 Munkonge, Mwenya (#40/Zambia)
32 15–15 −214 Ngosa, Mwila (#44/Zambia)
33 15–15 −281 Ruto, Cecilia (#23/Kenya)
34 15–15 −720 Kambikambi, Mubanga (#48/Zambia)
35 14½–15½ −144 Mutahi, Martins (#24/Kenya)
36 14½–15½ −224 Ntege, Chris (#38/Uganda)
37 14–16 +160 Njoroge, Stanley (#16/Kenya)
38 14–16 −203 Tresha, Dominic (#45/Zambia)
39 14–16 −730 Milukuti, Sydney (#49/Zambia)
40 13½–16½ −461 Rayner, Howard (#33/SA)
41 13½–16½ −724 Davids, Gerald (#31/SA)
42 13–17 +37 Mpundu, Patrick (#39/Zambia)
43 12½–17½ −674 Keet, Duncan (#30/SA)
44 12–18 −516 Koti, Clifford (#41/Zambia)
45 11–19 −1290 Kalema, Sydney (#47/Zambia)
46 10–20 −241 Botha, Mary (#34/SA)
47 9–21 −1748 Chansa, Justin (#51/Zambia)
48 9–21 −1859 Brey, Zubeida (#35/SA)
49 6–24 −2335 Moonga, Levy (#52/Zambia)

Hosts and Past Winners of ASC

Edition Host Year Winner
1st Kenya 1994 Ifeanyi Onyeonwu NGR
2nd Nigeria 1996 Femi Awowade NGR
3rd South Africa 1998 Jimoh Saheed NGR
4th Ghana 2000 Moshood Sanni NGR
5th Kenya 2002 Trevor Hovelmeier SA
6th Tanzania 2004 Dennis Ikekeregor NGR
7th Nigeria 2006 Dennis Ikekeregor NGR
8th Kenya 2008 Jighere Wellington NGR
9th Ghana 2010 Jighere Wellington NGR
10th Zambia 2012 Rex Ogbakpa NGR
Categories: Africa Scrabble.