Kalumba secures record 9th scrabble title – the mast online
NATIONAL scrabble champion Paul Kalumba urged the new government to promote the game in schools.
In an interview after winning the national title nine times, Kalumba said scrabble is a game that directly helps children with their studies.
“It’s unique in that sense. As we aim to educate our children, scrabble in schools would be a game changer; kids have fun while learning, ”he told The Mast.
Kalumba added that scrabble is good for children because it improves their knowledge of words.
He said that apart from just knowing words, scrabble has components on logic, math, and strategy.
“Scoring helps kids with their math. The tiles are chosen at random and therefore when you have a word that you know, you cannot see it.
Scrabble helps the mind create logic where there is apparently none, ”Kalumba added.
It is an attribute that is needed beyond the game. It decides who wins and who loses in real life. Like chess, scrabble is a highly strategic game. It will help our children to think strategically, even in real life. “
Kalumba further said he was delighted to have won the national title for the ninth time.
“The top lady, Ivy, is a relatively new player. I would like to encourage more people, especially school children, to adopt the
Game. So I encourage parents to play scrabble with their children, ”Kalumba said.
Kalumba defended the title on Sunday after beating 15 other contenders.
He won 16 of 18 games, with a lead of 1,857.
Kalumba walked away with a cash prize of KK 4000.
The two-day tournament, which took place at Spice Restaurant in Lusaka, saw Isaac Mwape finish second with 13 wins and a difference of 1,136.
Mwape walked away with a cash prize of K3,000.
In third place was Chitundu Mulenga who also finished with 13 wins but was pushed to third place due to a weaker spear of 639.
He pocketed 2,400K in cash for the effort, which is 600K less than what Mwape received.
Dr Julius Mulele came in fourth with 12 wins and a difference of 1,269 to win 1,600 K.
Also on 12 victories, the veteran Patrick Mpundu who however settled in fifth position due to a smaller gap of 1,128.
Mpundu left with a paltry sum of 1000 KK.
The Zambia Scrabble Association also awarded special prizes to the selected entrants, with Mulenga receiving another K1000 for being the most improved player.
Mulenga scored the highest move in scoring points.
New player Davis Chansa took home the best player award under the odds of 1,000 and walked away with 1,000K in cash while Ivy Kanchele took the best lady award to pocket 1,400K.
The next tournament will be The Master’s, which will feature the country’s top 10 players on dates to be confirmed.