Kenyan Oyende wins Scrabble 2021 on Nile Tournament in Jinja

Scrabble Tournament on the Nile 2021:

  • Winner: Allan Oyende (Stima)
  • 1st Finalists: Richard Geria (Spa)
  • 2n/a Finalists: Lawrence OnyoinSoroti

Kenya’s top Scrabble player, Allan Oyende has won the 2021 Scrabble on the Nile Championship held at the premises of The Office in Jinja town, eastern Uganda.

Oyende, a member of the Stima Scrabble club in Nairobi, recorded an aggregate gap of +1830, winning 16 games and falling once twice to win Shs. 1,000,000.

“This is a very nice victory. I thank the Uganda Scrabble Association and The Office club management for the superb organization. I salute all my fellow players for their brave performances. My focus and focus will be on the championship of the East and the Center which will take place in Uganda,” remarked Oyende in his brief victory speech.

LR: Richard Geria, Allan Oyende, Lawrence Onyoin and Assumpta Nakyanzi show off their medals (Credit: David Isabirye)

Oyende beat his closest challenger, Richard Geria of Spa town club Arua who had a +701 lead.

Geria won 13 games and lost five with Lawrence Onyoin of the Soroti club finishing third overall.

Third-placed Lawrence Onyoin (right) in the final round of the Nile Scrabble Tournament. (David Isabirye)

Geria won Shs500,000 as prize money with Onyoin taking Shs300,000.

Assumpta Nakyanzi receives her cash reward

Assumpta Nakyanzi (Office), Edgar Odongkara (Bandores), John Paul Rutaremwa (Bandores), Davis Apuuli (Office), Ivan Sentongo (Bandores), Stephen Ssali (Spa) and Joash Manyasa (Busia) completed the top 10 positions respectively.

Uganda Scrabble Association President Nelson Kyagera Woire said he was delighted with the positive turnout for the two-day tournament.

Nelson Kyagera Woire, president of the Uganda Scrabble Association. (David Isabirye)
Nelson Kyagera Woire versus Linda Alyek (Credit: David Isabirye)

Kyagera revealed that this end-of-season championship, arguably the most important on the calendar, attracted an overwhelming turnout from players from all clubs in Uganda and Kenya.

I am happy that the Nile Scrabble Tournament went well and successfully. It’s the 6and event on the national calendar and arguably the biggest. As a country, we are preparing for the Eastern and Central Championship 2022 to be held in Jinja where already five countries have confirmed their participation.

Nelson Kyagera Woire, President of the Uganda Scrabble Association

Bernard Amuke, president of the Kenya Scrabble Association, also participated in the Scrabble on the Nile tournament.

Bernard Amuke, president of the Kenya Scrabble Association. (David Isabirye)

Amuke, who had 9 wins and losses apiece to finish 16and overall the level of organization of the hosts and the general competition between all the players was praised.

Scrabble in Uganda continues to grow. We had a great Scrabble on the Nile and I thank the organizers. The spirit and competition between all the players was also top notch.

Bernard Amuke, president of the Kenyan Scrabble Association

Uganda Scrabble Association vice president Chris Kalibala (right) during a competitive match in the penultimate round. (David Isabirye)

This was the sixth championship of the year on the Uganda Scrabble Association schedule.

This followed earlier events held in Mbarara, Gulu, Busia, Kampala and Jinja.

The Association, as revealed by Kyagera, has emphasized several pillars such as youth development program, collaboration with different clubs as well as corporate organizations and strengthening the administrative wing.

Bureau’s Assumpta Nakyanzi (right) in action
Grace Bangirana in action at the Scrabble on the Nile Tournament in Jinja. (David Isabirye)

Scrabble is a game that involves mastering the English language and math with strategy.

The next Eastern and Central Championship will host guest countries Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.

Some of the scrabble players share a lighthearted moment during the awards ceremony. (David Isabirye)
Don Elijah Kagiri, Nile Scrabble Tournament Director. (David Isabirye)

Ranking:

1 Allan Oyende (Stima) – 1830 points

2 Richard Geria (Spa) – 701 Points

3 Lawrence Onyoin (Soroti)

4 Assumpta Nakyanzi (Office)

5 Edgar Odongkara (Bandores)

6 Jean-Paul Rutaremwa (Bandores)

7 Davis Apuuli (Office)

8 Ivan Sentongo (Bandores)

9 Stephen Ssali (Spa)

10 Joash Manyasa (Bussia)

11 Chris Ntege (Spa)

12 Derrick Magaya (Office)

13David Kimani (Stima)

14 Matthew Kawuki (Bandores)

15 Don Elijah Kagiri (Gulu)

16 Benard Amuke (Stima)

17 Ron Lwebuga (Bandores)

18 Richard Otika (Gulu)

19 Godfrey Obura (Gulu)

20Isaac Mabinda (Gulu)

21 Linda Alyek (Bandores)

22 Phoebe Tibaingana (Bandores)

23 Chris Kalibbala (Mbarara)

24 Anthony Ojok (Gulu)

25 Georges Opolot (Soroti)

26 Justine Opolot (Soroti)

27Kenneth Okuku (Nabu)

28 Corban Mugisha (Office)

29 Nelson Kyagera (Mukagwa)

30 Tony Kyobe (Spa)

31 Sip Mugahnwa (Mukagwa)

32 Andrew Akwanya (Soroti)

33 Edwin Mukasa (Office)

34 Grace Bangirana (unattached)

35Samuel Ocen (Soroti)

36 Kenneth Kaheru (Office)

Andrew Akwanya (left) in action. Akwanya finished 32nd overall
Action inside The Office during the 2021 Scrabble on the Nile tournament. (David Isabirye)

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