Penge’s boy Reuben Moisey becomes European Scrabble champion at 11


An 11-year-old boy from Penge continues to make history alongside his younger brother after being crowned European Youth Scrabble Champion.

Reuben Moisey achieved the feat months after his younger brother Joshua, eight, became the under-eight scrabble world champion in Dubai last year.

The brothers are News Shopper regulars and even made national news when Joshua became the youngest person to cycle around Britain.

Last year he completed the 1,000 mile hike from Land’s End to John O ‘Groats with his older brother and father.

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Reuben won European glory in Iasi, Romania on the weekend of August 10 and won 12 of his 13 games.

This made him the top scorer in all of the Under-18 categories, earning him the top prize.

Joshua also competed and received the award for Best European Under-10 Player.

Was Papa Alvin so successful as a child himself?

“I definitely wasn’t,” Alvin said with a laugh. “I wasn’t doing anything special, I was just average.”

Speaking about everything his boys have accomplished, he told News Shopper, “I mean, it’s wonderful. I can’t believe it happened.

“I’m very proud of them and don’t know what to say. I’m at a loss for words.”

Despite his talents at scrabble and chess, Reuben’s greatest skill, according to his father, is playing the piano.

Alvin is a pianist himself and believes his son will graduate by the end of the year.

Reuben is enjoying huge success 12 months after already raising funds for Cancer Research UK to swim 200 lengths as part of the London Swimathon.

Reuben and Joshua are both preparing for the upcoming chess tournaments and will also be competing in the Scrabble World Championships in Torquay later this year.

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