BANGALORE: The grand finale of the eighth iGATE Patni International Scrabble Tournament was held at iGATE Patni campus in Whitefield on Sunday. Nigel Richards from New Zealand won the three-day annual event.
Akshay Bhandarkar from India and Alastair Richards from Australia stood second and third in the competition respectively. The team from Infosys Bangalore took the fourth position.
Commenting on his win, Nigel Richards said, “The iGATE Patni International ranks among the biggest tourney in the annual Scrabble calendar and this is getting better every year attracting the best names in scrabble from across the world. With growing interest in India and with iGATE Patni expanding Scrabble to corporates and colleges in the last few years, the international competition has become quite challenging especially from the Indian scrabblers who have improved dramatically.”
Rex D’Souza, president of Karnataka State Scrabble Association, said, “Scrabble is growing in popularity in India, as can be seen from the increased overseas participation as well as the intense competition in the inter-corporate and inter collegiate tourneys this year.”
“The iGATE Patni International tourney also presented an opportunity and exposure for upcoming Indian scrabblers to play alongside the top ranked players from across the world,” he added.