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International Masters Scrabble: A Triumph for Cameroon

by Lesley Ngwa
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  •  Cameroon players swept all three categories in the eighth edition of the international Masters Scrabble tournament, which concluded on Sunday, October 15.
  • The competition was organized in Douala with players from Cameroon, Gabon, and Chad.

The international Masters Scrabble championship, held in Douala, Cameroon, saw the triumph of three Cameroon players: Eric Tchouyo (Defi), the 2021 world scrabble champion, Yene Amougou Pierre (Classic), and King Josaphat Chewa(Duplicate).

Staged between October 12 to 15 2023, The competition had more than two dozen players from Cameron, Chad, Gabon participating in the classic, Duplicate and Defi scrabble categories.

In all these categories, the first three places went to Cameroonians. The first deputy mayor of Ngog Mapubi, Yene Amougou, won the classic category, followed by Tsoungui Antoine and Nkouete Josaphat.

Tchouyo Eric and Nkouete Josaphat had a close contest in the defi category, but Tchouyo Eric prevailed and Nkouete Josaphat settled for second place. Nkouete Josaphat however claimed the first prize in the duplicate category. For Eric Tchouyo and King Josaphat, this is their first title won on home soil.

14 countries were expected in this competition. However, the recent tensions existing in French Africa limited the number as explained by the president of the Cameroon scrabble federation, Amédéé Assomo.

The president of the international francophone scrabble federation, Patrice Jeanneret, supervised this competition and urged the government to keep supporting this discipline. He also encouraged the federation to involve more youths, especially women, in its future editions.

The organizers and participants were satisfied with the event, which had a prize pool of 15 million. The Cameroon scrabble federation has improved significantly recently, thanks to the engagement of the ministry of sports.

Its president, Amédéé Assomo, plans to attract more intellectuals to this sport by organizing tournaments in smaller localities. The federation is also preparing for the upcoming African and international scrabble championship.

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