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Mangalore: Madhav Kamath bags second place in the Scrabble World Youth Cup

Madhav Gopal Kamath, a ten-year-old Mangalore lad, has made India proud by finishing second in the 2021 Scrabble World Youth Cup on August 22, 2021. Due to the epidemic, the event, which is generally hosted in different parts of the world, was held online this time. Madhav’s second-place finish in the main Under-18 event is the best in the World Youth Cup’s history for an Indian scrabble player. A trophy and a monetary award are included in the prize.

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Madhav is the second son of Sudhir Kamath and Malavika P., and a class VI student at Sanskriti School in New Delhi. Sudhir Kamath, who was born in Mangalore, is the CEO and Co-Founder of 9stacks, India’s fastest-growing online poker platform. Surathkal Gowri Kamath, his grandmother, used to live in Pound Garden, Kadri, Mangalore.

Madhav began playing scrabble when he was six years old. He previously won the Under-8, Under-10, and Under-12 work titles in Malaysia, Dubai, and Kaula Lampur, respectively, in 2017, 2018, and 2019. He won the Under-12 event this year, in addition to finishing second in the main Under-18 tournament. He’s also competed in and won prizes in adult tournaments.

Madhav was beaten to the top rank by Pakistan’s Syed Imaad Ali, who is 15 years old and the defending champion. Both Madhav and Imaad got nine victories out of 13 games, but Imaad won the championship due to a better spread (the difference between his and his opponent’s scores). The World English-Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) organizes the yearly global event, which this year was hosted by the Pakistan Scrabble Association. The Scrabble Association of India organized India’s participation in the tournament.

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