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Sierra Leone Sports: Salone Scrabble champs train for world events

Sanmi Odelana and Mohamed Alieu Kamara

Sanmi Odelana and Mohamed Alieu Kamara

Sierra Leone scrabble guru, Mohamed Alieu Kamara says he is very much pleased with his current form as he prepares to compete in major tournaments.
Kamara, who is currently in training ahead of the Mindsports Scrabble World Championship slated for August 22-27 in Nottingham, England, was declared second place winner in the just concluded Diaspora tournament held at Woodford, East London, on Saturday 5 August 2017. He finished 2nd behind Austin Shin who won 7 out of 8 games played, making a whopping spread of +801 to top the ranking as the eventual champion.
Despite the intense pressure from Shin, Kamara was able to win 6 out of 8 games played and recorded a spread +241 to sit above the other 14 players who competed in the 8 round games. Kamara’s form has gradually improved after every competition played this year. The Diaspora tourney was one of his best as he was classed in the A category.
“It was an extremely tough competition between me and Austin Shin, the current North America CSW champion who was the tournament favourite. He was my main contender for the top spot”.
“But in the end he won 7 of the games he played while I won 6 and lost 2, you can see how tense the competition was,” he said. Kamara remarked: “I am truly delighted to have finished above other good players like Calum Edwards, Olakunle Ajayi, Sanmi Odelana, Vince Boyle, James, Burle, Abiodun Adeyemi, Rafal Dominiczak and Rik Kennedy. They are all very good scrabble players, but the outcome tells I had improved greatly”. “I played so well to win games against top rated players. But I will continue to work very hard to improve my game especially with two weeks to go for the commencement of the Mindsports International World Championship,” he affirmed. Kamara has won the Diaspora tournament twice and he is looking forward to his third win, but Austin Shin played so well to be the eventual champion.
Wednesday August 09, 2017.

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