Evergreen Patrick Gitonga Nderitu was crowned the champion of the last leg of Scrabble Kenya national championships series that came to an end today in Nyeri.
The tournament was the last one before Word Warriors, the national scrabble team makes a long journey to Lusaka, Zambia for East, Central and South Scrabble (ECASA) Championships in the Ester Holiday.
The Kirinyaga County player made it three wins in a row as SK welcomed the return of the ‘prodigal son’ Michael Gongolo, who faced intense competition from Allan Oyende and Nicholas Mbugua.
Following the win, Gitonga gets toppled day one leader Gongolo to win the title as Allan Oyende surprisingly came third with Nicholas Mbugua claiming fourth place before Benard Koyyoko closed the top five positions.
In Division B, it was not a walk in the park either as this year saw a huge turnout from all over the country.
But the title went to Tarus Kipruto of Nairobi County after a series of grappling matches against his contenders. David Magu of Nyeri County came in second while Daniel Machange, Paul Mathuu and Mboya Tom bagged position 3, 4and 5 respectively.
Bonface Mose took position one in division C, followed by Don Obiga in position 2, Joan Wangari in 3 and last but not least Mwangi Patricia as position 4.
The scrabble Kenya chairman urged the players to continue coming out in large numbers in the national tournaments and also wished the ECASA qualifiers all the best as they head out over Easter.
As the event came to an end, Gitonga, urged the players to always have a game plan and also to indulge in a game of quackle once in a while so as to get to the standards of Allan Oyende and the heavy weights in scrabble.
The next tournament will be in Meru County on 11th and 12th of May.