Get­ting words’ worth

SCRAB­BLE EN­THU­SI­AST DOES THE MATHS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

SCRAB­BLE can be a game of math­e­mat­ics and prob­a­bil­ity, but Tim Mason just loves words.

The Como res­i­dent (18) will com­pete in the Aus­tralian Scrab­ble Cham­pi­onships at Pagoda Re­sort and Spa in his home sub­urb on April 15 to 17.

He has com­peted in ev­ery cham­pi­onship since 2012 and fin­ished 14th at last year’s com­pe­ti­tion in Ade­laide.

“I love the game be­cause no two games are alike. You might get the same 100 tiles but the game will play out dif­fer­ently; it’s mys­te­ri­ous,” he said.

“I’ve al­ways played the game but it was dur­ing a hol­i­day in Bali when I was play­ing that I de­cided to Google com­pet­i­tive Scrab­ble.

“I knew there was com­pet­i­tive chess and other board games and so I was pleased to find com­pet­i­tive games in Perth.

“I’m a bit of an out­lier when it comes to Scrab­ble. Most of the top play­ers have an in­ter­est in math­e­mat­ics or sci­ence be­cause once you mas­ter the game it be­comes a game of prob­a­bil­ity, but per­son­ally I love words.

“The Thai Scrab­ble play­ers Tim Mason has started a Scrab­ble night at the South Perth Learn­ing Cen­tre on Wed­nes­days from 6pm to 10pm. “If there is any­one in­ter­ested in play­ing, I’d en­cour­age them to come along,” he said. “I can show them how it’s done and how to play the game.” are some of the best in the world. They are among the least pro­fi­cient at English but they are able to recognise let­ters and com­bi­na­tions.”

Mr Mason said his prepa­ra­tion in­clud­ing get­ting enough sleep and wa­ter, while also con­cen­trat­ing on strat­egy.

“It’s great that it’s in Perth and that it’s only about two min­utes from my house. Dur­ing the first day of the com­pe­ti­tion last year I was near the bot­tom but I had a few good days af­ter that and got some good tiles to fin­ish 14t,” he said.

“There are usu­ally about 150 to 200 peo­ple who com­pete in the cham­pi­onships.”

Como res­i­dent Tim Mason and fel­low WA Scrab­ble player Rahul Je­gath­e­san in ac­tion.

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