Local champ Gitonga drops to 11th in championship
Kenyan champion Patrick Gitonga yesterday dropped three places at the ongoing World English- Language Scrabble Players Association Championship at Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi.
Gitonga finished 11th at the end of day three of the competition yesterday. He was eighth at the end of day two on Thursday.
The 50-year-old ended with a spread of +292, the highest placed Kenyan in the biennial global event that has brought together 118 players from 38 countries. After an impressive second day, Gitonga was looking to break into the top five but it was not to be as he only won three out of seven rounds.
He started off the day on a wrong footing, losing to Nigeria’s Peter Moses 327 – 579 before bouncing back to see off American Dave Wiegand 382 – 341 to finish with a spread of +41 and then beat Sri Lankan champion Lakshan Wanniarachchi 485-406.
He lost the next three matches against Eta Karo, defending champion Wellington Jighere (both Nigeria) and world number one Nigel Richards of New Zealand. The home player would end the day with a 422 – 392 win against Great Britain’s David Webb.
Gitonga is hoping he can break into the top five places on the penultimate day of the competition this morning.
“It was not such a good day but I dug in and was able to get a couple of wins under my belt and I am confident of a good show in the final rounds,” Gitonga said yesterday.