Como resident to compete at Australian Scrabble Championships


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

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.

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“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 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.”