TWO Joondanna Scrabble stars from Perth Modern School have fallen just shy of a top 50 ranking at the World Youth Championships in France on Monday.
Brothers Radheya (17) and Rahul Jegatheva (14) were a part of a four-member Australian team that competed against 140 of the world’s best Scrabble players.
In the final game, the duo needed wins to place 50th and 30th but both fell at the last hurdle.
Radheya managed to finish in 65th place while Rahul was ranked 51st, his best showing at a world championship.
This year’s championships held in Lille, France was Radheya’s second championships and Rahul’s third.
Perth Modern School associate principal Steve Jurilj said the school was proud of the brothers.
“It is a fantastic achievement having got this far,” he said.
Year 12 student Radheya said he and his brother qualified for the championships after gaining enough rating points through monthly tournaments.
“We have been playing scrabble for most of our lives because our dad used to play with us early on just for fun at home,” he said.
“Basically we play Scrabble online where there is a leader board and we play against other people.
“They are similar conditions because we play against people who have played a lot more than us but the pressure that comes when you go to a different country and doing it (playing scrabble) it is a lot harder.”
Radheya said the game was challenging to play.
“Scrabble is a game based on knowledge so it all depends on how you go on the day and your mentality after a few games,” he said.
Year 10 student Rahul said he shared a rivalry with his older brother.
“I think it is really fun, there is just a really enjoyable element about it,” he said.
Radheya and Rahul Jegatheva. Picture: Andrew Ritchie