Thai number one Scrabble player Pichai Limprasert came up just short in an international Scrabble tournament held at the weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Pichai finished second just behind Scrabble legend Nigel Richards of New Zealand who lives in the Malaysian capital. Nigel is generally accepted as the best Scrabble player of all time.
Nigel finished on 15 wins out of 17 while Pichai had 13 wins.
Other players representing Thailand also performed creditably with Bangkok residents Thacha Koowirat in fourth with 12 wins and Gerry Carter with 10 victories.
Akkarapol Kwansak, a Scrabble teacher who has an academy that promotes the game in Korat, came in 12th also with ten wins.
Gerry scored the highest total for a complete game in the tournament with his Round 8 score of 736 points, a career high.
Our pictures show that game-board and also world number one Nigel Richards who is pensive after just playing the word GOBSHITE for 95 points to the triple.
Thai players will also be attending the Australian National Championships in Perth, WA, starting next Saturday.
Scrabble, in English, is played by tens of thousands of people in Thailand, many of them schoolchildren.
The kingdom’s tournaments are some of the most iconic events in crossword gaming in the world and the game enjoys patronage from the Thai Royal Family and sponsorship from big business.
The country’s flagship event – the King’s Cup – will be held in July at the Central Westgate shopping center in Bang Yai, Bangkok.