India’s Scrabble Champion

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Sherwin Rodrigues is the national champion most Indians don’t know of. Well, that’s the problem with being the best countrywide player of a game many people consider just a parlour game—scrabble. Late last week, 20-year-old Rodrigues beat competitors of varied ages and professions to win the “grand finals of the Bayer National Scrabble Championship 2010”. This is not the first time this young management student from Mumbai has won the big Indian crown of scrabble. Rodrigues, who has been playing the game since he was 10, won the championship in 2008 and continued his reign in 2009, though he’s yet to win a world title. His national-level victory again ensures he’ll have one more chance to target the world title in the next international scrabble championships, which happen once every two years.