World Scrabble Championships
One of the key achievements of SCAG is Ghana's three representations at the World Scrabble Championship (WSC). This enviable representation has been achieved through the tireless effort of SCAG and scrabble players in Ghana. The rule for gaining additional representation at the WSC is that all your players must place within the first 30 positions.
Ghana had two representations in 1991. At the WSC 1991 tournament in London, Ghana was represented by Akosah Sapong and George Donkor. The best performance of Ghana in the world championships was at the WSC held in London in 1995. Ghana's representatives, Chrys Placca and Joshua Addo placed 27th and 28th respectively, out of over 100 players from 30 countries. This earned Ghana a third place at the WSC. This is a major achievement given that countries like the USA, with a population of over 260 million has now sixteen (16) representation and Nigeria with a population of about 120 million has three (3) representations.
The performance of Ghana at WSC and International Scrabble Tournaments is detailed below:
- 1991 - Ghana was represented by Akosa Sapong and George Donkor at the first WSC in London. Sa pong placed second in the Plate Event of the tournament.
- 1995 - Chrys Placca and Joshua Addo participated in the WSC in London placing 27th and 28th out of 64 participants. Joshua won a prize for the highest game score. Placca defeated the then defending world champion, Mark Nyman of Britain, by a spread of 115.
- 1997 - The WSC was held in the USA in November 1997. Ghana was represented by Joshua Addo, Yaw Takyi Ananga and Edem Mensah.
- 1999 - Ghana could not participate in the WSC held in Australia as the players were unable to foot the travel and participating fee from their own resources due to lack of sponsorship.
- 2000 - The hallmark of Ghana's success in Scrabble was manifest at the Mind Sport Olympiad (MSO) in London when Michael Quao and Chrys Placca won gold and bronze respectively out of sixty-four players from all over the world in the Championship played over five days.
- 2001 - WSC in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Quao, Kwame Poku and Aaron Clottey participated. Quao placed 35th out of 98 players.
- 2003 - WSC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Miachael Quao, C M. Placca and Bennet Kpentey represented Ghana.
- November 2005 - Ghana participated 111 the World Scrabble Championship in London. Ghana placed 15th, 22nd and 39th and was the best African Team.
African Scrabble Tournaments
- 1996 - The Pan African Championship (PANASA) was first held in 1994. Ghana first participated in 1996 in Lagos Nigeria and was represented by Chrys Placca, Mensah Mantey, Joshua Addo, Isaac Addo and Mike Ofori.
- 1997 - An international friendly between Ghana and Nigeria was held in Accra in April. Nigeria won this tournament.
- 1998 - Chrys Placca, Yaw Ananga Takyi, Solomon Attachey and Edwin Boamah represented Ghana at the 3rd PANASA in Cape Town, South Africa. Yaw Takyi placed 3rd.
- 2000 - Yaw Takyi placed 2nd in a major Nigerian Open Tournament in Warri to the surprise of the Nigerians who then ranked 1st - 5th in Africa.
- 2000 - In recognition of the pedigree that Ghana had built -up over the years, SCAG was given the mandate by PANASA to host the 4th edition of the Championship in Accra in April. A total of 60 players from several African countries converged at the Adeshie Hotel for the event. After a gruelling 24 games played over 3 days Moshood Sannie of Nigeria emerged champion. Victor Amartey and Solomon Attachey of Ghana placed 4th and 10th respectively.
- 2001 - CM Placca participated and placed second in an International Open Tournament in Nigeria in 2002. This was a major achievement as Nigeria is the powerhouse of SCRABBLE® in Africa and has won all the PANASA championships beside 2002.
- 2002 - Chrys Placca and Bennet Kpentey participated in the 5th edition of PANASA in Nairobi, Kenya. Ghana placed 5th. For the first time in the history of PANASA, the Nigerian jinx was broken when a South African, Trevor Hovelmeier wrestled the title.
- June 2003 - Charles Tachie-Menson of Ghana participated and placed second in an open international SCRABBLE® tournament in Lagos, Nigeria.
• October 2004 - Ghana placed third at the African Scrabble Championship held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in October 2004.