International players from Ghana, Gambia and Sierra Leone have confirmed their participation at the third Mindgames Scrabble Championship Grand Finale taking place at the Lagos Country Club in Lagos from 8-10 November.
The MPC Grand Finale is arguably the biggest championship for both chess and scrabble in the country.
Aba Hydara who represented the Gambia in last year’s edition has indicated interest to compete at the event this year.
“It’s a great feeling playing among the best players across the world,” Hydara said. “When you play in Nigeria which is the hub of scrabble in the world, the experience you get will make me come again for the next one,” he concluded.
Also making a return is the Liberian contingent whose first major international championship will be the MPC Grand Finale.
Ghana based Stanley Ubiedi has also confirmed his presence at the championship.
More international players are still being expected to indicate their interest at the event which has shown impressive growth in recent months.
The MPC Grand Finale is the climax of the MPC season where players earn their passage to the showpiece at the Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port-Harcourt qualifiers.
Over three million naira will be on offer with top winners in the chess and the scrabble events guaranteed a cash prize of N600,000 each.
At the last edition, Abdulrahman Akintoye won the chess event while Eta Karo claimed the title in the Scrabble event.