victorious Causeway Team:
Naween Fernando (Vic, 4th), Edward Okulicz (NSW, 7th), Andrew Fisher (Vic, 8th), David Eldar (Vic, 5th), Chris May (NSW, 3rd)
won the 2006 Causeway
Challenge convincingly. Invited for the first time, Australia sent its
top five-rated players at the qualification date and was rated by most
observers as the favourites. Naween Fernando led early on, undefeated
for the first 10 rounds, but Chris May was the highest placed finisher.
Andrew Fisher was one of three players to beat champion Ganesh
results - Challenge
results - Open
Once a teams event between Singapore and Malaysia, the 2006 Causeway
Scrabble Challenge pits six teams of five players against each other.
The 2006 event features teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the
Philippines, India and Australia.
The announcement for the event can be read here
on the Singapore
was one of the
UK's top players before emigrating. He is the current top-rated player
in the country, the reigning National Champion and the winner of many
other titles and has several top-5 finishishes in the World Scrabble
has been one
of the world's top players since his youth, playing in Sri Lanka and
Bahrain before moving to Australia. He has won three Victorian
Championships, the 2005 Australian Championships and many other
tournaments, as well as coming 3rd in the 2005 WSC.
burst onto the
scene in 2003 and quickly made a name for himself, rising into the top
section and winning the 2004 Victorian Championships, and came
runner-up at the inaugural Australian Masters in 2005. He came 11th at
the 2005 WSC and continues to improve.
is New South Welsh
but is the current Victorian Champion, was runner-up in the 2005 NSW
Championships, and is the current Trans-Tasman Champion. One of the
most consistent players in the country, his brief international career
has given him the highest (unofficial) rating in the world.
won the 2001
Australian Championships less than three years after starting
competitive play and has won many titles in his home state of
Queensland (including three State titles there), as well as winning the
2005 New South Welsh championships in his adopted state.