Eight-year-old among contenders hoping for last word at Scrabble championships | Emma Kemp

Eight-year-old among contenders hoping for last word at Scrabble championships | Emma Kemp

The Guardian

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Jeffrey Lam and his brother Alex, 11, will be joined by an 87-year-old grandmother and world’s second-ranked player this weekend

Jeffery Lam plays Scrabble like a pro. He studies the board with all the intensity of a well-drilled word warrior, primed for a battle boasting the most brutal of lexiconic weaponry. He is well-versed in such warfare, but less adept at dealing with the media. This is not surprising: Jeffery is eight.

Gentle prods from mum, Tieng, help her son shyly reveal that the first word he learned to spell was “wow”, that he started playing Scrabble in year one at Cabramatta Public School, and that he gets nervous but does not find it strange to face – and beat – adults.

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