(CamerExcellence) – Thanks to Eric Salvador Tchouyo, Cameroon is the world champion of classic Scrabble in French. A double honor for Cameroon, because the two finalists of this competition were Cameroonians. The duel took place on October 26, 2021 in Aix-les-Bains in Savoie, France, during the World Classic Scrabble Championships.
The two finalists have known each other for years and practice club Scrabble several times a week in Yaoundé and Douala. Eric Salvador Tchouyo, the captain of the Cameroonian Scrabble team, faced Amédée Assomo, himself president of the national federation. The latter wins the first round, Eric Salvador Tchouyo the second and wins in the third in 20 minutes. Two words make the difference: “Kawaï” (cute in Japanese) with two letters worth 10 points each, the k and the w. And “Ordering“, in nine letters, reports RFI.
Scrabble is a brainstorming board game. Two to four players, seven letters of the alphabet to be drawn. Objective: score the most points by placing words on the grid in front of you.
Éric Salvador Tchouyo, an accountant by profession, devotes all his free time to this passion. And prides itself on knowing all the words in the French language from two to nine letters. “To get to this level, you have to work, read, write, you have to make possible combinations. There are times when you can wake up at night at 2 a.m. because a word is running through your mind. You have to use a dictionary to sometimes check the definitions to better fix the words in the mind. We breathe the words, ”he told RFI.
Cameroon’s first scrabble world title
This is the first time that Cameroon have won the World Classic Scrabble title in French. But the country is already three-time African champion in this discipline. Pour Amédée Assomo, cette finale 100% camerounaise est une belle vitrine pour une discipline répandue sur le continent.
« For Amédée Assomo, this 100% Cameroonian final is a great showcase for a discipline widespread on the continent. Senegal is the second most important federation after Fra nce. You have the Ivory Coast, Benin, Gabon. Many champions come from African countries. ” Scrabble is widely practiced in all French-speaking sub-Saharan African countries. »
The game created by an American, Alfred Butts at the turn of the 1940s, has indeed many followers on the continent, the “Scrabbleurs“. A game that requires a mastery of spelling and grammar and being able to memorize as much vocabulary as possible.
The Cameroonian federation hopes to host the next African Scrabble Championships in 2022. In the meantime, Amédée Assomo points out with a smile: “It is always a pleasure to beat the French on their soil and in their language”.
To be a champion, you must know all the words of the French language from 2 to 9 letters. Éric Salvador Tchouyo, World Scrabble Champion in French
Éric Salvador Tchouyo, World Scrabble Champion in French
By CamerExcellence and RFI