Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Varisht Hingorani, a radiologist from Mumbai, won the prize money of Rs. 1 lakh in the second iGATE International Scrabble Tournament 2006 held in Bangalore from January 13 to January 15.

The three-day tourney saw 55 participants from seven countries besides India, fighting for a purse of over Rs. 2 lakhs.

Leading players who participated in the tournament were Gerry Carter, Thailand (world rating 1,958 points), Elie Dangoor, U.K. (world rating 1,899 points), Ranganathan, India (world rating 1,868 points), and Ralph Lobo, India (world rating 1,800 points), among others.

The winner Varisht Hingorani expressed happiness that the international scrabble tournament organised by iGate had brought together some of the world's best scrabblers. Scrabble is a mind sport that promotes logical thinking and analytical abilities.

The game was developed during the depression of the 1930s in America, and is now the world's most popular word game.

"I have never won a tournament of this magnitude before and to win against such tough competition gives me a good feeling. I was lucky to survive a few close encounters and although the final margin looks flattering, it was much closer and tougher," he said.

Debasish Pattanayak, Vice-President - Enterprise Solutions Practice, iGATE Global Solutions, said the event received considerable support and encouragement and thanked the participants for making this tournament a grand success.