Ganesh Asirvatham (Malaysia) : The World Number 1's Scrabble Player


( Like most Malaysian children in middle-income families back in the 1980s, Ganesh Asirvatham, 40, “was weaned on a steady diet of Scrabble and Monopoly”. When he was 11, he entered the YMCA youth championship’s competitive Scrabble and finished third, star2,com reported.

After tasting victory, he was “hooked” on this word game. In fact, his passion for Scrabble drove him to excel in it. Currently, he is the world’s No.1 Scrabble player, according to the World English Language Scrabble Players Association (Wespa).

Ganesh, who hails from Klang, Selangor, was an English language lecturer for 10 years before he joined the corporate sector. He now works as a senior manager of learning and development for Standard Chartered Global Business Services in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

He represents Malaysia in international Scrabble competitions. He was the World Scrabble Championship 2007 second runner-up and the former Guinness World Record holder in 2007 for the most Scrabble opponents played simultaneously by one challenger.

The record took place on Nov 7, 2007, in Mumbai, India. Ganesh played against 25 people, and won 21 out of 25 games. He was funded by the Malaysian Scrabble Association.

Ganesh was already one of the competitors in Asia who represented Malaysian in the first ever World Scrabble Championship in Australia, at the age of 20.

He graduated with a degree in Linguistics from Universiti Putra Malaysia in Serdang, Selangor, in 2003.

Ganesh said that while he loves being in Human Resources, he keeps in touch with the world of Scrabble.

His love for Scrabble has never waned. He puts in a lot of effort to be where he is at.

According to seasia

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