Association of British Scrabble Players


The Association of British Scrabble Players (ABSP) was formed in 1987 as a not-for-profit association to promote interest in the playing of Scrabble. We co-ordinate tournaments and the provision of a rating system for players in the UK, as well as providing information and support to members, tournament organisers and tournament directors. Media Contact Point

April Tournaments
Apr 5Sutton Coldfield, 7 Rds
Apr 5Lothian, 5 Rds
Apr 5-6MSI Academy - Leeds
Apr 12Aylesbury, 7 Rds
Apr 12Newcastle, 7 Rds
Apr 18-19Bristol Warm-Up, 8 Rds
Apr 19-21Bristol Easter, 21 Rds
Apr 26Peterborough 5pp, 7 Rds
Apr 26Motherwell, 7 Rds
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Moizullah Baig Wins World Youth Scrabble Championships

16 year old Moizullah Baig led the way in a dominant Pakistan performance at the 8th annual World Youth Scrabble Championship in Dubai. Full story on WESPA.

There were four players competing from the UK, Jack Durand finished in the Top Ten with fifth, with Sumbul Siddiqui (11th) just outside. Joe Knapper (33rd) and Alice Durand (96th) completed a strong showing.

Nigel Triumphs Once Again!

Nigel Richards emerged victorious from the Scrabble Champions Tournament in Prague in early December, claiming the title of World Champion for the third time.

UK players put in a strong performance and several only narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-final playoffs, with notable finishing positions by Craig Beevers (5th), Paul Gallen (7th), Brett Smitheram (8th) and Lewis Mackay (11th).

Full coverage of the main event and all other Scrabble tournaments during the festival can be found here.

National Scrabble Championship 2013: it's Allan vs. Allan!

GrandMasters Paul Allan and Allan Simmons emerged as the top two players after 14 gruelling rounds at the Mindsports International competition at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on 14th-15th September.

Play through games or skip straight to the full results.

Allan and Simmons faced each other head-to-head in the Grand Final in London on 3rd November to determine the 2013 National Scrabble Champion and scoop the £2,500 top prize. Play through the games.

Join the ABSP for half the usual price!

Scrabble enthusiasts of all abilities can now join the Association of British Scrabble Players at a special price of just £7.50 for membership until the end of 2014. If you're a first-time member just head over to our Membership page and sign up to receive our bi-monthly magazine Onboard packed with Scrabble news, tips and puzzles and to receive discounts on all event entry fees. We look forward to having you as a member!

The Scrabble Player's Handbook is released!

Announcing the release of a major new Scrabble resource, the product of over one year of hard work by 12 of the greatest Scrabble players in the world.

The Scrabble Player's Handbook is now available to download for FREE at

Written by a dozen former World Scrabble Championship competitors in a style that is accessible and understandable for players of all levels, The Scrabble Player's Handbook is the definitive 162-page guide to how to play competitive Scrabble. Download it, read it, email it to people you know, print it, photocopy it, SHARE IT.

New Year's Honours List

Four new Grandmasters and four new Experts for 2013! Find out who in Wayne Kelly's report.

Mnemonic book by Mike O'Rourke (RIP) - updated for CSW 2012

Just a short note to say that Mike O'Rourke's Mnemonic Book has now been fully updated in line with CSW 2012 and can be found under the 'Publications' section here

NASPA logo ABSP/NASPA reciprocal arrangement

ABSP members will now be able enter tournaments in North America without, as previously, having to be a member of NASPA. Under the agreement NASPA members are treated as if they are members of the ABSP when entering tournaments in the UK. NASPA membership and rating information is available on the NASPA website 'membership tools' page. Please note that, at this stage this is only a bilateral agreement between ABSP and NASPA. Associations will be looking to broaden the arrangements but no deals with other WESPA member associations have currently been agreed.

Jessica Pratesi Youth Scrabble News

The eighth World Youth Scrabble Championships are taking place in Dubai UAE, Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th December. More details on the Youth Scrabble website. Can anyone from the UK match Jessica's 9th from 2012?

The UK Youth Championships is on the 17th November, held in Reading. Best of luck to everyone!

David Sutton's Words Main Page

You can find well over three hundred categories and over ten thousand words in this comprehensive collection. This month's feature is taken from the confectionery section.

alcorza a kind of sweet; icing
blackball in New Zealand, a hard-boiled sweet with black-and-white stripes.
brickle a kind of brittle candy; (adj.) brittle, easily broken: no comparative.
cachou a violet-scented sweet. [Malay kacu].
caramel caromel a dark brown substance produced by heating sugar; (verb) to coat with caramel: CARAMELLED, CARAMELLING.

Data Protection Act: In joining the ABSP I accept that personal information relating to Scrabble, including my rating and my photograph, may appear on the ABSP website and in ABSP publications. I accept that the ABSP will not be responsible for use or misuse of personal information.

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