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

Tournaments Coming Soon
Jul 16-17ABSP Masters
Jul 23Tweedbank, 7 Rds
Jul 23-24Nottingham RR, 18 Rds
Jul 24Ilford, 8 Rds
Jul 30Warrington, 7 Rds
Jul 30LSL 45th - London, 7 Rds
Jul 31LSL 45th - London, 7 Rds
Jul 31Middlesbrough RR, 7 Rds
Aug 13-14Scottish RR - Perth, 14 Rds
Aug 14Ilford, 8 Rds
Aug 21stMSO - London, 7 Rds
Aug 25-26BMSC - EB, 12 Rds
Aug 26-27BMSC - Extra, 10 Rds
Aug 27-29BMSC - Main, 25 Rds
Full Calendar

Tournaments in pink are also designated NSC Qualifiers
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Nominations and Motions for the ABSP

Nominations are now sought from ABSP members for positions on the ABSP Committee.
With the exception of the Chair all current Committee members are willing to continue in office after the AGM. However, at the AGM all positions become open to any ABSP member.

Members are reminded that motions for the AGM with appropriate supporting information must be submitted to the Secretary by Friday June 17th (email Secretary).

New ABSP Results Database - website link

We are delighted to announce that ABSP members have now got access to our comprehensive new results database. You will now be able to see find details of your current rating and tournament statistics for all games played this year. You can check out tournament player's results and ratings as well as comparing your head-to-head performance against specific opponents. To get access to the database simply click here. Then follow the instructions to "Set up account or request new password". If you have any queries, please email Rachel Bingham at

If you can't get access to the new information maybe it's because you haven't paid your subscription for 2016. Remember the database is only available to fully paid-up ABSP members.

THE ABSP wishes to thank Rachel Bingham for her work in this exciting new development.

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As well as getting the latest news, results and photos from British scrabble you can now keep updated by subscribing to the events section, which will keep you reminded of tournaments going on in your area. A lot of the information is available without registering on Facebook:

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National Scrabble Championships (NSC) Announcement

The ABSP National Scrabble Championships (NSC) this year will include a regional qualifying process. NSC qualifiers will take place all over the UK, any ABSP rated one day event taking place before the end of August may opt in to be a qualifying event if it meets certain criteria.

Full details are available here.


This book, by Allan Simmons, will largely replace the existing LISTS book and reflect the 2015 Official Scrabble Words updates. However, it will not be as voluminous as the LISTS book and is more selective in its content in order to make it more commercially viable and appealing to the wider public, as well as fulfilling the essential word-learning needs of club and tournament players. The content of the Scrabble Trainer is now being finalized and checked and it is anticipated that it will be published in May. Meanwhile some sample pages for each section can be seen here.

Word Addict Book Word Addict by Craig Beevers - A Sample

Word Addict is a 240 page book covering Craig's background in Scrabble, explaining in-depth each aspect of the game, as well as going through lots of real life matches and positions. Craig hails from north east England and won the title in London late last year. A sample of the first 20 pages of the book is available as a 6.6MB pdf file here.

Word Addict: Secrets of a World Scrabble Champion is out and available in all good book shops. The book can also be ordered on Amazon at

Craig cuts the cake Cleveland Scrabble Club celebrate at their annual party with Craig Beevers, the new World Champion.

MSI ran the special event at the ExCeL in London in November. Craig, 33 and living in Guisborough with partner Karen triumphed over a strong field including three time World Champion, Nigel Richards.

cake In the qualifying competition Craig got through with three rounds to spare eventually finishing in first place. After edging the quarter final and semi final Craig played a best of 5 final with American Chris Lipe.

Both contestants were newcomers to the Final itself although both had appeared in previous events. During the tense games of the Final advantage swung from one to the other but Craig emerged victorious winning three games to one.

Full coverage of the event is on the website

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 eleventh World Youth Scrabble Championships are taking place in Lille, France 27th to 29th August 2016. More details on the Youth Scrabble website. Can anyone from the UK match Jack's triumph in 2014?

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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