OnBoard 187 availability and announcement
The latest edition of OnBoard is now available from the
database (login required).
The committee prepared the following statement, which is also
downloadable, that was intended to be sent out with postal copies.
However subsequent guidance from government means that we are unable to
post OnBoard at the present time as it does not qualify as an essential
journey. All members who usually receive a postal copy should still be
able to download the latest version from the database.
STOP PRESS — Urgent Member Communication
The latest OnBoard has been published in the midst of an extraordinary
and unprecedented situation for us all. Almost all our daily lives are
being impacted in some way by the Global Pandemic Covid-19, also known
For the ABSP, these are also worrying and uncertain times. Face-to-face
tournaments are on an indefinite pause, and it is currently unclear
if and when things will be able to return to normal. As a result, the
committee must be mindful of the potential impact and effects over the
coming months, and potentially longer.
With no ratings levy, and an expected dip in membership, the ABSP's
income is expected to be severely reduced. It is prudent, therefore,
to hold onto funds in order to protect the future of the organisation,
and ensure we can weather this storm and come out on the other side.
OnBoard is our biggest ongoing expense, so we have taken the difficult
but necessary decision to suspend production of at least the postal
version for the time being. Maintaining current standards and sourcing
fresh interesting content will be increasingly challenging with no events
taking place, and there is no guarantee we would even be able to have
it printed and posted. We hope to still produce a version of OnBoard in
some form, so please continue to send contributions to
to help us with this.
We hope you understand the reason we have taken this decision, and we
will review it on an ongoing basis as events unfold. During any break,
we will still endeavour to send out any essential communication to all
members via email if possible, and regular post otherwise, as well
as continuing to share interim updates on social media and the ABSP Website.
Facebook discussion group is the best way to keep
in touch with all things ABSP. During these times, when other social
interaction will be more limited, we'll strive to have more regular
and varied online activity including Consensus Games and Real-Time
Online ISC Tournaments. If you are not already joined, find us
by searching for 'ABSP Discussion', or via the link above.
We also have a members-only online league, which renews every two
weeks and is currently played through the EA Scrabble Facebook
app. Typically, this means completing ten games over two weeks at
your own pace, making moves at times that suit you. Your commitment
to the league is only ever for two weeks at a time, and you can opt
in and out as you wish. Search for 'ABSP Online (League)' or join at:
Please stay safe and well in these challenging circumstances, and we all
look forward to a time when it is safe to meet again across the boards
and we can look to the future with renewed energy and confidence.
Last updated: 31 March 2020