Brett Smitheram wins the 2022 UK National Scrabble Championship
Brett Smitheram posted a perfect 8-0 record on the final day of the UK
National Scrabble Championship to jump from 12th place overnight to the
top of the standings to clinch the title of National Champion for the
The championship-deciding final game of the tournament saw Brett pitted
against Elie Dangoor. Brett won the game by just 20 points to finish
with a 13-3, +1377 record, with Elie having to settle for second place,
finishing with a 13-3, +764 record.
Lewis Mackay led the group of four players with 11 wins to finish 3rd
followed by Paul Gallen in 4th and Dave Koenig in 5th for
the place prizes. Donna Stanton rounded out the group, taking home
the first ratings prize with a tournament performance rating of 186,
which was 35 points above her rating which now jumps up to 157.
Jack Moran took home the second ratings prize after finishing in 14th
place with a 9-7, +652 record and a tournament performance rating of 170,
28 above his rating.
Alan Males (13-3, +638) took the honours in the plate division after a
final round winner-takes-all match with Janet Phillips (12-4, +552). Paul
Cousins (11-5, +632) completed the place prize winners. Zoe Marlowe (9-7,
-204) took the ratings prize with a performance 31 points above rating.
Last updated: 12 June 2022
National Scrabble Championship underway
The 2022 edition of the
National Scrabble Championship is underway in Bristol with 54 players
in the Championship division and 24 in the Plate division.
Dave Koenig leads the championship division after the 8 games on day 1,
the only player to accumulate 7 wins on the first day. The defending
champion, Phil Robertshaw, has 6 wins and leads the 10-way chasing group
that includes other multiple major winners Lewis Mackay and David Webb
along with Mohamed Kamara and Donna Stanton who are both going well,
outperforming their ratings.
Meanwhile, Alan Males leads Janet Phillips on spread in the plate division
both with a 7-1 record, with a group of players in hot pursuit just
one game behind containing Paul Cousins, Rose Kingdom, Damian O'Malley
and Jinoye Muzan Ekpelu.
The second and final day gets underway at 9.15am on
Sunday morning. The links to Centrestar are on the main event page
on the calendar.
Last updated: 11 June 2022
National Scrabble Championship update
The NSC 2022 in Bristol is now just three weeks away and numbers are
looking good - we hit 60 paid entries yesterday and still some I know
in the pipeline.
I didn't think I would be in a position to be talking about maximum
numbers but no room is unlimited in size so I would get entries in quick
smart - especially if you have already booked accommodation! I think
from memory the maximum in the room is around 80 but will confirm that
with the venue.
The absolute deadline is June 5th as I have to give final catering numbers
on Monday 6th. After that date you would be reliant on cancellations.
If you are sending by post in the next week or so give me a ring or
email, as I am not at home for some of the time leading up to the event
so might not pick up physical entries straight away. Also let me know
if you have sent a bank transfer but I am checking that regularly.
Top prize in the main division should be at least £700 with 5 place
prizes and two ratings prizes. The plate event is a little smaller
than expected as a lot of those below 145 have played up, but will be
prizes for top 3 and a rating prize.
We are also looking for a potential floater between the plate and the
main event - players must be under 146 for this but would pay the lower
plate price regardless of where they play.
Full tournament details details here.
Last updated: 22 May 2022
Inaugural Manx Scrabble Championship less than two weeks away
The Manx Scrabble Championship is right around the corner, so sign up
by 28th April and take a trip over to the Isle of Man for a weekend or
stay for longer to explore the island.
Tournament organiser, Gilly Street, has been working hard to prepare
everything and is looking forward to welcoming everybody to the Isle
The tournament runs over the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May,
and will be directed by James Burley. There will be 3 divisions, divided
according to ratings. The cash prize pool is already over £2500.
There will be a little "surprise" for the first 40 entrants
signed up and paid up, so there are still a few available
right now! To qualify for the "sur-prize", fill in the online registration form
(or post a printed form) AND send the entry payment.
There's not just Scrabble on the menu either. The Manx Legion Club
has generously offered to help celebrate the end of the event by laying
on some complementary finger-food for anyone who would like to play Bingo
on Sunday (8th May) evening. A bar, with very reasonably-priced drinks,
opens at 7pm and games start at 8pm. A book of 5 Bingo games is £7
and various other games are another £1 each. Friends and family are
welcome to join in. Not content with just running the Scrabble tournament,
Gilly will be the guest Bingo caller for the evening
as the regular caller is away.
If you fancy spending longer on the island and you need more Scrabble,
then the Douglas Scrabble Club is meeting on Monday 2nd May (details on
the website linked below) For people who like to get out and about and
go on walks, Catriona at Manx
Walks as well as walking.im
walking tours are worth investigating.
The tournament is being supported by Visit Isle of Man which is
the department that is underwriting the tournament. Their website is
full of ideas of things to see and do on the island.
All the details can be found on the official tournament blog
Last updated: 24 April 2022
Reminder: Today is CSW21 switch day
A quick reminder that ABSP-rated tournaments starting from today, Tuesday
19th April 2022, must be played using the updated Collins lexicon, CSW21.
Details of the initiation kit
and Collins official word list book are in an earlier article.
If you use an app for self-adjudication in a tournament, please ensure
you have the latest versions of Scrabble Checker (Android), ULU (iOS)
or Collins Zyzzyva that contain the updated word list. Please ensure
that you choose the required lexicon and confirm with your opponent that
you have done so.
Last updated: 19 April 2022
CSW21 Initiation Kit published
This year sees the publication of a new word list – CSW21 – which
contains no additions, but 419 deletions from CSW19.
WESPA have produced an
initiation kit which Mattel have endorsed, containing the removed words of
3-8 letters. This is available from the ABSP Database under the OnBoard
section, but you must have renewed membership for 2022 to access that
area. Players will also receive a printed copy if they currently receive
a printed copy of OnBoard.
Note:This kit must not
be uploaded to a public website and can only be shared with members.
WESPA have announced that from 4 April 2022, all their events must be
played with CSW21.
At the ABSP AGM, we made it clear we would give sufficient notice before
implementation of a new dictionary, as we wanted to have resources in
place for the smooth running of events. Given we now have an initiation
kit and many word checkers including Zyzzyva are already updated, we are
happy to announce a changeover date. It is expected that other software
such as Ulu will also be changed in the coming weeks.
The date for implementation of CSW21 for ABSP events will be Tuesday 19 April
2022, i.e. after Easter Monday. Before that date, all games must be played
to CSW19 and from then on, all games must be played to CSW21. As we said
at the AGM, there will be no parallel running of two dictionaries as
that would be confusing. We are also trying to avoid conflict with WESPA
as much as possible and, given there is a joint WESPA/ABSP event in May
2022, we want to give clear details for entrants and organisers alike.
There has been a delay in the publication of the Collins official word list book until 17th February,
but we do not see this as a major barrier to implementation given that
use of the physical copy is limited.
Last updated: 16 January 2022