World Youth Scrabble® Championship

This fantastic event takes place every year in a different part of the world.
In 2016 it happened in Lille, France from Sat 27 August to Monday 29 August.

Congratulations to the 2016 MSI World Youth Scrabble Champion
Sanchit Kapoor from United Arab Emirates


Prize Winners for MSI WYSC 2016

1 Sanchit Kapoor United Arab EmiratesWORLD YOUTH CHAMPION 2016
2 Thavalakshman YoganathanSri Lanka
3 Aabid Ismail Sri Lanka Under 16 Champion
4 Siriwat Suttapintu Thailand
5 Aditya Iyengar India
6 Jack Durand United Kingdom
7 Hasham Hadi Khan Pakistan Under 14 Champion
8 Qays Sangani Sri Lanka
9 Kevin Bowerman United States Best Novice (never competed in WYSC before)
10Syed Imaad Ali Pakistan Under 12 Champion & Encouragement Award (youngest in top 25)

High GameOkiki Hector-FowobajeNigeria653
High WordSohaib SanaullahPakistanBASCINET158
High WordHansi WeerasooriyaSri LankaFILAMENT158
High WordAabid IsmailSri LankaOBEDIENT158
Best TeamSri Lanka(Top 3 Players)
Encouragement AwardSyed Imaad AliPakistanYoungest Player in the top 25
Best Player from a new CountryAna Delia DiacRomania

Age Group Prizes

Under 16 World Champion Aabid IsmailSri Lanka
Under 14 World ChampionHasham Hadi KhanPakistan
Under 12 World ChampionSyed Imaad AliPakistan
Under 10 World ChampionMonis KhanPakistan

The WYSC is open to players under the age of 18 at the end of the year. It not only gives players the opportunity to show their Scrabble skills but it is a great way of making friends with others from varied cultures.


Upcoming Youth Scrabble Events
DatesTitleLocationInformation and Contact DetailsComments
25-27 November 2016Princess CupBangkok, Thailand or ravee@thaicrossword.comU-20 & Adult Divisions
28-29 November 2016Causeway Youth ChampionshipJohor Bahru (near Singapore) /pages/plus.htmlStarts in the afternoon (allows travel from Princess Cup)
29-31 December 2016Oman Coaching and TournamentMuscat,
1-2 January 2017 Qatar Coaching and TournamentDoha,
13-17 February 2017Asian English OlympicsJakarta, see WESPA website (Tournaments)
8-9 April 2017 Astar Scrabble Challenge InternationalKuala Lumpurasci.scrabble@gmail.comU12 U15 U18 and Open divisions

Young people are strongly encouraged to play Scrabble tournaments regularly in their own country and internationally. Here are some which are highly recommended for young players:

  • CapGemini International 12-15 January 2017 Annual international adult tournament held in Bangalore, India
  • Astar Scrabble Challenge International: (April) Organised by the University of Malaya, with sections for U12, U15, U18 and Open
  • Princess Cup: (November) An annual tournament in Bangkok, Thailand - U21
  • Causeway Youth Championship 28-29 November 2016 - U21. In Johor Bahru, Malaysia before the Causeway Challenge
  • Causeway Challenge 30/11/16 to 4/12/2016 - several divisions
  • WESPA Championship (every odd numbered year) 6-12 November 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya
Major Scrabble tournaments are recognised by the World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) and you can see a list of upcoming tournaments at the WESPA website.


  • Websites
    The WESPA website has information about international English language Scrabble including ratings, the Australian Youth Scrabble site has news about Youth Scrabble in Australia and overseas.
  • Online play
    Mindsports Academy
    Internet Scrabble Club
  • Facebook
    Facebook is restricted to those aged over 13.
    There is a facility for playing Scrabble against your Facebook friends (Scrabble Mattel app).
    There are interest groups such as Scrabble Snippetz with posts of interest to Scrabble players.
    If you would like structured competition, you can join the Facebook Scrabble League. (Search FSL Scrabble League on Facebook)
  • National Scrabble Associations
    See the WESPA website for contact details for National Scrabble Associations.
  • On Line Books
    Koala Coaching Clinic - Basic Strategy
    The Scrabble Players Handbook - Advanced Strategy
  • Computer programs
    The Scrabble Tools section of the Collins Dictionary website has several useful programs including Collins Zyzzyva and Collins Wordlist for LeXpert


The official word list for Scrabble tournaments throughout the realm of the World English Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) is Collins Scrabble Words 2015.
[Hardcover - ISBN 9780007589166, Softcover - ISBN 9780007589081]

The official word list is also published as a dictionary
[ISBN 9780007589135]

Here are some useful lists


Here are some useful lists and quizzes.
Print them out to test yourself.


The WYSC has been contested every year since 2006. The winners are listed here, but there are many more prizes awarded, which you can see when you click the links to see the event coverage from the past.





2016 Lille (FRA) Sanchit KapoorUnited Arab Emirates
2015Perth (AUS) Nicholas Hong Singapore
2014Colombo (LKA) Jack Durand England
2013Dubai (UAE) Moizullah Baig Pakistan
2012Birmingham (UK) Michael McKenna Australia
2011Johor Bahru (MYS)Anand BharadwajAustralia
2010Manila (PHI) Ker Jen Ho Malaysia
2009Johor Bahru (MYS)Ong SuanneMalaysia
2008Penang (MYS)Charnrit KhongthanaratThailand
2007Johor Bahru (MYS)Toh WeibinSingapore
2006Wollongong (AUS)David EldarAustralia