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World English-language Scrabble Players Association

WESPA Youth Cup

(formerly World Youth Scrabble Championship)


This fantastic event takes place every year in a different part of the world.
In 2018 it will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from Thursday 13 December to Saturday 15 December 2018.
2018 WYC Current Entries
Flyer for WYC 2018 . Entries Close 15 November 2018
Overall, Age Group and Special Awards. For a full list see here
Event Timetable
Player Data Form - to be completed once entry accepted.
If you do not have Google, fill in the Microsoft Word Form or pdf form and email to karen.d.richards@gmail.com.
All players should email a photo of themselves (for the souvenir booklet only) to karen.d.richards@gmail.com

The venue will be GEMS Dubai American Academy, Hessa Street/Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, Dubai. Other events such as coaching and a tablet scrabble tournament are being organised for the period 11th and 12th December 2018.

It is recommended you familiarise yourself with local laws and customs in Dubai before travelling there. Your government's foreign affairs department will probably have information available.
Click here for Australian government information about UAE.
Check here to see if you need a visa to enter the UAE.

2017 WESPA Youth Cup Champion

Aabid Ismail (Sri Lanka)

Best National Team - Sri Lanka


The WYC 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.

History

The WESPA Youth Cup (formerly the World Youth Scrabble Championship) has been contested every year since 2006. Previous WESPA Youth Cup and World Youth Scrabble Champions are listed below. However, there are many more prizes awarded, which you can see when you click the links to see the event coverage from the past.

Year

Location

Champion

Runner Up

WYC 2017Kuala Lumpur (MYS) Aabid Ismail (LKA)Janul De Silva (LKA)
WYSC 2016 Lille (FRA) Sanchit Kapoor (UAE)Thavalakshman Yoganathan (LKA)
WYSC 2015Perth (AUS) Nicholas Hong (SGP) Abdullah Abbasi (PAK)
WYSC 2014Colombo (LKA) Jack Durand (UK) Yong Jian Rong (SGP)
WYSC 2013Dubai (UAE)Moizullah Baig (PAK)Javeria Arshad Mirza (PAK)
WYSC 2012Birmingham (UK) Michael McKenna (AUS)Cheong Yi Wei (MYS)
WYSC 2011Johor Bahru (MYS)Anand Bharadwaj (AUS)Victor Gwee (SGP)
WYSC 2010Manila (PHI) Ker Jen Ho (MYS)Preedee Khongthanarat (THA)
WYSC 2009Johor Bahru (MYS)Ong Suanne (MYS)Alastair Richards (AUS)
WYSC 2008Penang (MYS)Charnrit Khongthanarat (THA)Khoo Beng Way (MYS)
WYSC 2007Johor Bahru (MYS)Toh Weibin (SGP)Sean Chung (MYS)
WYSC 2006Wollongong (AUS)David Eldar (AUS)Austin Shin (UK)

Events

Upcoming Youth Scrabble Events
Dates Title LocationInformation and Contact DetailsComments
20-22 October 2018 Mattel World Junior Scrabble Championship 2018Torquay, UKRachael SweetUnder 21
23-25 November 2018Princess Cup Bangkok, Thailandravee@thaicrossword.com
13-15 December 201813th WESPA Youth Cup Dubai, UAE karen.d.richards@gmail.comCoaching & other events from 11 Dec 2018
10-13 January 2019 Capgemini Bangalore, India
20-21 April 2019 Astar Scrabble Challenge International Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiawww.asciscrabble.comU12, U15, U18, Open

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 mid January - Annual international adult tournament held in Bangalore, India
  • Astar Scrabble Challenge International: held each year Organised by the University of Malaya, with sections for U12, U15, U18 and Open
  • Princess Cup: late November An annual tournament in Bangkok, Thailand - U21
  • Spar Oman Kelloggs Scrabble Tournament mid to late November - Annual tournament in Muscat, Oman U10 U13 U20 Open
Scrabble tournaments rated by the World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA)are listed on the upcoming tournaments section of the WESPA website.

Resources

  • 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.
    Kenji Matsumoto has a website www.breakingthegame.net with information on books and strategy tips.
  • Online play
    Internet Scrabble Club
    Mindsports Academy
  • Battle of the Tiles Game where you can play the computer with the computer restricted to 10 different levels (selected in Options). Good for beginners.
  • 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
  • Books for Purchase online
    Word! by Kenji Matsumoto
    For players in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia, and many other Asian countries, pick up a copy here!
    For players from the UK or Europe, click here!
  • Computer programs
    The Scrabble Tools section of the Collins Dictionary website has several useful programs including Collins Zyzzyva and Collins Wordlist for LeXpert
  • Apps
    'Classic Words' app for iPads for play off-line.

Words


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

Tutorials


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