CALENDAR OF WESPA RATED TOURNAMENTS
You will find our calendar of upcoming tournaments below. All tournaments are highlighted in green, except for those considered to be World Tournaments (highlighted in orange) whilst those highlighted in blue indicate tournaments that have completed and are awaiting ratings confirmation.
All applications for rating a specific tournament are to be forwarded to the Tournament & Rating Committee using this form
. For all general tournament rating enquiries, you can contact the tournament & ratings committee chair
INTERNATIONAL SCRABBLE HONOUR BOARD
|1991||WSC - London||Peter Morris||Brian Cappelletto|
|1993||WSC - New York||Mark Nyman||Joel Wapnick|
|1995||WSC - London||David Boys||Joel Sherman|
|1997||WSC - Washington, DC||Joel Sherman||Matt Graham|
|1999||WSC - Melbourne||Joel Wapnick||Mark Nyman|
|2001||WSC - Las Vegas||Brian Cappelletto||Joel Wapnick|
|2003||WSC - Kuala Lumpur||Panupol Sujjayakorn||Pakorn Nemitrmansuk|
|2005||WSC - London||Adam Logan||Pakorn Nemitrmansuk|
|2007||WSC - Mumbai||Nigel Richards||Ganesh Asirvatham|
|2009||WSC - Johor Bahru||Pakorn Nemitrmansuk||Nigel Richards|
|2011||WSC - Warsaw||Nigel Richards||Andrew Fisher|
|2013||SCT - Prague||Nigel Richards||Komol Panyasophonlert|
|2014||SCT - London||Craig Beevers||Chris Lipe|
|2015||WESPAC - Perth||Wellington Jighere||Lewis Mackay|
|2016||MSI WSC - Lille||Brett Smitheram||Mark Nyman|
|2017||MSI WSC - Nottingham||David Eldar||Harshan Lamabadusuriya|
|2017||WESPAC - Nairobi||To Be Confirmed||To Be Confirmed|
ABOUT WESPA RATED TOURNAMENTS
WESPA's Scrabble Calendar is a truly global one - the tournament schedule is co-ordinated by the Tournament & Rating Committee and sets the rating criteria for tournaments on the World circuit.
Tournaments meeting the following criteria will be eligible for WESPA rating as International Tournaments:
- The World Championships,
- (a) Any International tournaments awarding a top prize of U$2500 or more;
(b) OR attracting significant level of international participation (no more than 60% of participants from any one country);
- Team tournaments between countries.
- Tournaments ancillary to, and organised in conjunction with, those eligible under points 1 to 3 above.
Tournaments are Open to all players without discrimination (Invitational events will be screened by the committee on a case-by-case basis, provided that qualification and/or selection method is conducted in a transparent manner and based either on WESPA or domestic ratings, i.e. Masters event, etc)
Tournaments are to be played to the current version of WESPA tournament rules (WESPA Rules V3), except where variations have been permitted by prior arrangement with WESPA. Organisers must pay the WESPA ratings levy (currently US$1 per player for members and $2 otherwise, subject to a minimum of U$20). Organisers must make available to WESPA all relevant documentation and publicity material including but not limited to: application form, tournament flyers, etc.
In addition, WESPA will offer to rate the following as Local
tournaments a number of tournaments not meeting the criteria for International Tournaments subject to the following criteria:
- The member national association of WESPA in whose jurisdiction the tournament is played supports the application for rating;
- (a) Any number of NASPA CSW15 tournaments played in North America are eligible;
(b) outside North America, not more than 8 such tournaments in a calendar year for a Class 1 member of WESPA,
(c) and not more than 4 such tournaments in a calendar year for a Class 2 member of WESPA.
- Tournaments played to the current version of WESPA Rules (including the word source specified therein), or to national rules if this has been agreed in advance with WESPA;
- Payment of the applicable tournament levy (US$1 per participant, subject to a minimum of U$20);
- At least 30% of the players must already have an existing WESPA rating.
- Organisers must make available to WESPA all relevant documentation and publicity material as aforementioned under International Tournaments.
WORLD TOURNAMENTS - A HISTORY
Many tournaments around the world pride themselves on being able to attract competitors from other nations.
There are really only five tournament structures, however, that have been designed to be global in nature. These are the World Scrabble Championship, Scrabble Champions Tournament, the MSI World Championships, the World Youth Scrabble Championship (now WESPA Youth Cup) and the WESPA Championship.
The first Scrabble World Championship was held in London in 1991, hosted by Spears, who were taken over by Mattel in 1994. It featured 48 players from 19 countries. The total prize pool was $US19,000, with $10,000 of that going to the winner.
The tournament event was played to combined-dictionary rules (Chambers and OSPD), which may have proved problematical for the 'single-dictionary' countries. Or maybe not, given that two Americans contested the best-of-five final. The inaugural winner was Peter Morris, who hasn't returned to play in this tournament since 1993. His finals opponent, a young, fresh-faced Brian Cappelletto, came back to win the event exactly 10 years later.
Since then the event has been held three more times in London, and once each in New York, Washington DC, Melbourne, Las Vegas, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Johor Bahru (Malaysia) and Warsaw (Poland). For the first six events, Hasbro (the brand owner in North America) and Mattel (brand owner in the rest of the world) alternated sponsorship, before Hasbro withdrew to focus more on TWL-only events.
Warsaw, in 2011, had 106 players from 39 countries, including a great many for whom English is not a first language. The prize pool was up to with $50,000, $US20,000 for the winner.
On the podium
There have been plenty of repeat finalists, showing that the genuine superstars of Scrabble always rise to the challenge on the big stage. Nigel Richards has been in four finals, whilst Joel Wapnick (Can) and Pakorn Nemitrmansuk (Thai) have played in three finals each; Brian Cappelletto (US), Mark Nyman (UK) and Joel Sherman (US) have played in two; and Morris, David Boys (Can), Panupol Sujjayakorn (Thai), Adam Logan (Can) and Craig Beevers (Eng) have each nailed the title on their only finals appearance. Only Nigel Richards has won the title more than once.
2. After Warsaw
A. The Scrabble Champions Tournament (SCT) and the MSI World Championships
The final WSC was held in 2011; Mind Sports International (MSI) were then provided the opportunity to run a truly global Scrabble tournament and, in 2013, the first of two SCTs was held in Prague in the Czech Republic.
The event gave the world one of its first applications of a now famous RFID Scrabble board and, with ambassador Rachel Riley, and a streamed coverage gave the Scrabble community a global tournament in the digital age.
Nigel Richards took out the tournament that year.
The SCT was run the following year in London with a non-invitational format. Competitors did not have to go through a qualifying process as was the case with preceding global tournaments.
Craig Beevers took out the title that year, becoming the first Englishman to become World Champion since Mark Nyman in 1993.
This was the final SCT, with the advent of the MSI World Championships.
The 2016 Championships were held in Lille, France with Brett Smitheram victorious in the final over Mark Nyman.
The 2017 MSI World Scrabble Championships were held in Nottingham, UK, with Australia's David Eldar winning his first World title, defeating the UK's Harshan Lamabadusuriya in the final 3-0.
B. The WESPA Championship
In November 2015, the inaugural WESPA Championships was held in Perth, Western Australia.
The format resembled previous WSCs and qualification was set by member nations.
Over 30 nations were represented, with side events held to ensure a very strong attendance to follow the 2015 World Youth Scrabble Championship that was held in Perth shortly before.
Nigeria's Wellington Jighere brought Africa its first victory on the global stage, a result that has seen many accolades and recognition at the highest of levels in his home country and continent.
The next WESPA Championship in 2017 is being held in Nairobi, Kenya.
C. The WESPA Youth Cup
This tournament is open to anyone under the age of 18 on January 1 of the year of each tournament.
The tournament used to be held at the start of December, but was brought forward to August for 2014 and then October in 2015. The winners of these tournaments usually go on to play into adulthood and continue their strong play from the skills developed at a young age.
In 2017, after eleven years, there has been a rebranding and the WESPA Youth Cup will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The World Junior Scrabble Championship formed part of the MSI World Championships in Nottingham, UK, with the USA's Matthew O'Connor victorious.
More information is available at youthscrabble.org