WESPA's Library of News Articles

This Archive is where you will find all articles that had been posted on the WESPA website, from 2010 to now. Except for articles in mid 2017, these links will take you back to a previous layout for this site.

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The articles are in as close to chronological order as possible.

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2019 Articles

Player Reviewed Games
YES - Tournament Announced
Ratings displays to change in 2019
Preview the 12th Israeli Open
April's 700
CSW19 Q and A
Scrabble in 2019

2018 Articles

WESPA Moments from Penang
Five Moments from Torquay
Trans Tasman Challenge 2018
Lewis Mackay wins BMSC 2018
The Riviera Maya Friendship Tournaments
Five Moments from Niagara Falls
High scoring in Tooro
Sri Lanka International Open Preview
WESPA rated tournament in Sri Lanka
Scrabble Streams: An Opinion
Youth Scrabble News
Seventy Years Hong Kong Scrabble Challenge
Five Moments from Thailand
Continental Scrabble Championship
Five Moments from Malta
Letters from Oman
Edward Okulicz wins in Australia
Benin - A report
Scrabble Shootout Singapore Grand Final
Tablet Scrabble - Scrabble Evolution
A World of Scrabble at Easter
Five Moments from Cape Town
Zambia ready for ECASA
Letters from Nigeria
Letters from Kenya
Letters from Pakistan
Five Moments from New Orleans
Tournament life in Lekki
MISO - The Open by the Ocean
2000 player tournament
Details for the National Championship at Easter
Promotions in 2018
Vale Steve Polatnick
Welcome to 2018

2017 Articles

UK Open 2018 - A Preview
From the Alchemist Cup to Nigel v Ganesh
Sri Lanka excels at international tournaments
Scrabble casts a spell in Muscat
Report: October to WESPAC
Tuoyo Mayuku: A Profile
Causeway Team Challenge 2017
WESPA Youth Cup Preview
WESPA Youth Cup Press Release
WESPA Monthly Report - September
Who will be the UK national Champion in 2017?
Five Moments from AMSTC
WESPA Statement re Committee
WESPA Monthly Report for August
BMSC 2017 - watch on YouTube
Our website layout has changed
The 2017 NASC
Who wins #MSAWSC?
BMSC 2017: A Preview
WESPA Monthly Report for July
Michael Tang wins in HK
Streaming Scrabble: Opinion
Komol wins in Thailand
Scrabble coaching in Vietnam
WESPA Youth Cup - Announcement
On the eve of the Gail Tournament
WESPA Monthly Report for June
ABSP Masters Preview
Singapore Open
WESPA Seniors is launched
Vale Amnuay
WESPA Monthly Report for May
East Asian Challenge
ECASA 2017 - A Preview
WESPA Monthly Report for April
Scrabble South Africa reports on one of their involvement in encouraging more youth to play Scrabble.
WESPA Monthly Report for March
ASCI 2017 Preview
OnBoard Omnibus
WESPA News February 2017
WESPA News January 2017
School Scrabble in Hong Kong
Oman Tournament ends 2016
Qatar Open report

2016 Articles

Robertshaw wins!
Singapore Open Preview
WESPA News November 2016
WESPA News October 2016
WESPA News September 2016
WESPA News August 2016
WESPA News July 2016
WESPA News June 2016
WESPA News May 2016
WESPA News April 2016
WESPA News March 2016
WESPA News February 2016
WESPA News January 2016
ASCI tournament review
Player's Cup Announcement
Collins Scrabble Trainer

2015 Articles

December News Summary
November News Summary
Word Addict - A Review
WESPA Rules Version 3 Released
Word Addict by Craig Beevers
Word Nerd Book Review
Waseem Wins Again at Pakistan Nationals
Collins Scrabble Trainer
Richards takes Classique crown.
Nigel to Play at French World Scrabble Championships
Nigel Triumphs at King's Cup
The WESPA Championship 2015 is Announced

2014 Articles

The Man Behind the Scrabble Champions Tournament — Elie Dangoor interviews Dave Brannan.
Team Pakistan gears up for WYSC 2014
Commonwealth Scrabble Championship 2014

2013 Articles

Moizullah Baig crowned World Youth Scrabble Champion in Dubai — 136 participants from 17 countries compete in biggest WYSC ever.
Nigel completes hat-trick — Richards wins third world title at theScrabble Champions Tournament.
UK v US on ISC and Dweebovision — Three high calibre players from either side of the pond do battle.
MSI Las Vegas — Las Vegas to host the first US Mind Sports Festival.
Scrabble Champions Tournament announcement — The media release for the event succeeding the World Scrabble Championships.
WESPA View: A new era begins! — WESPA's perspective on the Scrabble Champions Tournament
Scrabble Player's Handbook released — Announcing the release of a major new Scrabble resource.

2012 Articles

Lakshan and Yeshan attempt world record — Sri Lanka pair take on 24 hour challenge.
Pakorn reigns supreme at 6th Godswill Akpabio Scrabble Classics — Report on Nigeria's big event.
MSI Prague 1-4 December — Details on the inaugural 10,000 euros tournament.
Preview - 2012 UK National Championships final — We look forward to the best-of-5 shootout.
Collins debuts at 2012 US Nationals — CSW12 heads west.
A player's perspective: 'CSW is growing within this country' — Dave Koenig writes on the US Nationals.
New WESPA ratings system launched — The world rankings get a revamp.
Records tumble at Northern Ireland Scrabble Championship 2012 — Details of the dramatic event.
Meet 'Mr. 850' Toh Weibin — Find out more about the man behind the new world records.

2011 Articles

Share your WSC experience — The winner of the competition is revealed, plus all of the submitted reports.
WESPA Biennial General Meeting 2011 — Minutes and chairman's report.
Sammy Okosagah wins Godswill Akpabio Classics — Tournament agreed for 2012.
Prizemoney galore on offer — Three more big tournaments coming up in the next few months.
On the podium — Mid-year tournament results.
Sulaiman clinches Gulf double — Veteran Mohammad Sulaiman (UAE) clinches his second Gulf Championships in a row.
Nigel makes it 3 from 4 at Nationals — Richards wins the North American Scrabble Championships.
WESPA wiki-fied — WESPA now has its own wiki in Wikipedia.
Countdown to Warsaw — The latest developments with less than two months to go to the 2011 WSC.
Toronto showdown - humans also welcome — Canada is gearing up for the premier Collins tournament in North America.
Star-watching in North America's 'WESPA-Collins' — Nick Ball reports on Collins stateside.
End of Causeway era — The upcoming Causeway 2011, in Johor Bahru, is to be the last.
SA Scrabble site gets makeover — South African Scrabble has relaunched its website.
Toronto to launch first international open — Canada announces its first international open tournament played to WESPA rules.
Human vs Computer, Mark II — The first took place in 2006. Now a second showdown has been organised.
iPhone app for Zyzzyva — Michael Thelen is overwhelmed at the response to his call for financial help.
Malta double act — "Scintillating spectacle" just under a month away.
An app-ropriate gift — WESPA has donated US$250 to Zyzzyva owner Michael Thelen.
Causeway spreads to four corners — Concept spread across the year to four regional franchises.
WSC goes to the Poles — Extended World Championships moves to eastern Europe.
Lack of the Irish — Northern Irish world No 2 Paul Gallen doesn't get everything his own way.
World flock to Germany — The first ever German Open, held in mid-March, was a truly international affair.
2010 Report to WESPA members — A compilation of reports from the various committees.
WYSC shifts from Mid East — World Youth Scrabble Champs moves back to Malaysia.
Revised word list nearly there — New tome to arrive in a matter of months.
Kindling interest — Scrabble dictionary e-book arrives.
A Pakistani purple patch — Youth triumphs over champions.
Causeway 2011 announcement — Michael Tang's announcement concerning the 2011 event.
Prize pool to end all prize pools — US$180,000 up for grabs at Causeway.

2010 Articles

Causeway top 10 in photos — Photos of the top 10 from the Causeway Challenge 2010 event.
Nigel takes the Champion of Champions — New Zealander Richards triumphs in the star studded field.
A worthy Causeway — Michael Tang's pet project, the Causeway Challenge, just keeps getting bigger.
Collins taking off on TWL turf — CSW tournaments or grades are on the rise in North America.
Nigerians dominate — Wellington Jighere wins the African Championships crown in Accra.
Youth taking over — The 5th World Youth Scrabble Champs, to be held in Manila in December, is bigger than ever.
Dictionary update — New edition of CSW expected in 2011, with 2809 additional entries and 413 deletions.
More thorough but shorter — Rules Committee releases long-awaited version 2 of complete rules, plus a summary of changes.
Who's in the money? — Nearly half the total prizemoney for 2009 went to just two players. Guess who?
Reversal of fortune — Sam Kantimathi bounces back to win the 3rd Israeli Open.
Ratings movements — Edward Okulicz replaces Stewart Holden as head of the WESPA Ratings Committee.
In the studio — Top Scrabblers do rather nicely in Australia's new 'Letters and Numbers' TV quiz show, based on the UK's 'Countdown'
A close-run thing — Nigel Richards wins the Sri Lanka International Open — but only just.
NZ gets one back — The Kiwis finally conquer their Aussie counterparts in the biannual trans-Tasman showdown. Joanne Craig is top finisher.
Zyzzyva jazzed up — Michael Thelen releases a new version of his word-search software, with some cute new features.
Moving On(Words) — The end of an era for the fabulous, long-running UK Scrabble magazine.
Either dictionary — makes no difference — Nigel Richards powers to back-to-back wins in America, pausing briefly to switch word sources.
Like another champion — Book of champion tips by former world champ Joel Wapnick released in North America.
Like a champion — Allan Simmons offers up analysis of his title-winning UK Masters 2007 games, in book form.
The all-Nigel show — Nigel Richards makes no contest of it in Penang, despite the presence of current world champ Pakorn Nemitrmansuk.
Women make their mark — Helen Gipson (UK) and Joanne Craig (NZ) exercise 'girl power' at the European Open.
West Coast wizards — Wise Wiegand wins WCWCWC without wincing at weird wordlist.