Association of British Scrabble Players

ABSP Statement on COVID-19 Coronavirus


In order to clarify the ABSP Committee's current position regarding Coronavirus, we are issuing the following statement in line with current UK Government guidance to the public, which is updated frequently.

Please be aware that the information in this statement is correct as of 1700UTC on 21st March 2020 but may be revised or amended in the future should circumstances or Government advice change. The latest version of this statement is on the ABSP website.

As you are all aware, the world is currently a very strange and challenging place, with things changing daily and few areas of life unaffected. The ABSP committee met via Skype today, Saturday 21st March, to review the situation with regards to face-to-face Scrabble. The current government guidelines on "social distancing" were updated yesterday and include the following:

"Social distancing" is vital to slow down the spread of this pandemic and we would urge you to comply with the above guidelines, and refrain from meetings of Scrabble clubs and for league sessions.

The committee were unanimous in the decision that, with immediate effect, the ABSP will not be rating any Scrabble tournaments or leagues or granting ratings approval for future planned tournaments, until further notice. This decision will be reviewed regularly in accordance with government guidelines.

We are lucky that our community includes so many bright and resourceful people, who will find ways to enjoy the game we love using social media with online tournaments, consensus games and more.

We are all looking forward to the time when it is safe to meet again across the boards, with renewed energy and maybe increased word knowledge!

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation with this and please stay safe and well in these challenging times.

Last updated: 21 March 2020