Association of British Scrabble Players

Tournament Calendar

This Calendar is maintained by Peter Thorpe. Please direct all queries/corrections to him or to the webmaster, Stewart Brodie.

New players are especially welcome at all events. Come along and play! We have some hints & tips for players who are new to tournaments. Plus, new players can enter their first one-day tournament for FREE! Contact the organiser of the event for more details.

Tournaments are open to anyone, but it will always cost you a bit more if you are not a member of ABSP or a member in good standing of a recognised national body with which the ABSP has agreed reciprocal membership benefits. Click here to join the ABSP.

Tournaments with the date in yellow have been recently added to the calendar.

Tournaments in pink are also designated NSC Qualifiers.The latest list of qualifiers can be found here.

Tournaments annotated with the logo are WESPA-rated. For a full list of WESPA-rated international tournaments, see the WESPA Calendar. Tournaments with the blue background are not ABSP-rated, but are major world championship level events.

News of ongoing events can be found on CentreStar page. If you would like to add a link to your tournament on Centrestar index page please advise Peter (see email link above).

For reminders and the latest updates on the ABSP Calendar subscribe on the events section of the Facebook British Scrabble site.


Date Event Rds Contact Telephone / website
Nov 16th-18th Mattel Junior World Scrabble™ Championship 24 Tournament website
Nov 19th-24th Mattel World Scrabble™ Championship 35, ~3, ~3, ~5 Tournament website
Nov 23rd Mattel World Scrabble™ Championship Final Fling 8 Tournament website
Nov 30th Warrington Round Robin (entry form) 7 Wayne Kelly 01925 483530
Dec 1st Ilford (entry form) 8 Kevin Synnott
Dec 1st Middlesbrough (entry form) 7 Colin Northmore 0191 4357740
Dec 1st Burnham-on-Sea (entry form) 7 Roderick Winfield 01278 238583
Dec 22nd BEST Final (entry form) ~17 Chris Harrison 07746 583979
Dec 22nd Ilford (entry form) 8 Kevin Synnott
Dec 29th-30th Twixmas (entry form) 15 Amy Byrne 0131 661 3869
 
2020
 
Jan 3rd-5th UK Open (entry form) 30 Len Moir 07958 579793 or 07927 965493
Jan 6th-7th UK Open Final Fling (entry form) 18 Len Moir 07958 579793 or 07927 965493
Jan 12th-15th Pitlochry (Sunday afternoon - Wednesday lunchtime) 14+ Alan Sinclair 0131 669 7316
Jan 15th-17th Pitlochry (Wednesday afternoon - Friday lunchtime) 9+ Alan Sinclair 0131 669 7316
Jan 25th-26th Belfast (entry form) 15 Stewart Holden 07971 634098
Jan 26th Ilford (entry form) 8 Kevin Synnott
Jan 31st-Feb 2nd Isle of Wight (entry form) 20 Steve Perry 01367 244757
Feb 1st-2nd Scottish Masters (invitational, entry form) 14 Neil Scott 01224 639291
Feb 15th-16th Scottish Round Robin (entry form) 14 Marion Keatings 07815 623915
Feb 23rd Ilford (entry form) 8 Kevin Synnott
Feb 28th-Mar 1st 12th Israeli Open (entry form) 22 Maureen Hoch +972 52 3495125
Feb 29th-Mar 1st Grand Slam 2020 (entry form) 14 Wayne Kelly 01925 483530
Feb 29th-Mar 1st Cork (for details) 13 Finbarr Long +353 (0)86 2835281
Mar 8th Swindon Rotary Open Scrabble Championship (entry form) 7 Steve Perry 01367 244757
Mar 8th-11th Pitlochry (entry form) 25 Amy Byrne 0131 661 3869
Mar 21st-22nd Peterborough All Nighter (entry form) 27 Chris Hawkins 07775 438682
Mar 28th Warrington Round Robin (entry form) 7 Wayne Kelly 01925 483530
Mar 29th Ilford (entry form) 8 Kevin Synnott
Apr 4th-5th Romanian Open (Cluj Napoca) (entry form) 15 Catalin Caba +40 744 575264
Apr 10th-11th Knighton Day Warm Up (entry form) 10 Wayne Kelly 07773 027274
Apr 11th-13th Easter Matchplay (entry form) 23 Wayne Kelly 07773 027274
Apr 25th North Staffordshire (entry form) 7 Richard Woodward 01782 680236
Apr 26th Ilford (entry form) 8 Kevin Synnott
May 9th-10th Manx Scrabble Championship 2020 (entry form) 15 Gillian Street 07624 322773
May 16th Melton Mowbray (entry form) 7 Christine Bluett 01664 563239
May 23rd-24th Broadstairs Viking Seaside Special NOW FULL (reserve list)(entry form) 16 Nicky Huitson 07887 996396
May 23rd-24th Scottish Open (entry form) 14 Marion Keatings 07815 623915
May 30th Warrington Round Robin (entry form) 7 Wayne Kelly 01925 483530
May 31st Ilford (entry form) 8 Kevin Synnott
Jun 27th Warrington NSC Qualifier (entry form) 7 Wayne Kelly 01925 483530
Jun 28th Ilford (entry form) 8 Kevin Synnott
Jul 26th Ilford (entry form) 8 Kevin Synnott
Aug 28th-Aug 29th BMSC Warm Up
Aug 29th-Aug 31st BMSC
Sep 4th Continental Scrabble Championship Early Bird (Berlin) (entry form) 4 Peggy Fehily Tournament website
Sep 5th-6th Continental Scrabble Championship Main Event (Berlin) (entry form) 15 Peggy Fehily Tournament website
Sep 26th Warrington Weekender Saturday (entry form) 7 Wayne Kelly 01925 483530
Sep 27th Warrington Weekender Sunday (entry form) 7 Wayne Kelly 01925 483530
Oct 2nd NSC Last Chance Qualifier
Oct 3rd-4th NSC Finals
Nov 28th Warrington Round Robin (entry form) 7 Wayne Kelly 01925 483530


The above list contains those events approved for ratings purposes by the Tournament Coordinator, plus other significant Scrabble events. Please email us with any omissions or errors.

Further details are given, in a standard format, for most one-day tournaments; click on the event to see more. Weekend tournaments usually have too much information to give in a standard format; click on the event to download the entry form if it is available. Prospective entrants are requested to get in touch with the organiser if they would like any further information. For some matches the number of rounds is a 'best of' figure, for example the BEST Quarter-Finals are 'best of 15 games'. This is shown by ~15 in the Rounds column.

Unless specified otherwise, the details for the tournaments assume the following:

  • Positions are determined on wins and spread (winning margins)
  • If you are a new player you will usually be placed in the lowest division for your first event, if you would like to play in a higher group please speak to the organiser in advance.
  • Entries are at the sole discretion of the Tournament Organiser
  • You must always include a SAE with your entry for application
  • Please arrive on time