National Scrabble Championship

3rd to 5th April 2021

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This is the 7th Nationals to be held in Sydney. The first was in 1987 and was won by John Holgate, still an active and accomplished player who is involved in running this year's event. In 1990 the Championship was won by Nick Ivanovski, current president of Scrabble Victoria.

In 1995 there were two Nationals, with the double dictionary rendition taking part in the Balmain Leagues Club, Sydney. Joan Rosenthal was the winner on that occasion.

The 1999 Nationals were held at the Landmark Hotel in Potts Point and Paul Cleary was the winner. In 2007, The Kings School in North Sydney, overlooking Sydney Harbour was the chosen venue and a young David Eldar took the title. Finally, in 2014 at Club Burwood RSL Daniel Piechnick won 19 games to clinch the title.


The playing venue is the spacious Grand Ballroom of the Bankstown Sportsclub at 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown. Parking is available under the venue all day free of charge for those driving. Travelodge accommodation is available on the site of the venue. A link to booking accommodation at a discounted rate for the Championship is provided below. There are numerous restaurants within the club, and many well-priced mainly Vietnamese restaurants very close to the club. The club is relatively close to the airport and only a five-minute walk from Bankstown Railway Station. For further information about the club, see Bankstown Sports website.

Format and Qualification

  • The tournament is open to all overseas and international players.
  • Australian players rated over 1300 at time of entry are eligible to play in the Championship Division. Those rated below 1300 will be entered into the Plate Division.

Playing Conditions

  • 24 games - 8 each day
  • Repeat pairings after game 12
  • 25 minutes per player per game
  • Free Challenge Rule
  • CSW19 word source
  • Director John Hamilton, Co-director George Khamis (Plate)
  • Australian Rules to apply
  • Internationally and Australian rated

Entry Fee & Registration

  • Entry fee: $150 AUD, or $155 if paying at entry (note cards accepted at entry)

Entries close at 5pm Sunday 28th March. Late entries will be accepted after that date but a $25 surcharge will apply.

Registration is by email to Bob Jackman ( or by text/phone to Bob on 0400 226541, specifying whether you are bringing a rotating board or not, and whether you are bringing a clock that that can be anchored at a table. Alternatively you can click here to fill out an online form which will effect your registration.

Payment from March 1st is preferred by transfer into Account Name: Australian Scrabble Player’s Association (NSW Division); BSB: 062 022; Account Number: 10011176; quoting your name(s) and Nats2021.

Please note the entry fee does not cover meals within the club.


Prizemoney below is based on 80 entries and is subject to change based on final numbers


  • 1st    $1000
  • 2nd   $750
  • 3rd    $500
  • 4th    $300
  • 5th    $200
  • 6th    $100
  • High Game  $100
  • High Word   $100


  • 1st    $800
  • 2nd   $600
  • 3rd    $400
  • 4th    $300
  • 5th    $200
  • 6th    $100
  • High Game  $100
  • High Word   $100

Playing Schedule

Saturday - 3rd April 2021

    • Registration 8.00am - 8.45am
    • 9am – 1.00pm - Games 1 to 4
    • Lunch
    • 2.00pm – 6.00pm - Games 5 to 8

Sunday - 4th April

    • Pairing reset
    • 9am – 1.00pm - Games 9 to 12
    • Lunch
    • Pairing Reset
    • 2.00pm - 6.00pm - Games 13 to 16

Monday - 5th April

    • 9am – 1.00pm - Games 17 to 20
    • Lunch
    • 2.00pm – 6.00pm - Games 21 to 24
    • 7.00pm Presentations in Playing Room

Venue Accommodation

Accommodation at the venue is available in the Bankstown Travelodge, within the venue. A discounted rate has been organised for Scrabble players. You can book a room which will contain the discount by clicking here. Note that no payment is required up front and cancellations can be made up to 24 hours before your booking start time.

Transport from Airport

    • Option 1 Train to Sydenham then train to Bankstown
    • Option 2 Train to Central then train to Bankstown
    • Option 3 Train to Revesby then UBer/Taxi to Club