The Australian Masters and State Challenge is an invitational event.
This year it was held in Sydney.
See the coverage at this link.
Prizes were awarded at the AMSC for words beginning with the letters of CHRISMAY.
CANDIES Edward Okulicz 94 HALLOES Greg Pinchbeck 114 RINGLETY Jane Taylor 94 IMBOSKED Trevor Halsall 115 SNAZZIER Rob Hutchison 194 MOSEYED Esther Perrins 99 APEHOODS Joanne Craig 185 YEARNERS Chris Ostrowski 67
Players may now register for
the 2024 Australian Championship & Plate which is in Perth
from 30th March to 1st April.
Go to here for more info and to register.
The winner of the Queensland Scrabble Championship is once again Cameron Farlow. Second place is Nick Ivanovski. Third place is Julie Brice.
Australian Scrabble players mourn the passing of Chris May, an accomplished and talented
individual in many things, and notably Scrabble in Australia and overseas. He not only played brilliantly (rated 8th in the World and 2nd in Australia) but also contributed,
especially towards WESPA tournament rules.
The selection of youth players to play in
the WESPA YOUTH CUP 2023 has now finished. See SELECTION.
Tony Hunt will be coordinating acceptances.
It has this year reverted to being an in person event, an underwater tournament (just kidding) in the seaside city of Trang in Thailand from December 1 to 3
with a warmup event on the day before.
Click on the Scrabbling Seal for more info.
The WESPA Champion for 2023 is our own David Eldar, decided in the seventh game
of the seven game playoff between Harshan Lamabadusuriya from England and David Eldar from Australia.
Australia is proud of David who is now the only the
second player in the world to win two World Scrabble Championships, the other being Nigel Richards.
The WESPA Championship is held over five days in
Las Vegas. 134 invited players from around the world played. The first four days were 32 games for all players.
At the end of day 4, Australians had the following placings.
2=David Eldar, 5=Andrew Fisher, 16=Russell Honeybun, 28=Trevor Halsall, 31= Anand Bharadwaj,
63=Cameron Farlow, 67=John Holgate, 73=Bob Jackman, 87=Sally Martin, 98=Jane Taylor, 105=Joanne Craig, 108=Adam Kretschmer,
113=Paul Richards, 115=Graeme Lock Lee, 120=Karen Richards
The fifth day is a playoff of
the top two, the champion determined by the best of 7 games.
Las Vegas has several tournaments in July, the
chiefest being the NASPA Scrabble Players Championship and the World English Scrabble
Players Association Championship (WESPAC). The former had not only North American
Championships but also two CSW divisions.
The top CSW division culminated in a playoff of
the best of five games between the top two after four days of play. These happened to be Wellington Jighere
from Nigeria and David Eldar from Australia. David won the first two games, but Wellington
won the next three to claim the ultimate title. Congratulations to Wellington and also to
38 players competed in the Victorian
Russell Honeybun wins the West Australian
Championship yet again. Full Results