The 2023 WESPA Youth Cup is underway in Thailand. Four Australians are playing: Ronnie Bennett, Ashwin Page, Kelvin Korn and Vinh Nguyen. This is the last year that Ronnie will be regarded as a youth player and he has his sights set on victory. Follow the progress here
The much anticipated Alchemist Cup 2024 will sadly not take place. Michael Tang has made a unique and generous contribution over decades with his bold, innovative and exciting tournaments particularly Causeway and Alchemist. But he now wishes to scale back on such ambitious plans. Australians especially loved it. You can see the archived website of the 2018 Alchemist Cup which had the most exciting finish when Australia prevailed despite upsets in the final (45th) round.
The SA/VIC Border Challenge was won by South Australia 88 to 41.
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The ACT Championship has been won by Ryan Sutton.
The Tasmanian Championship has been won by Khen Meerding.
Scrabble players may remember Matte Dunn, who was an accomplished Scrabble player. He won the Queensland Championship in 2006 and was part of the Australian team in 2014 for the Trans Tasman.
Few knew that he had a troubled life and was for most of his life homeless and sleeping rough.
He was friendly and generous in helping those new to Scrabble.
Unfortunately he died with asthma in October.
The date for the 2024 Australian Masters and State Challenge has been announced as Sat 7th and Sun 8th September somewhere in Adelaide.
The NSW Championship has concluded in Sydney. It was an open event over three days, welcoming players from not only New South Wales but also
Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. Esther Perrins led for most of the tournament but there was a good tussle for positions toward the end.
Three days with 24 rounds using resets after rounds 12 and 20 enabled a good standard of competition.
See all final placings here.
At the NSW Scrabble Championship, prizes were awarded for high scoring plays with words starting with the letters of CHRIS MAY.
The prizes were
C → CROWINGS Rob Marotta
H → HEAVIES 95 Richard Birch
R → RIVETERS 149 Lexie Neale
I → IONIZES 99 Paul Richards
S → SNOTTERS 131 Karen Richards
M → MANGLERS 140 Dorothy Field
A → ACORNED 98 Noel Barrett
Y → YOOF 57 Victor Tung
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