WESPA Youth Cup

(formerly World Youth Scrabble Championship)

This fantastic event takes place every year in a different part of the world.
In 2017 it will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Monday 27 November to Wednesday 29 November 2017.


Monday 27th November to Wednesday 29th November 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

See Flyer
see Timetable
There are also side tournaments for Adults. See Flyer
Contact Karen D Richards for more details. [karen.d.richards@gmail.com]

The WYC is open to players under the age of 18 at the end of the year. It not only gives players the opportunity to show their Scrabble skills but it is a great way of making friends with others from varied cultures.


The World Youth Scrabble Championship has been contested every year since 2006. Previous World Youth Scrabble Champions are listed below. However, there are many more prizes awarded, which you can see when you click the links to see the event coverage from the past.





2016 Lille (FRA) Sanchit KapoorUnited Arab Emirates
2015Perth (AUS) Nicholas Hong Singapore
2014Colombo (LKA) Jack Durand England
2013Dubai (UAE) Moizullah Baig Pakistan
2012Birmingham (UK) Michael McKenna Australia
2011Johor Bahru (MYS)Anand BharadwajAustralia
2010Manila (PHI) Ker Jen Ho Malaysia
2009Johor Bahru (MYS)Ong SuanneMalaysia
2008Penang (MYS)Charnrit KhongthanaratThailand
2007Johor Bahru (MYS)Toh WeibinSingapore
2006Wollongong (AUS)David EldarAustralia


Upcoming Youth Scrabble Events
DatesTitleLocationInformation and Contact DetailsComments
19-21 August 2017MSI World Junior Scrabble Championship Doha, QatarMSI Website & Facebook page see WESPA website (Tournaments)
24-26 November 2017Princess Cup Bangkok, Thailand info@thaicrossword.com
27-29 November 2017 12th WESPA Youth CupKuala Lumpur, Malaysia karen.d.richards@gmail.com See Flyer

Young people are strongly encouraged to play Scrabble tournaments regularly in their own country and internationally. Here are some which are highly recommended for young players:

  • CapGemini International (January) Annual international adult tournament held in Bangalore, India
  • Astar Scrabble Challenge International: (April) Organised by the University of Malaya, with sections for U12, U15, U18 and Open
  • Kings Cup: 6-9 July 2017 An annual tournament in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Princess Cup: 24-26 November 2017 An annual tournament in Bangkok, Thailand - U21
  • WESPA Championship (every odd numbered year) 6-12 November 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya
Major Scrabble tournaments are recognised by the World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) and you can see a list of upcoming tournaments at the WESPA website.


  • Websites
    The WESPA website has information about international English language Scrabble including ratings, the Australian Youth Scrabble site has news about Youth Scrabble in Australia and overseas.
  • Online play
    Internet Scrabble Club
    Mindsports Academy
  • Facebook
    Facebook is restricted to those aged over 13.
    There is a facility for playing Scrabble against your Facebook friends (Scrabble Mattel app).
    There are interest groups such as Scrabble Snippetz with posts of interest to Scrabble players.
    If you would like structured competition, you can join the Facebook Scrabble League. (Search FSL Scrabble League on Facebook)
  • National Scrabble Associations
    See the WESPA website for contact details for National Scrabble Associations.
  • On Line Books
    Koala Coaching Clinic - Basic Strategy
    The Scrabble Players Handbook - Advanced Strategy
  • Computer programs
    The Scrabble Tools section of the Collins Dictionary website has several useful programs including Collins Zyzzyva and Collins Wordlist for LeXpert
  • Apps
    'Classic Words' app for iPads for play off-line.


The official word list for Scrabble tournaments throughout the realm of the World English Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) is Collins Scrabble Words 2015.
[Hardcover - ISBN 9780007589166, Softcover - ISBN 9780007589081]

The official word list is also published as a dictionary
[ISBN 9780007589135]

Here are some useful lists


Here are some useful lists and quizzes.
Print them out to test yourself.