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 was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Monday 27 November to Wednesday 29 November 2017.

Congratulations to the 2017 WESPA Youth Cup Champion

Aabid Ismail

from Sri Lanka

Brief Results


WYC 2107 Final Results

Adult Side Tournament A Results

Adult Side Tournament B Results

Monday 27th November to Wednesday 29th November 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Common Area, 4th Floor, Summit USJ Mall, Subang Jaya, KL
Entry List
See Flyer
see Timetable
Accommodation deal
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.

Below is a description of the cultural attitudes towards clothing in Malaysia
It is a Muslim country, and as such they do not approve of anything which displays the knees (male or female). Please be respectful, and avoid wearing anything which exposes your shoulders, or knees, or distressed/ripped jeans.

From either KLIA or KLIA2, the fastest and most expensive way is to catch a taxi. These will cost in the order of 80MYR, and take from an hour to 1.5 hours depending on traffic.

Buses from the airport to KL Sentral are the cheapest, eg SkyBus or Aerobus. These cost up to 12MYR. Train for the same trip is 55MYR. However these buses are subject to traffic delays, unlike the train. Bus could take well over 1 hour in peak traffic.

Having arrived at KL Sentral station, go upstairs, and catch the train on the Putra Heights line, to station USJ 7. Tickets cost 4MYR. (That is not a mistake - I mean, it is just over US$1). This trip is under 1 hour, and trains leave every 15 minutes or less.

Summit Mall, and Summit Hotel, are about 10 minutes walk from the station. However, this involves stairs up and over a road, so will not be fun if you have large luggage.


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.




Runner Up

2016 Lille (FRA) Sanchit Kapoor (UAE)Thavalakshman Yoganathan (LKA)
2015Perth (AUS) Nicholas Hong (SGP) Abdullah Abbasi (PAK)
2014Colombo (LKA) Jack Durand (UK) Yong Jian Rong (SGP)
2013Dubai (UAE)Moizullah Baig (PAK)Javeria Arshad Mirza (PAK)
2012Birmingham (UK) Michael McKenna (AUS)Cheong Yi Wei (MYS)
2011Johor Bahru (MYS)Anand Bharadwaj (AUS)Victor Gwee (SGP)
2010Manila (PHI) Ker Jen Ho (MYS)Preedee Khongthanarat (THA)
2009Johor Bahru (MYS)Ong Suanne (MYS)Alastair Richards (AUS)
2008Penang (MYS)Charnrit Khongthanarat (THA)Khoo Beng Way (MYS)
2007Johor Bahru (MYS)Toh Weibin (SGP)Sean Chung (MYS)
2006Wollongong (AUS)David Eldar (AUS)Austin Shin (UK)


Upcoming Youth Scrabble Events
DatesTitleLocationInformation and Contact DetailsComments
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
31/3 & 1/4/2018 (tentative) Astar Scrabble Challenge InternationalKuala Lumpurasci.scrabble@gmail.comU12 U15 U18 and Open divisions

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 11-14 January 2018 Annual international adult tournament held in Bangalore, India
  • Astar Scrabble Challenge International: 31 March to 1 April 2018 (tentative) Organised by the University of Malaya, with sections for U12, U15, U18 and Open
  • Kings Cup: July 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.