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WESPA Youth Cup 2019 - Preliminary Flyer

WESPA Youth Cup 2019 will be held from 29 November to 1 December 2019 in Malaysia.
The venue is SMK Aminuddin Baki Kuala Lumpur (School) located at Jalan Kampung Pandan, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
WESPA Youth Cup 2019 Entries

WESPA Youth Cup 2018 Champion is

Syed Imaad Ali from Pakistan

WYC 2018 Report

WYC 2018 Prize Winners
WYC 2018 Full Results Winner - Syed Imaad Ali - Pakistan
WYC 2018 Adult Side Event Results Winner - Tariq Pervez - Pakistan

World English-language Scrabble Players Association

WESPA Youth Cup

(formerly World Youth Scrabble Championship)

This fantastic event takes place every year in a different part of the world.
In 2019 it will held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December 2019.

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.

History

The WESPA Youth Cup (formerly the World Youth Scrabble Championship) has been contested every year since 2006. Previous WESPA Youth Cup and 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.

Year

Location

Champion

Runner Up

WYC 2018Dubai (UAE)Syed Imaad Ali (PAK)Janul De Silva (LKA)
WYC 2017Kuala Lumpur (MYS) Aabid Ismail (LKA)Janul De Silva (LKA)
WYSC 2016 Lille (FRA) Sanchit Kapoor (UAE)Thavalakshman Yoganathan (LKA)
WYSC 2015Perth (AUS) Nicholas Hong (SGP) Abdullah Abbasi (PAK)
WYSC 2014Colombo (LKA) Jack Durand (UK) Yong Jian Rong (SGP)
WYSC 2013Dubai (UAE)Moizullah Baig (PAK)Javeria Arshad Mirza (PAK)
WYSC 2012Birmingham (UK) Michael McKenna (AUS)Cheong Yi Wei (MYS)
WYSC 2011Johor Bahru (MYS)Anand Bharadwaj (AUS)Victor Gwee (SGP)
WYSC 2010Manila (PHI) Ker Jen Ho (MYS)Preedee Khongthanarat (THA)
WYSC 2009Johor Bahru (MYS)Ong Suanne (MYS)Alastair Richards (AUS)
WYSC 2008Penang (MYS)Charnrit Khongthanarat (THA)Khoo Beng Way (MYS)
WYSC 2007Johor Bahru (MYS)Toh Weibin (SGP)Sean Chung (MYS)
WYSC 2006Wollongong (AUS)David Eldar (AUS)Austin Shin (UK)

Events

Upcoming Youth Scrabble Events
Dates Title LocationInformation and Contact DetailsComments
10-11 August 2019 YES! Youth European Scrabble ChampionshipIasi, Romania catalin_caba@yahoo.comBorn 1/1/1999 or later
22-24 November 2019Princess Cup Bangkok, Thailandravee@thaicrossword.comUnder 21
29 Nov-1 Dec 2019 14th WESPA Youth Cup Malaysia karen.d.richards@gmail.comUnder 18 - Born 2002 or later

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 mid January - Annual international adult tournament held in Bangalore, India
  • Asian English Olympics mid February - Annual event held in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Astar Scrabble Challenge International: held each year Organised by the University of Malaya, with sections for U12, U15, U18 and Open
  • Princess Cup: late November An annual tournament in Bangkok, Thailand - U21
  • Spar Oman Kelloggs Scrabble Tournament mid to late November - Annual tournament in Muscat, Oman U10 U13 U20 Open
Scrabble tournaments rated by the World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA)are listed on the Tournament Calendar section of the WESPA website.

Tutorials

Resources

    There are lots of useful resources at the Scrabble Tools section of the Collins Dictionary website

    Scrabble Starter Packs

    Scrabble Starter Packs for new players.

    Scrabble Games to Help Learning

    If Only is a wonderful game for brushing up on bonus words.

    Scrabble Apps For Mobiles and Tablets

    Scrabble Playing Apps for playing against your phone or tablet

  • Battle of the Tiles Game where you can play the computer with the computer restricted to 10 different levels (selected in Options). FREE! - highly recommended for beginners!
  • Classic Words Free (Android and Apple) - FREE, but there is also a paid version with more features
  • EA Scrabble App (Android and Apple) - requires a facebook account, for which you must be at least 13 years old - FREE, but uses a bit of data, and has optional in-app purchases and ads.
  • Scrabble Go (Android and Apple) - FREE. An online, colourful and vibey Scrabble playing app with additional mini word games. Play against friends, random players or your phone for super addictive fun! Uses a small amount of data. (NOTE: this app may not work on all brands of mobile phone, e.g. Huawei.)

  • Scrabble Playing Apps for playing against other people

  • EA Scrabble App (Android and Apple) - requires a facebook account, for which you must be at least 13 years old - FREE, but uses a bit of data, and has optional in-app purchases and ads.
  • Classic Words Free (Android and Apple)- this has a pass-and-play mode for playing with someone who is with you - FREE, but there is also a paid version with more features.
  • Scrabble Go (Android and Apple) - FREE. An online, colourful and vibey Scrabble playing app with additional mini word games. Play against friends, random players or your phone for super addictive fun! Uses a small amount of data. (NOTE: this app may not work on all brands of mobile phone, e.g. Huawei.)

  • Scrabble Word Lookup Apps

  • Scrabble Expert (Android) - FREE, can do build, anagram and pattern searches.
  • ULU (Apple) - FREE, (stands for Ultimate Lookup Utility), and also does word checks.
  • Word App (Android) - FREE! Can do build, anagram and pattern searches
  • Wali Timer (Android) - FREE, A phone or tablet based game timer that also does in-game challenge adjudication, and can be used to look up words.
  • Anagram Quizzer (Android and Apple) - FREE, and can be used to study words. There is a paid version with more features.

  • Scrabble Word Checkers used to adjudicate challenges when playing

    NOTE: The only adjudication tools approved by WESPA and Collins, are Collins Zyzzyva, ULU, and WaliTimer. Those are the only ones that should be used during a WESPA rated tournament
  • Scrabble Word Checker (Android) - FREE, and also gives word definitions if you choose, so it can also be used as a dictionary. It may use a tiny amount of data to get word definitions.
  • ULU and Wali Timer (above) also have this function.
  • Scrabble Checker - FREE, for adjudication during games

  • Scrabble Word Study Apps

  • Anagram Quizzer (Android and Apple) - FREE. There is a paid version with more features.
  • Cram flashcard app (Android and Apple) - FREE - you have to make or download your own flashcards to study.
  • Quizlet flashcard app (Android and Apple) - FREE - you have to make or download your own flashcards to study.
  • Flashcards Deluxe (Android) - FREE - you have to make or download your own flashcards to study.

  • Scrabble Game Timer Apps

  • Wali Timer (Android) - FREE,A phone or tablet based game timer that also does in-game challenge adjudication, and can be used to look up words. (Always keep a fully charged power bank handy if you'll be using it for long periods)
  • Many chess clock apps can also be used.

  • Scrabble Programs for your Laptop or Desktop Computer

    Playing Scrabble on the Internet against other people

  • Internet Scrabble Club - FREE, but requires a small download to be able to run on your computer. Can be downloaded at www.isc.ro
  • Facebook Scrabble - FREE - requires a facebook account, for which you must be at least 13 years old. You can play against your friends, or a random opponent. On your facebook page, go to search and type "facebook games" and press enter. Then, near the top, where it says "Instant games", click the "visit" button. On the next screen, click "Find Games" just above the heading "Instant Games" in the top left. On the next screen, in the search box in the top right, which says "Search for games...", type "Scrabble Mattel" and press enter.
  • Mindsports Academy - FREE Link to website

  • Playing Scrabble against your computer

  • Battle of the Tiles Game where you can play the computer with the computer restricted to 10 different levels (selected in Options). FREE! - highly recommended for beginners!
  • Quackle - FREE to download at www.quackle.org. Warning, it only plays on expert level, so rather start off with Battle of the Tiles or Classic Words Free if you're a beginner.

  • Studying and Looking Up Words on your Computer

  • Zyzzyva - FREE to download from Scrabble Tools section of the Collins Dictionary website
    Suggested Zyzzyva Cardbox Order for adding words by Alastair Richards
    Demonstration of How to Set Up Cardbox by Elliott Richards

  • Learning Words in a study game on the Internet

  • Aerolith - FREE at www.aerolith.org. See how many anagrams you can solve in 5 minutes games.
  • Xerafin - Word Study

  • Websites, Books, and other Online Resources

    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.
  • Kenji Matsumoto has a website www.breakingthegame.net with information on books and strategy tips.

  • Facebook

    NOTE: Facebook is restricted to those aged over 13.
  • There is a facility for playing Scrabble against your Facebook friends (Scrabble Mattel app). You can play against your friends, or a random opponent. On your facebook page, go to search and type "facebook games" and press enter. Then, near the top, where it says "Instant games", click the "visit" button. On the next screen, click "Find Games" just above the heading "Instant Games" in the top left. On the next screen, in the search box in the top right, which says "Search for games...", type "Scrabble Mattel" and press enter.
  • 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.

  • Free On Line Books and Coaching

  • Koala's Coaching Clinic - Basic Strategy
  • The Scrabble Player's Handbook - Advanced Strategy

  • Books for Purchase online

  • Word! by Kenji Matsumoto
    For players in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia, and many other Asian countries, pick up a copy here!
    For players from the UK or Europe, click here!

  • Computer programs

  • The Scrabble Tools section of the Collins Dictionary website has several useful programs including Collins Zyzzyva and Collins Wordlist for LeXpert
    Suggested Zyzzyva Cardbox Order for adding words by Alastair Richards
    Demonstration of How to Set Up Cardbox by Elliott Richards
  • Battle of the Tiles Game where you can play the computer with the computer restricted to 10 different levels (selected in Options). FREE! - highly recommended for beginners!

Words & Quizzes

A new revision of the dictionary is came out in May 2019 and it will become the official dictionary for international tournaments from 1 July 2019. Read more about it on the WESPA website

From 1 July 2019, the official word list for Scrabble tournaments throughout the realm of the World English Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) is Collins Official Scrabble Words 2019. [Hardcover - ISBN 978-0-00-832012-6]


Word Lists

Quizzes

Print the following tests out to see how many you know, then check the answers to see what you missed.

Mind Mapping

Mind Mapping is a technique whereby you create a document which links like concepts (words, in this case). Using colour helps to aid recall. This mind map created by Chris Hawkins will give you the structure - make your own, there is even more learning if you do that!

Study Aid for Vowel heavy short words developed by Chris Hawkins (UK) [Print in Landscape Mode] [Excel version of file]

An exercise for students - start with the word AA, then expand into all 3 and 4 letter words with 2 x A's. Then expand further, adding in an extra A; so, 5 and 6 letter words with 3 A's; then expand to 6 and 7 letter words with 4 A's (optional, extend to 8 letter words with 4 A's!)

Map for 3 to 7 letter vowel heavy words [ Excel version of file ]


Printable Study Lists to Download

Click here for word stems and probability lists to download and learn