And now, the Scrabble
Trip Start Oct 29, 2009
36Trip End Dec 24, 2009
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A brief description of the events and format for the non Scrabble players following this blog. The World Scrabble Championship (WSC) has been held every two years since its inception in 1991. Mattel chooses a different location each time: it's been in London, New York, D.C., Mumbai, Melbourne, etc. There are around 100 players, representing 40 or so countries. Any country with any sort of organized English language Scrabble activity gets one representative.
The Causeway Challenge is in its 8th year. It started as a face off between Malaysia and Singapore, but soon expanded to include other nearby countries with a strong Scrabble scene. This year, it is up to ten teams: A combined Singapore/ Malaysia team, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, U.S., U.K., Canada, Nigeria, and two International teams. It is always held in Johor Bahru, just across the strait from Singapore. There are five players to a team, and it's straight round robin, with each player playing everyone from the other nine teams once, and not his own teammates, for a total of 45 games. There's also an open division, for all the players who do not qualify for the Masters, consisting of around 130 players this year.
This year, Mattel decided to have the WSC in Johor Bahru, and schedule it just before the Causeway Challenge, allowing players to easily play in both with minimal travel expenses.
To top it off, the World Youth Scrabble Championship is being held right after the Causeway Challenge. It's open to players 18 and younger, many of whom are honing their skills in the open division of the Causeway.