In this guide to UK and British Scrabble champions, we’ll cover
the winners of the following UK Scrabble competitions:
But before we take a look at UK Scrabble titlists, let’s first
take a brief look at the ABSP and the relationship between the
region’s national Scrabble tournaments.
ABSP and UK Scrabble: Quick Overview
All official UK Scrabble events are organized by the
Association of British Scrabble Players
(ABSP) and adhere to the Collins Scrabble Words (CSW or Collins
The ABSP was founded in 1987 as a non-profit for the promotion
of Scrabble in Britain and throughout the United Kingdom.
The ABSP coordinates tournaments, provisions the rating system
for UK players, and assists members, organizers and tournament
The region’s premier Scrabble event, which is organized by the
ABSP, is the UK National Championship. The tournament includes:
- Two-day championship for players who have
qualified based on their performance in at least one NSC
Qualifier event throughout the year.
- Plate event that welcomes both newcomers and
experienced players who did not qualify for the main
Here are the four qualifying ABSP major events that can ensure
your spot in the main UK National Scrabble Championship
BMSC: The British Matchplay Scrabble
Championship (BMSC) is ABSP’s leading open event. The BMSC
consists of 25 games played over the August Bank Holiday
ABSP Masters: Association of British Scrabble
Players (ABSP Masters) is an invitation-only event for the top
16 Scrabble players in the UK. It’s typically a round-robin
event held in July. The
is the 12 months leading up to each annual event.
British (Isles) Elimination Scrabble Tournament
(BEST) is a yearly knockout competition that lasts 9+ months.
The British Scrabble tournament is designed as a series of
in-person single-elimination (aka sudden death) matches at
regional and then the national level. The BMSC winner ends up
playing 70+ games.
UK Open The
UK Open Scrabble Tournament
originated in 2008. It’s one of five major tournaments run by
the ABSP and is Europe's largest Scrabble tournament. The UK
Open is unique in that it also draws
international Scrabble players
from around the world.