World Youth Scrabble Championships
The first World Youth Scrabble Championships were held in Wollongong, Australia 2006. Competitors from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, England, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates and United States have competed in the annual tournament so far. WYSC is open to anyone under the age of 18 on 1 January of the year of each tournament. The tournament used to be held at the start of December but was brought forward to August for 2014. So far the WYSC tournament has been held in Malaysia five times, Australia twice, and the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Dubai and the United Kingdom once each.
Dubai is scheduled to host the 2018 championship.
- 1 Wespa Youth Cup 2017 : Subang Jaya, Malaysia
- 2 WYSC 2016 : Lille, France
- 3 WYSC 2015 : Perth Australia
- 4 WYSC 2014 : Colombo, Sri Lanka
- 5 WYSC 2013 : Dubai
- 6 WYSC 2012 : Birmingham, England
- 7 WYSC 2011 : Johor Baru, Malaysia
- 8 WYSC 2010 : Manila, Philippines
- 9 WYSC 2009 : Johor Baru, Malaysia
- 10 WYSC 2008 : Georgetown, Malaysia
- 11 WYSC 2007 : Johor Baru, Malaysia
- 12 Inaugural WYSC (2006) : Wollongong, Australia
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Wespa Youth Cup 2017 : Subang Jaya, Malaysia
The 2017 edition was renamed as "WESPA Youth Cup". Originally scheduled to be held in Johor Baru, it was later moved to Subang Jaya.
|1st||Aabid Ismail||Sri Lanka|
|2nd||Janul de Silva||Sri Lanka|
|4th||Hasham Hadi Khan||Pakistan|
|8th||Vignesh Pirapaharan||Sri Lanka|
Aabid Ismail became the first Sri Lankan World Youth Scrabble Champion. Second place went to Aabid's schoolmate Janul de Silva who also won the under 16 World Scrabble title which was previously held by Aabid. Abdullah Abbasi who was runner up in 2015 secured third place. Sri Lanka secured the team title for the third year in succession on the strength of Aabid and Janul's performances along with that of Vignesh Pirapaharan who secured eighth place. Adheesha Dissanayake also of Sri Lanka won the under ten title. The under twelve title was secured by Napat Narinsuksanti, the under fourteen title by Hasham Hadi Khan and the under eight title by Madhav Gopal Kamath.
All the first ten places were filled by players from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Thailand. This year two special awards were given out, the Amnuay award went to Akkarapol Kwhansak an official from Thailand and the WESPA Chair award to Abdullah Abbasi.
WYSC 2016 : Lille, France
In 2016, the World English-Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) Youth Committee cooperated with the Mindsports Academy to organise the Championship in Lille, France. Sanchit Kapoor from the United Arab Emirates was crowned the World Youth Scrabble Champion 2016.
|1st||Sanchit Kapoor||United Arab Emirates|
|2nd||Thavalakshman Yoganathan||Sri Lanka|
|3rd||Aabid Ismail||Sri Lanka|
|6th||Jack Durand||United Kingdom|
|7th||Hasham Hadi Khan||Pakistan|
|8th||Qays Sangani||Sri Lanka|
|9th||Kevin Bowerman||United States|
|10th||Syed Imaad Ali||Pakistan|
Sri Lanka retained the team title they won in Perth Australia. The high game award went to Okiki Hector Fowobaje of Nigeria for scoring 653 points. The high word award was shared between three players Shohaib Sanaullah, Hansi Weerasooriya and Aabid Ismail all of whom scored 158 points for BASCINET, FILAMENT, OBEDIENT respectively.
Aabid Ismail, Hasham Hadi Khan, Syed Imaad Ali and Monis Khan emerged as World 16 Scrabble Champion, the World Under 14 Scrabble Champion, the World Under 12 Scrabble Champion and the World Under 10 Scrabble Champion respectively. Thus Pakistan secured three of the four age group prizes on offer.
For the first time in the tournament's history, there were no contestants from the host country.
WYSC 2015 : Perth Australia
The tenth edition of the WYSC was held in Perth, Australia from 31 October at the University of Western Australia. Nicholas Hong of Singapore emerged as the overall winner  while Sri Lanka won the team title. By virtue of winning the WYSC, Hong qualified to take part in the WESPA Championships (formerly World Scrabble Championship) held after WYSC 2015. 
|4th||Janul De Silva||Sri Lanka|
|6th||Thirandi De Silva||Sri Lanka|
|7th||Sanchit Kapoor||United Arab Emirates|
|8th||Lambotharan Yoganathan||Sri Lanka|
|9th||John McNaughton||New Zealand|
|10th||Samrath Singh Bhatia||India|
The defending champion Jack Durand secured 3rd place.
WYSC 2014 : Colombo, Sri Lanka
|2nd||Yong Jian Rong||Singapore|
|5th||Sanchit Kapoor||United Arab Emirates|
|6th||Gayanath Chandrasena||Sri Lanka|
|7th||Lewis Hawkins||New Zealand|
|8th||Poh Ying Ming||Singapore|
|10th||Viggnah Selvaraj||Sri Lanka|
Although the tournament is usually held in December, it was held in August in 2014 to coincide with the Colombo Scrabble Festival. The festival began with the Sri Lanka International Scrabble Championship on 22 August while the WYSC took place on the 29th. In between, the WESPA Seniors' tournament was held on the 26th. Since both the WYSC and the WESPA Seniors event had a side tournament, participants had the opportunity to take part in three consecutive international tournaments at the same venue.
Jack Durand emerged as the winner of WYSC 2014 at the end of Round 23.
WYSC 2013 : Dubai
|5th||Jack Durand||United Kingdom|
|9th||Tim Bryant||United States|
Moizullah Baig of Pakistan became the World Youth Scabble Champion while compatriot Javeria Mirza secured the second place. Maria Arif also from Pakistan secured 8th place and ensured that Pakistan won the award for the best team as well. Players from Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore were conspicuously missing from the top ten. There has been at least one player from these countries in the top ten in past events.
WYSC 2012 : Birmingham, England
|2nd||Cheong Yi Wei||Malaysia|
|5th||Yeshan Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka|
|6th||Yasiru Fernando||Sri Lanka|
|7th||Tim Byrant||United States|
|9th||Jessica Pratesi||United Kingdom|
WYSC 2012 took place at the UK Britannia Hotel in Birmingham, England from Friday, December 7 to Sunday, December 9. There are expected to be 99 entries in 2012 making it the most populous WYSC event yet but only 60 managed to get there mostly due to visa problems. Michael McKenna sealed his victory at the tournament with a game to spare- he won game 23 to lead of 1.5 wins going into the final round. This win now means that Australia is home to more WYSC than any other nation. Australia has three, Malaysia has two and Singapore and Thailand have one apiece.
Michael McKenna has also attended six out of the seven WYSC events (2007-2012). Past WYSC events have held trivia tournaments, however, 2012 held a warmup tournament. Navya Zaveri of the UAE won the Under 16 title and Migara Jayasinghe of Sri Lanka the Under 14 title. The youngest ever WYSC player Ronnie Bennet won the under 8 title. The under 10 and under 12 titles were secured by Pese Alo and Shrinidi Prakash.
High Word went to Javeria Mirza (Pakistan), SHUNTERS (158) High Game went to Sinatarn Pattanasuwanna for 640.
WYSC 2011 : Johor Baru, Malaysia
|4th||Yeshan Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka|
|5th||Premkumar Nimalan||Sri Lanka|
|6th||Oliver Garner||United Kingdom|
|8th||Mohd Bin Abdul Suma||Philippines|
|9th||Jessica Pratesi||United Kingdom|
WYSC 2011 took place in the same location as 2007 and 2009: The Zon Regency Hotel, Malaysia. This year produced the youngest ever WYSC champion, Anand Bharadwaj who was a mere 11 years old at the time. In the process Australia became the second country to have had a representative win WYSC more than once (2006/2011) the other country being Malaysia (2009/2010). Michael McKenna (Australia) placed 3rd, making it his second 3rd placing in his years at WYSC (2009/2011). Jessica Pratesi placed in 9th position for the second year running, Mohd Suma retained his 8th position from 2010. Anand also stayed in the first position for longer than any other player, leading the tournament for eleven rounds. 2011 was the first year that there were no competitors who had played in every single WYSC. The pre-WYSC trivia tournament that ran in 2009 and 2010 did not run in 2011.
WYSC 2010 : Manila, Philippines
|1st||Ker Jen Ho||Malaysia|
|8th||Mohd Bin Abdul Suma||Philippines|
|10th||Looi Yih Feng||Malaysia|
Ker Jen Ho of Malaysia became the second player from Malaysia to win the championship. Compatriot William Kang became second runner up and under 16 champion. Malaysia had four players in the top 10 while Cheong Yi Hua also of Malaysia, finished in 19th position and received the encouragement award for her well-above-expectation result. Irwin Goh of Malaysia received the Paulette Yeoh Award for his strong behind-the-scenes helping of the tournament. The pre-tournament trivia competition ran again in 2010 and the winning team was "SAM GUN" which consisted of Kim Rubina (Philippines), Arvinran Rajendran (Malaysia) and Shahroz Zamir (Pakistan).
Victor Gwee of Singapore became the Under 14 World Scrabble Champion while Migara Jayasinghe of Sri Lanka and Jessie Hannah David of Qatar became the under 12 and under 10 champions respectively.
This was the first WYSC to have more than 1 female finish in the top ten Kitty-Jean Laginha (Australia) and Jessica Pratesi (England). Jessica also shared the high word award with Pranva Kaarthik. Host country the Philippines had a player in the top ten for the first time. (Mohd Bin Abdul Suma). 4 ladies made it to play at Table 1 during the tournament. They were: Sirinapa Srinornil (Thailand), Natasha Podesser (Australia), Kitty-Jean Laginha (Australia) and Jessica Pratesi (England). This the first time more than one female had played on table 1 with the exclusion of Game 1.
Finally, Natasha Podesser of Australia was the only player to have played in all 4 previous WYSC tournaments. However, being 17 years old, she will be too old to compete in any further WYSC's. Oluwafemi Akinlosotu of Nigeria held the lead of the tournament for the first thirteen games.
WYSC 2009 : Johor Baru, Malaysia
|7th||Wong Zhi Yuan||Singapore|
The 2009 WYSC was held in the Zon Regency Hotel, Johor Bahru as part of the Iskandar Malaysia World Festival of Scrabble. Unlike previous years of WYSC which featured 22 games over 3 days and a best out of 5 playoffs; the 2009 WYSC was a 24-game tournament held over 3 days without any final play-off. The World Youth Scrabble Championships of 2009 was held from Tuesday, December 8 to Thursday, December 10. 2009 WYSC had a record number of entrants of over 80. Members of the Malaysian monarchy were present for the prize giving ceremony. The Princess of Malaysia personally congratulated each of the prize winners.
Suanne Ong of Malaysia became the first girl to win the World Youth Scrabble Championship. As at 2017, she remains the only girl to have held the title.
WYSC 2008 : Georgetown, Malaysia
|2nd||Darren Khoo Beng Way||Malaysia|
|8th||Samitha Amarasinghe||Sri Lanka|
WYSC 2007 : Johor Baru, Malaysia
|2nd||Sean Chung Chin Shiu||Malaysia|
|4th||Liew Kian Boon||Singapore|
|7th||Ian Tay Zhi Xian||Malaysia|
|9th||Lee Guan Hui||Singapore|
Inaugural WYSC (2006) : Wollongong, Australia
|10th||Lee Guan Hui||Singapore|
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