Scrabble Association, Singapore
Mailing address: Scrabble Association, 14 Robinson Road, #08-01A Far East Finance Building, Singapore 048545
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About Scrabble Association

The Scrabble Association is the national body for tournament Scrabble in Singapore.

The Association organizes and rates tournaments and issues a quarterly newsletter to members. The Association also administers a titles system.

The Association maintains a computer-generated Archive.

The Scrabble Association Archives
Tournament results
Latest ratings (as at 6 Jul 2024 after Jereminiiiii)
Latest tournament report
Tournament Collections
List of Members
List of Members by Peak Rating
List of Betitled Members
High Scores

SA Constitution

History of Scrabble in Singapore

The earliest record that the Association has of any organized Scrabble activity in Singapore comes from a note by the late Terry Hollington, who relates how as an RAF officer in Hong Kong, he was introduced to the game during a holiday in Singapore in 1956 or 1957. (Terry's letter was published in the April 2001 SA News.)

National Championships were held from 1978 to 1984 at the Mandarin Hotel, which was also the sponsor. Those were the days before word lists and personal computers; the dictionary used then was the two-volume Shorter Oxford and word judging left much to be desired. The tournaments were knockouts held over successive weekends.

Singapore was an early user of a points penalty for wrong challenges as a deterrent to wanton challenging. The penalty was originally 10 points but 5 points was subsequently found to be adequate.

After the Mandarin era, the National Championships were held at Teck Ghee Community Club for while. Hong Kah East (since renamed Jurong Green) Community Club became a staunch supporter of the game during the 1990s and remains a major organizer of events.

The current Scrabble Association was formed in September 1996 by a core group of enthusiasts. Activity has increased substantially, with more tournaments and events, the most lavish thus far being the Channel NewsAsia 1st World Masters at the Grand Hyatt in 1999. Singapore players now frequently travel abroad to play, while Singapore tournaments are frequently attended by players from overseas.


List of the SA's collection of publications and books available for borrowing or inspection by members [doc]

Online document for young novice players freely available for download (draft 4) [pdf]

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