Inter-School Scrabble Championship 2024

The Inter-School Scrabble Championship is the annual event organised by the Hong Kong Scrabble Players Association. This year, a two-stage format will be adopted. Details of the tournament is outlined as follow:

About the Championship

Preliminary Round Grand Final
Date 4 May 2024 13 July 2024
Time 09:00-17:00 (Registration starts at 08:30)
Venue C.C.C. Mong Man Wai College
20 Hiu Ming Street, Kwun Tong
TWGHs Yau Tze Tin Memorial College
1 Siu Hong Road, Siu Hong


  • Primary Category: All primary schools in Hong Kong are eligible to send a team of 3 to 5 players from Primary 1 to 6.
  • Secondary Category: All secondary schools in Hong Kong are eligible to send a team of 3 to 5 players from Secondary 1 to 6. Each team must consist of at least one junior secondary (Secondary 1 to 3) player.


Preliminary Round Grand Final
Primary Category Secondary Category Primary Category Secondary Category
Number of Games 4 games 5 games
Pairing System Australian Swiss Draw and King of the Hill (KOTH) for last round (Players from the same school will not play against each other)
Challenge Rule Free challenge 5-point unsubstantiated challenge penalty
Time allowed 25 minutes per player
Dictionary Collins Official Scrabble Words 2019 (CSW19)
Rules WESPA rules version 4

The Championship will be HKSPA-rated.

The top 8 schools of each category in the preliminary round will be promoted to the Grand Final.

The format is subject to change at the discretion of the organiser.

Prizes (For each category)

Preliminary Round

  • School prizes (Trophies)
    Winner, 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up.
  • Individual prizes (Medals)
    Most Valuable Player for each school
    Best New Player

Grand Final

  • School prizes (Trophies)
    Champion, 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up.
  • Individual prizes (Medals)
    Individual Champion, Individual 1st Runner-up, Individual 2nd Runner-up, High Word and High Game
    Most Valuable Player for each school

To compete for school prizes and Most Valuable Player Awards, each school must have at least three players participating in each round of the tournament. For Secondary Category, each school must send at least one Secondary 1-3 player in each round. When calculating school ranking and awards, only the top 3 players from each school will be counted.

Best New Player Award for each category in Preliminary Rounds is eligible for players who is previously unrated in HKSPA Rating (including the provisional rating) on the day of the tournament.


Certificates of Participation will be issued to all participants.

Certificates of Award will be issued to participants after the tournament for those participants with school and individual awards on request subject to the prevailing charges by the Association.

Entry Fees

There is no entry fee for this tournament.


Enrollment will be served on a first-come-first-served basis and will be accepted on a school basis only. School teachers or coaches may sign up via the HKSPA Event Enrollment System. The deadline of application is 19 April 2024.

Enroll here: Primary Category / Secondary Category

Change of players

  • To change players before the enrollment deadline, please login to the HKSPA Event Enrollment Platform to submit the changes.
  • If there are any special circumstances that change of player(s) is required after the deadline, please write to the organiser by email providing the details and the required change(s). Subject to the organisers’ discretion, changes may be permitted. $50 administrative charge will be levied per name changed to cover the administrative cost and printing cost incurred. Schools are normally not allowed to change the players within one week before the tournament.
  • Players with symptoms of sickness should not participate in any tournaments. School teacher should notify the organiser if they are aware that any players will be absent from the event as soon as practicable. The school teacher may notify the organiser if his or her school would like to replace the sick player prior to the tournament. The administrative charge for such replacement will be waived under such circumstances. However, we are unable to print the Certificate of Participation on the day. Should the newly added player requires a Certificate of Participation, we may issue one and send it to the school by post. The player concerned may be required to pay an administrative fee as stipulated in the Association's Guidelines on Issuance of Certificates.
  • Should a school team fails to send the minimum required number of players to the Championship on the day, the team and its members will be ineligible for all school prizes (including the MVP award) of the Championship.
  • Please let us know as soon as possible if you expect any player cannot attend the tournament for any reasons to facilitate our arrangement.

Enquiries: For any enquiries, please email

Acknowledgements: We are grateful that C.C.C. Mong Man Wai College Scrabble Team and TWGHs Yau Tze Tin Memorial College co-organise this event with us this year and sponsor the event venue.

To maintain the fairness of the event, the co-organisers are not responsible for any decisions regarding the tournament regulations and disciplinary actions during the championship.


Please note and observe the following policies BEFORE you enroll for this championship.

Displayed name policy

  • You are required to submit a displayed name for your student. The name will be recorded for identification and HKSPA rating purpose, and will be displayed publicly.
  • You are highly recommended to use the name on their HKID card.
  • Please follow the format of “English Name”, “SURNAME”, “Chinese Name”. e.g. Peter CHAN Tai Man / Ruben LOFTUS-CHEEK / YIP Yat Sum / Carson TSANG.
  • The displayed name cannot exceed 20 characters (including spaces). e.g. Peter LEUNG Shou Chi contains 20 characters.
  • Players who have played in any HKSPA-rated or WESPA-rated tournaments before should use the SAME displayed name as they used in any previous tournaments. They are normally not allowed to change their displayed name.

Verification Policy

  • To confirm the students you enrolled are studying in your school, please note that your student MUST bring their student card to the venue. You may use your student handbook instead of their student card if your school does not issue student card. We accept original of the document only. Personalized Octopus Card with Student Status or wearing school uniform are not acceptable forms of proof of identity.
  • Players who forgot to bring the necessary documents could show us a photo of the student card/student handbook for verification. They may be charged an administrative fee of HK$50.
  • You may not be allowed to play if you cannot prove their identity before the championship begins, even if you know the committee members personally.