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While there have been occasional tournaments played to the international lexicon in the US since the 1990s (the ’93 Worlds in New York, for example: the Worlds have always been SOWPODS), and occasional others such as Wisconsin Dells, Toronto, and Texas, it has been in 2010 that the number of CSW tournaments has really started to increase. This is in large part due to NASPA’s decision to allow CSW to be rated, which has given the impetus to several organizers to add CSW divisions, or create new tournaments to meet the pent-up demand.
It remains to be seen how much these numbers will continue to increase, and whether we have reached a tipping point toward a viable CSW scene, but the possibility of being able to play CSW exclusively, particularly on the west coast of the US, if one would like to, is becoming much more workable. Although, perhaps right now, it would be reasonable to say that this is still more the case for either the less prolific tournament player, or one with a large travel budget.
Also of note is that there is an increasing number of prominent international tournaments with quite substantial sponsorship and prizes, several of which are well into the $1000s, and some over $10,000. The Causeway tournament in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, in December 2010 will have a top prize of $30,000. These and other upcoming tournaments are listed on Bob Jackman’s SOWPODS site.
Since the NASPA SOWPODS rating system went into effect, as of September 2010, the following tournaments in North America are either CSW, or have a CSW division. Some earlier tournaments were played in 2009.
Please note that this page is manually edited, based on the official page of tournament results and the calendar of future events. Another good source for tournament information is of course cross-tables.
Events are listed below in their usual order in the calendar year. Some events will only include a Collins division if a quorum of four players registers in time.
|Phoenix, AZ||February 13–15, 20 games||February 19–21, 20 games|
|Eastern Championship, Charlotte, NC||Feb 18–21, 20–22 games|
|West Coast World Championship Word list Challenge (WCWCWC), Ashland, OR||March 27–28, 16 games||March 25–27, 20 games|
|Arden Cup, Chicagoland, IL||May 28–30, 20 games|
|Scrabble Tournament at the Peak, Hancock, ME||Jun 18–19, 16 games, if quorum met|
|Toronto, ON||July 16, 7 games||July, details TBA|
|Where the ZO meets the ZA, Portland, OR||May 29, 6 games|
|Lucky Lab, Portland, OR||May 30, 8 games|
|Rubber City Collins Instant Classic, Akron, OH||July 10–11, 15 games|
|World Players Championship||Aug 13–16, 32 games, Dallas, TX|
|Portland, OR||September 11, 7 games|
|Leah Katz/Mike Wise Memorial, Toronto, ON||September 11–13, 8+12 games||September 24–26, 8+13 games||September, details TBA|
|Wisconsin Dells, WI||October 1–3, 15 games|
|Victoria, BC||October 2–3, 14 games|
|Portland, OR||October 17, 7 games|
|Toronto vs. Montreal, Kingston, ON||(January 16–17, 2010, 12 games)||October 30–31, 12 games||October?, TBA|
|Sacramento, CA||November 6–7, 20 games|
|Emerald City Scrabble, Seattle, WA||November 12–14, 20 games|
Please direct comments about this page to its author, Nick Ball.