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CSW Tournaments

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This page lists tournaments rated in the NASPA SOWPODS system, and is part of our introduction to Collins (SOWPODS) in North America.

Collins (SOWPODS) in North America: Tournaments

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 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 2011, will have a top prize of $50,000, and a prize fund of $180,000. These and other upcoming tournaments are listed on Bob Jackman’s SOWPODS site, and at the WESPA site.

Since the NASPA SOWPODS rating system went into effect, the following tournaments in North America are either CSW, or have a CSW division. Some earlier tournaments were played in 2009.

Events are listed below in their usual order in the calendar year. Some events will only (or did only) include a Collins division if a quorum of four players registers (or registered) in time. Also, non-NASPA sanctioned CSW events are not listed.

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 cross-tables.

For information on directing a CSW tournament, or adding a CSW division to a tournament, see the page on Directing SOWPODS tournaments.

Event 2009 2010 2011 2012
Total events listed 1 16 46 (y.t.d.) 2
New Orleans, LA       Jan 14–16, 20 games
Austin, TX     Jan 22, 6 games  
Boston, MA     Feb 5–6, 12 games  
Las Vegas, NV       Feb 17–20, 28 games
Phoenix, AZ   Feb 13–15, 20 games Feb 19–21, 20 games  
Eastern Championship, Charlotte, NC     Feb 19–21, 20 games  
Austin, TX     Feb 26, 6 games  
Bethesda, MD     Mar 19–20, 14 games  
Austin, TX     Mar 26, 6 games  
West Coast World Championship Word list Challenge (WCWCWC), Ashland, OR   Mar 27–28, 16 games Mar 25–27, 20 games  
Philadelphia, PA     Apr 3, 7 games  
Boston Area Tournament 2011 Late Bird, Westford, MA     Apr 10, 6 games  
Gatlinburg, TN     Apr 22–24, 20 games  
Austin, TX     Apr 30, 6 games  
Bermuda Cruise       May 06–13
Portsmouth, NH     May 14–15, 12 games  
Austin, TX     May 21, ?6 games  
Tucson, AZ     May 21, 8 games  
Kelowna, BC     May 21–23, 20 games  
Montreal, QC     May 28–29, 14 games  
Arden Cup, Chicagoland, IL     May 28–30, 20 games  
Where the ZO meets the ZA, Portland, OR   May 29, 6 games    
Philadelphia, PA     May 29, 7 games  
Lucky Lab, Portland, OR   May 30, 8 games    
NAST One Day, Revere, MA     Jun 05, 6 games  
Wilmington, DE     Jun 12, 7 games  
Scrabble Tournament at the Peak, Hancock, MA     Jun 18–19, 16 games  
Austin, TX     Jun 25, ?6 games  
16th Annual Nor’easter Main Event, Albany, NY     Jul 1–4, 6+21 games  
Bethesda, MD     Jul 09, 8 games  
Rubber City Collins Classic/Classic II, Akron, OH   Jul 10–11, 15 games Jul 15–17, 16 games  
US World Championships Qualifying Tournament, Akron, OH     Jul 15–17, 20 games  
Toronto Early Bird     Jul 15, 7 games  
Toronto, ON   Jul 16, 7 games Jul 16–17, 12 games  
Philadelphia, PA     Jul 17, 7 games  
Old Greenwich, CT     Jul 22–24, 20 games  
Victoria Early Bird     Jul 22, 6 games  
Victoria, BC   Oct 2–3, 14 games Jul 23–24, 14 games  
Austin, TX     Jul 30, 6 games  
National Scrabble Championship 'Lunch Bird', Dallas, TX     Aug 06–10, 5 games  
World Players Championship, Dallas, TX   Aug 13–16, 32 games    
Dover, DE     Aug 27–29, 19 games  
Portland, OR   Sep 11, 7 games    
Leah Katz/Mike Wise Memorial, Toronto, ON Sep 11–13, 8+12 games Sep 24–26, 8+13 games Sep 22–25, 26 games details TBA
Philadelphia, PA     Sep 18  
Wisconsin Dells, WI   Oct 1–3, 15 games    
Philadelphia, PA     Oct 2, 7 games  
Portland, OR   Oct 17, 7 games    
Austin, TX     Oct 22–23  
Toronto vs. Montreal, Kingston, ON (Jan 16–17, 2010, 12 games) Oct 30–31, 12 games Oct?, TBA  
Philadelphia, PA     Nov 6, 7 games  
Sacramento, CA   Nov 6–7, 20 games    
Emerald City Scrabble, Seattle, WA   Nov 12–14, 20 games Nov 11–13, 20 games  
Philadelphia, PA     Dec 4, 7 games  
Stamford, CT     Dec 9–11, 16 games  
Delaware Scrabble Festivus, Newark, DE     Dec 23–25, 20 games  

Please direct comments about this page to its author, Nick Ball.