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History
Swedish tournaments in English Scrabble have been arranged since early 2005. An English section of the Swedish Scrabble Association (SSA) was formed in June 2005, with Greger Nässén as its contact person.

There is a list of Swedish tournaments in English Scrabble played so far. (Scroll downwards on the page.) The current rating list is found here. (Select Engelsk, sanktionerad and click Visa.)

Swedish National Scrabble Championships have been arranged every odd year since 2007. These players have been Swedish champions:

Scrabble Champions Tournament / World Scrabble Championship
A representative from Sweden has competed in the last four World Scrabble Championships (WSC) in English:

In 2013, WSC was replaced by an invitational event at Scrabble Champions Tournament.

Terms for the Swedish qualification process are found here.

Rules, equipment and tiles
The Swedish Scrabble rules of the SSA also apply to English Scrabble tournaments in Sweden. The only difference is that regular match time is 25 minutes in English games instead of 30 as in Swedish ones. You can play English Scrabble with a Swedish board and rack. English tiles are necessary, however, since the letter distribution and tile values differ markedly from the Swedish game (see below). The SSA have a number of sets of English tiles that tournament arrangers can borrow.

Dictionaries and word lists
On 1 January 2012, CSW12, the 3rd and revised edition of Collins Official Scrabble Words (ISBN 978-0-00-742562-4), became the official wordlist for tournaments sanctioned by the international Scrabble association WESPA. The book is divided into two sections: first words with 2-9 letters, then words with 10-15 letters. CSW12 contains 270,163 words in total (157,122 2-9 letter words). There are 2,809 new words (2,023 for 2-9) and 396 deleted words (203 for 2-9). The first tournament in Sweden to use CSW12 was Tea Cup 2012.

Between 15 May 2007 and 31 December 2011, international tournaments used Collins Official Tournament and Club Word List (abbreviated CSW 2007 or CSTCWL). CSW 2007 was a corrected tournament edition of Collins Official Scrabble Dictionary (OSD) from 2005, which contained a large number of errors and was not approved for sanctioned tournaments. The first tournament in Sweden to use CSW 2007 was Eyes Open 2007.

Until 2005, Chambers Official Scrabble Words International Edition was used in international tournaments. It contained all acceptable words with 2-9 letters plus inflections. To check longer words, you needed standard dictionaries from Chambers (UK) and Merriam-Websters (US).

Tips for beginners
As a Swedish beginner you will manage quite well with your school English. Learning the different tile values and distribution just takes a while. The only thing you need to study as a novice are the two-letter words with hooks, and also unusual three and four-letter words. We have compiled a number of useful training lists based on CSW12.

The book The Scrabble Player´s Handbook contains much useful discussions about strategy and more.

You can play English Scrabble on a number of sites on the Internet, for example:

  • International Scrabble Club (ISC). Free of charge. Very popular. Based in Romania. Partly command-based user interface which can take some time to master. No forum.
  • Quadplex. Swedish-based pay site with chat and forum.
  • Lexulous. India-based site (previously called Scrabulous) with chat and forum. Also available on Facebook.

Swedish and English tile sets
Here is a comparison between the Swedish and English tile sets:

SWE - A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V X Y Z Å Ä Ö
No. 2 8 2 1 5 7 2 3 2 5 1 3 5 3 6 5 2 8 8 8 3 2 1 1 1 2 2 2
Value 0 1 4 8 1 1 3 2 2 1 7 2 1 2 1 2 4 1 1 1 4 3 8 7 10 4 3 4
ENG - A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
No. 2 9 2 2 4 12 2 3 2 9 1 1 4 2 6 8 2 1 6 4 6 4 2 2 1 2 1
Value 0 1 3 3 2 1 4 2 4 1 8 5 1 3 1 1 3 10 1 1 1 1 4 4 8 4 10

En svensk version av den här artikeln finns här.

Senast uppdaterat ( 2013-07-18 )

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