Torquay Hosts Scrabble World Championship Heats

24 October 2018, 17:34 | Updated: 24 October 2018, 17:41

More than a hundred talented Scrabble players from more than 30 countries across the globe will compete at the 2018 World Scrabble Championships.

The heats will take place in Torquay, Devon from 23rd - 27th October, while the final two players will battle it out in London on Sunday 28th October. 

This is just one of many celebrations of the world-famous board game's 70th anniversary. 

The highly-anticipated event will see elite players and talented wordsmiths go head-to-head as they battle against each other for the dream accolade and sought-after title of World Scrabble Champion, in addition to an impressive $20,000 prize pool. 

Key players taking part in the tournament include current World Scrabble Champion, David Eldar (2017), who will be defending his title. 

Plus, Harshan Lamabadusuriya who obtained second place in 2017, as well as Brett Smitheram (2016) and Nigel Richards (2013, 2011 and 2007). 

A total of 35 games will be played across 4 days with the top 8 players returning to play on Saturday 27th in the Quarter Final and Semi-Final, and the final two taking part in the Grand Final on Sunday 28th in London over five nail-biting rounds. 

This year, the Grand Final will take place as part of an immersive, free pop-up Scrabble experience at Westfield, London, which will celebrate the past, present and future of Scrabble. 

The two finalists will play live in a transparent, cubed tile where one player will lay the highest score and scoop the trophy. 

Scrabble fans will also get the opportunity to play against a former World Champion. 

For more information, the schedule and to register for your place, go to: