NZ has historically done very well in international tournaments, especially considering our small population base. Our best results were in 2007, 2011 and 2013 when Nigel Richards won the Scrabble World Championship/Scrabble Champions Tournament.
|World Championships||Trans Tasman Challenge|
NZASP uses the following criteria to select teams to represent NZ at international tournaments…
WESPA Championship (WESPAC)
The TTC is held every two years. Hosting alternates between Australia and NZ, therefore NZ hosts the challenge every four years.
When held in Australia :
The Trans-Tasman Challenge 2021 will be held in Canberra, 19-21 November. New Zealand has 10 places to Australia’s 16. Our selection will be based on the top 10 ranked players immediately after the Kiwi tournament, 7-8 August.
Eligibility cut-off date for this year’s Trans Tasman Challenge is 8th August 2021.
When held in NZ :
It is the top 12 ranked NZ players.
Regrettably it has been announced that the Trans-Tasman Challenge 2020, planned for Canberra in November this year, is off. Due to the worsening COVID crisis in Australia, both our countries have agreed to cancel the event.
The 10-team, elite, international tournament was to have taken place in Penang, Malaysia, in December 2020. New Zealand had a team of five players, including world champion and world No 1 Nigel Richards. Unfortunately the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.