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2003 World SCRABBLE® Championship

See also: 2001 WSC, 2005 WSC, daily coverage of 2003 WSC. Players ranked by past WSC performance.

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About the Event

102 players from 45 countries will compete in the 7th World SCRABBLE® Championship on October 19-24, 2003 at the Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All players will play a 24-round modified Swiss preliminary, following which the top two players will compete in a best-of-five final to determine the new World Champion. The SOWPODS lexicon will be in effect, with a five-point penalty (but no loss of turn) for each acceptable word challenged.

The WSC has been held in odd-numbered years since 1991, with sponsorship alternating between Mattel and the National SCRABBLE® Association/Hasbro. This year's event is being organized by SCRABBLE® Masters Malaysia in collaboration with the Malaysian SCRABBLE® Association (MSA) with Mattel Inc. as lead sponsor. No plans have been announced yet for the 2005 World SCRABBLE® Championship.

American and Canadian players are invited based on a qualification system run by the NSA (see below). Players representing other countries should contact their national player organizations or SCRABBLE® distributor.

Tournament Results

This section of the web site will be updated with limited daily coverage of the U.S. and Canadian teams, beginning Tuesday, October 21st.

About the Venue

The Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, within walking distance of the world's tallest building (the Petronas Twin Towers) and fashionable entertainment and shopping centres, and next to the KL Monorail transportation system which gives easy access to the rest of Kuala Lumpur. All WSC events will take place in the hotel's ballroom.

A hotel package was available to players and spectators at a cost of US$230 PPDO (US$280 for a single), which included: an invitation to facilitate visa applications, "meet and greet" services at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, accommodation October 19-25, a sightseeing tour on October 20, breakfast, lunch and dinner for six nights, breakfast on the morning of the 25th, the use of SCRABBLE® equipment at the hotel, and nightly performances that showcase Malaysia's unique cultural heritage. Further details are available by clicking "Special Package" at the event web site (www.wsc2003.com.my). Hotel package registration closed on July 31st.


Sunday, October 19th evening Opening reception
Tuesday, October 21st day Rounds 1-8
Wednesday, October 22nd day Rounds 9-15
Thursday, October 23rd day Rounds 16-24
Friday, October 24th day Finals (best of 5)

Team U.S.A. and Team Canada

Team U.S.A. and Team Canada will be chosen as described in the following pages.

Further Information

You can contact the NSA at for information about Team U.S.A. and Team Canada.

The event organisers can be reached at: Scrabble Masters Malaysia, Suite 4.6. Level 4, (Retail Centre) PNB DARBY PARK, 10 Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. +603 2161 8085 (phone), +603 2161 8304 (fax) or nikzamri@wsc2003.com.my.

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The SCRABBLE® trademark is owned by J.W. Spear and Sons, PLC, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. outside of the United States and Canada. 

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