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ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International 2022

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Founded in 2006, ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International (ASCI) is an international scrabble tournament held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International is organized annually by First Residential College, University of Malaya.

This page provides and updates you about the latest information regarding this event. Feel free to comment if you have any enquiry. Everyone is welcome to join this event to win back fabulous cash prizes! We look forward to see you all soon! :)

May 14, 2019

ASCI on PrimaBuzz

By Kuscera Youngblood

ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International (ASCI) is an annual international project organised by a board of committee which consist of students from the first residential college of University of Malaya in collaboration with Malaysian Scrabble Association (MSA) and World English-Language Scrabble Players’ Association (WESPA).

The main objective of ASCI, which was to broaden the knowledge, thinking skills and intellectual understanding of participants as well as to expose the beauty of the game of scrabble to the public was a huge success when it was held on the ...

April 28, 2019

Hong Kong youth players finished ASCI with prominent results


Brian PO, Thomson LAW Long Yin and Julian WONG Tsz Yu were awarded prizes in the ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International (ASCI) 2019 held in University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the last weekend. Brian PO, the Hong Kong Scrabble Champion 2019, was awarded the 1st runner-up in Under-18 Division the Challenge. He won 12.5 games out of a total of 15 games with a cumulative spread of +2016 points. Thomson LAW Long Yin was awarded the 1st runner-up in Under-15 Division of the Challenge with 11 wins out of 13 games and a cumulative spread of +1652 points ...

April 23, 2019

Cebuano word wizard shine in Malaysia scrabble

By Gloreitta T. Lariosa (The Freeman)

Young Cebuano word wizard Lord Garnett Talisic bagged the third place trophy in the Astar Scrabble Challenge International 2019 held at the Dewan Tunku Canselor in University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia over the weekend. Talisic shone in the 12-under category where hundred of participants coming from different parts of the world competed. The University of San Jose-Recoletos product finished the 13-round competition with 11 wins and two losses. His overall performance earned him the third place honor in the winners podium together with Malaysians Ariana Onyinyechukwu who took home the championship cup and Ahmad Aqmarul Harraz...

April 19, 2019

5 Hong Kong players competing in the ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International 2019


5 Hong Kong Scrabble players are going to compete in the ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International (ASCI) 2019 in the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Carson IP and Douglas TSANG will be playing in the Open Category of the Challenge, consisting of 17 games in 2 days. Carson has played in ASCI 2016 and 2018 while Douglas has played in ASCI 2016, 2017 and 2018 before. Brian PO, the Hong Kong Scrabble Champion 2019, will be playing in the Under 18 Category of the Challenge. He will play 15 games throughout the tournament. It is his first time joining the ASCI....

April 12, 2018

Scrabble tourney sails into 12th year

By Metro News (The Star Online)

ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International (ASCI) has a lot to cheer about this year, as it marked its 12th anniversary with the theme “Scrabble Assemble: A World Beyond Words”. According to ASCI 2018 publicity and public relations officer Hannah Tan, the theme embodied ASCI’s aim to create a community comprising individuals with a burning passion and zeal for Scrabble, despite originating from different countries and backgrounds. ASCI was founded in 2006 by a group of Universiti Malaya students from the First Residential College...

April 01, 2018

Lampung Juara ASTAR Scrabble Championship International 2018

By Admin (Harian Fajar Sumatera)

Prestasi pemuda Lampung di lomba Scrabble  patut diacungi jempol. Untuk di Tahun 2018 ini, prestasi kembali diukir Yoga Adi Pratama pelajar SMAN 1 Pringsewu, Lampung yang menjadi juara pertama di ajang Scrabble tingkat Internasional, Astar Scrabble Championship International (ASCI) 2018 yang diadakan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yoga yang turun di kategori U-18 berhasil memenangkan seluruh pertadingan, dengan akumulasi poin yang dikumpulkan mencapai +1695. Sedangkan rekannya Egy yang berasal dari Just Speak, mengatakan prestasi yang ditorehkan kedua anak didiknya cukup membanggakan Lampung. “Ajang tersebut diikuti 500 peserta dari berbagai negara diantaranya Thailand, Singapura, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hongkong, Srilanka dan Australia, dan diselenggarakan sejak 31 Maret-1 April 2018,” ujarnya.

July 21, 2017

The word on a game changer

By Elena Koshy (New Straits Times)

“LET’S play Scrabble,” begins Martin Teo, smiling invitingly as he unfolds the board on the table. Sitting across me, the Malaysian No. 1 Scrabble Champion promptly arranges the racks and whips out the bag of tiles with a flourish.

Methodically, he picks his tiles from within the bright blue string bag before sharing that he picks them in sequence: 3-3-1. Seven letters. “It represents my birth date,” he says, handing the bag over to me.It’s inconsequential to his gameplay of course — his almost-superstitious approach to starting the word game, as with using his favourite wooden rack (“I bring it with me for every competition.”) but my bravado at wanting to play “the player” is beginning to waver. His quiet confidence unnerves me.

April 27, 2017

Janul Wins Under 15 Scrabble Title at ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International (ASCI) 2017

By Admin (Ceylon Business Reporter)

Janul de Silva of Royal College became the Under 15 Champion at the ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International (ASCI) 2017 held in Malaysia on 8th and 9th of April 2017.Janul who is the current champion of both Sri Lanka’s ‘School Scrabble of the Year’ and the ‘All Island Scrabble Championship – Under 18’ won all 13 of his games and emerged champion 2 points clear of his nearest rival in the tournament where 189 players participated.Qays Sangani of Royal College emerged 4th winning 10 of his 13 games. Qays who was in contention of a place in the top 3, narrowly missed out due to suffering a loss by a single point.In the Under 18 tournament, Sri Lanka’s highest ...

December 05, 2016

ASCI - A Tournament Evolution

By Karen Richards Youth Chair, WESPA

ASCI is also a good model of how to generate large numbers of new players. By starting in the university arena, it has given academic prestige to Scrabble. The organisers are all young, enthusiastic, and friendly, as well as being genuinely interested in introducing more people to our challenging game. The standard of play is excellent at the top end of each section.

This is definitely a tournament to add to your calendar. 

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First Residential College,
University of Malaya ,
50603 Lembah Pantai, 
Kuala Lumpur.


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