Q. Who starts?
A. Draw for the first game, then alternate starts and replies
thereafter. If the match is tied going into a decider (i.e. 3-3 in the first
round) then the leader on spread starts. If there has been a draw and someone
is leading 3.5-2.5 (again for a first round match)
then the leader in games starts.
Q. Do all the games need to be played in one session?
A. No, whatever is most convenient for the two parties involved.† When the match is concluded, it will be rated
as though all the games were played on the same/last day.
Q. Should we play all 7, 9 etc. games?
A. No, not unless required, the match ends when someone wins 4 games in
a best of 7 match (5 in best of 9 etc.) - no further games should be
played as they will not be rated.
Q. Should clocks be
A. Yes, normal WESPA Game Rules apply.
Q. What is the challenge mode?
A. 5 point penalty challenges will apply. Note
that the rule states that the penalty for an incorrect challenge is 5 points
PER WORD challenged. Thus if 2 valid words are challenged the penalty is 10
points. This is added to the move score for that move.
Q. Can I concede/forfeit at any point?
A. No concessions or forfeits are allowed under current BEST rules.
Q. Will my first game be a round 1 match?
A. This will vary depending on how many players are in your region.
Q. What about the dictionary update coming in 2019 Ė will that affect
A. The ABSP are likely to announce an official adoption date for the
new dictionary, and any matches played after that time should be played to
Q. Iím scheduled to play someone I donít know - can I play somewhere
A. You can play your match wherever is convenient and comfortable such
as a third Scrabbler's home, alongside another BEST
match, a bar, a cafe, a library, a narrowboat etc.
Q. I've just played my match, now what?
A. The match result, together with the individual game scores should be
sent to Chris and Natalie so the results can be published
and the games rated.
Q. How can I help make BEST bigger and better than before?
A. Promote your games on social media, share board pictures,
interesting plays, match reports and any annotations.
Q. What if I have a question that isnít covered in these FAQs?
A. Contact the organisers.† If
enough others have the same query, it will be added.