• I am pleased to announce that Causeway 2016 will be held in Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia from 30th November till 4th December 2016.
  • A total of 45 games will be played over 5 days.
  • This is exactly the same hotel as the former Zon Regency Hotel. It is my Ultimate Challenge to book the Entire Hotel of 400 rooms for the entire week for Scrabble Community. I am confident that players from all corners of the Globe will make this a Reality.
  • See you all in November!
  • Michael Tang
  • Date: 30th November - 4th December 2016
  • Venue: Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Dictionary: CSW 15
  • Rules: WESPA Version 3.0
  • Number of Games: 45
  • Sections: Premier, Masters, Intermediate, Open
    … based on peak ratings from WESPAC 2015 till WSC 2016
  • Prize money: US$50,000 (see below)
  • Closing Date: 30th September 2016

Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Formerly the Zon Regency, this is the same venue as previous Causeway events. http://www.berjayahotel.com/johorbahru

Room prices are given in RM (Malaysian ringgit).

  • Standard Deluxe Single Room at RM 209
    includes 1 breakfast
  • Standard Deluxe Double Room at RM 233
    includes 2 breakfasts
  • Club Deluxe Room at RM 326
    includes 2 breakfasts
  • Club Suite Room at RM 419
    includes 2 breakfasts
  • Club Suite Room at RM 536
    includes 2 breakfasts

Please note that the above rates are quoted inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% GST. Please be advised that the hotel rooms are available for guest check-in after 3:00pm, and check-out before 12:00noon. Any cancellation or no show made within 48 hours of arrival will incur a one-night cancellation fee. Hotel bookings are paid to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast linked with your room booking will be in the Salt n Pepper Cafe Restaurant.
Lunch: There is NO food available in the mall adjacent to the hotel. Buffet lunch will be provided at US$10 per person per day from Wednesday till Sunday served in our Causeway dining room adjacent to the p;aying room. Payment must be made during registration.
Dinner: There are dining options at the hotel. Salt n Pepper Cafe Restaurant serves local favourites, European dishes and daily buffets, while Palm Bistro and Palm Lounge feature snacks, drinks and live music entertainment. A Chinese restaurant is also available.
Just outside there are hawker stalls with local food.
On three evenings, Andrew Fisher has arranged gourmet dining at select Johor Bahru dining places (Wed: Cantonese, Thu: Malay/Indonesian, Fri: Indian). See here for further information.


  • Allocation to a section is based on Peak ratings from WESPAC 2015 (Perth) till WSC 2016 (Lille) inclusive.
  • Players can choose to play up by one section
  • Where the WESPA rating is too low compared to the local rating, the organizer shall reserve the right to make the final section allocation.
  • The organiser may tweak allocations to try to have even numbers in each section

Customized Causeway Board + tile + tile bag + tile racks are available at the special promo price of US$100. The board is the compact design which can be taken apart as two pieces for easy travelling. This offer is on first-come-first-serve basis.


6pm to 9pm : Registration


8.30Round 1
9.30Round 2
10.30Round 3
11.30Round 4
12.30Round 5
2.30Round 6
3.30Round 7
4.30Round 8
5.30Round 9


8.30Round 10
9.30Round 11
10.30Round 12
11.30Round 13
12.30Round 14
2.30Round 15
3.30Round 16
4.30Round 17
5.30Round 18
6.30Round 19


8.30Round 20
9.30Round 21
10.30Round 22
11.30Round 23
12.30Round 24
2.30Round 25
3.30Round 26
4.30Round 27
5.30Round 28
6.30Round 29


8.30Round 30
9.30Round 31
10.30Round 32
11.30Round 33
12.30Round 34
2.30Round 35
3.30Round 36
4.30Round 37
5.30Round 38
6.30Round 39


8.30Round 40
9.30Round 41
10.30Round 42
11.30Round 43
1.30Round 44
2.30Round 45


Registration fee: US$300
WESPA Peak Ratings:
1800 & above
Pairings: KOTH with repeat for 45 games

Champion US$10,000
2nd US$4,000
3rd US$2,000
4th US$1,000
5th US$900
6th US$800
7th US$700
8th US$600
9th US$500
10th US$400
Spot 1
(below 1850)
Spot 2
(below 1850)
Spot 3
(below 1850)
Total US$21,500


Registration fee: US$200
WESPA Peak Ratings:
1500 - 1799
Pairings: Swiss Pairings with no repeat each day from Day 1 to 4. KOTH with repeats for Day 5

Champion US$5,000
2nd US$2,000
3rd US$1,000
4th US$900
5th US$800
6th US$700
7th US$600
8th US$500
9th US$400
10th US$300
Spot 1
(below 1600)
US $200
Spot 2
(below 1600)
US $100
Spot 3
(below 1600)
US $100
Total US$15,100


Registration fee: US$150
WESPA Peak Ratings:
1200 - 1499
Pairings: Swiss Pairings with No repeat each day from Day 1 to 4. KOTH with repeats for Day 5

Champion US$3,000
2nd US$1,000
3rd US$900
4th US$800
5th US$700
6th US$600
7th US$500
8th US$400
9th US$300
10th US$200
Spot 1
(below 1300)
US $150
Spot 2
(below 1200)
US $100
Spot 3
(below 1200)
US $100
Total US$8,750


Registration fee: US$125
WESPA Peak Ratings: 1199 & below
Pairings: Swiss Pairings with No repeat each day from Day 1 to 4. KOTH with repeats for Day 5

Champion US$2,000
2nd US$1,000
3rd US$800
4th US$700
5th US$600
6th US$500
7th US$400
8th US$300
9th US$200
10th US$100
11th US$100
12th US$100
13th US$100
14th US$100
15th US$100
Total US$7,150


Scrabble players love Causeway.

The Causeway Scrabble Challenge has been a favourite for players at all levels. Check out some videos of player interviews from 2009.

You can see all the videos at [YouTube Causeway Challenge Channel]
[Andrew Fisher] [Arul Inthirarajah] [Allan Oyende] [Amnuay Ploysangngam] [Alastair Richards] [Austin Shin] [Adrian Tay] [Craig Beevers] [Cameron Farlow] [Chinedu Okwelogu] [Chrys Placca] [David Boys] [David Eldar] [Dennis Ikekeregor] [Dielle Saldanha] [Daniel Srichwala] [Elie Dangoor] [Ed Martin] [Edward Okulicz] [Graeme Lock Lee] [Gora Suleiman] [Helen Gipson] [Harshan Lamabadusuriya] [Howard Warner] [Ismail Kassim] [John Barker] [Joanne Craig] [Jeff Grant] [Jim Kramer] [Joel Wapnick] [Karen Richards] [Leslie Charles] [Lewis Mackay] [Michael Akonor] [Mohd Bin Abdul Suma] [Melvin Dalangin] [Marty Gabriel] [Michael Gongolo] [Martin Harrison] [Mahboob Khan] [Michael McKenna] [Mark Nyman] [Max Panitch] [Marlon Prudencio] [Michael Quao] [Mark Schellenberg] [Mark Smith] [Nathan Benedict] [Ng Chee Eng] [Naween Fernando] [Natasha Podesser] [Neil Scott] [Nupur Sood] [Nicholas Vasquez] [Olobatoke Aka] [Olajide Akinyemi] [Ong Suanne] [Olga Visser] [Paul Allan] [Peter Bauer] [Phillip Hamilton] [Preedee Khongthanarat] [Pichai Limprasert] [Pakorn Nemitrmansuk] [Patricia Okoye] [Paul Richards] [Phil Robertshaw] [Pat Schuberg] [Ron Hoekstra] [Roger Parchamento] [Ricky Purnomo] [Robert Rubina] [Ruby Sim] [Rohaina Tanveer] [Simon Walton] [Shim Yen Nee] [Tim Adamson] [Tengku Asri] [Theresa Brousson] [Tony Hunt] [Tan Jin Chor] [Tan Khee Chiang] [Tadao Takeda] [Vannitha Balasingam] [Wimal Fernando] [Wellington Jighere] [Wilfredo Padua] [Yeap Gim Sai] [Yeo Kian Hung]

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