2020 City of Sydney International Masters

26 & 27 January 2020


The City of Sydney Masters is one of the oldest events on the Australian Scrabble Calendar. In 1999 it went international and was won by Nigel Richards. For some time thereafter, the $1000 first place prizemoney was maintained, with mainly Australians players contesting the event. In 2012 the prizemoney was raised to $US2500 and in doing so qualified it for international rating. David Eldar, an Australian now residing in London took out the honours. Four other internationals took part.

Note: The 2020 CSIM is being preceded by the one day Australia Day Weekend Open on January 25th. This is an nine game event at the same venue open to all. Further information including a flyer can be found on the Scrabble NSW Tournament calendar.


The playing venue is the stylish Bankstown Sportsclub in Greenfield Parade, Bankstown. Parking is available under the venue all day free of charge for those driving. Travelodge accommodation is available on the site of the venue. The club is only a five minute walk from Bankstown Railway Station. For further information about the club, see Banksown Sports website.


Tournament Format

  • 18 games - 10 on Sunday, 8 on Monday
  • Repeat pairings on Day 2
  • 25 minutes per player per game
  • Challenge Rule - 5 points per word challenged
  • CSW19 word source
  • Director George Khamis, Co-directors John Holgate & Bob Jackman
  • Australian Rules and NSW variations
  • Internationally and Australian rated

Entry Fee

  • Entry fee: $110 AUD prepaid or $120 on day

Registration is by email to Bob Jackman (rjackman@ozemail.com.au) or by text/phone to Bob on 0400 226541

Preferred payment method is by transfer into Account Name: Australian Scrabble Player’s Association (NSW Division); BSB: 062 022; Account Number: 10011176, quoting your name and CSIM 2020. Payment into this account will deem you registered for the tournament. Alternatively payment can be paid on the day for $120. Prepayment of $30 for the Australia Day Weekend Open can be made at the same time, otherwise payment of $35 for that event can be made on the day

Please note the entry fee does not cover meals within the club.


All prizes are listed in Australian dollars.

  • First Prize $1600
  • Second Prize: $900
  • Third Prize: $600
  • Fourth Prize: $400
  • Fifth Prize: $200
  • Sixth Prize $100
  • High local rating gain by an Australian: $200
  • Best placing by an Australian in rating band 1000-1200: $150
  • Best placing by an Australian in rating band 1200-1400: $150
  • Best placing by an Australian in rating band 1400-1600: $150
  • Best placing by a first-time overseas Player: $150

**The above prizemoney is based on 56 players. Scrabble NSW reserves the right to reduce prizemoney in proportion to the actual number of players.

Playing Schedule

Sunday – 27 January 2019

    • Registration 8.30am - 8.45am
    • 9am – 1.00pm - Games 1 to 4
    • Lunch
    • 2.00pm – 7.30pm - Games 5 to 10

Monday - 28 January 2019

    • Pairing reset
    • 9am – 1.00pm - Games 11 to 14
    • Lunch
    • 2.00pm - 6.00pm - Games 15 to 18

Venue Accommodation

Accommodation at the venue is available in the Bankstown Travelodge. Discounts of 35% can be obtained by booking through their website www.tfehotels.com or 10% discounts can be obtained by booking over the phone on 02 9793 0000 for members of Bankstown Sports club. Rooms are typically around $145 per room for one night.