KSSA Indian Open

INR 800,000 guaranteed Prize Purse

Hotel Information Updated with Rates


Jan 20th-23rd 2022.

The tournament will start at 8:30am on Jan 20, and conclude by 5pm on Sunday.

Open and Premier Divisions

Jan 20 – 8.30am attendance/ fellowship , 9.30am games start. 4 games before lunch. 5 games post lunch. 1 hour lunch break.

Jan 21, 22 – 9.00am games start. 4 games before lunch. 5 games post lunch. 1 hour lunch break.

Jan 23 9.00am games start. 3 games before lunch. 3 games post lunch. 1 hour lunch break. Prize distribution at 4.30pm

Chew pairing for first 25 games. Repeats from day 3. KOTH pairing for last 8 games.

Gibson rules apply.

Challenger Division

Jan 21 – 8.30am attendance/ fellowship. 9.30 games start. 4 games before lunch. 4 games post lunch. 1 hour lunch break.

Jan 22 – 9.00am games start. 4 games before lunch. 5 games post lunch. 1 hour lunch break.

Jan 23 9.00am start. 4 games before lunch, 2 games post lunch. 1 hour lunch break. Prize distribution at 4.30pm.


The tournament will be held at the MuSigma campus in Bangalore. Set amidst a bustling Technology Park, there are several hotels and restaurants and a mall in the area.

MuSigma, Aviator Building, ITPL, Whitefield, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 560066.

For those of you travelling from out of town, we have received some special rates from nearby hotels. In Here are some of the hotels in the area.


In person tournament using all COVID appropriate protocols.
Word List: Word source will be the Collins Scrabble Tournament and Club Word List 2019.
Challenge: 5-point penalty per word, the player does not lose turn.


All divisions are open to Indians and foreigners. Rating cutoffs apply. Special discounts for Indian nationals under the age of 18.

Tournament will be SAI and WESPA rated


Three divisions with rating cutoffs at 1250 and 850 are planned. Assignment to divisions will be based on SAI ratings where available. SAI Ratings as of Jan 1, 2022 will be considered. This may result in some corrections following the Hyderabad tournament in December 2021.

If SAI ratings are not available, WESPA ratings will be considered. If neither SAI nor WESPA ratings are available, KSSA will judge the players’ level on basis of their Woogles and ISC ratings and history.

Organizers reserve the options to adjust this if required to deliver an optimal tournament experience.


For top level players (1250+) but anyone wishing to experience a tough tournament over 4 days against the best of players may register for this division.

4 Days, 33 games, Registration Fees: INR 6000


The Premier Division is for the strong middle band of players with SAI ratings between 850 and 1250. Not too many easy games here, but definitely a serious 4 day tournament experience.

4 Days, 33 games, Registration Fees: INR 4000


The Challenger Division is for Scrabble enthusiasts, especially those who have participated in any of the KSSA Training Workshops.

3 Days (21st to 23rd January), 23 games, SAI ratings below 850. Registration Fees INR 3000

Prize Purse

The total Prize Fund is guaranteed to be a minimum of INR 800,000 across all three divisions. This may be increased depending on number of registrations. Final Prize Purse with Prize structure will be announced on 10th Jan 2022. Prizes are subject to tax deduction at source as per Indian laws. Indian players will receive prize money on Sunday 23rd January. Prize money transfers to foreigners will be made no later than 30th January.

Food and Beverages

Registration fees include breakfast, lunch, tea time snacks, tea, coffee, and drinking water. Only vegetarian food is served at the MuSigma cafetaria. Players may avail non-vegetarian food services elsewhere on the campus at their own expense.

COVID Advisory

Players are required to be fully vaccinated and ideally should provide a certificate at the time of registration. If you have not completed your vaccination at the time of registration, you will need to do so and submit your certificate prior to the start of the game. You must have submitted your vaccination certificate by Jan 18th.

Travel laws of the Indian and state and local governments are subject to change, and KSSA will not be liable for any loss incurred to players due to flight, hotel, or other travel bookings made by the players. In the event of the tournament being cancelled due to COVID situation demanding such cancellation or any other act of God, KSSA will refund the registration fees paid in full less banking commissions if any.

Registration Fees and Discounts

A discount of INR 500 is offered to players registering and paying before Nov 30th.

KSSA Membership runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31 each year, and is priced at INR 1000 for a 12 month period. During the Registration, we are offering KSSA Membership for 2022 at a discounted fee of INR 500 only.

Indian nationals who are under the age of 18 on Jan 1, 2022 (born after Jan 1, 2004) qualify for the youth registration fees.

For the Open Division, if you prefer to pay in US$ the amounts are


Fill in the following form and send your registration fees as indicated in the form to complete your registrations. Registration closes 31st Dec 2021.

Payment Information

UPI Payments (GPay, PhonePe, PayTM)

UPI Payments may be sent to kssascrabble@ybl . It will say that the payment has been made to pbolaki – or Pankaj Bolaki who is our treasurer.

Scan Code to transmit payments to KSSA

Bank Transfer Details

Account name: Karnataka State Scrabble Association
Account number: 50100265175859
Type of account: Savings
IFSC code: HDFC0000133


Registration fees once paid are generally not refundable, unless KSSA is forced to cancel the tournament due to COVID or other unusual occurrence. However, if someone needs to withdraw due to a personal emergency, prior to Dec 31st, they may request a refund by writing to KSSA.Scrabble @gmail.com and dropping a WhatsApp message to Hema 9663312906 or Pankaj at 8792863655. Refunds may not be requested after Jan 1, 2022.