What Types of Winks Tournaments Are Held in All of
- Team. Each team has from 4 to 8 winkers (plus
rotating extras) which plays, usually in fixed pairs, for a team title. In the US.
the traditional team tournament was the Continentals, traditionally played in February.
In the UK, there have also been collegiate matches, such as the Varsity match, as
well as various Teams of Four
- Pairs. A partnership attempts to win
against all other pairs, typically in an all-play-all round-robin format
- Singles. A solo winker plays both
colors in the official game of tiddlywinks and plays against other singles.
- Individuals. This is quite unlike the
Singles. In an Individuals tournament, usually deemed an Individual Pairs, each
winker partners with different partners, as many as the tournament format permits, and the
winner might generally be considered the best partner.
- Random. Tournaments in which teams may
be chosen by team leaders at the start of the tournament, and during which the competing
pairs may be any arbitrary pair of winkers within a team (and sometimes, without regard to
any arbitrary team arrangements!)
- Handicap. Typically employed when
novice players are playing with or against veteran players. A handicap system is
employed to balance the experience levels. The handicap may take the form of
allowing two shots in the space of one for a novice, or to redo a failed shot, or to
transfer points from the more veteran pair to the more novice pair according to a
Tournament rotation scoresheets are available at
Sanctioned by the International Federation of Tiddlywinks Associations
(IFTwA). A winner of a national title (from NATwA, ETwA, or ScotTwA) earns the right
to challenge the current World titleholders.
North American Tiddlywinks Association (NATwA) Tournaments
NATwA has been holding tournaments since 1966.
- Coming soon to this web site, NATwA tournament results by
year, by tournament, by winker, by pair.
- NATwA Singles
- NATwA Pairs
- Continentals (team championships)
- Individual Pairs
English Tiddlywinks Association (ETwA) Tournaments
ETwA has been holding official tournaments since 1958, and other matches since 1955
(and perhaps before).
Scottish Tiddlywinks Association (ScotTwA) Tournaments
Elsewhere on the Winking Front
and, well, yes, we have heard of other local centers of winking, e.g. the VFW post
in Milwaukee WI... coming soon
The inscrutable winks ratings
from the scrupulous Patrick Barrie, and before that Tim Hedger, who revived them 1997. Originally festered by Nick Inglis on his
now antiqued BBC micro. What hath math wrought?
- World, NATwA, ETwA, and ScotTwA championships, all rolled up
for slicing and dicing.