Third Canadian National SCRABBLE® Championship
|This page is mirrored from the Official Event Site.|
On November 17-20, the Canadian National SCRABBLE® Championship returned to the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. Inaugurated by Hasbro Canada in 1996 and continuing since then as a biennial event, this invitational tournament brings the top fifty Canadian players together to vie for the title of Canadian Champion.
In addition to a $7,000 prize, this year's winner Ron Hoekstra will automatically qualify to represent Canada at the 2001 World SCRABBLE® Championship. Both 1996 Champion Adam Logan and 1998 Champion Joel Wapnick are World Championship veterans and past North American champions, and Wapnick is the reigning World Champion.
The event consists of an eighteen-game Swiss-paired non-elimination preliminary round that began Friday evening after the opening reception, and continued on until the two finalists are determined around 5:30 P.M. on Sunday. The two players with the best record during the initial eighteen rounds (Adam Logan and Ron Hoekstra) played a best-of-five match beginning at 8:45 A.M. on Monday to determine the new Champion. At 12:15 P.M., Ron Hoekstra defeated Adam Logan in a third consecutive game to become the Canadian Champion.
The tournament site is closed to the public, but standings and photographs are posted at the National SCRABBLE® Association web site (www.scrabble-assoc.com) after each round. All games played at Board #1 (the leaders' board) were simulcast and archived play by play at this site.
For further information, media please contact Kara LeMoine of Strategic Objectives Inc. (416-366-7735) or Denise Burke of Hasbro Canada (450-670-9820). Tournament Director John Chew can also be reached before, during and after the event at 416-876-7675.
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