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2003 Michael Wise Memorial SCRABBLE® Tournament
(Toronto's 24th Annual SCRABBLE® Players Tournament)
In support of the Michael Wise Memorial Fund at Princess Margaret Hospital
Friday, September 19th, Saturday, September 20th & Sunday, September 21st, 2003

The Toronto SCRABBLE® Club (National Scrabble Association Club #3) hosts its 24th annual tournament this fall, an open SCRABBLE® Brand Crossword Game tournament. The event will be codirected by John Chew and Lisa Kessler.

Tournament Details


Leah Katz Memorial Early Bird

Friday, September 19th

12 games is not enough!

Unrated Pairs Event

Friday, September 19th

More fun with a partner!

NEW Speed Tournament

Saturday, September 20th

Three minutes is enough!

Michael Wise Memorial Main Event

Saturday, September 20th
Sunday, September 21st

In a spirit of friendly rivalry

Check In: 8:30 A.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 8:30 A.M. Saturday
First Game: 9:15 A.M. 7:30 P.M. 7:30 P.M. 9:15 A.M. Saturday, 9:00 A.M. Sunday
Entry Fee: CA$30/US$20 CA$15/US$10 CA$15/US$10 CA$40/US$30, or CA$45/US$35 if received after September 5th
Prizes: 70% of EF 70% of EF 70% of EF 56% of EF, including 30% to first place in each division.
Format: Two divisions split at 1500 based on September 1st ratings, with no playing up, 7 rounds. T.B.A. based on registration and according to average rating of partners, 3 rounds. T.B.A. based on registration. Speed rules will be posted here in August. Four divisions split at 1700, 1400, 1100 using September 1st ratings. Players within 100 points may play up at their request unless division numbers become odd. 7 rounds Saturday, 5 rounds Sunday. Modified Swiss pairings by John Chew.
Food: Refreshments. Refreshments. Refreshments. Refreshments Saturday, Lunch Sunday.
Location: All events will be held at Earl Bales Community Centre in Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON. Lost or late? Call our cell-phones: John Chew at (416) 876-7675 or Lisa Kessler at (416) 937-6063. Yahoo!'s on-line map puts a red star at the southwest corner of the park; the park entrance is in the middle of the west side of the park and the community centre itself at the north end.

Tournament Schedule

Friday, September 19th, 2003

08:30-09:00Early Bird Registration
09:00-09:15Early Bird Announcements
09:15-12:15Early Bird Games 1-3
12:15-13:15Lunch break (see restaurant list)
13:15-17:15Early Bird Games 4-7
17:30-18:00Early Bird Awards Ceremony
19:00-19:20Pairs Registration
19:20-19:30Pairs Announcements
19:30-22:30Pairs Games 1-3
22:30-22:45Pairs Awards

Saturday, September 20th, 2003

09:00-09:15Main Event Announcements
09:15-12:45Main Event Games 1-3
12:45-13:45Lunch break (see restaurant list)
13:45-18:15Main Event Games 4-7
19:00-19:20Speed Registration
19:20-19:30Speed Announcements
19:30-22:30Speed Games 1-15
22:30-22:45Speed Awards

Sunday, September 21st, 2003

09:00-12:15Main Event Games 8-10
12:15-13:00Lunch (provided)
13:00-13:15Announcements of Upcoming Tournaments
13:15-15:30Main Event Games 11-12
15:30-16:00Main Event Awards Ceremony


If you're travelling from out-of-town, you might want to look at our list of hotels. Several Toronto Scrabble® Club members may also be able to offer hospitality to out-of-towners competing in the tournament. If you would like to stay with one of us, please contact billetting coordinator Vivienne Muhling at (416) 603-0625 (phone or fax) or Please indicate smoking preference, parking requirements, special food needs and arrival and departure times.


Send your entry fees (see above for calculation) to Lisa Kessler, 302-150 Balmoral Avenue, Toronto ON M4V 1J4 by Friday, September 12th, 2003. Please include your name, telephone number, address, valid NSA membership number (unless this is your first tournament) and preferred division. If you would like confirmation of your registration, please also include your e-mail address. You may register before the September 1st ratings list is published, and choose your division according to your rating in the current list. If we have received your entry fee, we will honour your division choice even if your rating subsequently declines. For more information, please contact Lisa Kessler at +1 416 967 0997 or <>.