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Canadian National SCRABBLE® Championship

What?

Hasbro Canada sponsored the first Canadian National SCRABBLE® Championship in the fall of 1996. The top two finalists in an eighteen-round tournament played a best-of-five series to determine the champion. A total of CAD 10,150.00 was awarded in prizes, distributed as follows: 5000, 2500, 1000, 500, 350, 250, 100, 100, 100 and 100 respectively to the top ten players, and 25 each for high word and high game on each of the first three days of play.

Who?

The entry criteria were:
Players must be Canadian citizens or have resided full-time in Canada since 1991. They must also be members in good standing of the National Scrabble Association, and have achieved an NSA rating of at least 1700 since 1993. Registration is limited to the first forty applications received; but if (as is likely) fewer than forty players register by the deadline, then registration will be opened to lower-rated players who meet the other criteria, with the highest-rated among them being accepted.
The following forty players registered, and in the event that one of them could not play, Lisa Deift was to be the first alternate:
Tim Anglin, Ian Bell, Len Borer, David Boys, James Cherry, John Chew, Hugh Currie, Glenn Dunlop, Linda Espallardo, Bob Fancett, Ray Francis, Max Garfinkle, Shaun Goatcher, Andrew Golding, Linda Gomes, Bernard Gotlieb, Albert Hahn, Sary Karanofsky, Leah Katz, Zev Kaufman, Mike Krepakevich, Jan Lanz, Adam Logan, Dave Lytle, George Macaulay, Ron Manson, Ross McKenzie, Peter Morris, Jim Nanavati, Libero Paolella, Jeff Parsons, Joe Peters, Robin Pollock, Craig Rowland, Mike Ryan, Fran Silver, Peter Teitelbaum, Siri Tillekeratne, Joel Wapnick, Lynda Wise.

When?

Friday, October 18th, 1996

17:00-17:30
Players arrive/register
17:30-18:30
Welcome reception
18:30-19:00
Players seated/instructions given
19:00-22:00
Three rounds of Scrabble® games played

Saturday, October 19th, 1996

08:00-08:30
Coffee/bagels served
08:30-08:45
Players seated/update on day's schedule
08:45-12:00
Three rounds of Scrabble® games played
12:00-13:00
Light stand-up lunch served
13:00-16:00
Three rounds of Scrabble® games played
16:00-16:30
Afternoon coffee break
16:30-18:30
Two rounds of Scrabble® games played

Sunday, October 20th, 1996

08:00-08:30
Coffee/bagels served
08:30-08:45
Players seated/update on day's schedule
08:45-12:00
Three rounds of Scrabble® games played
12:00-13:00
Light stand-up lunch served
13:00-15:00
Two rounds of Scrabble® games played
15:00-15:30
Afternoon coffee break
15:30-17:30
Two rounds of Scrabble® games played
17:30-19:00
Cocktail reception/light hors-d'oeuvres, Announcement of standings

Monday, October 21st, 1996

08:00-08:30
Coffee/bagels served
08:30-08:45
Two players seated/instructiosn given
08:45-11:45*
Best three out of five Scrabble® games played
11:45*-12:15*
Awards/presentation
12:15*-14:00*
Light stand-up lunch/media interviews
* Approximate times. Will depend on how quickly the games are played and how many are played.

Where?

The Arts & Letters Club at 14 Elm Street, in downtown Toronto.

How?

The registration period closed on September 10th, 1996. Forty players paid CAD 50.00 each to register for the tournament.

Huh?

For more information, contact Mike Wise at [phone number deleted following Mike's death] or e-mail John Chew at poslfit@gmail.com.
SCRABBLE® is a registered trademark of Hasbro Canada Inc.
This page is not endorsed by Hasbro; for full information please obtain a copy of the official championship rules from Mike Wise.