The 19th annual Toronto-Montreal (Scrabble®) club match will take place on January 31st and February 1st, 2004 at the Howard Johnson Confederation Place at 237 Ontario Street in downtown Kingston. For directions to the event and reservation instructions, please click on the link in the preceding sentence.
Montreal is in possession of the upper division Kingston Cup and the middle division 401 Trophy. Possession of the lower division unnamed trophy has not yet been determined, owing to a tie in its inaugural year.
Players should arrive in time to play by 12:30 on Saturday. Those present will vote on the schedule for the rest of the weekend (how many games to play Saturday, when to break for dinner, and what time to start on Sunday). Round 1 clocks will start at 13:00.
We play by regular NSA tournament rules, except that no record is kept of cumulative spread. Games may therefore be ended by resignation, when both players agree that the outcome is certain and the game does not need to be played out. This should be in keeping with the late Mike Wise's unofficial motto for this event: "Play in a spirit of friendly rivalry."
John and Bernard draw to see which side goes first in even-numbered rounds, overriding the NSA's usual protocol. (Montreal won the draw this year.)
Ten dollars is collected from each player at the tournament, to cover the cost of the room and the rating fee.
|1837||Craig Rowland||1930||David Boys|
|1834||Zev Kaufman||1858||Joel Wapnick|
|1797||Jim Nanavati||1850||Bernard Gotlieb|
|1762||Ray Francis||1786||Jakob Teitelbaum|
|1747||Tony Leah||1783||Andrew Golding|
|1739||Shaun Goatcher||1729||Fran Silver|
|1724||Fern Lindzon||1722||Lou Cornelis|
|1720||John Chew||1645||Emanuel Chicoine|
|1643||Sal Desiato||1595||Arthur Carvalho|
|1470||Mad Palazzo||1504||Barbara Bultz|
|1457||Lisa Kessler||1469||Akiva Gitelman|
|1450||Trevor Sealy||1449||Anita Rackham|
|1404||Gene Rawlins||1423||Richard Kirsch|
|1227||Roger Cullman||1382||Lydia Keras|
|1121||Nick Fall||1137||Barbara Puky|
|952||Pam Hunter||1043||Kate Doe|
|938||Ani Migirdicyan||963||Bert Tellone|
|880||Deb Light||879||Abie Cromanty|
|539||Vera Bigall||848||Victoria Demers|
By ratings, Montreal are 5-game favorites for the Kingston Cup and 401 Trophy, and 10-game favorites in Division 3.
Lilla Sinanan (1019) is Toronto's alternate player.
Teams will compete in three divisions with no intermixing. In the top two divisions, after playing each of the members of the opposing team, players in each division will be numbered according to their number of wins, with ties broken by pre-tournament rating.
Montreal now leads Toronto 12-6 in the Kingston Cup, 4-3 in the 401 Trophy, and has possession of both. As the teams tied in the lower division, the as yet unnamed (and nonexistent trophy) was not awarded last year. Click to see historical records about the players and the teams.