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The 2011 Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship (CNSC) will take place on June 10-13 at the Bond Place Hotel, 65 Dundas Street East, Toronto (map). Hasbro Canada is once again generously underwriting a $12,150 prize package, and the new national champion also wins the right to represent Canada at the 2011 World SCRABBLE Championship.
|Friday, June 10||09:15–18:30||Warmup Early Bird (optional)|
|Saturday, June 11||09:00–18:45||Rounds 4–11|
|Sunday, June 12||09:00–17:35||Rounds 12–18|
|Monday, June 13||09:00–15:00||Finals (best-of-five between top two finalists)|
A more detailed schedule will be posted as soon as it has been finalized; the above has been published to let participants make their travel plans.
Please note also that everyone is welcome to attend the regular weekly meeting of the Mississauga SCRABBLE Club on the evening of Thursday, June 9th.
The CNSC is an invitational event for the top 52 players who qualify according to a qualification system (QS) maintained by the Canadian Committee. As described in the QS, competitors must play a minimum number of games during a qualification period (QP), be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and be members in good standing of NASPA. One place goes to defending champion Adam Logan, the next 47 places are awarded based on peak ratings, and four places may be available in two qualifying tournaments.
Regardless of how you wish to qualify, you must register by making sure that John Chew receives your $75 entry fee together with your T-shirt size no later than March 31st. You may pay by cash, cheque or INTERAC e-Transfer, but not PayPal or credit card. Cash and cheque payments may be made by mail (9 Fulton Avenue, Toronto ON M4K 1X6) or in person (at the Toronto SCRABBLE Club, the Dallas Open or the WCWCWC). If you are not sure whether or not you will qualify, please pay by cheque, so that your cheque can be destroyed or returned if you do not qualify.
As usual, to participate in the CNSC, you must comply with the CNSC rules, which set out in legal terms the agreement that you are entering into as a participant in the event.
The championship will receive major event web coverage typical of recent national and international championships, including photography and commentary by Sherrie Saint John and live annotated games from Board 1.
Spectators are invited to attend the finals on Monday, June 13th, where the best-of-five match will be relayed play by play onto a giant SCRABBLE board. Admission is free.
Spectators are also welcome to take a look at the preliminary rounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but space is extremely limited. They should introduce themselves to tournament officials on arrival, and take care not to disturb games in progress.
The $12,150 prize pool donated by Hasbro Canada will be awarded according to the same distribution as at the 2008 CNSC.
Possession of the trophy
A place on Canada's team at WSC 2011
|High Play||$25 (daily)|
|Best Daily Record||$25 (daily)|
The Bond Place Hotel is located in downtown Toronto, one block east of Yonge-Dundas Square, the “Heart of the City”, in a popular neighbourhood known for shopping, dining and entertainment. Within a 200-metre radius are such other Toronto landmarks as the Eaton Centre (the largest mall in the region), Massey Hall (a century-old performing arts theatre), the (self-proclaimed) World's Biggest Bookstore, St. Michael's Hospital and Ryerson University.
Renovations of all of its guest rooms are expected to be completed by the end of March 2011, and the hotel will host not only the CNSC this June but also the Toronto International SCRABBLE Open in September. Rooms are reasonably priced and, unusually for the area, available in three-bed configurations.
The venue is non-smoking, wheelchair-accessible, near Dundas subway station, and has guest parking. All events will take place in the function rooms on the basement level of the hotel.
Some meals will be provided to contestants and staff in the lounge; details will appear when the full event schedule is published.
The nearest food courts are in the malls on the other three (NE, NW and SW) corners of Yonge and Dundas. A list of additional restaurant suggestions will be posted here as the event draws nearer.
|Sandy Sinclair (VP Marketing),|
Marisa Pedatella, Greg Ferguson
& Web Designer
|Internet Reporter||Sherrie Saint John|
& Event Planning
|Finals Host||Robin Pollock Daniel, TBA (if Robin is a finalist)|
If you have questions about the 2011 CNSC that are not answered on this website, please contact CNSC Director John Chew.