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2009 Breaking news archive

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June 2009

June 3, 2009: New Bulletin available

The newest bulletin can be downloaded here.

June 5, 2009: new committee established

A new committee, Director’s Manual Committee, has been established to update the Director’s Manual.

June 5, 2009: Reno sanctioned

The Reno tournaments starting July 1, 2009 are going to be NASPA events.

June 17, 2009: news page created

The original breaking news page was created on this day (some earlier items are included for convenience).

June 15, 2009: PayPal unavailable

Payments to NASPA can no longer be made through PayPal, as PayPal has determined that Scrabble is a form of illegal gambling. The manual payment fee for NSC registration has been waived.

June 18, 2009: trial memberships

Trial membership information for first-time tournament players added to the Tournaments page.

June 18, 2009: tournament types explained

New table on Tournaments page highlights the difference between Local Club Tournaments (LCT) and the more typical Open Rated Tournaments (ORT).

June 19, 2009: rules revision announced

John Luebkemann (chair of the Rules Committee) announces some minor changes to the Official Tournament Rules to become effective August 1, 2009.

June 22, 2009: new committee established

A new committee, NASPA-WESPA Liaison Committee, has been established to coordinate communication with WESPA.

July 2009

July 1, 2009: official NSA-NASPA transition date

On July 1, the coordination of tournaments and clubs was officially transitioned from the NSA to NASPA. All tournament participants are required to be NASPA members.

July 10, 2009: tournament results and ratings online

The new tournament data submission application is online.

We have a new tournament results page that has the official results of the first NASPA-rated tourneys (Albany, Reno, Charleston, Laguna Woods) as well as copies of NSA results for the first half of 2009.

The ratings page has been updated with a link to the current official NASPA ratings and an archive of historical monthly NSA ratings.

July 21, 2009: the first NASPA Newsletter

The first issue of NASPA Tournament SCRABBLE Newsletter is ready and available online, thanks to the efforts of Newsletter Committee and approximately 50 other volunteers.

July 31, 2009: National SCRABBLE Championship

The event registration took place today in Dayton, OH, Convention Center. Games start tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for near-realtime online coverage.

August 2009

August 3, 2009: next NSC in Dallas

The location of the next two (2010 and 2011) National SCRABBLE Championships has been announced: Hotel InterContinental Dallas.

August 5, 2009: Dave Wiegand wins National SCRABBLE Championship

Dave Wiegand from Portland, OR wins the 2009 National SCRABBLE Championship in Dayton, OH and receives the $10,000 prize. The runner-up is the last year’s champion and the reigning world champion Nigel Richards from Malaysia. Dave defeated Nigel in the last two rounds today to win the tournament by a narrow margin; both players won 25 games but Dave accumulated a higher point spread (+1728 vs. +1593). This is the second championship for Dave; he also won the title in 2005.

Joel Wapnick from Montreal, QC placed third in the first division with 22 wins. Divisions two through five were won by Thomas Reinke from Middleton, WI, Dave Leonard from Buffalo, NY, Max Karten from Barrington, RI and Doug Szymkowiak from North Ridgeville, OH.

Final standings:

August 7, 2009: 2010 NSC dates

The 2010 National SCRABBLE Championship in Dallas will take place on August 7–11, 2010.

August 20, 2009: WSC team substitution

John Luebkemann has withdrawn from the US team for the 2009 World SCRABBLE Championship and has been replaced by Brian Bowman.

August 22, 2009: NASPA Newsletter, issue 2

Newsletter Committee has published the second issue of NASPA Tournament SCRABBLE Newsletter.

August 23, 2009: new committee established

A new committee, Governance Committee, has been established.