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2018 Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship Early Bird

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The 2018 Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship (CNSC) features an open rated Early Bird (EB) event, which takes place on Friday, June 15 at the Bond Place Hotel in Toronto, immediately preceding the CNSC main event (ME).


Players must be NASPA members in good standing, but do not have to have qualified for the ME, and in particular do not have to be Canadian citizens or residents. Membership may be purchased at registration: $30 for a one-year adult membership, $19 for a one-event membership for rated players, $15 for a six-month trial membership for rated players, $15 for a one-year youth membership, or free for a six-month membership for North American School SCRABBLE Championship contestants.

Main Event Qualification

As in recent years, this Early Bird is a warm-up event, with no qualification path from it to the Main Event.


Players should register by informing John Chew that they wish to play. Space is limited to 16 players in the current floor plan, and will be assigned based on the order in which registrations are received. An entry fee of CAD 30.00 may be paid either by cheque prior to June 14th (John will be at the June 6th and 13th meetings of the Toronto SCRABBLE Club), or by cash at the door.


All players will play in one open division, using tsh pairings beginning with the standard round robin groups of four players randomly selected from each quartile, followed by four rounds of Chew pairings, including Gibsonization on spread.

70% of the net entry fees (less participation fees) will be returned to players in prizes, including at least one class prize for every ten players.

In the extremely unlikely event that at least four players prefer to play SOWPODS, and notify the director at least a week before the event, there will be a separate SOWPODS division.


Please see the main event schedule for full details of the early bird schedule.

Players, especially those who intend to pay their entry fee at the door, must arrive during the registration period: 8:30–9:00 A.M. If you are running late, please call John Chew at his cellphone at 416-876-7675 before 9:00 A.M. to be included in the day’s pairings.

Seven rounds of play begin at 9:15 A.M. and end at 6:30 P.M., punctuated by two coffee breaks (catered by the hotel) and one lunch break (for which players are on their own).

Main Event registration will run from 7:00–7:30 P.M, but players may also pick up their registration package earlier in the day.


CNSC Protiles will be available at Early Bird registration. Main Event players may claim their free set with their registration package at this time; additional sets will be available while supplies last for $15 per set.

Players should be prepared to bring all other equipment, as at a regular tournament.

Registered Players

See Cross-tables.com for the current list of registered players.

Further Information

For more information, please contact tournament director John Chew.