See also: this flyer as a printable PDF, who’s registered for the main event and the newcomer event, NASPA Tournaments.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Town of Shediac is sponsoring its fourth annual sanctioned SCRABBLE tournament this year, to celebrate the birthplace of the earliest known crossword board game. All events to be directed by John Chew.

Tournament Details

All competition takes place at the Multipurpose Centre at 58 Festival Street (Centre multifonctionnel, 58, rue Festival), two blocks east of the Hotel Shediac. Lost or late? Call John Chew at (416) 876–7675.

Main Event
Friday, September 27th ~ Sunday, September 29th
Serious competition for serious prizes
Check in at 6:00 P.M.
Clocks start at 7:00 P.M. Friday, 9:30 A.M. Saturday & Sunday.
You pay:
  • CA$125 (U.S. residents may pay US$90)
  • $20 walk-in fee if not preregistered
You get:
  • 15 rounds of rated SCRABBLE play
  • Coffee, tea and snacks throughout
  • lobster dinner (alternatives available) on Saturday night
  • A prize pool of $90 per competitor, prorated between the TWL and CSW divisions.
Format: NASPA-rated, 15 rounds plus 2-round final, 2 open divisions (TWL and CSW lexicon). Minimum attendance in each division: 4 players. Chew Pairings, Gibson rule in effect.

Tournament Schedule

Schedule details are subject to revision, but the overall start time won’t be made any earlier, nor the finish time any later.

September 27th
18:00–19:00Main Event Registration
19:00–22:00Main Event Rounds 1–3
19:00–22:00Shediac Witch Pub Crawl
Details TBA

September 28th

09:30–12:30Main Event Rounds 4–6
12:30–13:30Lunch (sandwiches available for purchase on-site)
13:30–17:30Main Event Rounds 7–10
17:30–19:00Lobster dinner: included for Main Event players, others may opt in for $25 if reserved by Friday
19:00–22:00After hours play

September 29th

09:30–12:30Main Event Rounds 11–13
12:30–13:30Lunch (sandwiches available for purchase on-site)
13:30–15:30Main Event Games 14–15
15:30–15:45Main Event Awards Ceremony
15:45–17:45Main Event Final Rounds 1–2
17:45–18:00Main Event Final Presentation
19:00–22:00Harbour tour (tentative)

Clocks will be started promptly to maintain the above schedule, and any player who misses a scheduled game may be removed from subsequent pairings until they return and the next pairings are calculated.

Travel Notes

The nearest airport to Shediac is Moncton (YQM), with connections to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal; it is a 21-minute drive from the tournament site.

We have a small block of rooms held at the Hotel Shediac available for booking until August 27. In the block are six rooms with two queen beds at $129+tax per night, nine executive king rooms at $139+tax per night, and two wheelchair-accessible king rooms at $139+tax per night. To obtain the group rate, please call the hotel directly at +1 855 836 6100 or +1 506 532 6100. It’s the last busy weekend of the season, and in the past the hotel has always sold out, so we encourage you to book early. If they’re full though, there are plenty of other places to stay in town (one popular choice is Le Griffon B&B) within easy walking and driving distance.


Send your entry fees (see above for calculation) to John Chew by September 25, 2019. Cash, cheque, money order, INTERAC are fine; credit cards and Paypal are not. Please include your name, telephone number, address, valid NASPA membership number (unless this is your first tournament) and preferred division. If you would like confirmation of your registration, please also include your e-mail address. For more information, please contact John Chew at +1 416 876 7675 or