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2005 Kingston Cup Match

The 21st annual Toronto-Montreal (Scrabble®) club match will take place on October 29th and 30th, 2005 at Howard Johnson’s Confederation Place Hotel.

Toronto is in possession of the upper division Kingston Cup and the lower division Midway Cup. Montreal has the middle division 401 Trophy.

Players should arrive in time to play by 12:30 on Saturday, and Round 1 clocks will start at 1:00 P.M. See below for the rest of the schedule.

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Confederation Place Hotel
237 Ontario Street, Kingston ON, K7L 2Z4, 1-888-825-4656 or 1-613-549-6300. Call to make reservations: our room rate is $89/night (singles or doubles). Directions: take the Division St. or Montreal St. exit from the 401, drive to Princess Street, turn left, drive all the way down to the waterfront at Ontario Street, turn left and the hotel will be on your left.
John Chew (Toronto team captain)
E-mail or call +1 416 876 7675 (cellphone, before, during or after the event).
Bernard Gotlieb (Montreal team captain)
E-mail or call +1 514 484 0824.


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.

Ten dollars is collected from each player at the tournament, to cover the cost of the room and the rating fee.


Saturday, 12:30 P.M.Welcome, announcements.
Saturday, 1:00 P.M.Round 1 begins
Saturday, 6:00 P.M. (approx.)Dinner
Saturday, 7:30 P.M.Round 6 begins
Saturday, 10:30 P.M. (approx.)Round 8 ends
Sunday, 10:00 A.M.Round 9 begins (If both players consent, Round 8 may be played on Sunday at 9:00 A.M. instead of late Saturday night.)
Sunday, 12:30 P.M.Round 11 begins (allowing slack for people who want to have a quick lunch or check out between rounds)
Sunday, 2:30 P.M. (approx.)Round 12 ends, awards ceremony
Sunday, 3:00 P.M.End of tournament

This Year’s Teams

If you are not listed below and want to play for your city, please contact your team captain immediately.

Kingston Cup
Toronto Montreal
1837Robin Pollock Daniel 1992Adam Logan
1801Jim Nanavati 1945David Boys
1782Zev Kaufman 1860Joel Wapnick
1779John Chew 1786Bernard Gotlieb
1761Craig Rowland 1750Fran Silver
1743Shaun Goatcher 1694Jeremy Hildebrand (Ottawa)
1706Ray Francis 1578Linda Espallardo
1685Libero Paolella 1471Lydia Keras
1641Salvatore Desiato 1443Richard Kirsch
401 Trophy
Toronto Montreal
1460Lynda Wise 1402David Jones (Ottawa)
1442Lisa Kessler 1390Anita Rackham
1383Curtis Akomanyi 1377Akiva Gitelman
1340Mad Palazzo 1315Mitzi Pollak (Ottawa)
1213Diane Brown 1244Barbara Puky
Midway Cup
Toronto Montreal
1193Nicholas Fall (Kingston) 1136Ruth Nabi
1180Michael Lancashire 881Abie Cromanty
1162Vera Bigall 856Bert Tellone
948Kevin Turner 811Rachelle Glait
880Emilie Henkelman (Ottawa) 722John Van Zeyl

This Year's Format

Teams will compete in three divisions with no intermixing.


Montreal now leads Toronto 12½-7½ in the Kingston Cup, 6-3 in the 401 Trophy. Toronto leads Montreal 2½-½ in the Midway Cup. Click to see historical records about the players and the teams.


For full-size printable versions of these photos, see my Flickr account.

[Midway Cup Team Photo]
Back (L to R): Bernard Gotlieb (Montreal team captain), John Chew (Toronto team captain), John Van Zeyl, Bert Tellone, Kevin Turner, Ruth Nabi, Michael Lancashire, Nick Fall. Front (L to R): Emilie Henkelman, Vera Bigall, Abie Cromanty, Rachelle Glait.

[Team Captain Photo]
Team captains Bernard Gotlieb and John Chew

[401 Trophy Team Photo]
Back (L to R): Bernard Gotlieb (Montreal team captain), John Chew (Toronto team captain), Lynda Wise, Curtis Akomanyi, Barbara Puky, Akiva Gitelman, Mitzi Pollak, David Jones. Front (L to R): Diane Brown, Anita Rackham, Mad Palazzo, Lisa Kessler.

[Kingston Cup Team Photo]
Back (L to R): Libero Paolella, Bernard Gotlieb (Montreal team captain), John Chew (Toronto team captain), Jim Nanavati, Shaun Goatcher, Joel Wapnick, Zev Kaufman, Robin Pollock Daniel, Craig Rowland, Jeremy Hildebrand. Front (L to R): Fran Silver, Lydia Keras, David Boys, Linda Espallardo, Richard Kirsch.