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See also: who’s registered, past winners, past Toronto tournaments, Toronto Scrabble Club, NSA Tournaments.

2005 Michael Wise Memorial SCRABBLE® Tournament
(Toronto’s 26th Annual SCRABBLE® Players Tournament)
In support of the Michael Wise Memorial Fund at Princess Margaret Hospital
Friday, September 23rd, Saturday, September 24th & Sunday, September 25th, 2005

The Toronto SCRABBLE® Club (National Scrabble Association Club #3) hosts its 26th annual tournament this fall, an open SCRABBLE® Brand Crossword Game tournament. The event will be codirected by John Chew and John Robertson, with help from Lynda Wise (catering), Tony Leah (supplies), Vivienne Muhling (billeting) and Craig Rowland (speed director).

New This Year

We thank outgoing codirectors Lisa Deift and Lisa Kessler for their past service and welcome John Robertson to our staff as codirector. John will be in charge of one of the two rooms for our main event, while John Chew will look after the other.

We will be offering a short lecture for the first time this year, early Saturday evening after the main games are over for the day and before the speed tournament begins. Canadian Champion Adam Logan will talk on the topic “When to Open Triple-Triples”.

At the request of players preparing for the World Championship, we will have a small SOWPODS division, to be rated in Bob Jackman’s international rating system. Net proceeds of that division will go to the “Canadian Scrabble Players Supporting Our World Team” fund.

Tournament Details


Leah Katz Memorial Early Bird

Friday, September 23rd

12 games is not enough!

Unrated Pairs Event

Friday, September 23rd

More fun with a partner!

Unrated Speed Tournament

Saturday, September 24th

Three minutes is enough!

Michael Wise Memorial Main Event

Saturday, September 24th
Sunday, September 25th

In a spirit of friendly rivalry

Check In: 8:30 A.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 8:30 A.M. Saturday
First Game: 9:15 A.M. 7:30 P.M. 7:30 P.M. 9:15 A.M. Saturday, 9:00 A.M. Sunday
Entry Fee: CA$30/US$20 CA$15/US$10 CA$15/US$10 CA$50/US$40 until September 9th, CA$55/US$45 if received later, CA$60/US$50 if paid at the door
Prizes: 70% of EF 70% of EF 70% of EF 56% of EF, including 30% to first place in each division; $100 to top unrated player.
Format: Two divisions split at 1500 based on September 1st ratings, with no playing up (except to even the larger division), 8 rounds. T.B.A. based on registration and according to average rating of partners, 3 rounds. T.B.A. based on registration, 15 rounds. See for speed rules. Directed by Craig Rowland. One SOWPODS division and four OTCWL divisions split at 1700, 1400, 1100 using September 1st ratings. Players within 100 points may play up at their request unless division numbers become odd. 7 rounds Saturday, 5 rounds Sunday. Modified Swiss pairings by John Chew.
Food: Refreshments, opt-in pizza. Refreshments. Refreshments. Refreshments and opt-in pizza Saturday, Lunch Sunday.
Location: All events will be held at Earl Bales Community Centre in Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON. Lost or late? Call John Chew at (416) 876–7675. When asked to search for the park’s access road, Google’s on-line map puts a marker right outside the community centre.

Tournament Schedule

September 23rd

08:30–09:00Early Bird Registration
09:00–09:15Early Bird Announcements
09:15–13:15Early Bird Games 1–4
13:15–14:00Lunch break (see restaurant list)
14:00–18:00Early Bird Games 4–8
18:00–18:30Early Bird Awards Ceremony
19:00–19:20Pairs Registration
19:20–19:30Pairs Announcements
19:30–22:30Pairs Games 1–3
22:30–22:45Pairs Awards

September 24th

09:00–09:15Main Event Announcements
09:15–12:45Main Event Games 1–3
12:45–13:45Lunch break (see restaurant list)
13:45–18:15Main Event Games 4–7
19:00–19:15Guest Lecture: Adam Logan on “When to Open Triple-Triples”
19:00–19:20Speed Registration
19:20–19:30Speed Announcements
19:30–22:30Speed Games 1–15
22:30–22:45Speed Awards

September 25th

09:00–12:15Main Event Games 8–10
12:15–13:00Lunch (provided)
13:00–13:15Announcements of Upcoming Tournaments
13:15–15:30Main Event Games 11–12
15:30–16:00Main Event Awards Ceremony


If you’re travelling from out of town and would like to stay with a local player, please contact billetting coordinator Vivienne Muhling at (416) 603–0625 (phone or fax) or (Please indicate smoking preference, parking requirements, special food needs and arrival and departure times.)

We also have a list of downtown and uptown hotels that past players have recommended.

Please note that games start on Sunday morning before the subway starts running, and allow extra time to travel on surface routes if you’ll be using public transit.


Send your entry fees (see above for calculation) to John Chew, 9 Fulton Avenue, Toronto ON M4K 1X6 by Friday, September 16th, 2005. You may also pay John in person at the NSC in Reno. Please include your name, telephone number, address, valid NSA 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. You may register before the September 1st ratings list is published, and choose your division according to your rating in the current list. If we have received your entry fee, we will honour your division choice even if your rating subsequently declines. For more information, please contact John Chew at +1 416 876 7675 or