For event coverage, see: list of all winners, Early Bird results (TWL) Main Event tsh results (TWL) (CSW).

See also: who’s registered for the main event and the early bird, past winners, past Toronto tournaments, Toronto Scrabble Club, NASPA Tournaments.

2017 Michael Wise Memorial SCRABBLE® Tournament
(Toronto’s 38th Annual SCRABBLE® Players Tournament)
In support of the Michael Wise Memorial Fund at Princess Margaret Hospital
Friday, October 20th, Saturday, October 21st, & Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

The Toronto SCRABBLE® Club (North American SCRABBLE Players Association Club #3) hosts its 38th annual tournament this fall, an open SCRABBLE® Brand Crossword Game tournament. The event will be codirected by John Chew, Josh Greenway, and others TBA with help from Lynda Wise (catering) and Vivienne Muhling (billeting) and other staff TBA.

New This Year

New Location! Later Morning Start Times! The Return of Variant Games!

Tournament Details

Leah Katz Memorial Early Bird
Friday, October 20th
Two days is not enough!
Night Bird
Friday, October 20th
Seven games is not enough!

Michael Wise Memorial Main Event

Saturday, October 21st
Sunday, October 22nd

In a spirit of friendly rivalry

Saturday Night
Variant Games
Saturday, October 21st
Speed, Pairs, AMath, anything Goes!
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John Chew
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Check In: 8:30 A.M. 5:00 P.M. 9:00 A.M. 5:30 P.M.
First Game: 9:00 A.M. 6:00 P.M. 9:30 A.M. 7:00 P.M.
Entry Fee:
US$ for US residents only
CA$35/US$25 CA$20/US$20
CA$80 CA$70 CA$60 CA$50
US$60 US$55 US$45 US$40
Add $10 in each division after October 16th. Venue limited to 48 players.
Prizes: 75% of EF−PF 60% of EF−PF 60–65% of EF−PF 80% of EF−PF
Format: One division, 7 rounds, Chew pairings (including Gibsonization) with three-round initial fixed pairings. T.B.A. based on registration. Players will be assigned to TWL divisions using their NASPA ratings at time of registration; but may request reassignment based on newer ratings, up to and including the EB results. If your rating is 1500 or over, you must play in Division A. If your rating is 1100 or over, you must play in Division A or B. If you do not specify a rating when you register, you will be placed in the lowest permitted division. 7 rounds Saturday, 7 rounds Sunday. Modified Swiss (TSH) pairings (Gibson rule in effect) by John Chew. T.B.A. depending on games played.
Food: Refreshments, opt-in pizza. Refreshments. Refreshments and opt-in pizza served Saturday; lunch provided by Toronto SCRABBLE Club members on Sunday. Refreshments.
Location: All events will be held in the Skaters Lounge at the Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre (Arena) 580 Finch Avenue West (500 metres west of Bathurst St., on the north side), Toronto ON. Lost or late? Call John Chew at (416) 876–7675.

Tournament Schedule

October 20th

08:30–08:55Early Bird Registration
08:55–09:00Early Bird Announcements
09:00–13:00Early Bird Games 1–4
13:10–14:00Lunch break
14:00–17:00Early Bird Games 5–7
17:00–17:15Early Bird Awards Ceremony
17:00–18:00Night Bird Registration
18:00–22:00Night Bird Rounds 1–4

October 21st

09:25–09:30Main Event Announcements
09:30–13:30Main Event Games 1–4
13:30–14:30Lunch (pizza for sale)
14:30–17:30Main Event Games 4–7
17:30–18:30Variant Games Registration
19:00–22:00Variant Games Play

October 22nd

09:30–12:30Main Event Games 8–10
12:30–13:05Lunch (provided)
13:05–13:15Announcements of Upcoming Tournaments
13:15–17:15Main Event Games 11–14
17:15–17:45Main Event Awards Ceremony

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

Toronto has two main airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), 22 km west of the tournament venue along an expressway, and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), 14 km south of the tournament venue along city streets. U.S. residents might find it cheaper, but less convenient, to fly to Buffalo International Airport (BUF), 180 km along expressways from the tournament venue.

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.


Send your entry fees (see above for calculation) to Josh Greenway at 102-130 Rosedale Valley Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1P9 by Monday, October 16th, 2017. Entries after that date (including walk-ins) will be accepted on a space-available basis, paid in cash. You may also pay Josh Greenway or John Chew in person at the Toronto Scrabble Club many Wednesday evenings, or by INTERAC Email. 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. You may choose your division according to your current rating; you will not be required to change divisions should your rating change after registration. If you are eligible to play in more than one division, and are willing to play up or down in order to make division sizes even, please let me know; if you are the lowest-ranked such player in your division, we will refund you $10 after registration closes. For more information, please contact Josh Greenway at +1 647 340 6959 or or John Chew at +1 416 876 7675 or