The Official Website of North American Scrabble® Players Association Club #545

2017 Vancouver Scrabble® Tournament

March 3 - 5, 2017

Tournament Information

Organizers
Chris Williams (604-321-2439) (vancouverscrabble at gmail dot com)
Miriam Gregory (604-736-4198; cell: 604-352-2294) (gregory at rainbowltd dot ca)
Site
Marriott Vancouver Airport -- 7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC (Google map)

Early Bird

Date
March 3rd, 2017
Time
Mandatory check in 8:30-9:00 A.M. Games will start once check-in and announcements are complete. If you are running late, please contact Miriam Gregory (604-352-2294). If you do not show up or call during check-in time, you may be removed from the tournament, and your entry fee will not be refunded.
Divisions
Players will be placed into divisions of 8 based on their NASPA rating on March 1, 2017; unrated players will be placed at the director's discretion. TWL lexicon only; there will be no Collins divisons in the Early Bird.
Format
8 Rounds -- Round Robin + King of the Hill, with Gibsonization. For any divisions with more or fewer than 8 players, pairings will be determined by the director.
Entry Fee
$45 CDN. There is an additional $5 commuter fee for all players (including local players) who are not staying at the Marriott. Registration deadline is February 28, 2017. No refunds once play begins.

Main Event

Date
March 4th & 5th, 2017
Time
Saturday March 4th: mandatory check in 8:30-9:00 A.M.; rounds 1-8 will begin once check-in and annoucements are complete. If you are running late, please contact Miriam Gregory (604-352-2294). If you do not show up or call during check-in time, you may be removed from the tournament, and your entry fee will not be refunded.
Sunday March 5th: rounds 9-14, starting at 9:00 A.M.
Divisions
Three TWL divisions, one Collins Division:
  • Division A -- open to all players.
  • Division B -- restricted to players with a NASPA rating under 1550.
  • Division C -- restricted to players with a NASPA rating under 1050.
  • Division CSW -- open to all players; Collins lexicon with 5-point challenge rule.
NASPA ratings on March 1, 2017 will be used to determine which divisions a player will be permitted to play in.
Format
14 Rounds -- Modified Swiss + King of the Hill, with Gibsonization.
Entry Fee
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Entry Fee (CAD$)
payment received:
DivisionNASPA RatingBefore Jan 1Jan 1 - Feb 20After Feb 20
AAny$90$100$120
BUnder 1550$70$80$95
CUnder 1050$50$60$70
CSWAny$90$100$120
$10 commuter fee for all players not staying at the Marriott
under the Vancouver Scrabble room block.

Entry fees will be determined by the date when payment is received, not when it is sent. If you are mailing your entry, please allow extra time for your entry to arrive to avoid paying extra. Registration deadline is February 28, 2017. No refunds once play begins.

We accept payment in US dollars; please follow the instructions in the Registration section below

Equipment
Please bring Deluxe Scrabble® Boards, clocks, and tournament tiles if you have them.
NASPA Membership
This tournament is sanctioned by the North American Scrabble Players Association; you must be a member in order to play. Membership is $30/year, with a 6-month trial membership available to new players for $15. You can join or renew your membership online at http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/w/Membership.

Accomodations

The Marriott Vancouver Airport is offering us a Vancouver Scrabble special rate of $129/night + taxes for a one-bedroom suite with either one bed (king or queen) and a sofa bed, or two beds. This rate includes parking and Internet access. Up to four people can stay in a room.

The Marriott is centrally located in Richmond, within walking distance of Richmond Centre mall, Minoru Park, and the Canada Line Skytrain. The hotel offers complimentary airport shuttle service.

To reserve your room, phone the hotel reservations department directly at 1-800-228-9290 or 604-276-2112 and be sure to ask for the Vancouver Scrabble group rate. Or book on-line using the group code VSCVSCA.

The Marriott has a limited number of rooms with two beds. These rooms cannot be booked online; you must reserve them by phone.

Our room block will be released on February 1, 2017 at 5pm PST.

Parking

The Marriott has given us a special rate of $7.50/day for guests not staying at the hotel. Inform the front desk that you are with the Vancouver Scrabble Tournament and provide them with your license plate number to get this rate.

Registration

Registration is now closed. If you wish to play in this tournament but have not yet registered, please contact Chris Williams or Miriam Gregory. However, we cannot guarantee that you will be allowed to participate.

Restaurants

The Marriott has two on-site restaurants. The American Grille is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the Lotus Land Lounge is open for lunch and dinner. 15% discount coupons for the American Grille will be available at the tournament.

Click here for a list of other nearby restaurants, supplied by Zomato.