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500 Compete for $25,000 prize at 1998 NSC in Chicago August 8-13


CONTACT: John D. Williams Jr.
Kathy Hummel
Yvonne Lieblein
(631) 477-0033


Before you walk in the door, you'd better put aside every memory or preconception you have about the SCRABBLE® game. Because the 1998 National SCRABBLE® Championship won't be anything like those rainy day games with your family or leisurely foursomes with friends. The event, August 8-13th at Chicago's Fairmont Hotel, is grueling, fiercely competitive, exhilarating, financially rewarding, spiritually satisfying and about a thousand other adjectives you'll find in the Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary.

"This definitely isn't your grandmother's SCRABBLE®," says John D. Williams Jr., Executive Director of the 10,000 member National SCRABBLE® Association , Greenport, NY, organizers of the bi-annual event. "People prepare for this like any other competition. And they take it very, very seriously." Williams explains that competitors have marathon training sessions against each other, practice for hours against computers and memorize specialized word lists such as the Q-without-U words (QAT, QOPH, QAID) or words without vowels (CWM, HMM, PHT).

This year celebrates the game's 50th Anniversary, and the players have extra incentives. Hasbro, manufacturer of the game, is offering a $25,000 first prize, over $80,000 in total cash and trophies from Tiffany & Company. Players will compete for 7 hours a day on the new Special Edition 50th Anniversary SCRABBLE® game, which has just been released throughout the United States and Canada.

"This is very exciting for us," notes Hasbro Americas President, E. David Wilson, whose company acquired the classic game a decade ago. "The SCRABBLE® Tournament scene has just exploded over the last few years." Wilson explained that last year alone there were over 150 sanctioned SCRABBLE® tournaments, 200 official SCRABBLE® clubs and a School SCRABBLE® Program, which uses the game as a teaching tool, in over 12,000 schools across the country.

The 1998 National SCRABBLE® Championship is expecting players from over 40 states and several foreign countries. They range from teenage prodigies to word experts close to 90 years old! Also expected are several former National and World SCRABBLE® Champions. The defending champion is Adam Logan, a graduate student in advanced mathematics at Harvard University.

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