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Premier Tournament Announcement

March 12, 2003


We know that many top players are up in the air as to their plans for playing in a prestige event in 2003. With that in mind, the National Association would like to announce that we are in serious discussions with both Hasbro and at least one other corporate cosponsor about having a premier invitational event. We need to emphasize that there are no contracts in place yet and a number of contingencies still need to be worked out. So we can only say this event may happen.

However, I can share the following details:

Again, we need to emphasize that this is not a done deal by any means.

However, we are hopeful and want to give everyone advance notice so that your tournament plans can be made accordingly if you hope to qualify. There will be updates as we know them. Thanks.

John D. Williams Jr
Executive Director
National SCRABBLE® Association

* National SCRABBLE® Champions David Prinz (1978), Robert Watson (1988) and Peter Morris (1989, also the 1991 World SCRABBLE® Champion) were not explicitly included in the original version of this list because none of them have played in any tournaments in the last seven years. Of course, should any of them immediately become active and play the requisite sixty games by May 5th, then they too would be invited to play in this tournament.

HASBRO is the owner of the registered SCRABBLE® trademark in the United States and Canada. © 2011 HASBRO. All rights reserved. "SCRABBLE® Brand Crossword Game" is the proper way to refer to this unique group of word games and related properties marketed by HASBRO. "SCRABBLE®" is not a generic term. To use it as such is not only misleading but also does injustice to the company responsible for the trademark's longtime popularity. All we ask is that when you mean SCRABBLE® Brand Crossword Game, you say so. 

The SCRABBLE® trademark is owned by J.W. Spear and Sons, PLC, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. outside of the United States and Canada. 

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