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March 12, 2003
NSA ANNOUNCES "POSSIBLE" PREMIER TOURNAMENT
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:
The tournament is for North American players only. It would be for 25 players: 24 players and an alternate.
The event would feature all former World and (U.S.) National Champions. They include, in no particular order, Joel Sherman, Adam Logan, Brian Cappelletto, Joe Edley, Joel Wapnick, Rita Norr, David Gibson, David Boys and Ron Tiekert.*
The remaining slots (16, if all of the above players attend) would be filled based on peak tournament ratings after 60 fully-rated games during the period January 1, 2002 to May 5, 2003 inclusive. As with the WSC qualification system, acceleration bonus points do not immediately count toward a peak rating.
All players, including past Champions, must have played in at least 60 fully-rated tournaments games since January 1, 2002. Should any players be unable to attend, we will work our way down the (peak) ratings list.
The word source would be the NSA Official Club and Tournament Word List (OWL).
The tournament would take place in the Northeast U.S..
Tentative dates (SUBSEQUENTLY CHANGED) are a Sunday night reception on June 8 with play Monday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 11. We know that weekdays may be problematic for some potential attendees, but because of a hotel deal and cosponsor insistence it's almost a definite.
The event will be an 18-round tournament with a best-of-five final. Pairings are still being discussed by Joe Edley and others.
The total prize package will be $75,000-$100,000. First prize will be between $30,000 and $50,000.
Players will be provided with hotel rooms, breakfast and a hot lunch. However, all players except the alternate will be responsible for their own transportation.
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
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.
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