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Where is the 1998 NSC?

The National SCRABBLE® Championship will be held at the Fairmont Hotel, 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601.

Call the Fairmont Hotel at +1 800 527 4727 by July 8th, 1998 to reserve a room at the tournament rate of $121 (single or double) plus $35 per additional person. Ask for the "Scrabble" room rate.

When is the 1998 NSC?

The NSC will take place from August 8th to 13th, 1998. Here's a table of key dates and events:

Tuesday, June 30th  Last day for U.S. and Canadian players to play in an NSA tournament, to meet the eligibility criteria

Wednesday, July 8th  Last day to reserve rooms at the tournament rate

Friday, July 10th  Last day of early registration fee discount.
Saturday, August 8th 12:00 noon to 6:00 P.M. Registration (Imperial Foyer)
7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. Reception (International Ballroom, players may bring one guest if listed on entry form)

Sunday, August 9th 7:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.
Breakfast (Imperial Foyer, contestants only, no guests)
9:00 A.M. to 1:15 P.M.
Rounds 1-4 (Imperial Ballroom)

1:15 P.M. to 2:45 P.M.
Lunch

2:45 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Count tiles, Remarks

3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Rounds 5-7 (Imperial Ballroom)

Monday, August 10th 7:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.
Breakfast (Imperial Foyer, contestants only, no guests)
9:00 A.M. to 1:15 P.M.
Rounds 8-11 (Imperial Ballroom)

1:15 P.M. to 2:45 P.M.
Lunch

2:45 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Count tiles, Remarks

3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Rounds 12-14 (Imperial Ballroom)

8:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Town Meeting (Imperial Ballroom)

Tuesday, August 11th 7:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.
Breakfast (Imperial Foyer, contestants only, no guests)
9:00 A.M. to 1:15 P.M.
Rounds 15-18 (Imperial Ballroom)

1:15 P.M. to 2:45 P.M.
Lunch

2:45 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Count tiles, Remarks

3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Rounds 19-21 (Imperial Ballroom)

8:00 P.M.
Advisory Board Meeting (closed)

Wednesday, August 12th 7:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.
Breakfast (Imperial Foyer, contestants only, no guests)
9:00 A.M. to 1:15 P.M.
Rounds 22-25 (Imperial Ballroom)

1:15 P.M. to 2:45 P.M.
Lunch

2:45 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Count tiles, Remarks

3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Rounds 26-28 (Imperial Ballroom)

8:00 P.M.
Rules Committee Meeting (closed)

Thursday, August 13th 7:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.
Breakfast (Imperial Foyer, contestants only, no guests)
9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
Rounds 29-31 (Imperial Ballroom)

Who can play in the tournament?

In order to play in the NSC, all U.S. and Canadian players must be current members of the National SCRABBLE® Association, and must have played in at least one NSA-rated tournament by June 1st, 1998. Overseas residents are welcome and do not need to be members or to have played in NSA tournaments.

All players must register by following the instructions in the following section by July 24th, 1998.

How do I register to play in the tournament?

Print the form at the bottom of this section and mail it between July 1st and July 24th, 1998 to
National SCRABBLE® Association
403 Front Street
P.O. Box 700
Greenport, New York 11944
Make sure that your form has printed correctly - some older web browsers are notorious for omitting text during printing. Include the appropriate entry fee for your division as shown in the following table:

DivisionRating*Early FeeLate Fee
11800+$75$100
21500-1799$60$85
31200-1499$55$80
41-1199$50$75

Use your rating as of the July 1st, 1998 ratings list to determine which division you may enter. Players rated in that list within 100 points of an upper division may choose to "play up" in that division instead. If you are an overseas resident without an NSA tournament rating, you will be placed in Division 1 or 2 at the NSA's discretion.

Entry Form

Name _________________________________  Membership No. __________ US SSN __________

Address ___________________________________________________________________________

State/Province ________  ZIP/Postal Code ____________ Daytime Phone _______________

Check one:  _____ I do not plan on bringing a guest to the Saturday reception.

            _____ I will bring a guest whose name is ______________________________

Check one:  _____ I am a current member of the NSA and have played in at least one
                  open NSA-rated tournament as of June 1st, 1998.
            _____ I have played in at least one open NSA-rated tournament as of
                  June 1st, 1998, but need to renew my NSA membership and enclose
                  my membership fee ($18 for Americans, US$20 for Canadians).
            _____ I do not reside in the United States or Canada.

Check one:  _____ Division 1 (1800+)       _____ Division 3 (1200-1499)
            _____ Division 2 (1500-1799)   _____ Division 4 (1-1199)

How is the tournament being run?

The tournament will be played according to the 1998 edition of the NSA's Tournament Rules, using the NSA's Official Tournament and Club Word List and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (Tenth Edition) as word references, as specified in those rules.

Playing boards and Protiles will be provided by the NSA and Milton Bradley. Players should bring their own clocks, clearly labeled.

$80,000 and several trophies will be awarded in prizes, listed in a separate file.

Who is running the tournament?

The National SCRABBLE® Association has assembled the following 1998 NSC Committee:

Director of Operations
Laura Klein

Division One Leader
Jim B. Bodenstedt

Division Two Leader
Bonnie Rudolph

Division Three Leader
Mary Rhoades

Division Four Leader
Wendell Smith

Computer Staff
Howard Turkenkopf, Fleurette Turkenkopf,
Tobin Lathrop, Diane Firstman

Program Designer
Jeff Widergren

Word Judges
Mike Coleman, Patricia A. Krohn, Tina Udelson,
Pamela Grazette, Kathy Baker, Roy Peshkin

Annotators
Rosemarie Lietzell, Milt Wertheimer

Internet Reporter
Sherrie Saint John

Web Site Coordinator
John Chew

Interns
Alexandra Williams, Ben Lyons


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