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The National SCRABBLE® Association and Hasbro are pleased to announce that the 2002 National SCRABBLE® Championship will be held in San Diego, California, August 17th through the 22nd. It will be held at The San Diego Concourse and Civic Theatre, in the heart of one of America's finest resort cities. It is situated right downtown, steps away from San Diego's Gaslight District, waterfront galleries and attractions and nighttime entertainment. Just five minutes from the airport, there are many fine hotels within walking distance.

The National SCRABBLE® Association is expecting over 600 contestants at this biannual event. To qualify to play in the NSC you have to be a current member of the NSA and have played in one rated tournament so we can place you in the proper Division. Convenient credit-card registration on-line is available now.

NSC Media Information

Thank you for your interest in the 2002 National SCRABBLE® Championship, which will be held in San Diego, California, August 17-22 at the San Diego Concourse and Civic Theatre. Event press kits are not yet available, but to be put on a mailing list or to find out more about the Championship, please call John D. Williams Jr. at (631) 477-0033.

As the event draws nearer, this page will be updated with more information for the media, including contact information at the event site.

NSC Player Registration

To register to play in the event, please use our on-line registration system at http://www.scrabble-assoc.com/cgi-bin/register.pl

NSC Information for Players

Thank you for registering to play in the 2002 National SCRABBLE® Championship. To make sure that your trip to the NSC is hassle-free, please make sure that you:

NSC Schedule

A detailed round-by-round schedule will be posted shortly.

Saturday, August 17thRegistration and reception
Sunday, August 18thGames 1-7
Monday, August 19thGames 8-14
Tuesday, August 20thGames 15-21
Wednesday, August 21stGames 22-28
Thursday, August 22ndGames 29-31 and award ceremony

Past Winners of the NSC

2000 National SCRABBLE® Championship
August 5-10, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island
599 contestants.

Division One:
1.Joe Edley22 +1454$25,000
2.Brian Cappelletto22 +1342$10,000
3.David Wiegand21 +1410$5,000
Division Two:
1.David Johnson25 +1992$5,000
2.Bob Lundegaard22 +781$2,000
3.John Van Pelt21 +1164$1,200
Division Three:
1.David Pearl22 +1292$2,500
2.Dean Cullen22 +1245$1,500
3.Dean Saldanha21 +1162$1,000
Division Four:
1.Joseph Connelly24 +1547$1,500
2.Rosalind Gold22 +1105$1,000
3.Robin Torrance21 +1470$750
Division Five:
1.Rob Matthews23 +1672$1,200
2.Jeff Myers21 +1267$800
3.Stella Russell21 +1116$600
Division Six:
1.Connie Creed25 +1490$1,000
2.Joan Knobelsdorf21 +1994$700
3.Andrea Ross-Greene21 +1537$500

1998 National SCRABBLE® Championship
August 8-13, Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
544 contestants.

Division One:
1.Brian Cappelletto26 +2318$25,000
2.Trey Wright22 +1023$10,000
3.Jere Mead21 +913$5,000
Division Two:
1.Jerry Scheiten23 +1158$4,000
2.Norma Fisher22 +874$2,000
3.Joshua Silber21 +1150$1,200
Division Three:
1.Ben Loiterstein23 +1753$1,500
2.Pad Badgley22 +905$1,000
3.Heather McCall21 +753$750
Division Four:
1.David Pearl22 +1894$1,000
2.Joanne Hood22 +511$800
3.Kevin Schutz21 +1679$600

1996 National SCRABBLE® Championship
July 20-25, Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, Dallas, Texas
416 contestants. (See SCRABBLE News #126)

Division One:
1.Adam Logan, ON24 +1613$25,000
2.Marlon Hill19 +347$10,000
3.Joe Edley, NY18 +1351$5,000
Division Two:
1.Tony Sim21 +1071$4,000
2.Steve Glass19 +1029$2,000
3.Richard Moyer19 +806$1,200
Division Three:
1.Donald Malcolm21 +1534$1,500
2.Margaret Swanson21 +1318$1,000
3.Mark Welborn20 +1276$750
Division Four:
1.Paul McCarthy21 +1702$1,000
2.Jeff Prentiss19 +1066$800
3.Michael Christophel18.5 +1246$60

1994 National SCRABBLE® Championship
August 14-18, Universal City Hilton, Los Angeles, CA
300+ contestants. (See SCRABBLE News #109)

Division One:
1.David Gibson, SC23-4 +1700$15,000
2.David Wiegand19-8 +1447
3.Bob Lipton19-8 +1272
Division Two:
1.Michael Baker20-7 +920$3,000
2.John Chew19-8 +927$1,500
3.Amnon Meyers18-9 +1140
Division Three:
1.Carol Ravichandran19.5-8.5 +866
2.Yosie Levine19-8 +781
3.Mark Immerman18-9 +1137

1992 National SCRABBLE® Championship
August 9-13, Omni Hotel, Atlanta, GA
320 contestants. (See SCRABBLE News #93)

Division One:
1.Joe Edley, NY22-5 +1839 
2.Joel Wapnick21-6 +1318 
3.Brian Cappelletto20-7 +1410 
Division Two:
1.Jim Geary22-5 +1476 
2.Scott Leifer20-7 +912 
3.Bob Prentiss19.5-7.5 +1502 

1990 National SCRABBLE® Championship
August 5-9, Ramada Renaissance, Washington, DC
300+ contestants. (See SCRABBLE News #82)

Division One:
1.Robert Felt $10,000
2.Lester Schonbrun  
3.Ed Halper  
Division Two:
1.Luise Shafritz21-6 +1973 
2.Roy Dixon19-8 +1327 
3.Andy Curshen19-8 +836 

1989 National SCRABBLE® Championship
July 29-August 3, Penta Hotel, New York City, NY
221 contestants. (See SCRABBLE News #79)

Division One:
1.Peter Morris21-6 +1507$5,000
2.Mark Nyman20-7 +1252 
3.Ron Tiekert20-7 +1180 
Division Two:
1.Jill Janovici20-7 +1576 
2.Tim Anglin20-7 +486 
3.Shirley Fliesser19-8 +632 

1988 National SCRABBLE® Championship
July 31-August 5, Sands Regents Hotel/Casino, Reno, NV
323 contestants. (See SCRABBLE News #76)

Division One:
1.Robert Watson20.5-6.5 +1355$5,000
2.Peter Morris20-7 +1378 
3.Joel Wapnick19-8 +1334 
Division Two:
1.Mark Landsberg17-5 +1655 
2.Glenn Lew17-5 +1288 
3.Randy Greenspan17-5 +1137 

1987 National SCRABBLE® Championship
July 5-7, Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
327 contestants. (See SCRABBLE News #74)

Division One:
1.Rita Norr17-4 +1100$5,000
2.Jeremiah Mead17-4 +1019 
3.Chuck Armstrong16-5 +1751 
Division Two:
1.Norma Fisher12-9 +223 
2.Dora Ruelle12-9 +195 
3.C. Acquayle12-9 -197 
Division Three:
1.Mary Lyons12-9 +11 
2.Jill Janovici12-9 -299 
3.Julie Ashe11.5-9.5 -336 
Division Four:
1.Abiodun Oyewale14-7 +695 
2.Jeff Garrett14-7 +243 
3.Robert Fancett13-8 +389 

1985 National SCRABBLE® Championship
July 28-31, Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA
302 contestants. (See SCRABBLE News #62)

Division One:
1.Ron Tiekert20-2 +1808$10,000
2.Joe Edley18-4 +1615 
3.Richard Lund18-4 +1511 
4.Charles Armstrong17-5 +1405 
5.Daniel Pratt17-5 +1215 

1983 National SCRABBLE® Championship
August 10-12, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL
32 contestants. (See SCRABBLE News #52)

1.Joel Wapnick $5,000
2.Joe Edley ?

1980 National SCRABBLE® Championship
November 14-16, Mirimar-Sheraton Hotel, Santa Monica, CA
32 contestants (invitational). (See SCRABBLE News #34)

1.Joe Edley, NY14-3 +545$5,000
2.James Neuberger13.5-3.5 +1131 
3.Ron Tiekert11.5-5.5 +874 
4.Daniel Pratt11-6 +859 
5.David Prinz11-6 +459 

1978 National SCRABBLE® Championship
May 19-21, Loew's Summit Hotel, New York, NY
64 contestants (invitational, Funk & Wagnalls 1973). (See SCRABBLE News #19)

1.David Prinz10-6 avg 390$1,500
2.Daniel Pratt13-3 avg 401 
3.Mike Senkiewicz11-5 avg 404 
4.Linda Gruber11-5 avg 382 
5.Charles Goldstein10-6 avg 397 

NSC Prizes

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The 2002 National SCRABBLE® Championship will be held in San Diego, California, August 17th through the 22nd at the San Diego Concourse and Civic Theatre. Over $89,000 in prizes will be awarded this year to players in six divisions, including $25,000 to the first-place finisher in Division 1.

 

DIVISION 1
(Rated >1899)
DIVISION 2
(1700-1899)
DIVISION 3
(1500-1699)
DIVISION 4
(1300-1499)
DIVISION 5
(1100-1299)
DIVISION 6
(<1100)
First Place $25,000 $5,000 $2,500 $1,500 $1,200 $1,000
Second Place $10,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,000 $800 $700
Third Place $5,000 $1,200 $1,000 $750 $600 $500
Fourth Place $2,500 $900 $750 $500 $400 $300
Fifth Place $1,200 $700 $500 $300 $200 $100
Sixth Place $900 $500 $300 $200
Seventh Place $800 $400
Eighth Place $700 $300
Ninth Place $600
Tenth Place $500
Biggest Comeback $100 $100 $100 $100 $100 $100
Flashiest Bingo $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50
Tuff Luck $100 $100 $100 $100 $100 $100
Highest-Placing Senior (60+) $200 $175 $150 $125 $100 $75
Best Record Day 3 (Lower Half) $300 $250 $200 $150 $125 $100
Best Record Day 4 (Lower Half) $200 $150 $100 $75 $50 $40
Low Win $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 1
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 2
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 3
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 4
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 5
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 6
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 7
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 8
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 9
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 10
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 11
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 12
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 13
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 14
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 15
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 16
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 17
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 18
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 19
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 20
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 21
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 22
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 23
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 24
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 25
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 26
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 27
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 28
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 29
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 30
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Game
Round 31
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 1
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 2
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 3
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 4
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 5
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 6
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 7
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 8
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 9
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 10
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 11
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 12
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 13
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 14
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 15
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 16
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 17
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 18
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 19
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 20
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 21
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 22
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 23
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 24
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 25
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 26
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 27
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 28
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 29
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 30
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Loss
Round 31
$25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Play (Sunday) $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Play (Monday) $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Play (Tuesday) $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Play (Wednesday) $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
High Play (Thursday) $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25
Best Strategic Play $225

NSC Format

The 2002 NSC will be held on August 17-22, 2002 at the San Diego Concourse and Civic Theatre in San Diego, California. The event is open to any North American player who has played in at least one NSA tournament and thus earned an NSA rating.

Overseas players who do not have an NSA rating may play but will usually be placed in Division 3. If they have played in a World SCRABBLE® Championship (WSC) they may be put in Division 1 or Division 2 at the discretion of the NSA. If they have not played in a WSC but wish to play in Division 1 or 2, we require confirmation of their skill level from at least two past WSC contestants or NSA-rated Division 1 or 2 participant.

 

DIVISIONS: This year will again have a six-division format: Division 1 (players rated >1899), Division 2 (1700-1899), Division 3 (1500-1699), Division 4 (1300-1499), Division 5 (1100-1299) and Division 6 (<1100). Your July 1, 2002 rating will be the default rating used to place you in your division.
PLAYING UP:

You may choose to play in the next stronger division than the one corresponding to your tournament rating. For example, if your 1350 rating would put you in Division 4, you may choose instead to play in Division 3.

If you do decide to play up, you may use your PEAK RATING from January 1, 2002 through July 1, 2002 as your official NSC rating. For example, suppose someone who is usually rated between 1300 and 1400 has a spectacular tournament result which raises his/her rating up to 1580 in March 2002, but then goes back down to 1350 by July 1st. This player can use his/her Peak Rating of 1580 to qualify for Division 3 (1500-1699) and then elect further to play up into Division 2 (1700-1899). He or she could also play in Divisions 3 or 4. If you are choosing to use your peak rating, please indicate the tournament at which you earned it on your registration form.

Directions

To get to the tournament site at the San Diego Concourse from...

...follow these directions.

Amtrak Depot

Take the blue trolley southbound two stops from Santa Fe Depot to Civic Center.

Northbound on Interstate 5

Exit at 6th Avenue. Turn left onto 6th Avenue and drive to Ash Street. Turn right onto Ash Street and drive to 2nd Avenue. Turn left onto 2nd Avenue. The entrance to the Concourse parking structure will be directly ahead of you.

Southbound on Interstate 5

Exit at Front Street/Civic Center. When the ramp forks, follow the left fork to 2nd Avenue. Turn right onto 2nd Avenue and drive three blocks until it ends at 'A' Street. Directly in front of you will be the entrance to the Concourse parking structure.

Southbound on Interstate 15

Exit at 163 South. Follow 163 South, which becomes 10th Avenue, to 'B' Street. Turn right onto 'B' Street and drive to 3rd Avenue. Turn right onto 3rd Avenue and the Concourse parking structure will be on your left.

Westbound on the 94 Freeway

Follow 94, which becomes 'F' Street to 5th Avenue. Turn right onto 5th Avenue and drive to 'B' Street. Turn left onto 'B' Street and drive to 3rd Avenue. Turn right onto 3rd Avenue and the Concourse parking structure will be on your left.

Accommodation

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The Bristol
619-232-6141
1055 First Avenue

San Diego Marriott Suites Downtown
800-962-1367
701 A Street

US Grant Hotel
619-232-3121
326 Broadway

NSC Souvenirs

You can shop on-line for NSC souvenirs and other official SCRABBLE® Brand merchandise at the WORD GEAR catalog.

2000 NSC

You can find archived coverage of the last NSC at http://www.scrabble-assoc.com/tourneys/2000/nsc

NSC Committee

Coordinator

Laura Klein

Division Leaders

Bonnie Rudolph, Divisions 1 & 2
Mary Rhoades, Division 3 & 4
Bryan Pepper, Division 5
Wendell W. Smith, Division 6

Codirectors of Computer Operations

Fleurette Turkenkopf
Howard Turkenkopf

Data Administrators

Amber Benezra
Jeremy Brooke
Sam Borgenson

Word Judges

David Avrien
Joan Brown
Kristen Chew
Neil DeWitte
Deb Hyman
Matt Hopkins
Marsha Peshkin
Ann Sanfedele
Joshua Silber

Game Recorders

Milt Wertheimer
Tracey Maurer

Software Creator

Jeff B. Widergren

Webmaster

John J. Chew

Internet Reporter

Sherrie Saint John

Interns

Zack Hample
Hannah Lyons
Anne Koza


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