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Hasbro Canada will be holding the 2003 Canadian National SCRABBLE® Championship on December 5-8 in Toronto at a location to be announced.
As in past years, three games will be played Friday evening, eight on Saturday and seven on Sunday, after which the top two finalists will play a best-of-five match on Monday morning to determine the new Canadian Champion.
If you're interested in playing in the CNSC, you must:
The fifty players who meet the above criteria whose peak ratings (as usual counting ratings only after each fully-rated tournament) during the qualification period (2000-12-01 to 2003-10-01) are highest will be invited to play in the CNSC. If any of them are subsequently unable to play, the players with the next highest ratings will be invited to replace them. Players who pay and register but don't place high enough to play will have their entry fee cheques destroyed uncashed.
Web pages listing registered and alternate players and their qualification details are available.
The entry fee is $75, and must be submitted in the form of a cheque payable to John Chew. If the cheque is not drawn on the registrant's account, please indicate in whose name the fee is being paid. Please send cheques to: John Chew, 9 Fulton Avenue, Toronto ON M4K 1X6. Local players can of course bring them to the Toronto SCRABBLE Club any Wednesday evening.
A number of players have come forward after the registration deadline and asked if it is still possible to register. Normally, the answer would be no, but given the short interval between the announcement of this tournament and the event itself, there's a longer and more complicated answer. There are four kinds of players:
The first are those players who have paid their entry fee and are among the top 50. They're registered, and will play as long as they show up at the event site by 7:00 P.M. on Friday, December 5th, 2003.
The second are those players who have submitted their entry fee but are not among the top 50. They're registered as alternate players. If any of the first group of players do not arrive at the event site on time, then they will be replaced by any alternate players present, chosen in order of qualifying ranking. Because of possible stale-dating issues, entry fee cheques for alternate players will be destroyed or returned, and if they are chosen to play, they will be required to resubmit their entry fee. If a player attests that he or she did not know of the CNSC until after the entry deadline, they may at the director's discretion be added to this group.
The third group consists of those players who knew about the CNSC, chose not to register for it before the deadline, but have reconsidered and would like to play after all. Provided they have met other criteria (Canadian-ness, activity quota), they will be deemed additional alternates, who will be asked to play if fewer than 50 players from the first two groups are available as of the beginning of the event.
The fourth group are players who do not want to play in the CNSC, or who do not qualify to do so. They are invited to follow the Championship on this web site, to come to the event to see the finals if they are available, and to apply to work at the event if they are interested in doing so.
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