List of important/notable Scrabble® tournaments
January 5, 2008 3 Comments
I’ve been trying to compile a list of “important/notable” Scrabble® tournaments for a while. Instead of only playing in local tournaments, I want to start playing in some of the larger and/or more “important” tournaments held in North America and then try and play in them over time. Jason Ubeika was nice enough to provide a great deal of information regarding tournaments.
The “Major” Tournaments
According to Keith Smith’s Total Scrabble, the majors are defined as (page 55):
- National Scrabble® Championship (US)
- World Championship
- Superstars Showdown (inactive)
- All*Stars (inactive)
As far as I know, only the US Championship and World Championship are still active.
The “Semi-Major” Tournaments
These tournaments are probably the closest thing we have to “major” tournaments in North America.
- Arden Cup (Chicago)
- Boston Area Tournament
- Dallas Open
- Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
- Reno, NV – July
Other “Notable” Tournaments
These are notable for any number of reasons like # of entrants, # of games, prize money, concentration of expert players, tournament history/longevity, extent of out-of-town players, and, of course, important-sounding name.
- Albany, NY – New Year’s
- Albany, NY – 4th of July
- Atlantic City
- Charlotte Shodown
- Lake George, NY
- Michigan Madness
- Oregon Tile
- Reno, NV – January
I’ve heard great things about tournaments organized by Ira Freehof in New York City.
Notable Canadian Tournaments
- Canadian National Scrabble Championship (top 50 qualifiers only)
- Michael Wise Memorial Tournament (Toronto in September)
- Montreal (May)
- Toronto Open/Human-Computer showdown (if held again)
- Vancouver (March)
- Western Canadian Scrabble Championship (Alberta)
If you think I’ve missed any tournaments, please contact me (or post a comment) so that I can update this list.