Seattle SCRABBLE® Club
[North American SCRABBLE® Players Association Club #253, Seattle]

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EMERALD CITY SCRABBLE® 2011
November 11 - 13

Great Hotel Deal...   Quiz Night....   Drawing for entry fee refund!

NEW Location...   Collins Division...   Register and Pay Online!

Printable flyer [pdf]

By the Numbers:

August 11th - Early entry deadline (pay by this date to qualify for drawing for full refund of entry fee)
October 26th - Hotel room block released (room rate not guaranteed after this date)
October 26th - Late entry deadline ($15 late fee after this date)
November 9th - the last day to register (and pay or cancel!)

Tournament Fri Nov 11 - Sun Nov 13

How many games?  20 (8 games Friday, 8 games Saturday, 4 games Sunday)
How many divisions?  Three Divisions, cutoffs at: 1600 & 1100 (Unlimited Play Up); plus one Collins division
How much to play?   Div 1: $110,   Div 2: $90,   Div 3: $75,   Collins Div: $110
How much to stay?   $79 per night

Prizes:   100% of entry fees, less expenses

Schedule

Fri Nov 118:30am   Main Event: Check-in & game setup
9:15am  Announcements
9:30am  Game 1 begins (play 8 games, with a lunch break)
8:30pm  Quiz Night - a fun after-hours Trivia/Quiz event
Sat Nov 12 9:30am   Game 9 begins (play 8 games, with a lunch break)
Sun Nov 13 9:30am   Game 17 begins (play 4 games, without breaks)
2:00pm  Awards Ceremony (immediately after the last game)

Tournament Information

There will be three divisions, determined by rating cutoffs (see table below), plus one open Collins division. Players may request to play up into any higher division (Unlimited Play Up).

Pairing methods used will depend on division sizes. If a division has 20 or fewer players, it will have one complete Round Robin, (plus Swiss and/or KOH rounds), plus a final King-of-the-Hill. If a division has more than 20 players, the director may start with an incomplete Round Robin before switching to Swiss and/or KOH rounds.

Division Rating Entry Fee*
One 1600+ $110  
Two 1100-1599  $90  
Three 0-1099  $75  
Collins Open $110  

The Collins (CSW) division will be running concurrently as one open division, with an entry fee of $110. We will be using NASPA rules except for 10-point penalty per word for unsuccessful challenges (if the play is ruled acceptable the challenger is penalized 10 points per word challenged). The CSW division will be rated by both NASPA and WESPA. New to Collins/CSW? Check our Study Tools page for some starter Collins Word lists.

Director retains the right to move entrants to maintain balanced divisions. The entrant's published rating as of Nov 9th, will determine division placement unless a player has requested to play up. Unrated players will be placed at the director's discretion. Lynn Dreyer will direct the tournament.

*Payment and registration received by August 11th enters player into drawing for full refund of entry fee;
payment or registration received after October 26th will be assessed a $15 late fee.

Registration, payment, and cancellation deadline: Noon Pacific Time, November 9th.

All participants must be current members of the North American SCRABBLE Players Association (NASPA) to compete in this tournament.
NASPA membership not up to date?   You can join or renew online at: www.scrabbleplayers.org/w/Membership.

Remember to bring your own board, racks, tiles & clock, and your preferred score sheets.

FOTD: To reduce the number of tally slip errors (which delays the tournament and aggravates the staff), we will once again be using Fontes' "Friend of the Director" system: If there is an error or omission on a tally slip, each player will be charged $1 per error. All monies collected will be awarded in a drawing as prizes to players who made no errors.

All participants are expected to know and follow the Official Tournament Rules.
Collins division only will use 10-point challenge penalty

Who's signed up already?   courtesy of cross-tables.com

Divisions 1, 2 & 3 Entrants
Collins Division Entrants

Is this your first Tournament?

If you have never played in a tournament before, we strongly suggest you visit your local SCRABBLE® club and play a few (or better yet, several) games. This will help you learn the mechanics of club and tournament play (how to draw tiles, announcing the score, using the clock, etc.) in a fairly relaxed setting. You will find the tournament experience much more enjoyable if you are already comfortable with proper procedure.

Prize Package

The prize package will return 100% of entry fees, after actual expenses.
In addition to place prizes, cash prize for high play, high game, and high loss.
Bonus Prize: Free registration to Emerald City SCRABBLE® 2012 to the person who raises his or her rating the most points as a result of this Tournament (worth up to $110).

QUIZ NIGHT

For the second year, this fun free event will take place Friday evening November 11th, starting about 8:30pm, in the playing room. Teams of players (up to 5 per team) will compete to answer trivia questions, word games, and solve puzzles (some will be Scrabble-related). No fee to enter. We'll have some fun prizes for the winners.

Tournament Location & Accommodations

Our new venue is the recently refurbished Seatac Holiday Inn. Conveniently located just across from SeaTac airport, and half a block from the Sound Transit Light Rail station (downtown Seattle is a direct 35 minute ride for just $2.50). Our playing room is well lit and comfortable, with access to the disabled and computerized word judging.

Seatac Holiday Inn
17338 International Blvd
Seatac, Washington 98188
Toll free: (800) 860-7715
Phone:   (206) 248-1000
Make a Reservation

Check out the Seatac Holiday Inn Website for pictures, more details on the amenities, maps of nearby shopping and restaurants!

  Special tournament double occupancy rates:
    One King Standard:    $79
Two Double Standard:   $79

Reserve your room by October 26th, to get these rates. When making your reservation, use the Group code RSC.

  • Newly refurbished rooms and hotel interior
  • Flat panel TV / 100% smoke-free
  • Free WI-FI throughout the hotel
  • 24-hour gym, pool, and jacuzzi
  • Free parking for overnight guests; [just $5/day for daily parkers]

In order to get such a great deal at this hotel, we have a fairly large block of rooms we need to fill. The room block will be released October 26th - so please make your reservations as soon as possible!   thanks!

Looking for a roommate or want to share a room?

If you are interested, or have another room to share, Contact Mark and he'll pass the word along.

Directions

Holiday Inn Seatac is about a 30 minute (with no traffic) drive South of downtown Seattle. The Seatac Light Rail station is just 1/2 block from the hotel. The Central Link Light Rail trains run every 7-10 minutes and cost just $2.50, so it's easy to take the train to/from Seattle.

By Car

The Holiday Inn Seatac has a map and driving directions for people driving in along I-5.

Parking is free at the hotel if you are staying overnight as a hotel guest; otherwise it is $5 per day for folks driving in for the day (tell the desk clerk you are with the Scrabble Tournament when you pay for your parking to get this special rate).

From the North

  • Head South on I-5
  • Take Exit 152 onto S 188th St
  • go about 1 mile, then Turn RIGHT onto International Boulevard (SR-99)
  • Holiday Inn is on the right about 1 mile further up the road

From the South

  • Head North on I-5
  • Take Exit 152 for Orillia Road S, toward 188th St
  • Turn LEFT onto Orillia Road S
  • Road becomes S 188th St as you head West
  • after about 1 mile, then Turn RIGHT onto International Boulevard (SR-99)
  • Holiday Inn is on the right about 1 mile further up the road

From SeaTac airport:

The tournament hotel is just across the street from the airport. The hotel provides a free shuttle, if you wish to use it, OR you can walk there (mostly covered) and get there just as quickly (or more quickly).

To walk to the hotel:

  • Exit the terminal to the Parking Garage
  • Head LEFT and follow signs to the Link Light Rail Station
  • Walk through the mezzanine level of the station and cross the skybridge
  • Use stairs or elevator to descend to street level (International Boulevard) and walk North to the Holiday Inn (about 1/2 block)

From Seattle Amtrak Train Station:

  • Exit the train station and turn LEFT to walk through parking lot to Weller St. skybridge.
  • Walk up stairs (or take elevator) to bridge across railroad tracks, East to 4th Ave S.
  • Cross 4th Ave S and continue East between the buildings to plaza area on the 5th Ave S. side of the block
  • Turn Left in the plaza area and walk about 1/2 block and enter the Transit tunnel by elevator or escalator in one of the covered tunnel entry structures
  • Purchase your ($2.50) ticket at one of the automated vending machines inside the International District Station
  • Descend to the SOUTHBOUND platform level and get on the Central Link Light Rail train (comes about every 10 minutes).
  • Get off at last stop (SEATAC Aiport Station)
  • After descending to the Mezzanine level (from the platform), walk EAST across skybridge (NOT towards the airport)
  • Use stairs or elevator to descend to street level (International Boulevard) and walk North to the Holiday Inn (about 1/2 block)

To go back to Seattle, purchase your ticket at the mezzanine level of the Seatac transit station and go up to the platform level to board the train. The trip from Seatac to downtown Seattle takes about 35 minutes and costs $2.50 each way.

If arriving by train from the south (e.g., Portland), consider getting off at the Tukwila Station and taking a taxi to the hotel from there to save some time.

From Downtown Seattle:

  • Enter the downtown bus tunnel anywhere from Westlake Station south.
  • Purchase your ($2.50) ticket at one of the automated vending machines inside the mezzanine level
  • Descend to the SOUTHBOUND platform level and get on the Central Link Light Rail train (comes about every 10 minutes).
  • Get off at last stop (SEATAC Aiport Station)
  • After descending to the Mezzanine level (from the platform), walk EAST across skybridge (NOT towards the airport)
  • Use stairs or elevator to descend to street level (International Boulevard) and walk North to the Holiday Inn (about 1/2 block)

To go back to Seattle, purchase your ticket at the mezzanine level of the Seatac transit station and go up to the platform level to board the train. The trip from Seatac to downtown Seattle takes about 35 minutes and costs $2.50 each way.

Restaurant Alternatives:

There is a full service restaurant and bar at the tournament hotel. If you are looking for something else, there is a Denny's just 1/2 block north of the hotel, and the renowned 13 Coins is just 2 blocks to the south. There are other choices as well, and the hotel provides a free shuttle to Southcenter Mall which has many, many more restaurants and shopping.

Tournament Contact:

Mark Peltier
P.O. Box 9069
Seattle, WA 98109
206-784-9706
Send email to Mark
Registration, payment, and cancellation deadline:
Noon Pacific Time, November 9th.
No registrations will be accepted after noon, November 9th. If you notify the director prior to noon November 9th that you are not attending your entry fee will be refunded. Sorry, no refunds after November 9th. [$15 handling fee for cancellations after October 26th] Payment received after October 26th will be assessed a $15 late fee.

Note: Mark Peltier has taken over the tournament registration from Rebecca Slivka starting September 17th. Please direct all inquiries to either Mark or Lynn Dreyer.

Fee Summary:

Entry Fee:  $110   [1600+]
 $90   [1100-1599]
 $75   [0-1099]
 $110   Open Collins Division
Commuter Fee:  $20   [all players NOT staying at the Seatac Holiday Inn must pay the Commuter Fee]
Late Fee:   $15   (payments received after October 26th)
PayPal Fee:   $4   (transaction fee for using PayPal to pay online)

*Payment received by August 11th will enter player into drawing for full refund of entry fee;
payment or registration received after October 26th will be assessed a $15 late fee.

[ Make cheque/check made payable to:   Seattle Scrabble® Club 253 ]

Yo Canadians: please be sure to send us a cheque made out in US Dollars.
If you want to avoid the cheque fees, please register and pay online with Paypal (see below).


Online Registration and Payment:

Fill out this form to submit your registration. Once you submit your registration info you can then send in your payment by postal mail, OR you can choose to pay online with a credit card. Hey Canadians, can we make it any easier for you?

Name:   exactly as listed with NASPA, please
NASPA Member #:
Street Address:
City:
State/Province:
ZIP/Postal Code:
Email:
Phone:
Mobile Phone: [day of tournament contact number]
  This is my first tournament
Play Up? I would like to Play Up   Specify below the division you wish to play in.
I'll play up if it makes the division even
I do NOT want to Play Up

Division choice: Div. One       [rating 1600+]
Div. Two       [rating 1100-1599]
Div. Three   [rating 0-1099]
Open Collins Division
Commuter Fee: $20 - I will NOT be staying at the tournament hotel
$0 - I WILL be staying at the tournament hotel
  Name the room is reserved under:
Comments:
I am a human: (type the NAME of the game we play)
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