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SCRABBLE® Tourneys in North America
The web site
is the best place to find out about upcoming tournaments in North America and
to see the results of such tournaments, both recent and very far back.
Most SCRABBLE® tournaments are held on weekends, starting
Friday evening with 2-3 games, continuing Saturday with 6-7
games, and concluding on Sunday with 3-5 games. In recent years,
there has been a tendency to increase the number of games played
in a weekend. This has been done either by increasing the
number of games played per day and/or adding an extra day of
play, such as over Presidents Day Weekend.
New England residents have relatively easy access to play in
several tournaments each year. Here are some typical tournaments
which are within driving distance - some further than others:
- Boston-area Tourney - this is an annual tournament held
for many years
in March or April at the Doubletree Guest Quarters Suites
Hotel in Waltham, MA. In 2001, it was in Wakefield, MA, then Peabody,
MA, and then in Westford, MA at the Westford Regency Hotel.
As of 2019, it is has been held in Woburn, MA at the Marriott Courtyard
in Unicorn Park for 3 years; in 2019 it was over the first weekend
of April. The Main Event was 14 games on Saturday and Sunday. There
were 2 Early Bird events on Friday - 5 games in the afternoon, and
4 games after dinner. This tournament used to have a Newcomers Division
and a Premier Division, but these are no longer part of the tourney.
Judy Horn organizes this weekend.
Judy Cole and Bradley Whitmarsh direct the tourney.
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada - there is traditionally a
tourney held over Memorial Day weekend in Montreal; it is
held on Saturday and Sunday in a northern section of the
- Albany, NY - for several years, there has been a
tournament held around Albany over a weekend involving
July 4th. Since this holiday is not always attached to a
weekend, the dates of this tourney vary.
This tourney has included a great house party along the
Hudson River either during or just following the tournament.
Another annual Albany tourney has been held around New Years Eve.
- Cape Cod Tourney - this is an annual tourney, usually
held in late October or early November. It was last held
2-Nov-12 - 4-Nov-12
at the Seacrest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, MA.
Sherrie Saint John
organized and directed this event, and it was covered on the web at
In many past years, this had been an
unusual weekend in that there were three events: a pairs
tourney, an individual tourney, and a variations tourney.
An attendee could enter 1, 2, or all 3 events.
In 1997 and thereafter, except for 1998, this
became a standard 12-game individual tourney, along with an
extra optional 3-round pairs tourney either on Friday or Saturday
nights. A pairs tourney is one in which each
side of a two-rack game is a collaboration between two players.
The organizers are available to organize pairs
for those who are seeking partners.
Other tourney places:
- Brattleboro, VT
- New York City
- Queens, NY
- Long Island, NY
- Lake George, NY
- Atlantic City, NJ
- Old Greenwich, CT
- Philadelphia, PA