Score big at annual Scrabble Tournament

Does your family refuse to play Scrabble with you because you always win? Are you slaughtering your friends online at Scrabble and Words with Friends? If so, you may be ready for an exciting event in Old Greenwich this August.

From Aug. 16 to 18, the Hyatt Regency Greenwich will be hosting the third annual Old Greenwich Scrabble Tournament, open to players of all levels. The event offers a five-game Early Bird tournament on Friday afternoon; a three-game Newcomers Tournament on Saturday morning; and a 16-game Main Event running Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday night there will be a Jeopardy! Game Show, open to all, run by Jason Keller, a nine-time Jeopardy champion who won $223,900 on the show.

“The Newcomers Tournament is a perfect opportunity for a home Scrabble player to try tournament play,” said co-director Cornelia Guest. “We will help players with the rules, and there will be prizes for everyone.”

Guest will also give contestants “cheat sheets” with the two and three-letter words to bring home after the tournament. This tournament is restricted to new players and players rated under 1,000, and it will be divided into youth and adult divisions if entries warrant.

For players looking for more of a challenge, the five-game Early Bird and 16-game Main Event attract experienced players from across North America. Players are put in divisions by rating, and there are substantial cash prizes. Last year, 91 players competed in the Main Event, with the top prize going to Will Anderson from Croton, N.Y., currently the number two ranked U.S. player.

“Spectators are welcome,” said Ms. Guest, who added that there will be Scrabble equipment, artwork and stocking stuffers for sale at the tournament.

To download a flyer with complete information, go to cross-tables.com/download/2013/08/oldgreenwich.pdf.

For questions, contact Cornelia Guest at [email protected] or at 203-244-5324.

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