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See also 2004-06-19
This web page describes the variant of Speed SCRABBLE that is
played in Toronto, Canada.
We play according to NSA
Tournament Rules, with the following modifications:
Where possible, games will be scored by a non-playing scorekeeper.
For each play that is made,
the scorekeeper is responsible for recording the first letter of the play,
the play score and the cumulative score.
If play gets ahead of the scorekeeper, the scorekeeper should record
only the first letter of the play, and catch up when time permits.
If a scorekeeper does not see a play made,
s/he may ask the player to identify it.
Either player may ask the scorekeeper for the current score at any time.
To begin the game, both players draw seven tiles facedown, before
the timer is started. If a player sees a tile, s/he must leave it
Clocks start at 03:00, not 25:00.
At the end of each turn, you must hit the clock. You do not have
to announce or record any scores. If you play a blank, clearly
announce its designation and check to make sure that the scorekeeper
records it correctly.
If your opponent calls hold on a play, you may draw your provisional
Your opponent may challenge your play at any time up until the end
of their turn. Keep your new tiles separate to avoid invoking the
overdraw penalty on a successful challenge.
Time penalties are 1 point per second, not 10 points per minute or part thereof.
When your clock reaches -1:01, you may make no more plays. If a
partially or completely executed play is on the board when your
clock passes -1:00, it should be removed from the board with the
If your opponent runs out of time and you are still behind, you may
continue to make plays if you think you can catch up doing so. Your
opponent may hold or challenge your plays before passing his/her
The director may call a halt to recounts after sixty seconds,
if all other games that round have finished.
If it is not possible to determine who won the game in time,
the game is declared a tie.
Players score one match point for a win, half a match point for a tie,
no match points for a loss.
Point spread is not recorded, and ties on match points are either
broken by the playing of a tiebreaker game (time permitting),
or resolved by combining and splitting prize money.
Notes for Directors
Pairing instructions are given in a separate
file. It is a very good idea to have the total number of players be
divisible by three, so that every game can have a nonplaying scorekeeper
and no one has to have a bye.
The following Elo ratings (updated 2013-12-04)
are based on all tournament games played according
to these rules and may be used for seeding players at tournaments.
2450 Nathan Benedict
2418 Adam Logan
2302 Gabriel Gauthier-Shalom
2180 Nick Ball
2171 Mitzi Pollak
2171 Joel Wapnick
2169 Michael Mckenna
2160 Howard Warner
2143 Odette Carmina Rio
2034 Marty Gabriel
2027 Matt Graham
1942 Geoffrey Newman
1899 Joshua Sokol
1871 Cecil Muscat
1858 Christopher Sykes
1853 Ray Tate
1847 Jackson Smylie
1826 John Chew
1806 Jesse Matthews
1805 Gavin Thompson
1789 Bernard Gotlieb
1761 Sinna Vijayakumar
1756 Russell Honeybun
1741 Shan Abbasi
1702 Libero Paolella
1685 Ron Hoekstra
1674 Robb Griffith
1665 Craig Rowland
1610 Glenn Mosher
1608 Lynda Wise
1586 Lynda Kraar
1586 Graham Palmateer
1555 Emilie Henkelman
1545 Heather McCall
1530 Mark Przybyszewski
1522 Lewis Hawkins
1515 Nuala O'Rourke
1488 Andy Saunders
1484 Eileen Jones
1435 John Robertson
1415 Trevor Sealy
1370 Ember Nelson
1264 Ying Ming Poh
1264 Mireille Huneault
1103 Ewa Kondracka
1027 Martyna Domurad
1027 Josh Kattsir
954 Roger Cullman
947 Cicely Bruce
924 Kaveri Raviraj
879 Dan Blake
853 Koushik Ganguly
800 Elie Dangoor
776 Amy Byrne
757 Nicolette Westfall
728 Tara Smylie
702 Aaron Finkel
696 Betzy Collins
500 Mary Doyle
500 Maliha Mahmood
500 Eileen Meghen
SCRABBLE® is a registered trademark of J.W. Spear & Sons Limited, Maidenhead SL6 4UB, England
except in Canada and the United States, where it is a registered trademark of HASBRO.
This page is copyright © 2008 John J. Chew, III, director of
National SCRABBLE® Association Club #3 (the Toronto SCRABBLE® Club),
and comments may be directed to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.